Inspiring Minds Towards Excellence


Our History

Spring 2019

Local private businessman Greg Thompson conceptualizes the need for Sumter's first charter school. To bring his concept to fruition, he begins bringing on individuals, experts in their field, who share his vision of bringing a public charter school to our community.

July 15, 2019

Dr. Trevor Ivey is hired as the Chief of Staff.

December 16, 2019

An organizational meeting for Sumter STEAM Charter School is held. Eleven minds are chosen to come together for one mission:

To form a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact.

January 1, 2020

Sunset Country Club officially becomes Quixote Club, created to connect, inspire, and change lives through golf. With the support of its philanthropic minded members, proceeds from Quixote Club will be reinvested back into the community through the Sumter STEAM Charter School.

January 31, 2020

The planning committee submits its official charter school application to the SC Department of Education and SC Public Charter School District.

February 10, 2020

Our website was launched. 

April 16, 2020

We are unanimously approved by the South Carolina Public Charter School District as Sumter County’s first tuition-free public school.

May 15, 2020

Sumter STEAM Charter is officially recognized as a non-profit organization by the IRS.

June 26, 2020

The Founding Board unanimously selects

Dr. Khalil Graham as its Founding Executive Director.

July 6, 2020

Sumter STEAM Charter secures a federal Charter Schools Program start-up grant in the amount of $800,090.

August 13, 2020

We officially announce our new name: Liberty STEAM Charter School.

July 29, 2020

After a three-month approval process, Sumter STEAM Charter secures 15 School Street, the former Liberty Street Elementary School, to house its Primary Academy Campus.

August 20, 2020

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house is held for our new administrative offices at 117 Main Street.

December 3, 2020

Liberty STEAM Charter conducted its initial enrollment lottery to randomly select 144 scholars for its founding kindergarten and first-grade classes.

December 11, 2020

We officially announced our rebranding for LSC including a new website and logo. 

Our Commitment To Excellence

At LSC, we want to encourage our scholars to excel academically and socially while enabling our team to create a challenging yet nurturing environment.

By pursuing ambitious goals, we are fostering an environment that will bring forth the next generation of leaders, ​employers, and employees who will contribute to the economic well-being of their communities and families.

Below are just a few things we hope to achieve to demonstrate what is possible at LSC.





1 million words read each year

Scholars on grade level in reading and math yearly

Scholar attendance yearly

Organizational Health based on Great Place to Work (GPTW) Survey

We look forward to opening our doors

on August 9, 2021.

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Liberty STEAM Charter School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, national origin, citizenship, or disability.

Our Mission: Liberty STEAM Charter works to provide all students with equal access to a world-class K-12 education in an academically rigorous and student-centered learning environment, creating graduates who will be thoughtful and engaged citizens prepared to take on the leadership challenges of the 21st century.

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117 North Main Street 

Sumter, SC 29150

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15 School Street 

Sumter, SC 29150

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