Thank you for your interest in the public schools of Sumter County.
Our schools aggressively pursue the goal of helping each student
reach their potential and follow their dreams as we continue to
expand college and/or career opportunities for all. The pattern of
academic success demonstrated by our students can be clearly
identified as Sumter has been designated several times as an "Academically High
Performing" school district.
Our fiscal responsibility to our constituents is evident as well. Your Sumter schools are rated A by Standard and Poor's for our financial stability and responsibility, and A1 by Moody's - a particularly high achievement for a small district. Additionally, the district's fiscal and environmental responsibilities are also evident through its energy management program, where the district is recognized as an Energy Star Partner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Sumter District's exemplary qualities are the result of all the concerted efforts and wide ranging support provided by teachers, staff, parents, Board Members, the community, and of course the best students in the world! Without everyone pulling together, none of this would be possible.
We welcome your interest, support and involvement with one of the best school systems in Florida.
Richard A. Shirley
Superintendent of Schools
Great Things are Happening in the Sumter District Schools!
Are You Ready to Take Your GED?
Sumter County residents without a high school diploma that are over 18 and lived in Florida for a year or more may be eligible for a GED testing scholarship!
A FREE practice test will be given Saturday October 26th and you may qualify to take the official GED test at no charge.
South Sumter Middle School Receives National FFA Recognition!
The Future Farmers of America chapter at South Sumter Middle School has been recognized as a finalist for the National Outstanding Middle School Chapter Award. The chapter will participate in the final process at the national convention to be held in Louisville, Kentucky.
Sumter Students SHINE on AP Exams
Schools targeted through a US Department of Education grant have shown significant increases in the number of Advanced Placement courses offered, students enrolled and the number of students passing the rigorus college-level examinations.
35 New Teachers Join Sumter District Schools for the New School Year!
Recruiting, training and retaining highly effective teachers are three ways that Sumter Distrct Schools maintain high quality instructional programs for their students.
Sumter District Schools Partner
with other Community Organizations to Form the Sumter County
Partnership for Workforce Innovation and Education
State, regional and county organizations will be working together to meet the needs of Sumter County citizens and businesses.
2013 FCAT Results: Sumter Shows
Mixed Results with Standardized Tests
While remaining at or above the state averages in reading, writing and science, Sumter's results also showed challenges that will need to be addressed.
2013 Wildwood Middle High School Seniors Awarded $436,750.00 in Scholarships
Thanks much to the generous donations of over fifty local businesses, civic clubs, and organizations, thirty-one Wildwood Middle High School seniors received college scholarships totaling $436,750.00.
School District Retirees
The Sumter County School Board appreciates the many years of devoted service each employee has contributed to the students of Sumter County and wishes everyone all the best as they transition into retirement.
Receives National Recognition
The Washington, DC based Character Education Partnership announced that South Sumter Middle School's anti-bullying program will be awarded their Promising Practices Award.
Sumter Shines on First Released FCAT 2.0 Assessments
Despite changes made to FCAT Writes requirements this year, Sumter is ranked among the top performing districts in the State of Florida for the mean prompt score in all tested grades.
The 16th Annual Math Field Day: Academic Competition that Encourages
On April 26th, Sumter County mathematics students participated in friendly mathematical challenges that allowed them to compete and have a great time.
The 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration was Once Again a Resounding Hit
With the Community!
The annual event, held at the CEMEX Center Hill Quarry and home to the Sumter Environmental Education Center, provided a wonderful venue to enjoy a Florida spring day and learn about the environment.
School Volunteers Honored for their Outstanding Service
On April 16th, forty-three active volunteers were recognized for their important service to our students.
Students Compete in the Orlando Science Center Challenge
Sumter County students continuing their pursuit of recognition for exemplary science research, competed with other Central Florida student scientists at the Orlando Science Center March 16th. All three projects that will represent Sumter County at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair were chosen as best in their respective categories at the challenge.
Sumter County Well Represented at the 58th Florida State Science &
Eight hundred ninety one students competed at the 58th Florida State Science and Engineering Fair at the Lakeland Center on Wednesday, March 27 of which thirty-five represented the Big Springs Region. Of the twenty-six Big Spring Regional students that received place awards, eleven were from Sumter County schools.
Melynda Brooke Shea Named Sumter County Teacher of the Year
Representing Bushnell Elementary School, Melynda Brooke Shea was named Sumter County Teacher of the Year. She and her fellow nominees were recognized at a reception with the School Board and Superintendent.
Michele Crawford Named Sumter County School Related Employee of the
Ten outstanding school related employees were honored for their dedication to the students of Sumter County.
Sumter County Students Joined Other Top Science Students from Marion & Levy Counties at the Big Springs Regional Science Fair
Fifty-one eager young researchers from South Sumter Middle, South Sumter High, Wildwood Middle High and The Villages Charter School continued the tradition of high quality scientific research with 17 projects earning 1st Place Awards.
Sumter Super Spellers Named
The Sumter County Spelling Bee was held on February 6, 2013 with Kyle Fox from The Villages Charter School named overall winner. 1st runner up was Justin Null from South Sumter Middle School and Slater Smith from Wildwood Middle High also placing. Congratulations to all the students!
Superintendent Shirley Selected as
Florida's 2013 Superintendent of the Year
Sumter County School District Superintendent Richard "Rick" Shirley has been named as
Florida's 2013 Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS).
Shirley was formally recognized in Tampa during the joint meeting of FADSS and the Florida School Boards