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PK-12
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Rembert, SC
Students enrolled: 444
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5265 Camden Highway
Rembert, SC 29128

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(803) 499-3378
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July 04, 2014
Thomas Sumter is one of the worst private schools. The school concentrates more on fundraising than teaching the students. There is no customer satisfaction, all they care is they take your money. Good luck if your not satisfied with the school, you will not get any of your funds back if you pay up front. Recommend you pay monthly, so you can back out if you want to transfer your child.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
Awesome place. There is no other school like TSA. I am so blessed to call "The Hill" our home away from home.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Our kids absolutely love TSA. It has a great family atmosphere! I would highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
We moved to Sumter and found our child would not be able to attend Kindergarten; due to the disctrict cut off date. TSA appeared to be our best choice as they (appeared) to be willing to work with us. HOWEVER, mid-year I was advised that my child would not be moving onto the next grade. There was NO feedback from the teacher or lower school lead. They couldn't even tell us what THEIR expectations were to have my child move onto the next grade! They stood behind their "policies" however there were no clear "policies" provided. All the while my child would cry while doing homework and begged me not to take him back! I finally pulled him from the school and he's doing amazingly well! And will look at graduating Kinder; which TSA completely rejected! The Headmaster was no help...my next stop is the Board of Trustees. If you must pick a private school in sumter; let it NOT be TSA!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
Seemed like there was favoratism and if you werent part of the club your child was neglected. Lack of organization, tuition fees were very high and there were always other fees, if you werent broke before you put your child in here you will be. Bad use of funds by incompetent staff and at best average academics. Unless you are part of the club.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
We moved to the area like many other military familities and had to deal with the public schools (very poor by the way) or invest in our childrens education in a private school. We put our child in the 5's and immediately they wanted to move him to the 4's. Concerns over his "maturity", though his academics were well in line with the rest of the class. We reluctantly agreed, but trusted there judgement. It did not go smooth. My childs behavior worsened and academics sharply dropped. By school year end our child had gone from academically prepared to go to Kindergarten to "academically not ready". There final assessment at the end of the year, he was required to be tested and possibly medicated, their recommendation. To say the least it was disturbing and upsetting. We decided that what we heard wasn't appropriate. We moved our child to another private school. In 30 days my child was no longer showing the so called "maturity" issues and his academics grew overnight. Unfortunately the "Thomas Sumter Experiment" set our child back a full year or more academically. He is excelling, I regret the decision to ever put my child in that school. I DO NOT RECOMMEND!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2011
I recently graduated from this school and could not be more pleased with the education that I received while I was a student there. I was a student during the "rough patch" but I was also a student there as we made our way through. Over the years we have been through some tough times, but we got always made it through because of our love for each other and God. The current headmaster is doing an EXCELLENT job of keeping the school focused on the most important things. When someone says there is a family atmosphere, they are not lying. I miss my Thomas Sumter family and cannot wait for the chance to visit soon.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2010
As a parent of a current senior, I have been impressed with the dedication of the school family to encourage the students to pursue an education that stretches them academically and socially. The establishment of Junior Day last year has really helped the students in my child's class begin their college search very effectively. While there may have been bumps in the road through my child's time at Thomas Sumter Academy, one thing never got lost--the students are the most important and focus on them. I can easily recommend TSA for any family who wants their child to have a strong academic foundation preparing him/her for college but also wants their child to enjoy his/her life and grown emotionally and socially as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
As an alumni of TSA and now an aunt of two TSA students, I cannot express in words how it feels to walk down the halls of such a wonderful place. It is truly a family atmosphere and a place I will always call "home." I recently heard a parent say to a TSA teacher with tears in her eyes that she would pay a million dollars for her children to be at TSA if she needed to. It is wonderful to see the diversity that does not exist in other private schools in the camden/sumter/dalzell area. The teachers care about their students not only in the area of academia but in character development. Our coaches invest in the athletes so that they will also develop as students, teammates, and leaders not just athletes. Class sizes are small which gives great opportunities for one on one teaching.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2010
Thomas Sumter Academy is a better choice to provide a strong education for your child than any public school in Sumter County. Enough said on this count; there are no public schools that can compare. Period. And while there are other private schools in the Sumter/Dalzell/Camden area, we have found that Thomas Sumter is more "down-to-earth" and more welcoming than some other private schools in the area. The teachers educate the whole child -- academics, sports, good manners and decorum, as well as providing a Christian foundation with daily prayer. To address a previous comment on this site: it is true the athletic teams have moved from SCISA 3-A to 2-A, but that is because the number of students at the school (around 400 I think) fit into the 2-A category. That's the way it works at all schools, so we see this as a plus rather than a negative! Parent

