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Thomas Sumter Academy

Private | PK-12 | 34 students

 

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Posted July 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 8, 2014

Our kids absolutely love TSA. It has a great family atmosphere! I would highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted June 2, 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


Posted May 8, 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.
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 9, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 53%
Black 6% 36%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Hispanic 1% 7%
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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
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  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
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  • Before school
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  • Christian
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • skeet shooting
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Parent involvement
  • Parents are very active in the parent teacher association, athletic booster club and the fine arts booster club. the school also participates with the local community through my community and me program.
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5265 Camden Highway
Rembert, SC 29128
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