South Carolina

South CarolinaSouth Carolina is working to ensure its schools are safe and supportive. This page features school climate information for South Carolina, including a list of grants the State and its communities have received; State discipline and bullying policies; data for a selection of indicators; related news articles; and grantee highlights demonstrating community efforts.

Grants Received

State Grant Programs

Student Support and Academic Enrichment

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program falls under ESSA, subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A. The SSAE program is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. States receive funds in the form of block grants and then fund local education agencies. To learn more, visit NCSSLE’s Title IV, Part A, SSAE Program page.

Safe and Supportive Schools

In 2010, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) received a Safe Supportive Schools grant. SCDE used this 4-year grant to implement a measurement system in participating local education agencies to improve conditions for learning. Schools and districts used valid and reliable data to drive research-based prevention and intervention strategies and reduce behaviors that present barriers to learning among high-risk students, such as substance use and aggression. The comprehensive profile (16 pages) and brief snapshot (3 pages) describe the goals of the grant, participating districts, key operational partners, primary interventions and other implementation activities, outcome data, lessons learned, and plans for sustainability. In addition to the cross-grantee Executive Summary, a longer study document is available upon request (contact NCSSLE@air.org).To find out more about this grant, go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/safesupportiveschools/index.html.

State Developed Resources

Monitoring Tool for Site Visits

High School Student Survey/Abbreviated Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Parent Survey

Teacher Survey

2015 Initiative Principal Interview Report

School Climate Implementation Interview

Local Educational Agency and District Grant Programs

Project Prevent

In 2014, Lancaster County School District received a Project Prevent grant. The district has used this 5-year grant to help its schools increase capacities for identifying, assessing, and serving students exposed to pervasive violence. The award helps ensure that affected students are offered mental health services for trauma or anxiety. The award also supports the implementation of other school-based violence prevention strategies that reduce the likelihood of future violence. To find out more about this grant, go to: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/projectprevent/index.html.

School Climate Transformation

In 2014, Spartanburg County School District No. 2 received a School Climate Transformation grant. With this 5-year grant, schools are developing support systems and providing technical assistance to schools on implementing evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral frameworks. The primary goal is to improve behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students. To find out more about this grant go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/schoolclimatelea/index.html.

Elementary and Secondary School Counseling

Laurens County School District #56 received funding through the U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant program. This 3-year grant helped schools expand the capacity of their school mental health services by 1) hiring qualified mental health professionals and 2) supporting parental involvement and school staff professional development to increase their capacities for collaborating with mental health community-based service providers. For more information about this grant, go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/elseccounseling/index.html

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Selected Indicators

Indicator 1: Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property

20098.8,7.7
20119.2,7.4
20136.5,6.9
20155.3,6.0
20179.4,6.0
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Indicator 1: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Had Been Threatened or Injured with a Weapon (For Example, a Gun, Knife, or Club) on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property
YearSouth CarolinaUS
20098.87.7
20119.27.4
20136.56.9
20155.36.0
20179.46.0

Indicator 2: Involved in Physical Fight on School Property

200912.1,11.1
201112.2,12.0
20139.6,8.1
20159.1,7.8
20178.6,8.5
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Indicator 2: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Having Been in a Physical Fight on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Involved in Physical Fight on School Property
YearSouth CarolinaUS
200912.111.1
201112.212.0
20139.68.1
20159.17.8
20178.68.5

Indicator 3: Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property

200927.6,22.7
201129.3,25.6
201324.5,22.1
201522.8,21.7
201726.0,19.8
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Indicator 3: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported that they Were Offered, Sold, or Given an Illegal Drug by Someone on School Property During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property
YearSouth CarolinaUS
200927.622.7
201129.325.6
201324.522.1
201522.821.7
201726.019.8

Indicator 4: Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide

200912.7,15.8
201115.5,15.8
201313.2,17.0
201517.3,17.7
201719.2,17.2
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Indicator 4: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide
YearSouth CarolinaUS
200912.715.8
201115.515.8
201313.217.0
201517.317.7
201719.217.2

Indicator 5: Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity

201117.6,13.8
201319.6,15.2
201520.6,14.3
201724.3,15.4
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Indicator 5: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Not Participating in at Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity that Increased Their Heart Rate and Made Them Breathe Hard Some of the Time on at Least 1 Day During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity
YearSouth CarolinaUS
201117.613.8
201319.615.2
201520.614.3
201724.315.4

Indicator 6: Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey

201110.2,5.7
20139.4,6.6
201510.0,6.7
201712.1,7.2
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Indicator 6: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Did Not Eat Vegetables (e.g., Green Salad, Potatoes [Excluding French Fries, Fried Potatoes, or Potato Chips], Carrots, or Other Vegetables) During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey
YearSouth CarolinaUS
201110.25.7
20139.46.6
201510.06.7
201712.17.2

Grantee Highlights

Features Lancaster Central School District's use of Peer Mediation to help resolve student problems in a non-threatening and positive way. Peer mediators are high school students trained to facilitate conflict resolutions between students.