Verification of High School Credentials
All requests for copies of diplomas or transcripts must go through the SC Department of Education. Palmetto Unified School Disctrict cannot provide this information. To request a copy:
- If you took the GED, call (803) 734-8347 for your GED transcript.
- For a copy of your high school diploma, call (803) 734-8347.
Board of Trustees Meetings
Meeting Time (10AM) – Location
- November 12, 2020 – Virtual
- February 11, 2021 – Virtual
- May 13, 2021 – Virtual
Palmetto Unified School District is staffed with educators who are certified by the South Carolina State Department of Education. Many of our staff members hold advanced certification including Master’s degrees and Doctoral degrees. If you are interested in working with our students and have a valid South Carolina Teaching certificate in Secondary Math, Science, English, or Social Studies, please contact SCDC Recruiting. We have opportunities for both evening and day programs.
- Dr. Cash-Greene
- Information Technology
- Mr. Brade, and Mr. Salter
- Adult Education Services
- Ms. Holiday
- Vocational Services
- Mr. Shipman
- Special Education Services
- Dr. Collins
- Federal Program Services
- Dr. Taylor
- Director of Curriculum
- Dr. Stone
Please contact 803-896-1583 for any questions.
- Fairfax, SC – 803-734-0653
- Broad River
- Columbia, SC – 803-896-2234
- Camille Graham
- Columbia, SC – 803-896-8590
- Columbia, SC – 803-896-1521
- Bishopville, SC – 803-428-2800
- Ridgeville, SC – 843-688-5251
- Columbia, SC -803-935-6000
- Ridgeland, SC – 843-726-6888
- Trenton, SC – 803-275-3301
- Turbeville, SC – 843-659-4800
- Tyger River
- Enoree, SC – 803-896-3501
- Rembert, SC – 803-432-6191
Adult Education Schools:
- Bennettsville, SC – 843-479-4181
- Columbia, SC – 803-896-8565
- Kershaw, SC – 803-475-5770
- Greenwood, SC – 864-229-5709
- Ridgeville, SC – 843-875-3332
- Spartanburg, SC – 803-734-1375
- McCormick, SC – 864-443-2114
- Florence, SC – 843-661-4770
- Pelzer, SC – 864-243-4700
Our Mission & Vision
The mission of the Palmetto Unified School District is to improve the academic, vocational, and life skills of offenders assigned to the South Carolina Department of Corrections so that, when released to the community, they are better prepared to reenter society successfully.
Palmetto Unified School District educates and empowers participants to become employable, self-sufficient citizens.
Palmetto Unified School District serves a diversified group of students with a variety of programs. Our current programs offer 12 areas of certification. Each program has its own defined curriculum and all instructors are certified in their field. Upon completion of their defined curriculum, students are graded on defined competencies and once finished are eligible for completion certificates. Students also can obtain nationally recognized industry standard credentials such as: National Center for Construction Education and Training (NCCER), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student. Depending on the program multiple certificates can be awarded upon completion of the required curricula.
NCCER is a not-for-profit education foundation created to develop national standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable, nationally recognized credentials. These credentials include transcripts, certificates, and wallet cards that are tracked through NCCER’S National Registry. EPA credentials allows students to work within the heating and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. ASE credentials recognizes the basic student training our students have received.
Nationally recognized credentials allow our students to obtain certifications to better prepare them for entry into the workforce.
Our 30 plus CTE programs (located at 19 different locations) include: Carpentry, Horticulture, Masonry, Master Hair Care, Welding, Heavy Equipment Operation, Auto Body Repair, Auto Mechanics, Plumbing, Electrical, Small Engine Repair, Information Technology and HVAC
In addition to those programs offered as part of our classroom curriculum, we offer certificates in conjunction with SCDC in more than 80 other areas. These certificates are on the job training (OJT) certificates that document skills learned based on the hours worked and the specific skills of the assigned job. Assigned jobs within SCDC are periodically evaluated for inclusion in the OJT program.
Career and Technical Education is annually evaluated for additions and modifications to its programs.
Verification of vocational credentials and access to myNCCER can be found at:
There are twelve high schools that serve students ages seventeen through twenty-one. These schools are located at Allendale, Broad River, Camille Graham, Kirkland, Lee, MacDougall, Ridgeland, Manning, Tyger River, Trenton, Turbeville and Wateree. Students at these high schools may complete the twenty-four Carnegie Units for a high school diploma or participate in courses that target the skills required to pass the GED Test. These schools also provide adult basic education instruction for students older than twenty-one who want to pursue the GED.
Title I is the largest federal assistance program for schools. The goal is to improve educational services for students by a providing fair, equal, and high-quality education.
Part D (Neglected and Delinquent Education Programs)
Under Part D, students receive supplemental educational services with a focus on Reading/English Language Arts, and Mathematics. Students also receive transition services to prepare them for successful transition back to their home/community and to further education or employment.
Title I Schools: Allendale, Broad River, Camille Graham, Kirkland, Lee, MacDougall, Ridgeland, Manning, Tyger River, Trenton, Turbeville and Wateree
Palmetto Unified School District (PUSD) has 21 Adult Education programs under its purview. The Adult Education programs provide academics instruction, vocational training, and life skills competencies to adults 22 years of age and older. Education is a fundamental component of rehabilitative and reentry services offered within the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC).
Adult Education provides students an opportunity to improve their Reading/Language Arts proficiency, Mathematical and Writing skills for the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), and Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) certificate.
Research demonstrates that increasing the level of education while incarcerated is the greatest factor in reducing recidivism and improving post release outcomes when individuals are released back into their communities.
Special Education Services
Students up to the age of twenty-two who have had prior placement in special education programs in other public schools are screened and placed in the least restrictive education environment appropriate with their custody and security level. These students have a specific written plan of instruction/activities that is referred to as an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). The student is assigned to a special education class at Kirkland High School located at the Reception and Evaluation Center (R&E) until transferred to the designated facility. The high schools that serve this population are located at Manning, Lee, Camille Graham, Trenton, Turbeville and Wateree.
1735 Haviland Circle
Columbia SC 29210
Closed on State Holidays
Welcome to Palmetto Unified School District. We are a unique school District serving both high school students within our 12 high schools as well as adult learners within each of the 21 institutions.
While our high schools and adult education centers are located within the institutions of the SC Department of Corrections, you will find our schools resembling comprehensive public high schools. We are supported by our nine member Board of Trustees who serve the District through advisement, advocacy, and a careful review of our budget, strategic plan, yearly goals, and personnel.
We are especially proud of the staff who provide the daily instruction to our students in preparation of the Traditional High School Diploma and the General Education Diploma. Our District recently adopted a new vison statement, which embodies the beliefs of the entire staff who “educate and empower participants to become employable, self-sufficient citizens.” The District has incorporated its first online curriculum in addition to other software for support and supplemental education to help us better realize that vision.
We are happy to share with you opportunities to serve in various capacities across our 21 schools and adult education facilities.
District Important Dates
Thursday, November 12
Thursday, November 26
Thursday, November 27
High School Credentials
Career Readiness Credentials
Get In Touch
Location: 1735 Haviland Circle
Telephone: (803) 896-1583
Disctrict Hours: M-F: 8am – 4pm (Closed on State Holidays)
In accordance with Title IX Federal law, Palmetto Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
In accordance with Title VI Federal law, Palmetto Unified School District prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any program or activity that receives Federal funds or other Federal financial assistance. Programs that receive Federal funds cannot distinguish among individuals on the basis of race, color or national origin, either directly or indirectly, in the types, quantity, quality or timeliness of program services, aids or benefits that they provide or the manner in which they provide them.