The 2020-21 school year presented several challenges which required the Clover School District to change processes and show flexibility. Enduring the trials of the pandemic required a commitment to online learning via WebEx, a hybrid model of instruction with students alternating face-to-face/online learning, and a return to complete face-to-face instruction. Through it all, our students, teachers, and parents preserved through each challenge and the district continued to provide quality instruction to all students.
Clover School District launched Clover Virtual Academy (CVA) during the 2020-2021 school year, and despite early challenges, CVA was a viable learning option for over 1700 students in grades K-12. For the 2021-22 school year, CVA will return as home to 177 students who demonstrated success in the online learning environment.
After missing state assessments in the spring of 2020, the district administered End of Course Tests (EOC), SCREADY, SCPASS, iReady, SAT, ACT, and Ready to Work tests to students in 2020-21. eLearning for all students in spring 2020 was not optimal, but we believe our report card will show that our efforts allowed students to overcome some of the learning loss brought on by the pandemic.
In June 2021, Clover School District unveiled plans for the 2021-2022 school year that align more closely to our pre-pandemic instructional model. As change is inevitable, we are also prepared to shift course if circumstances require.
Clover School District ensures effective leadership, relevant, engaging instruction, and positive collaborative partnerships to achieve the highest levels of student achievement. Our vision is applied to the entire academic program, PK-12.
Clover School District has a strong commitment to early childhood education. The district’s pre-k program serves 300 four-year-old students with fifteen highly qualified Early Childhood teachers and fifteen instructional aides. Pre-k classes are full day with lunch and transportation provided by the district.
The district’s elementary schools serve students in Pre-k through fifth grade. The S.C. Curriculum Standards are the foundation of the instructional program. Students also receive weekly instruction in art, music, physical education, and technology. Each school is staffed with highly qualified teachers, a full-time nurse, a guidance counselor, and grade level teaching assistants.
The district’s middle schools serve students in sixth through eighth grades in a modified middle school program model. The South Carolina Curriculum Standards are the foundation for all core content instructional courses. Students also have the opportunity to take up to three courses for high school credit beginning in the eighth grade - Algebra 1, English 1, French 1, and Spanish 1. The core academic program is complemented by electives such as band, chorus, art, dance, drama, agriculture science, and project lead the way along with strong athletics, student clubs, and service organizations. All middle schools have one full time nurse, school resource officer, three school counselors, and two-three assistant principals.
Clover High School serves students in grades nine through twelve on a 4 x 4 block schedule model with frequent flex times each week during which students can receive academic support. Students in grades 9 through 11 take eight courses per year with a comprehensive final exam which counts 20% of the final grade. Freshmen are served at the 9th Grade Campus, a separate facility on the greater CHS campus. The South Carolina Curriculum Standards are the foundation of the high school instructional program. Clover High School offers award winning fine arts programs at the highest performance and creative levels along with elective courses in fifteen of sixteen nationally recognized career clusters. The Applied Technology Center offers high school majors in agriculture, architecture and construction, AV Tech, automotive technology, business management, finance, informational technology, marketing, education and training, engineering (Project Lead the Way), health science, hospitality and tourism, lineworker and human services. Emphasis is placed on offering industry certifications and/or a work-based-learning opportunity with each CTE program of study. Our students earn an average of 1244 certifications each school year.
Students wishing to take an advanced course of study may choose from among several honors courses, 15 Advanced Placement courses, and 27 dual enrollment college courses offered through partnerships with University of South Carolina at Union and York Technical College. Clover High School is also host to Western York County Middle College through a partnership with York School District One and York Technical College. Middle College students spend part of their junior and senior year taking courses on the campus of York Technical College. Finally, Clover High school runs a fully operational i-School, which offers virtual college prep, honors and advanced placement courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education and health. The high school has two full time nurses, six guidance counselors, four assistant principals and a school resource officer.