The mission of Sumter School District is “to equip students to be responsible, successful, and productive citizens in a global society”. The mission of the Sumter School District Fine Arts Department aligns with the district mission by “providing instruction, experiences and opportunities in creative writing, dance, drama, media arts, music and visual art to foster in all students the ability to self-express, create, and perform”. Sumter School District has sixteen elementary schools; seven middle schools; and three high schools which combined serve more than 17,500 students in grades PK through 12th grade. Three of our elementary schools have unique configurations (Oakland grades K-2 only, Shaw Heights 2-3 only, and High Hills 4-5 only). As a school district, one hundred percent of our students receive free lunch through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The CEP provision requires 40 percent or more identified students-those eligible for free school meals who are already identified by other means than an individual household application. Sumter School District encompasses all of Sumter County and includes urban, suburban, and rural communities. The district requires visual art and general music instruction for students in grades K-5. At the middle and high school level, while strongly encouraged, the arts are classified as an elective. In grades 6-8, we have arts teachers in all seven schools who are responsible for teaching the arts as an elective. At the high school, we have twenty two arts teachers throughout our three high schools. We offer a variety of arts classes including basic, honors, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. During the 2015-2016 school year, Sumter School District was awarded a DAP Grant entitled, The Pivot Point Project: A turn to excellence in arts education through grant funding. The 2016-2017 school year will be our first year to receive an ABC Grant.