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
My son went to TSA from 1st grade to graduation. The Lower School is excellent, or was at that time anyway. It started going downhill in middle and high school except for a few teachers. The good ole boy network is alive and well when it comes to sports. Good curriculum generally and a safe environment. I just hated paying so much money for an education that wasn't as good as the public school system where I am from. But, Lower School - definitely -- then look elsewhere.... Their athletic teams have also gone down hill - they appear to be excelling but it is because they were allowed to drop down to SCISA II-A which is not competitive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2010
I'm a parent and am very pleased with the half day 4's program. The children all seem to be learning alot to prepare them for Kindergarten. I was very thankful they had this program this year and I think Thomas Sumter should also consider a afternoon class. My family supports Thomas Sumter In everyway. It is a family atmospher and if you are looking for a school you can feel at home with don't look any further. You found it! Thomas Sumter Academy PF3-12th.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
I am a parent of two children at Thomas Sumter. I couldn't be more pleased with the education that my children are receiving. The children are challenged to reach their potential. The teachers are helpful. The students are very welcoming and accepting of others. Most importantly, I appreciate the focus that is placed on educating the whole child, not just academics. Building the children's character is a huge part of this school. My children are very happy at Thomas Sumter and feel very safe there. I believe that my children will be very succesful in life with the well-rounded education that they are receiving. I would recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
Returning back to Thomas Sumter as a teacher and a parent is one way that I hope to give back to this wonderful school some of what it gave to me. As an alumni, I can't begin to descibe the many memories created here, but the one thing I feel is most important is that I received so much more than just an education. It is a dream come true to be back on 'the hill' and see my children walking through the same halls and experiencing some of the same things I did! The teachers are here because they want to be here and the family atmosphere is a wonderful addition to the learning environment! Our students soar because they know their teachers care and they're in a place where they know they matter!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
I am a teacher and parent who loves TSA. Our headmaster is beyond excellent. Our teachers do care for the students and often go out of their way to help them learn. Our students are challenged academically, are involved in volunteer work, take USC (college) courses, and are still great in several sports! To get all of this with a Christian emphasis and family-feel is simply incredible.

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January 28, 2010
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January 08, 2010
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- submitted by a student
November 04, 2009
I went to TSA for 15 years and loved every minute of it. TSA prepared me for college. I miss it :) GO GENERALS Class of 2009

- submitted by a student
no rating October 26, 2009
This past weekend I knew I was teaching at the right school after participating in their annual Fall Festival. It just reinterates the feelings I have for this school and continues to show how much our school has a family atmosphere and caring parents, teachers, and friends. I am so grateful to be a part of this faculty and will continue to spread the word about our 'little school' on the 'big Hill' known as TSA. Thanks. Joye Davis, Upper School Librarian, '68 graduate, 30 year veteran for TSA

- submitted by a teacher
October 26, 2009
TSA is a great school that prepares you for the future. I attended schools in 6 different states and found TSA to be the most challenging. TSA offers a variety of college level courses (not just AP courses) that allow you to enter into college as a sophomore. TSA has a great reputation in College admissions. I found that Clemson has an easier work/ course load than TSA. I came to college better prepared and graduated near the top of my class at Clemson (many freshman fail out of Clemson within the first semester due to the increase in work load from public high school to college). I will always remember my days on The Hill . I thank TSA for providing me with all of the opportunities I have now.

