Is Sumter a good place to raise kids?
Rudy

Sumter, SC

#109 Oct 12, 2012
I find it funny that Sumter is such a crime ridden, backwards, racist community. Well, to tell you the truth, Sumter is what YOU make it. I moved here as a military brat over 30 years ago and have choose to make my home here. I have 2 children who attend public schools and both are honor students. My son is about to graduate from the AP program at Sumter High and has been offered a full scholarship to 4 different universities. My daughter is in 8th grade at Alice Drive and is on a similar track. My sister also stayed here to raise her family and her 2 daughters both received full scholarships out of Sumter High. Most of our friends kids are moving on to different colleges and many with scholarships. None of our kids fell in with the wrong crowd and never were victims of crime. We go to Church and our kids are active in the youth groups as well. Like I said earlier......Sumter is what YOU make it. If you don't instill a sense of values in your kids and don't give them any boundaries or guideance, they will certainly fall in with the wrong crowd NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE. Get involved with your kids. Get involved with their friends and the families of thier friends. Show them what is right and help them make the right choices.

Sumter isn't the problem. Parents who don't spend time with thier kids are the problem.
Rudy

Sumter, SC

#110 Oct 12, 2012
I also find it funny that the transplants are the ones who find Sumter racist. Sorry, but the locals have no problems with it. We all know how to get along with each other. It all starts with how you treat people. Treat somebody with respect, and they will return that respect. Maybe where you come from is actually racist and because we don't act the same way you do, you think we are.

Sorry, take a hard look in the mirror.
Rudy

Sumter, SC

#111 Oct 12, 2012
I wish I could edit for spelling.:-) But I don't see an "edit" option.
elizabeth

Charleston, SC

#112 Jan 14, 2013
I was born and raised in sumter and lived in one of the "worst" areas there.(I was zoned for Lemira and Chestnut Oaks. The two worst schools). The worst thing that ever happened to me was that my bike was stolen. In 18 years of living there, my bike being stolen when i was 7 wasn't a big deal. It's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. It's very diverse due to the military aspect. Just put your kids in Honors, IB, AP classes, and they will be just fine. Make sure to teach them to be open minded and skeptical, because a lot of southern mindset and religious ideas in sumter keep it pretty unworldly and ignorant. Best of luck! I turned out alright. Going to a university, 3.2gpa, and I was there my whole life until college.
elizabeth

Charleston, SC

#113 Jan 14, 2013
also, i agree with rudy. as long as you are a good parent, you'll be fine. also i went to lemira-willow drive-sumter high.
John

Livingston, TN

#114 Jun 12, 2013
Sumter is NOT a good Place to live, Go to Middle Tennessee for cheap land,taxes,insurance utilities and less storms.Low Crime Rate.Good universitys.
South Carolina Sucks.Tennessee Rocks
Fulton

Ooltewah, TN

#115 Jul 21, 2013
I arrived in Sumter in the mid-seventies, moved away for ten years, and decided to return in order to educate our children. We are a family focused on education. Both of our children did very well at Wilson Hall, had college paid for by scholarships, and are engineers today - chemical and electrical. Sumter can be a very good place to live and raise your children if you are an involved parent. Though there is not a lot for young people, school activities can dominate the family time in a healthy way. As a military dependent, I've lived all over the world and Sumter has some of the nicest, most dedicated and sincere people I've ever met. I am shocked to read this forum and sad to learn of such experiences in our town.
Ally

Sumter, SC

#116 Nov 25, 2013
Sumter is really not all that bad. It's like any other place. Sumter is basically a retirement city. It all depends on where you live and who you associate your self with and the type of company you keep. The school district is a good one. The same schools I attended as a child here my kids are now attending. Like any other city there is going to be some crime but for some of you people to make Sumter out to be a death trap that's just wrong. Now Sumter doesn't have a lot of things to do here for entertainment so most people drive to Columbia or Florence. And job wise hmmmmm not to many so you would end up driving to Columbia or Florence for that also. The best areas to move to IMO would be the dalZell area. But it all depends on your price rang
Moving

Connersville, IN

#117 Nov 26, 2013
Thank you for updating on this. I really was starting to worry that moving back after being gone so long was a mistake. As far as things to do I'm coming from a town that doesn't even have a movie theater so I'm sure y'all have plenty for my son.
Fulton

Ooltewah, TN

#118 Dec 7, 2013
Moving, I lived in Bloomington, IN, for twelve years. Many of the great memories I had from there were able to be duplicated here in Sumter for my own children, Come to Sumter with an open mind. It can be a wonderful place to raise your children.
Rhuffman

