South Carolina

State Policies

Policy Area State Policy
Arts as Core Academic Subject

The core academic subjects are English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics, government, economics, history, geography, and the arts. (S.C. Code Regs. 43-53)

Early Childhood Arts Ed State Standards

Not found in statute or code.

Elementary & Secondary Arts Ed State Standards South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts Academic Standards (2010)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Elementary Basic Program/Curriculum, Grades 1-5: Instruction in the subject areas [including Visual & Performing Arts] shall be scheduled for each student for a minimum of 1800 minutes or 30 hours per week including lunch, or the equivalent time on a yearly basis. (S.C. Code Regs. 43-231 § II)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - Middle Basic Program/Curriculum, Grades 6-8: Instruction in the subject areas [including Visual & Performing Arts] shall be scheduled for each student for a minimum of 1800 minutes or 30 hours per week including lunch, or the equivalent time on a yearly basis. (S.C. Code Regs. 43-232 § I)
Arts Ed Instructional Requirement - High School Visual and Performing Arts: Schools must offer instruction in each of the following areas: 10. the visual and performing arts. (S.C. Code Regs. 43-234 § V.C.10)
Arts Requirements for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Alternatives for High School Graduation

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Assessment Requirements

Not found in statute or code.

Arts Ed Requirements for State Accreditation

Not found in statute or code.

Licensure Requirements for Non-Arts Teachers Elementary Education: [Certification in] elementary education [requires] one of the following courses: Literature for Children, Art for the Elementary Teacher, Music for the Elementary Teacher, or Health for the Elementary School Teacher. (S.C. Code Regs.  43-62 § II.D)
Licensure Requirements for Arts Teachers

Requirements for Additional Areas of Certification: Provides certification requirements in the areas of art, music education, and theater. (S.C. Code Regs. 43-62 § II.A, L, P)

Alternative Fine Arts Certification: Teachers for advanced fine arts programs who do not meet the requirements for certification in any existing area of certification will be issued an initial teaching certification if certain requirements are met. (S.C. Code Regs. 43-62 § V.B)

State Arts Ed Grant Program or School for Arts

Arts Curricular Innovation Grants Program: Arts Curricula shall be used to support innovative practices in arts education curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the visual and performing arts including dance, music, theatre, and visual arts which incorporates strengths from the Arts in Education sites. (1A.12. (SDE-EIA: XI.A.1-Arts in Education)

South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities: There is established the South Carolina Governor's Previous School for the Arts and Humanities to provide training for exceptional artistically talented students and serve as a research and resource center for all students and teachers in South Carolina. The school is dedicated to serving talented students in South Carolina who show exceptional talent, promise, aptitude, and interest in creative writing, dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. This residential school shall provide intensive pre- professional and professional instruction in the arts and a strong academic and humanities program which will lead to a high school diploma and college credits. (S.C. Code Ann. § 59-50-10)

Other State Arts Ed Policies Gifted and Talented Program: School districts must provide programs for all gifted and talented students at the elementary and secondary levels. These programs shall develop the unique talents of students. Visual and Performing Arts: Students who have the artistic potential to function at a high performance level in one or more of the fine arts. (S.C. Code Regs. 43-220)
Links to Administrative Code

South Carolina Code of Regulations

Links to State Statutes

South Carolina Code of Laws

Arts Ed Surveys

Survey Info Description
Date of Survey

2012-2013

Date of Release/Publication

2014

Population or Sample

Population

Unit of Analysis (school or district)

School

Response Rate to Survey

416 responses were received, representing 36.9% of all K-12 public schools in South Carolina.

Survey Report

Arts Education in the South Phase I

Date of Past Survey

Not found

Public K-12 Education Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Enrollment

735,998

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

15.3

Per Pupil Expenditures

$10,849

% High School Graduation Rate

68.2%

% High School Drop-out Rate

8.3%

% Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

58.1%

% Minority Students

47.1%

% English Language Learners

5.7%

% Served Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

13.5%