- submitted by a student
October 21, 2009
After having attended public school until 9th grade (including DODDS schools), Thomas Sumter was my first private school experience. I spent my sophomore-senior years at TSA. It was a great school and by graduation I was totally equipped for college. However, at TSA you get more that just an academic education; you get an education that prepares you for life. Of course as a teenager I did not realize the true blessing that TSA was in my life. This school presents its students with both an academic challenge and ample extra-curricular opportunities. If you are looking for a school, come by and check out Thomas Sumter Academy!

- submitted by a student
October 13, 2009
My daughter is now in K5 at Thomas Sumter. She has been there since K3. We wouldn't have her anywhere else. The family atmosphere and academics are second to none. TSA is truly a unique school.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
My children love TSA and thank me often for giving them the opportunity to go there. It's been a struggle, but worth every penny of it.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
My daughter has had the priviledge of attending Thomas Sumter Academy since she was three years old and Lord willing, will attend until she graduates, in seven years. There is no place I would rather send my child. The teachers are loving, caring, and teach their classes very well. The Head of School has an open door policy for parents, as well as students. Everyone knows everyone and it truly IS a family. How amazing is it that the Head of School knows who my daughter is and calls her by name? Sure, there have been a few bumps in the road. That's everywhere and the only reason people make a big deal about them is because the school is HONEST with it's parents! (If you don't think it's everywhere you are sorely mistaken.) I'd much rather have that than have no idea what's going on. Go Generals!!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
TSA is a wonderful private school. I have educated both my daughters there and now have 2 grandsons attending. I have been a part of TSA for 28 years. I cannot say enough about the spiritual and educational opportunities offered there. We have an excellent staff. They are interested in one thing.....your child and their student. Children are encouraged, supported and loved at TSA. Your child will experience a positive atmosphere daily. I do volunteer work at the school and see this first hand. They also have an excellent athletic program where your child is encouraged to do his very best - win or lose - they are taught to walk away with their heads held high and proud of their efforts made playing the best game they could. I would recommend TSA to parents whose goals for their child is a well rounded education in a loving environment.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2009
I had children at this school. it was great, except the incidents of racism. which staff does not know how to deal with correctly.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
I have attended TSA for 13 years now and am about to enter my senoir year. My experiences at TSA have been awesome!! I have loved every second that I have been there and am not ready to see it end. My parents made the decesion to send me and my sister there a long time ago, and I am glad they did!! The school allows you to participate in sports as well as excel in academics. The life long values that many kids learn at TSA carry them a long way in life, physically and spiritually.The reviews that you read about TSA being a waste are made foolishly. Take it from a person who has spent their entire life growing up at TSA, it is a place like no other!!!! Go Generals

- submitted by a student
July 14, 2009
Thomas Sumter Academy is the place you want to send your children. Both of my children have very different personalities. One is very academic and the other is very social. TSA has provided a place for both to excel in the area of their strength, while challenging them to step up in their weakest area. They provided a place for my social child to excel in music, dance and drama, but still challenged her to work hard in academics. Very few places offer that diversity.. Thank you Thomas Sumter Academy for education my children for life, as well as college.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2009
I have a story to tell!! I watched a 5th grade student come to TSa this year..This child had been to Heathwood Hall and Sandhills and came to us looking like a little lost puppy.. WIthin 4 months, the parents were asking what in the world TSA was doing..? With the combination of Core Possibilities and two excellent teachers this child's life became a differnet story, as well as the life of the parents and their relationship with the child...This is what TSA does best..They are so intune to the child and will do whatever it takes to find a way to enter into a relationship with the child and family to bring about success for that child academically, socially and in ways that the child can know he or she is valued as an individual..

