Dear TSA Generals and Prospective TSA Generals,
Welcome to the Thomas Sumter Academy website. Included in these pages is a plethora of information vital to you, whether you are a current family or a prospective family. The pages of our website have weekly e-letters for both current and prospective families as well as information regarding tuition, payment plans, and financial aid and scholarship opportunities. I invite you to review as much as you feel is necessary. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Thomas Sumter is about academics, athletics, and character development – we pride ourselves in developing the whole child. TSA looks, teaches, and practices these three pillars that are critical in the social and emotional development of each of our students. We are a SCISA Certified STEAM school. This past year we implemented a Literacy Lab to help our elementary students improve their reading skills, setting them up for future success. Our K-5th graders have, and use, iPad’s to further their success in the classroom and to maximize their STEAM specials. Science. Technology. Engineering, Arts. Math. It is more than a buzz word here at Thomas Sumter. They use their devices to access online learning programs such as MobyMax, an excellent math tool, and Reading A2Z, an online reading tool. Both of these tools have enhanced our student’s comprehension and abilities in both math and language arts. STEAM, however, is more than that – it is a process by which all of our students learn. They set themselves apart from other students in the area through increased critical thinking skills and soft skills through collaborative learning.
In our sixth through twelfth grade, our students bring their own devices. They have the option of having an online e-book or a standard textbook. Thomas Sumter Generals have consistently scored above both the state and national normed test both on the SAT and ACT. We have an outstanding Dual Enrollment program with Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC). This program enables Juniors and Seniors access to college professors and college courses – on campus. It also enables these students to earn as many as 24 college credit hours – and some earn even more. In speaking with graduates, the Dual Enrollment program has enabled them to even graduate in three years vice four or use the fourth year to gain their master’s degree. Certainly, a win-win scenario.
Athletically, we are very competitive in all of our sports programs from football, volleyball, and cross country to basketball, archery, and Sporting Clays. We have seen State Champions in football, basketball, and Girls’ softball. State runners-up in Girls’ Volleyball, and regional and individual state champions in golf and archery.
From a character perspective we not only espouse core values but also learn about character through traits such honor, integrity, and commitment. Thomas Sumter has a very strong Honor Code, Honor Pledge, and Honor Council. Acta Non Verba is more than our our logo – it is a way of life. Our students embody servant principled leadership – through our service organizations such as National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society to our Executive Student Council and Student Council. Our students serve — their school, their community, and their state. Please give us a call. Speak with our students, our parents, and our faculty. Schedule an appointment today and see what the TSA Difference is: Tenacity. Supports. Achievements.
PROUD TO BE A GENERAL
Dr. F.L. Martin III
Head of School
Thomas Sumter Academy