Seneca Middle School (SMS) is located in the beautiful Golden Corner of South Carolina nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, and Lake Jocassee providing vast recreational opportunities just minutes away. Also minutes away is Clemson University with all of the educational, cultural, and athletic opportunities it provides not only to its students but the community at large. Oconee County has also become a favored retirement community for senior citizens from all over our country, many of whom have donated hours of their time volunteering in our school system.
SMS is part of the School District of Oconee County and benefits from being one of the most diverse schools in our district. Our population of approximately 850 students is composed of:
- 60% Caucasian
- 21% African-American
- 10% Hispanic
- 10% Asian, Native American, or two or more races
We also have student with recent heritage from a variety of other countries - Greece, Ukraine, and Mexico, to name just a few. Given our setting in a rural county which also has three pristine and highly-prized lakes and other sought-after living situations, our students come from a wide-range of socio-economic situations with approximately 59% qualifying for either free or reduced-lunch prices. Academically, 23% of our student body are identified as “gifted and talented” while just 5% are served in a special education setting. We also have approximately 2% of our population receiving ESOL services. Being exposed to, interacting with, and befriending others of different ethnicities, socio-economic means and heritages only enriches our students.
We are proud to have an outstanding slate of administrators, faculty, and staff:
- Total number of employees - 86*
- Number of certified (teachers) staff - 64
- Number of classified (support) staff - 22
- Number of administrators - 3
- Teachers holding a master's degree - 27
- Teachers/Administrators holding a doctorate degree - 2
- Female staff - 74%
- Male staff - 26%
- Minority staff - 14%
*This number reflects those employees assigned only to Seneca Middle School. There are additional personnel such as ESOL, hearing, speech and other teachers and staff who work at SMS only a portion of their time. This number also does not include Sodexo employees who staff our cafeteria.
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