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2009
The school has sadly gone down hill. There have only been 2 decent headmasters in the past 15 years; at least 1 remains a High School teacher there. I have had 2 children graduate there and have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for a barely average education. Future parents and student need to be warned that if you play another sport other than football or soccer you will have to foot the entire bill. Money is there for only select sports, and the rest - from bus tranportation or uniforms, to entry fees and awards, parents must find a way to pay in order to let their child participate. Unfortunately, that mentality is off the playing field as well. Select students can pretty much do anything and get away with it, while others are allowed no consideration. For the value, go elsewhere!!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
There have been bumps along the road, but the core of TSA has remained the same: a quality education with Christian values, accompanied by faculty who actually care about your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2009
I was a student at TSA for 3 years. Its financial management is horribly skewed. Its academic priorities are often overlooked in favor of its sports programs, namely football. Athletic students are given special treatment, often at the expense of other students. The school also seems to have made scandal an annual tradition.

- submitted by a student
April 21, 2009
Like all schools some teachers were execelent others wern't. The major problems are of course cost and a like of variety of classes. However, there are exceedingly few choices in middle school and in highschool the only other option is Sumter High. That is of course only available to a small district.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2009
Middle school at TSA is sorely lacking in facilities and instruction. Class size is too large and the teachers are out quite often. Fast food is ordered every day and there is no proper building provided for the middle school students to have lunch in. Not a good buy for your money.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2008
I loved TSA when i attended there. Being a military kid, I move around a lot. Tsa was a 'home away from home'. The atmosphere was extremely family oriented, and most of the teachers are incredible. The new headmistress is marvelous. Although there were a few problems with administration in the past, it is being taken care of. The academics aren't the highest of the high, but i received a well rounded knowledge of more than just schoolwork or busy work at TSA. It will forever be my favorite school.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2008
TSA is where I've been since I was in the 1st grade. The family atmosphere there is just so awesome. If you go to TSA, then you really are very blessed. Happy Holidays everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2008
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November 04, 2008
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October 21, 2008
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June 09, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2008
Being military we move around alot and we try to send our child to a good school....We were mistaken when we signed our child up in TSA. The school is rundown. Some of the teahcers are incapable of teaching. We buy the text books and then the teachers state that the books are no good and will not be using them. The head master seems to be deaf to concerns brought to her attention. Bottom line...Send your kid elsewhere!!!! o'yeah the old head master was fired...I hear the school has a financial issue but they claim to have it fixed...A rate increase in tuition was over 4%...That is more than inflation.....You decide.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2008
First off i would like to say, I am shocked at some of the lower rated reviews. I've been at Thomas Sumter Academy since i was in the 1st grade. Some of the reviews claimed that them or their child is doing better at a public school then Thomas Sumter, I would like to point out that Thomas Sumter is a higher level of learning then public school, and sure we have had some administration problems, but that is being resovled. Thomas Sumter is my home away from home, does your family sometimes have problems, well if it doesn't open your eyes, something is going wrong. Thomas Sumter is a family to me, we get through things together. I plan on graduating from Thomas Sumter, and I also feel like I am getting a very good education.

- submitted by a student
January 31, 2008
Traditions are very important. The academics are superior for the area. Average SAT scores are higher than other schools in the county.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2007
I have rated Thomas Sumter above average only because it is a school that allows students to have more opportunities as long as they are willing to work hard. This school, though, has taken a plunge in the past years with its administration. The teachers are overworked, underpaid. Tuition has increased and extra unmentioned costs have been 'thrown in'. The school has had good renovations, but really unecessary. Be weary if you do decide to attend TSA because not many know exactly where all the funds are going. Its a great school, but it would be even better if those in the administration and especially Dr. Mayfield the headmaster, would follow the mantra of the school, 'Acta non Verba'. This means 'actions not words'. His words are powerful; he is a great speaker, but his actions do not imitate his words.

