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Welcome to Laurens County School District 55

8 days ago

 

Located in the heart of beautiful Laurens County, Laurens School District 55 has its administrative offices at 1029 West Main Street in Laurens, South Carolina.  Nestled between Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia, the area provides peaceful living combined with convenient access to some of the state's most important metropolitan centers, its beaches, or the mountains

Laurens County School District 55 strives to be a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner.  You can be assured that your child will be attending a progressive school system whose educational programs are designed to meet a wide variety of interests, ability levels,  and cultural backgrounds.


Are you new to the district?  

Enrolling your child in the school system here is a relatively simple matter.  You should have signed a statement of release in the school district from which you have moved.  This enables District 55 to receive a copy of your child's records from that school system.  If you did not do this before relocating, someone at the school to which your child is assigned in District 55 will be glad to assist you.  Take your child's previous report cards and other school records that you may have with you. 

All children entering school in this state must meet South Carolina immunization requirements.  These should be in your child's records from his/her previous school.  If you are moving from another state, a copy of a state issued birth certificate (not a hospital birth form) is required.  Please be mindful that the transfer of your child should be as expedient as possible to ensure the continuity of his/her learning process and to conform to the South Carolina attendance requirements.   
Links providing additional information for those new to the community
A Message from the Superintendent  
Directory of Schools and Programs

State Superintendent Spearman Visits L55

11 days ago

 

Dr. Billy Strickland, Mrs. Cassie Power, and 

Mrs. Molly Spearman

 LDHS NJROTC Color Guard 


 

More than 400 educators gathered at Laurens District 55 High School on August 17 for the district’s annual opening assembly.  During her address to the group of educators, Cassie Power, 2015 District Teacher of the Year, noted, “Teaching is a calling.  It is our responsibility to love our students and to teach them to show the world their awesomeness.”  Power shared that as educators, it is important to help students realize that failure isn’t always a bad thing; rather it is often an opportunity to learn from what went wrong and use it to move toward success.  “As teachers, we must be there for students to help them work through bad days.”    

Addressing the group, District 55 Superintendent Billy Strickland noted, “Caring about your work, surrounding yourself with good people, and showing that you care about others is important in any profession.”  Strickland referred to District 55’s staff as hard-working, committed, and supportive, and credited the district’s 15% graduation rate improvement to the efforts of everyone in the district.  “Our graduation rate is not a high school issue.  It takes everyone working together from the first day of kindergarten to produce student success.” 

Molly Spearman, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education, was the featured guest speaker for the event.  Spearman shared the statewide vision that every graduate should be prepared for success in society. “Thank you for choosing education as your profession,” remarked Spearman.  “Educating a student is so much more than teaching content.  We must incorporate team work, integrity, and perseverance into our efforts so that South Carolina schools are producing students who can be successful in society.”    

      South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman

Vision, Mission, Beliefs, Expectations

about 1 month ago

The vision, mission, and belief statements of Laurens School District 55 are the guiding principles on which all system decisions are made.  These principles are the basis of the district's strategic plan and also determine priorities for the use of funds, program initiatives, personnel directions, professional development, and facility needs.  All of this aids the district in meeting the needs of each learner and providing equal opportunities for success.  In an effort to maintain the district's vision of being a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner, District 55 works diligently to ensure that all planning, goal setting, and evaluation of programs are centered on high expectations and the continuous improvement of students.  District administrators make every effort to stay abreast of innovative programs, resources, and best practices designed to enhance student learning and system effectiveness.  

 
Vision Statement 

Laurens County School District 55 will be a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner. 


Mission Statement

The mission of Laurens County School District 55 is to create a community of learners who are responsible and productive citizens.


Belief Statements 


In District 55, we believe that . . .


  • Children are our most valuable resource. 
  • Every individual can learn and can be successful.
  • Every individual can make a valuable contribution to society.
  • The total education of our children is the shared responsibility of our students, parents, schools, community, and government.
  • The family is the primary influence in the development of an individual.
  • A diversified education strengthens individuals and society.
  • Every individual deserves to be treated with dignity, fairness, and respect.
  • Each individual has different needs and deserves equal opportunities for success in learning.
  • Excellence is achievable through high expectations and continuous improvement.
  • All students have the right to learn in a safe, clean, and comfortable environment.
  • Learning is a life-long process.
  • All students deserve a relevant and challenging education that prepares them for the future.
  • All system decisions will be based on data to meet the needs of our students. 


Expectations

Laurens County School District 55 expects . . . 

  • every individual to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • everyone to accept responsibility for maintaining a safe, clean, and orderly environment in order to optimize learning opportunities.
  • every staff member to work to improve communication in order to increase awareness of and involvement in our continuous improvement efforts.
  • our schools to provide a rigorous and relevant curriculum based on best practices for each student as outlined by the district, state, and nation.
  • all staff to make every moment matter in order to provide each student with an excellent educational opportunity. 



Information for Parents

11 days ago

   

Code of Student Conduct 

  • K-5    
  • 6-8


District Calendar 

  • 2015-2016      
  • 2016-2017

Family-Friendly Guides to SC Academic Standards 
Free/Reduced Meal Application 
Health Forms 
  • Chronic Illness 
  • Nonprescription Medications
  • Prescription Medications


Inclement Weather 

Notice of Non-Discrimination
Parent/Guardian/Student Handbook 
Report to the Community 

Right to Know 

  • English     
  • Spanish 

South Carolina Sex Offender Registry
Student Attendance 
School Contact Information 
Student Health and Safety 
Student Health Screenings

Student Supplies Lists 


Summer Reading Lists 

  • Babies and Toddlers 
  • Preschool
  • Beginning Readers 
  • Elementary Grades 
  • Spanish

Title 1 Federal Program


 

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