Southside Middle

District: Florence 1   /  Site Since 2007

Southside Middle School (SMS) is one of three middle schools located in Florence, South Carolina, and currently services a total of 832 seventh and eighth grade students. Sixty seven percent of the total population is identified as receiving either reduced (6%) or free lunch (67%), and out of the total population, 20% are classified as special populations. It is a combination of rural and suburban in its unique location, being outside of the city limits, yet nestled inside a neighborhood. Southside Middle School has received the Distinguished Arts Program (DAP) grant from the South Carolina Department of Education and has grown in roster size and interest ever since. The Arts areas offered include Honors Band, Honors Chorus, Honors Orchestra, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Creative Writing. Southside also offers Gifted and Talented programs in both ELA and Math. It is the school’s vision to use the arts as a vehicle for learning. The mission statement of SMS is “Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders!” which is paired with the school’s core belief that the responsibility of educators is “To mold young minds to be creative, knowledgeable, productive citizens of good character in an ever-changing, challenging world.”

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200 E. Howe Springs Road
Florence, SC 29505

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