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Central District and Curriculum

The School District of Pickens County is the 12th largest in the state, serving 16,600. The district recently completed a huge building project that saw the construction of new buildings for all its high schools and major renovations for all its middle schools. In addition to updating facilities, the district has implemented new, more rigorous standards that call for students to do increasingly complex work and to develop strong critical thinking skills. The standards provide a logical scope and sequence to learning that also provides educators with access points where they can integrate subject area learning.

We currently cover the following Central-area school district: School District of Pickens County.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Central District Curriculum

The School District of Pickens County’s instructional services staffs consists of the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, the Director of Assessment/Evaluation, the Directors of Elementary and Secondary Education (one each), the Coordinator of Professional Learning, the Director of Program Evaluation & Accountability, the Coordinator of Career and Technical Education, and the Coordinator of Federal and Special Projects.

The NCTM’s “Fundamental Ideas for a High-Quality Mathematics Education” drive math instruction in the district. These include the importance of mathematical literacy for every student, the thought that all students can learn math with high-quality instruction, the need for a balance of conceptual understanding and computational proficiency, the need for problem solving to understand the world, and the fact that all stakeholders (teachers, students, families, administrators, the community) have a hand in improving math education.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Central Educational News

  • Pickens County Schools Launch STEM Project Lead the Way - Seven Pickens County elementary schools launched Project Lead the Way, “a cutting-edge STEM curriculum.” To kick off the program, West End Elementary teacher Debra Harris led members of the SDPC Business Alliance through a PLTW-based hands-on kindergarten lesson on how the lungs work. The nationwide curriculum allows students to solve problems, collaborate, use technology and robotics, and design.
  • Pickens County A Top Five School Based on SAT Scores - Pickens County students’ SAT scores from 2015 improved from the previous year and beat out both the state (public schools) and national averages. Pickens County students earned an average score of 1501 on the exam, edging out the national and state averages of 1490 and 1428, respectively. These scores placed Pickens County as one of the top five districts academically-speaking in South Carolina, matching Superintendent Dr. Danny Merck’s goal. The district also saw improvements in its students’ ACT scores.
  • District Sees Improvements on AP Exams, Too - The percentage of students who received a passing score of three or higher on the AP exams rose from 65 to 68.1 percent from 2014 to 2015. Perhaps even more importantly and making this improvement even more impressive is that the number of students who partook in AP courses rose from 694 to 721 students taking the exam. Sharon Huff, SDPC's Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, said it is very important that more and more students participate in a rigorous curriculum in order to be prepared for college.

Central Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed

SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.

Chalk Talk: Children’s Literature Spotlight: The Classics

Adults and kids alike may be familiar with some of these classic children’s books, but they may not realize they have educational value and/or a lesson to be learned. For example, “Angelina Ballerina” shows children that dreams can come true. Dr. Seuss’s “Cat in the Hat” is a fun book that shows children it is okay for them to use their imaginations. “Corduroy” brings a child’s favorite toy—the teddy bear—to life as a character everyone roots for and teaches children the value of friendship. “Green Eggs and Ham” teaches children the importance of trying new foods (the character ends up liking the green eggs and ham in the end) and works well with a cooking lesson—students can make their own green eggs and ham. “Mouse Paint” teaches children about mixing colors. Lastly, Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, with its charming, child-like illustrations (created via tissue paper collage), explains to children how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.