San Antonio, TX

#119 Dec 20, 2013
mary wrote:
You need to be the judge. I am also a transplant via US air Force. I have lived here for over 20 years, raising my children, and we are all still alive and well. I have wonderful friends and a great job. There is crime in certain areas and certain inner city schools are probably not the best. If I am not mistaken...I think you will find that in EVERY CITY in America. I chose to educate my children through private school here in Sumter and sadly found I had wasted alot of money on their education and paid dearly for their environment. Your childs education depends on the student+parent+teacher+school. How involved are you with your childrens education?? Sumter is probably not winning a prize for being the best place on the east coast to live but I can think of worse. Gang activity is everywhere in the US today. It is not as bad as all of you make it sound. If I read this forum I would never think of moving my family here.
Would you be willing to share what private school your kids attending? We are moving to the area soon and very seriously considering private school.
buckzoo

United States

#120 Mar 4, 2014
northern redneck wrote:
Now I am even more scared to move than ever. My husband has his heart set on moving and that is the plan. My oldest daughter wants to go to usc and I have a baby and an 8 yr old who i really worry will be affected the most. I just don't know. Does any one have anything good to say?? I don't want to make the biggest mistake of my life.
My husband and I moved to Sumter, our first experience of massachusetts yankees in the south. We survived for two years. I worked at the local hospital, where I was referred to as a fire ant by my coworkers. This was based on a front page article in The State newspaper qoting some redneck the said yankees were worse than fire ants. They kindly left it on my desk for reading. The only bright side was Thomas Sumter Acedemy were my children attended primary school.
USAF Spouse

Okatie, SC

#121 Jul 26, 2014
Me and my hubby have barely scraped by in this hell hole for one year. If you have lived anywhere else in the universe, you will clearly realize that this is one of the worst places to live and raise a family for anyone. There are ZERO places to go besides Swan Lake. The heat is wet and unbearable so you don't even want to take a walk in the summer at any hour. You have to drive an hour to get to any decent shopping... Even to get to a target. Toumey is the hospital that is also referred to as "Tombstone" and I think you can infer why. Academics are terrible. 70% of middle-schoolers are BELOW literacy!!!!!!! And that goes for all schools in this shit hole. Don't move here unless you don't mind having a low quality of life.
USAF Spouse

Okatie, SC

#122 Jul 26, 2014
Also, remember that this is the Bible Belt so it's full of bible thumpers. I love God and all but these people are drunk on the koolaid. These are usually the same people who say this hell hole is a great place to live. Sorry to sound harsh but it's the truth. The bible thumpers are another big turn off about this place.
KidWhoGrewUpHere

Sumter, SC

#123 Jan 13, 2015
I've been a resident of Sumter for the past 7 or 8 years due to my dad getting orders to Shaw. As far as raising kids here, it truly depends on numerous things, such as what part of Sumter you decide to settle down in, and what school your children attend. Having gone to the schools here, I may be able to give you a little background.
When we first moved here, I went to High Hills Elementary, which is the school on base for 4th and 5th graders, and I loved it! All of the staff was kind and truly cared about every child's education. And as far as the other elementary schools went, I hadn't heard that much negativity about them. The point that problems in the school systems started to arise was when I entered middle school. Now, I was fortunate enough to attend Hillcrest Middle School, which is one of the better schools- as far as the other middle schools went though, it was not good news. Now I know not every problem is caused by the teachers, cause Lord knows how much they have to put up with, but even at the school I attended, it gradually became more and more apparent that the passion and involvement and motivation the teachers once provided in elementary school, was NO longer there. It became more frequent to hear about kids getting Cs or Ds rather than As or Bs, and that's a problem. And it didn't stop there. The prime of the disappointment my family and I had towards the Sumter County Public School Systems was when I entered high school. In hopes of me recieving a better education and more opportunities, my parents enrolled me into Sumter High. All of my friends attended Crestwood, so the transition was challenging, but I overcame it. At first, Sumter High comes off as a GREAT school- "the best high school in the district". But once you attend there, and see it for what it really is, you will have wished you were sent elsewhere. I thought the lack of passion when it came to conveying knowlege was bad in middle school, but I had another thing coming. In all my years of school, I have been in honors- the lowest grade I'd made was a C, the rest As and some Bs up to this point. But after attending Sumter High, my GPA was lower than I EVER thought I would let it get. Now is this all my teachers fault? Of course not- there are probably plenty of things I could've done more efficiently. But when you're in and Algebra 2 class and failing it (once before, because you could not comprehend your foreign teacher) for the SECOND time along with more than HALF of the class, and the teacher is still there with this being an apparent trend of theirs, that is definitely an issue, and one of many that is commonly neglected under the school's eye. My As and Bs quickly turned into Cs and Ds- even Fs. It was more common for me to get a foreign teacher than one from the U.S.(which is only an issue because students have trouble comprehending them, not because they are from another country). Sumter High has a school rating of a 3 out of 10. THREE out of TEN.
I am still currently enrolled in Sumter High and am in my junior year, and am truly struggling to graduate on time and with a GPA I am proud of. One thing I always wish my parents would have done was enroll me into one of the private schools there are here, and hopefully I would've gotten a MUCH better education than that provided overall by the public school system.
KidWhoGrewUpHere

