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Williams Middle School, named after the award-winning Dr. Willie Lee Williams, is located on the north edge of the historic district of downtown Florence, South Carolina. Williams proudly serves over seven hundred students in seventh and eighth grades. Dr. Williams was a graduate of Shaw University and Meharry Medical College, and he practiced medicine in Florence, South Carolina for over fifty years. Dr. Williams was always a strong advocate of equality and excellence in education for students and believed that all students were capable of learning. It was his philosophy that a rigorous core curriculum was the best way to prepare students to become productive citizens. His leadership enhanced, enriched, and engaged citizens, and he was recognized at large for his Civic and Humanitarian efforts. The Dr. Willie Lee Williams French Award was earned by a Williams Middle School student who excelled in French for a number of years. We consider it a privilege to honor Dr. Williams for his efforts year after year.  

Williams Middle School is committed to providing students with a comprehensive foundation of knowledge and skills across the content areas that include an extensive art program that will propel them as they matriculate into high school and college.  Our commitment encompasses a laser focus on high-quality learning experiences and support for the social, emotional, and mental development of our students. Our International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program provides an opportunity for students to engage in a rigorous international curriculum that inspires intellectual inquisitiveness and a love of learning. 

Williams Middle School students received the Gold Award for national achievement on the 2021 National German Exam and received the three highest scores in the state of South Carolina.  Students are exposed to a multitude of fields ranging from STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) to foreign cultures. Willams students have the opportunity to enroll in courses such as Medical Detectives, Flight and Space through Project Lead the WayWilliams provides the opportunity for students to choose from several arts courses including Orchestra, Band, Dance, Art, Chorus, and Visual Arts. Students are also able to participate and serve the school community by joining a variety of clubs that include Tiger Lead Society, Chess, Dance, and our award winning Academic Challenge Team.  We encourage students to turn their passions into purpose. Since the 2018-2019 school year, the infusion of technology in teaching and learning is supported by the successful completion of our district wide 1:1 initiative which provides digital devices for every student.   Williams Middle School is proud to have a caring community of dedicated alumni, a thriving International Baccalaureate program, STEAM initiatives, competitive athletics, and dedicated teachers and staff. 

At Williams Middle School, we endeavor to create a student-centered environment for our future graduates as they strive for excellence and prepare to become innovative world leaders. Our motto is, “Excellence Is Our Standard”.

School Hours

8:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

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