Breakthrough Survey

The School District of Pickens County would like to thank the 2,700 parents, educators, and community members who participated in the recent Breakthrough in School Choice Survey!   


You have given SDPC valuable feedback that we will use to identify possible future choices for theme-based school magnet offerings for our students.


Your responses have confirmed our district’s priorities by your ranking of your top three school choice factors: academics, safety, and technology.  These factors remain a focus of the district in all of our schools.


The community survey revealed strong support for theme-based choices.  STEM/STEAM ranked first followed by personalized, project-based learning, then international studies, foreign language, and visual/performing arts.


The survey results were presented to the SDPC Board of Trustees on July 17, 2017.  The board has identified McKissick and Central Elementary as priority schools for the first round of magnet schools.  The goal is to increase socioeconomic diversity and school capacity at these two sites, while building a strong academic program around an immersive theme-based learning.  Breakthrough committees at McKissick and Central will begin researching possible themes, defining PK-12 pathways of learning, and visiting exemplar magnet schools.  


You can view the results of the survey by clicking here.


Again, thank you for your participation and be assured that your thoughtful responses will guide the district as we strive to offer quality school choices based on students interests, passions, talents and abilities.