- submitted by a student
December 13, 2007
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December 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2007
I made a lot of friends when I went there. But I get a more personalized education with a much wider range of classes at the public school I switched to out-of-state. We all take the exact same classes at TSA, at the school I go to now we have a choice of about 15 different english classes, (humanities, Shakespeare, creative writing.) But at TSA there was a single class for every subject. If the classes didnt work for you then you were screwed. If you want your child to get a personalized education that will focus on their specific needs and intrests then TSA isnt the place. I feel like my parents wasted their money. my free education is better.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
Thomas Sumter is a wonderful place to be. Our children all attend - from the elementary school through the high school and the teachers are wonderful, caring and nurturing. The recent changes have enhanced an already great place. The academics are strong and getting even better and there is a real commitment to excellence. The thing that we love most about TSA, however, is how students of all races, socio-economic levels and home situations are welcome and accepted. It really is more than a school - it is a family.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
When we decided to send our son to TSA we made that decision based on many factors, teacher vs student ratio in the class room, Christian values, the fact that many of the teachers had been at TSA for years and knew each student personally..and would step in to help if needed when things got tough. Lets face it, with each new administration, major changes will take place, but they are not always for the better. Lets hope TSA continues to move forward but not at the cost of the students and families.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2007
Yes, the cost of the textbooks for this upcoming school year is high. But in all honesty, if it means our students are using the most up to date information to better themselves and no longer using textbooks that are from the dark ages, by all means, send me the bill. The change in the whole system on 'The Hill' is one long overdue. The Board stood up to those who felt they should be running TSA, stood beside the Administration who is leading TSA and accepted the resignations of those who wouldn't. Too bad it took so long. I am thankful that our family will get to reap the benefits of those strong individuals who took a stand for TSA and will return it to the small Christian school atmosphere it use to be with an administration and board that will take charge and FACE THE CHALLENGE! I recommend TSA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2007
Excellent School with Christian Families, Healthy Emotional Environment fostering encouragement and empowerment for a students self-esteem. Academics excel. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2007
Over the past year we have gone through many changes and many for the best and some took time to get used to but overall this school is amazing! I have gone there since I was 4 and I have become a very well rounded individual. The school's focus is on giving every student the best education and character. Although I must add the greatest quality are the people the school is not like any other in this aspect we are a family and everyone takes care of one another!Go Thomas Sumter Generals! I ecourage anyone and everyone to come and be apart of this family!

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2007
Thomas Sumter Academy is more than a school for our children, it is our home and second family. My children are actually looking forward for the end of summer because they miss going to school.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
Major changes in Leadership (Administration and Athletics), and Upper School faculty during the past year have improved the school and moved it to a higher level in almost every program and subject. The school has always had a good reputation for 'family atmosphere' but it lacked good quality in some programs and teaching. That has all changed in the 2006-2007 school year. My high school student loves the school and says it has never been better. She looks forward to the next three years at TSA and so do my husband and I.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
Thomas Sumter Academy is a quality school with good leadership and an excellent faculty. Students are strongly encouraged to develop their God-given talents in all areas whether academic, artistic or athletic. The school really practices what it preaches in 'development of the whole child' including emphasis on spiritual and character development. The balance and extensiveness of the curricula of the school is outstanding for a school its size. The teaching is exceptionally good at all levels and students welcome newcomers with open arms. A comprehensive extracurricular program is available to students starting in the elementary grades. The athletic program, under new leadership, has made excellent progress in only one year. Emphasis is on fundamentals and the results have been remarkable. The Fine Arts program is outstanding winning state performance awards in Drama, Dance and Music and sending the school choir on a 7-day performance tour of Scotland in June 2007.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
TSA is a fantastic school where my children have been challanged academically and grown personally. They love school and actually 'jump out of bed' each morning ready for school. I am always welcomed and encouraged to participate in the activities at TSA. The atmosphere on 'the Hill' is one that I would like for all children and their families to experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
The academic advantages at TSA are superior! There is no other option for my daughter's education. I like the atmosphere and the fact that she is known by her name. The teachers care about her.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
Quality education, caring teachers, family atmosphere, safe environment.....Thomas Sumter Academy stands heads and shoulders above the rest

