Wade Hampton High School aspires to develop the skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate in our students by providing a safe, caring, and academically rigorous learning environment. Wade Hampton High School is an important staple in the greater Greenville community. As such, we remain focused on inspiring all members to grow academically, socially, and emotionally within a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. Our vision at WHHS centers on a shared philosophy that we must serve our diverse student body with a personalized plan for all students beginning at their current academic level and guiding them to graduation and beyond, fully prepared and confident to contribute to society.
A strong partnership between home, school, and the Greenville community has been the driving force behind the academic achievement of our students over the last decade. Our successes have been recognized by several state and national awards. Our most notable recognitions include the following:
Highest Graduation Rate in GCS 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010
2020 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Educator Achievement Award
National Blue Ribbon School (2016) - United States Department of Education
Palmetto’s Finest School (2011) - South Carolina Department of Education
Nation's Best High Schools (2019, 2020) - US News and World Report
Recognized ASCA Model Program (2017) - American School Counselor Association
These accomplishments and recognitions confirm Wade Hampton High School’s standing as one of the top high schools in South Carolina and our nation. Our students once again outpaced district, state, and national averages in every major measurement of academic performance. As part of our Graduation + initiative, our students completed over 780 college level courses and an additional 322 industry standard certifications. These accomplishments position our students well to compete for college admission and 21st century jobs. We are proud of the strategic and forward-thinking mindset that exists in our school. There is a clear intentionality around providing an excellent post-secondary preparatory education that will situate students to have success in whatever life path they choose. We will further cultivate the potential of each student as graduates who will become productive members of their community while ensuring they can adapt to a diverse, ever-changing world.
The faculty and staff of Wade Hampton High School are focused on student-centered learning and meeting the needs of our students as individuals. Recognizing that we are stronger together, our teachers operate within the framework of Professional Learning Communities in order to continuously evaluate, plan, and improve student learning. Using both historical and current student achievement data, instructional practices are examined before making decisions regarding the diverse needs of our students. We developed a multi-tiered system of support to provide enrichment activities for advanced learners and ensure that struggling learners receive appropriate assistance. Support systems include teacher office hours, after-school tutoring sessions with free transportation, special education services, and several research-based technology resources.
Finally, we believe students are more likely to succeed when they are well rounded and engage in connections outside of the classroom. Relationships matter and are the foundation upon which academic success is built. We have strong extracurricular programs in Athletics, Community Service, Science Technology Arts and Engineering (STEAM), and Performing Arts. There are so many opportunities at our students’ fingertips. We are personally challenged, inspired, and motivated to grow our school by growing every child, every day based on their unique learning profiles. There is a strong connection in educational research between involvement in school sponsored organizations and academic success. Whether it be academic team, athletics, robotics, or anything in between, we encourage all of our students to be involved! At Wade Hampton High School we believe the school, family, and community must share the educational responsibility of our children. Success for our students is dependent on the active participation of all our stakeholders.
Thank you all for positioning Wade Hampton as the flagship high school in South Carolina as we continue to develop our future leaders of this state, nation, and world!
Mr. John Kaup, Chair of the School Improvement Council
Dr. Carlos C. Grant, Principal