Public Schools
The Pickens County School District is South Carolina’s eleventh largest with an enrollment of
16,004 students in 15 elementary, 5 middle, 4 high schools, 1 career center and 1 alternative
school. Test scores are consistently above the state and national average on most measures.
Nine schools were named Palmetto Gold, and three were named Palmetto Silver. Two
elementary schools were named Red Carpet Schools. All public schools are fully accredited and
all teachers fully certified by the South Carolina Department of Education.


Post-Secondary Enrollment (Fall 2005)

Clemson University 17,165
Southern Wesleyan University 2,700
Tri-County Technical 4,645
Private and Parochial Schools (2005)

Number of Schools 12
Kindergarden Enrollment 77
Grades 1-8 Enrollment 375
Grades 9-12 Enrollment 169

Highest Education Attainment
(Adults over 25)

Less than 9th Grade 9.5%
Attended High School 16.9%
High School Diploma 30.8%
Attended College 17.4%
College Degree 25.5%


Pickens County Library System (2005)

Headquarters 1
Branches 3
Number of Registered Users 59,887
Library Holdings 169,996
Annual Public Service Hours 11,908