About Us

Calhoun County is centrally located in South Carolina. Its location is often described as the heart of the Palmetto State. It is uniquely positioned halfway between New York and Miami. St. Matthews is located 32 miles from the state's capital, Columbia. The cost of living in Calhoun County is lower than the national average. Low property taxes, low crime rate, affordable living, mild weather and friendly people make this county appealing and attractive.

The School District of Calhoun County is accredited by the State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Calhoun County has 3 public schools: two K-8 schools, and one high school. Generally, the pupil/teacher ratio is 15:1 and total enrollment is 1,747 (2011)
Our Vision
We envision a school district where everyone works harmoniously in a safe and caring environment to help all students reach their maximum potential.
Our Mission
The mission of Calhoun County Public Schools, in unity with parents and community, is to provide an environment conducive to learning that challenges all students to reach their maximum potential for success in a rapidly changing global society.

District Accreditation
Calhoun County Public Schools has been approved for District Accreditation. District accreditation from AdvancED is the most rigorous school accreditation organization in the United States. Full district accreditation signals the commitment of our district to continuous improvement. We focus on meeting the highest research-based standards through an on-going, demanding, quality asurance process.
District Demographics
  • We currently employ 300 employees and serve 1,750 students.
  • Our current graduation rate is 85.2%.
  • Schools like ours have a graduation rate of 73.8%.
  • We currently have 100% Highly Qualified teachers and paraprofessional staff ( We are 1 out of 9 districts) (HR)
 Award Winning Schools
School General Performance Closing the Acheivement Gap
Calhoun County High Silver Gold
Sandy Run K-8 Silver -
St. Matthews K-8 Silver -
School Highlights
Calhoun County High School
  • Recognized four times by US News and World Report as one of America's Best High Schools
  • Partnership with Calhoun County Library
  • Recognized by ACT as one of SC Schools making exemplary progress toward college and career readiness for all students
  • Partnerships with Orangeburg-Calhoun Tehnical College, Claflin University, and South Carolina State Universities
  • Partnership with Orangebug Consolidated School District Five's Technology Center
Sandy Run K-8 School
  • PBIS - Blue Ribbon School
  • Partnership with Claflin University's Saturday Academy
  • Partnership with Calhoun County Library
  • Partnership with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College's Summer Program for middle school students
  • Established one laptop per child in grades 3-5
  • Established Wi-Fi internet connection for all school buses
  • Duke Tip Scholars
  • 100% of students passing the End-of-Course State Assessment
  • Red Carpet Recipient
St. Matthews K-8 School
  • Duke Tip Scholars
  • Partnership with Claflin University's Saturday Academy
  • Partnerhip with Calhoun County Library
  • Recipient of the Literacy Grant from Dollar General
  • 100% of students passing the End-of-Course State Assessment
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Recipient
  • Gold medal in Technology Olympics for the vision impaired