Principal's Message

In the Freshman Academy, our motto is, “Entering with Purpose, Excelling by Performance, Exiting Prepared.” Our academic success over the last 3 years affords us the bragging rights of being one of the top Freshman Academies in the state of South Carolina.
Spartanburg HS Freshman Academy… There’s an app for that!
That’s right, you can now keep up with all of the who, what, when and where for Spartanburg HS Freshman Academy through the Spartanburg HS Freshman Academy app by SchoolInfoApp available on all mobile devices! Click here to download the Spartanburg HS Freshman Academy app by SchoolInfoApp on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or Windows device by going to your apps store and type “Spartanburg HS Freshman Academy.” With our new app, you can:
• Keep up with all of our latest news, information and announcements
• Receive text messages regarding important dates and events (standard rates may apply)
• Find out about events and activities
• Contact teachers, staff and administration
• Access school menus, our online gradebook system and more
• Get important documents, picture galleries & other media
• Follow us on both Facebook and Twitter
• Track homework, tests and projects through a virtual assignment book
• Help promote school safety through the TipLine
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Freshman Academy Dates and Announcements

Freshman Academy Dates and Announcements


Please contact Mrs. Gillespie in the Freshman Academy Office for log in information (864) 594-4513.


Parents are encouraged to fill out the free and reduced meal application on-line. Click on the EZMealApp, follow instructions and you’ll receive a confirmation after you complete the application. Please note if you have more than one child in school in District Seven you may receive a meal application for each child. However, to apply for free and reduced meal benefits, please complete only ONE application for all children in your household who attend a school in District Seven. You can also set-up an account using the students 12-digit ID# in EZSchoolPay, view their account and pay on the account.

Email Address Submissions

Please contact Ms. Belinda Gillespie at with your email address information as soon as possible. We will no longer be mailing information home. All school information will be available on the website and/or will be sent to your email.


After school strength and conditioning for wrestling for rising ninth graders, individuals new to the team, and for those that did not complete the entire season last year starts Tuesday, August 25th. Participants must have a completed signed and stamped physical, signed concussion form, and signed parent permission forms. See Coach Gauthier in Room 332D with questions or concerns.

Chinese Club

The Chinese Club is now accepting membership. The membership fee is $5 and is due Tuesday, September 1. Please see Mrs. Powers for more details.


Tryouts for girls interested in playing girls’ golf this fall will begin next Wednesday, August 26th at The Creek 4:15-6:00. Please bring a copy of your completed physical and parent permission forms with you. These forms are available in the athletic office. Physicals will be given at Carver Middle School this Saturday beginning at 2:30 in the gym. The cost is $15.

Boys Lacrosse

Anyone who is interested in playing boys lacrosse and who is not participating in a fall sport and not in a weightlifting class should attend afternoon weightlifting Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM. Please talk to Coach Plaisted in Room 203A if interested. You must have a physical to participate.

Girls Lacrosse

There will be a short sign up meeting for girls in grades 7-12 who are interested in playing girls lacrosse this spring. The meeting will start at 3:45 on Tuesday September 1st, in the team room on the athletics hallway at SHS.


Underclassmen - will take pictures on Tuesday, September 1 (September 29 - make-ups).


AUG 26: JROTC Special Teams Meeting, 3:30-4:30 pm
AUG 31: JROTC Command & Staff Meeting, 3:30-5:00 pm
SEP 01: JROTC Rifle Team Tryouts, 3-30-5:00 pm
SEP 02: JROTC Drill and Color Guard Team Tryouts, 3:30-5:00 pm
SEP 03: JROTC Archery Team Tryouts, 3:30-5:00 pm


Auditions for BEST SINGER IN THE DISTRICT will be held Thursday, September 10 from 4:00PM – 7:30PM at McCracken Middle School in the theatre. This year’s BEST SINGER IN THE DISTRICT finals competition will be held Saturday, October 3 at 7:00PM in the gym at SHS.


Mark you calendar! Homecoming will be Monday, September 21 thru Friday, September 25. Game Time is Friday, September 25 at Gibbs Stadium. Kick off is at 7:30PM. Check back for more details.


We look forward to Brendon Reichs (co-author of Virals), visiting the campus this school year on Wednesday, October 6. We invite the parents and community to participate with us in this program reading along with us. You can also view our book list under the Seven Reads tab tab.

2015 Curriculum Night Presentation

The presentation for the 2015 Curriculum Night is provided under QuickLinks.

China Experience

China Experience
Ms. Jada Kidd and some of the students went to China to represent Spartanburg County School District Seven at their sister school. They are enjoying a summer in China experiencing the Chinese culture. Click Read More to see more pictures of their Chinese cultural experience.
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SHSFA Recognized by common sense media

SHSFA Recognized by common sense media
We are happy to announce that Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Spartanburg High School and the Freshman Academy as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School for educating our students to be safe, smart, and ethical digital citizens. This year, students received many lessons on establishing positive online identities, cyber bullying, internet privacy, along with a number of other digital citizenship topics. This goes a long way to showing our kids what it means to be responsible with their technology, but our parents and community can help, too. Common Sense is also a great resource for parents who want advice navigating our digital world. Check out their website for parenting resources, media reviews and app information:

Classroom Highlights

Classroom Highlights
There are so many exciting things happening at the Freshman Academy! Click below to view a picture gallery of our students.
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