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June 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
I have 2 kids in school at Thomas Sumter, and think the school is just great. The quality of the academics is just so far ahead of the public schools, and the teachers really care about the kids. We just love this school so much that my wife even took a job at the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
The guidance counseling at this school leaves a lot to be desired.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
I have a daughter graduating from TSA this May and a son going into the 9th grade. Both children came from public schools (grades 1-10 for my daughter and grades K-6 for my son). I cannot say enough good things about Thomas Sumter. The standards are high, the teachers are excellent, the school is small, there is virtually no discipline problems when compared to public schools, the work is hard, excellence is expected, teachers are available at school and at home, teachers willingly attend virtually every function. It is the norm to excel; students are not looked down upon if they do well on the one hand but they are also not looked down upon if they struggle. They are given every opportunity to succeed and parents opinions and input are welcomed. We wish we had moved our children earlier.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
January 12, 2007
Not at all a very good school teachers look out for themselves more then their students. The family feeling at the school soon falls once a student gets into trouble, its not a great school to be at.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 01, 2006
I aggree to some of those negatism comments here. But certainly I would not generalize it either. Some teachers are good, and some are just plainly ignorant. In my opinion, some teachers look at it as, if you are rich, your children is completely fine and will pay close attention to them. As simply as that. Those teachers that are acting disgracefully is worst than less educated people.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 30, 2006
As a school that values Christian principles, it is our nature to help support learning in many ways. I pride myself on being available virtually everyday after school for any student who seeks extra help in my classes. The only requirement of the student is that they have done their part - that homework and classwork have been given appropriate effort. For example, if a student has not done their homework for Tuesday, then they would not be able to come for extra help on Tuesday. I know my colleagues also offer extra help, so I am bewildered about the 'no help' comment.

- submitted by a teacher
April 30, 2006
Another parent mentioned this site to me because she was upset and wondered about the truth of a few critical reviews. These negative comments prompt me to add thoughts on our own positive experiences at TSA in order to provide a balance to what has been previously written here. After having looked at three other private schools in the area: Wilson Hall, Heathwood, and Hammond, my husband and I have chosen to send our children to TSA for four critical reasons: The supportive family atmosphere; the outstanding, challenging teachers; the opportunity to participate in any sport or club; and most importantly, the academic excellence of the school. Is this merely an opinion? Yes, it is, in the same way the negative comments are.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2006
Thomas Sumter Academy is a wonderful school. Our daughter transferred from a DODDS school to TSA and was readily accepted by teachers and peers alike. She has had outstanding teachers in the high school. She was able to obtain numerous scholarships and graduated from college with a 3.87. We attribute this success to the foundations built at TSA. She was taught great study habits, challenged to go beyond her limit, and was fully prepared for life when she left there. Although the academics were superior, we feel she learned three very important life lessons: respect, responsiblity, and resourcefulness.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2006
The teacher at Thomas Sumter are unfair and play favoritism...the classes are small but if you son or daughter needs extra help ... forget it... they are only geared to help those kids that can learn on their own... Its the worst private school in SC... More parents need to speak up ...those who have wonderful things to say about the school have kids that learn well on their own.

- submitted by a staff
April 21, 2006
Avoid Thomas Sumter! My children are excellent students who no longer attend. Many of the teachers are parents of students. Many of the teachers attended TSA when they were young. Many parents pull their children out each year due to the incompetent teachers. Avoid this school especially if you are from the base. They will take your money and you will not realize the harm done by incompetent teachers until you are reassigned and your children attend a better school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
Thomas Sumter is a great school. I am a teacher there and I have two children who are High School students. I was shocked to read some negative comments about the school at this site. Very seldom do we hear anything but positive feedback. Sometimes a parent becomes disgruntled when their child doesn't do well and instead of making him accept responsibility for it blames the teachers or the school. The curriculum is challenging and a student must work to do well; those who do so thrive and love the school. I have taught at Thomas Sumter for ten years, primarily because I want my own children to go there. I feel that they are prepared academically, socially, and spiritually for college and for life.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
Thomas Sumter Academy is the best school in Sumter County. My children have been successful in both academics and athletics. All children have the opportunity to particpate in all areas of the school. Teaching morals and values are especially important at all levels of the school. My children are now in upper school and they felt that they were totally prepared for high school. All children are encouraged to do their best and extra help is offered after school. Parent involvement is great! Parents are welcomed all day every day. I enjoy helping and being able to be so involved in my children's school life.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2006
This is a terrible school. I switched to that school in the 7 grade and I felt stupid as opposed to the feeling i had at my old school. I felt as if i was not learning anything and the teachers were often unfair and played favorites. I gladly went back to my old school in the 10th grade.