Sumter, SC

#124 Jan 13, 2015
[continued] I know this is mainly about the schools here, but I figured with myself going to what are considered the best public schools Sumter had to offer, you could imagine that sort of scenario. In addition, I will add that the sports Sumter and the schools have to offer are pretty great. Sometimes that's the only thing that got a lot of my friends through school. And the town does grow on you, though depending on what area you go into the whole "gang" stuff can become a REAL issue- I mean, I've never had to leave school before even GOING inside because the whole Sumter county police department was sitting outside of it on call to a gang-related fight in the commons until this year. It definitely does have many Pros, but the time I've spend here, there might be more cons. As a kid that grew up here, I find myself sometimes wishing I didn't. I hope this helps you in any way!
mountainmeterman

Littleton, CO

#125 Feb 27, 2015
I grew up in Sumter, left when I was 22. Lake Santee is not far away, the only nice thing I can say. The summers are brutal. There is little public land for outdoor recreation. A large portion of Sumterites are unsavory people. Many will rob you if given the chance. Many are pretenders of wealth and importance. Many are zealots who thrive on any petty authority to command others. Most have a low work ethic, a low pride in workmanship, and poor professional accountability. Adultery is rampant (so little to do that they can't help but just poke each other). And the churches are full of hypocrites. Unfortunately I am still caught up in a probate matter before an elected layperson probate judge who is fully inept and is only interested in blatantly favoring people he knows personally, with no way to have him recused. When I am finally free from that mess, upon my final departure from Sumter, I will shake the dust from my sandals and thank God.I grew up in Sumter, left when I was 22. Lake Santee is not far away, the only nice thing I can say. The summers are brutal. There is little public land for outdoor recreation. A large portion of Sumterites are unsavory people. Many will rob you if given the chance. Many are pretenders of wealth and importance. Many are zealots who thrive on any petty authority to command others. Most have a low work ethic, a low pride in workmanship, and poor professional accountability. Adultery is rampant (so little to do that they can't help but just poke each other). And the churches are full of hypocrites. Unfortunately I am still caught up in a probate matter before an elected layperson probate judge who is fully inept and is only interested in blatantly favoring people he knows personally, with no way to have him recused. When I am finally free from that mess, upon my final departure from Sumter, I will shake the dust from my sandals and thank God.
mountainmeterman

Littleton, CO

#126 Feb 27, 2015
Oh, I forgot education! Among the worst in the nation. Before my parents sent me to private school beginning in 7th grade, some of my public school teachers wrote at an elementary level.
victoriateem

Greenwood, SC

#127 Sep 4, 2015
I was raised in Sumter from age 3-16. I am 18 now. I finally got out, due to personal circumstances. But Sumter is a terrible town. Especially to raise your children. People don't see how bad it is until they leave. I moved to Lexington with my grandparents, and am now at Lander University in Greenwood. If I hadn't left Sumter, I probably would not be in college. And NURSING at that. No. I would probably be in a gang, or who knows. On the streets. Dead. It's possible. Sumter isn't safe. It's nothing but drugs, gangs, and crime. It's because there's nothing to do there so the kids get bored. So they get into some dangerous stuff. Please. If you can, LEAVE. If you're thinking about moving there, DON'T. Shaw is a pretty good AFB but Sumter is awful. I do not recommend it. And the schools are terrible. It's just a bad place. I'm praying for you if you live in Sumter. Y'all be careful. Don't let your kids walk home from the bus stop alone. I don't care what age. Definitely NOT all the way home from school. Make sure you know where they are at all times. Check them for drugs. That stuff gets sold at SCHOOL. Make sure you know ALL of their friends and their parents. Just be safe. Sumter is bad. Very bad. It's called Merk City for a reason.
Blah blah

United States

#128 Dec 16, 2015
Do not bring your kids here. The schools are horrible and Sumter County Sherriffs office is crooked. This place is a joke

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