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SCDJJ School District

The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice operates its own school district with fully accredited academic and career and technology education programs, serving approximately 500 students in grades 4-12. All youth in DJJ’s care attend school while detained or incarcerated.

SCDJJ’s school district and schools function like any other district in South Carolina — with a district superintendent, principals, teachers, directors, and program coordinators.  However, DJJ’s schools differ from other South Carolina Schools in several ways: Schools are in session year-round (enabling students to make up absences and close learning gaps). DJJ’s school district has no local tax base, relying exclusively on state and federal funding. Classes are geared to meet the individual needs of each student.

JROTC cadet on ropes courseThe DJJ school district is responsible for all educational programs operated by the agency, including those in private vendor programs and alternative school sites in community residential placement facilities. Youth committed to DJJ can earn either a high school diploma or a GED. DJJ’s school district also offers students a variety of CATE courses, extensive special education services, the nation’s first Army JROTC program in a juvenile correctional facility setting, media centers, career development centers, and guidance counselors. SCDJJ School District graduates receive a quality education and are equipped to pursue their post-secondary education and career goals.

District Quick Facts

  • The district has more than a decade-long partnership with UofSC to help UofSC graduate students prepare to become teachers, and to promote literacy and a love for reading among our youth through the UofSC-DJJ Literacy Project.
  • Since 2017, DJJ & DMV have partnered to assist youth in obtaining their SC DMV-issued credentials.
  • Project-based learning was implemented in 2018-2019.  The focus was on environmental science. Youth created products including hand soap, jewelry, pet beds, candles, and handmade mats for the homeless.
  • Since January 2016, 26 students have earned college credits through the Allen University program at Birchwood School.
  • During the 2018-2019 school year, 12 DJJ-involved youth were hired with Michelin in Lexington County. These students have cumulatively worked almost 3,000 hours and earned over $40,000 in wages.

   Students with pipettes  Student performing at Mr./Ms. Birchwood Pageant

Meet Our 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year

Byron Graham

"I am Byron Graham, a Certified Secondary Math Teacher for the Department of Juvenile Justice. I am a graduate of Presbyterian College. This is my 10th year in education and my second with DJJ. I truly believe every child can break barriers with the strength of a good education. I particularly enjoy serving disadvantaged youth who grew up in similar neighborhoods as I did, and feel fortunate to be able to teach and empower South Carolina’s at-risk youth. Outside the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters, going to church, and watching sports."

School Records Requests

To obtain school records for students currently or previously enrolled in the SCDJJ School District, complete the appropriate form below in its entirety. For students or parents, the completed Request Form should be returned with a copy of your State Issued ID or Driver’s License. For Public Schools, please complete the appropriate form, including your District-issued email address. This information may be emailed to or faxed to (803) 896-5953.  Please allow at least 48 hours for processing of your request. 

For former students more than 19 years of age, submit your request to our Archives Department via email at

Student Records Request Form (PDF)
Former Student Records Request Form (PDF)

State Testing Schedule for 2022

Fall EOCEP: November 29 – December 15

ACCESS for ELLs®: January 24 – February 11

ACT®: March 8

WorkKeys®: March 21 – April 29

Spring EOCEP: April 27 – May 13

SC Ready/SCPASS: April 27 – May 20

Summer EOCEP: July 6-20