The mission of Kershaw County School District (KCSD) is to provide an artistically enriched educational environment in which all (K-12) students explore, discover, express, create, and succeed. The district has, for over 30 years, demonstrated a commitment to arts education. Beginning in 1985, the district became one of the original Arts in Basic Curriculum Sites. A close and productive partnership with the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is nurtured and maintained. The district provides arts education for 10,500 students annually in 11 elementary, 4 middle, and 3 high schools. The percent poverty rates are 51% free with 7% reduced lunch. Gifted and talented programs are offered to 3rd through 8th grades and conducted within individual schools. Digital Art and Design and Graphic Communications classes are offered at the Applied Technology Education Campus. Elementary students are instructed in visual art, music and creative writing, while middle schools students may additionally experience instruction in dance and theatre. High school students choose from instrumental music, chorus, visual art, photography, theatre or dance. A strings class is offered for 3rd and 4th graders by audition at 2 of our elementary schools. Arts programs are offered through the Boys and Girls Club of America as an after-school option for many of our schools. KCSD for school year 2015-16 is in the 3rd year of ABC grant cycle and has been awarded grant funds for 2016-17 school year. Kershaw County School District’s commitment to arts education remains central.