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2005
My daughter is in Pre-5 and she is learning so much. The academic program is wonderful. She is in dance and has physical education once a week. The parent involvement is very good in her classroom, they plan alot of activities.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2004
TSA is a wonderful school. My son is ADHD (inatentive type) and requires some one on one help often. His teachers (k5-5th) have very understanding and willing to work with him. He has had teachers willing to stay after school to help him understand classwork and homework. My only concern is for the schools (board of directors) willingness to help the handicap. After speaking with the headmaster and brought the problem of stairs to the board, I have been told that ramps are not a priority. They are looking at installing an elevator in the upper school; he won't be there for another 3 years.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2004
My children went to TSA for over 10 years, and loved it when they were little, but as they grew older and got into middle school, the academics were poor, and the teachers were playing favortisim, and weren't being fair, and things just got worse in the high school. My daughter now attends public school and is in the 11th grade, she is doing better than she ever has at TSA.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2004
My son attended this school from the 2nd through 12 grades. He gradutated, with scholarships and 16 University credits, and he was well prepared for a major university. The faculty and staff provide a climate of safe learning with emphasis on the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2004
My daughter came to TSA in the eighth grade and is now in high school. On a positive note, the school has an excellent academic and college prep program. She has done extremely well at TSA. All of her teachers, with an exception of a couple, were awesome instructors. They have always been there for her when and if she needed them. On a negative note, the school really needs renovation in every aspect and restructuring. Now that we have a new headmaster, maybe some things will begin to change for the better. We parents are paying so much money, and every year the tuition gets higher, but we cannot see where the money is going. The high school desperately needs new desks and equipment. The cafeteria kitchen needs total renovation. Both of these matters should have been addressed before the weight room was built. This is a start.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2004
I have two children at the school; one in Middle School and the other in High School. It is a wonderful school with a wholesome enviornment. There are high standards and excellent teachers who give lots of extra time to the students. The High School is very strong academically. I would not send my children anywhere esle.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2004
TSA is a great school. Our daughter graduated fully prepared for college. The high school has high expectations and keeps abreast of new developments in education without following ever educational fad. TSA give exception value for your money.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
Thomas Sumter Academy has provided my child the opportunity to grow academically within her comfort level. As an avid learner, she has been able to explore areas that may not typically be open to students elsewhere. The school has a great family atmosphere that embraces the children upon entering the doors. It has been a great place to have my daughter become a better citizen by giving back to her community as well as growing academically.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2004
Attended briefly in Middle School and the academics were so weak it was sad. Disipline was no where to be found. School grounds were unkept and building was in need of repairs. Students given sports scholarships appeared to be held to lower standards which created the negative environment. Personally, I feel it was an unsafe, unhealty environment with very weak academics. Also, could never get the overall test results for the school, which is a strong indication of failure. Good schools do not hide this information.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
K-5 offers a very good program. Middle School leaves alot to be desired and lacks control. Middle school student to teacher ratio is on average 24 per class. The Headmaster lacks personal skills and seems more worried about the bottom dollar. We have attended since the first grade. We are sticking it out so he can enter the High School program. Tuition vs. amenities does not add up. Honor system has been an excellent start to improving the honesty level. Would recommend for K-5 and 9-12...not middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Everyone is held accountable. They even have an honor committee, staffed by the students. Each student is held to this honor standard. The staff and the students promote honesty. Students give of their own time to tutor other classmates that are having a problem. This program tends to lead to life long friends. One example it the Principal was once a student. Best move we made for our daughter. Money well spent.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I am a struggling parent of 6, and I love TSA, it's like a family.

- submitted by a teacher
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Thomas Sumter Academy
5265 Camden Highway, Rembert, SC  29128
(803) 499-3378
Last modified Thomas Sumter Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Thomas Sumter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 91 reviews. Top