About the School

Thomas Heyward Academy was founded in 1970 by a group of businessmen and parents in the Jasper County area. The academy was named in honor of Thomas Heyward (1746-1809), a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Thomas Heyward was born in St. Luke's, South Carolina and is buried in Jasper County.

Thomas Heyward Academy opened in September 1970 with 250 students. Since that time, the physical plant has expanded and been upgraded to one of the finest campuses in the lowcountry.

The Academy is a member of and is accredited by the South Carolina Association of Independent Schools (SCISA). Thomas Heyward Academy was the first institution to receive SCISA Advanced Accreditation which is the highest accreditation awarded by the Association. The Academy is an eleemosynary corporation managed by a Board of Directors.

Besides high standards of academic excellence, the Academy promotes sportsmanship through its various athletic programs. Thomas Heyward Academy was built and has been maintained by the working hands, knowledge, and financial support of faithful Board Members, Parents, Faculty, Students and Friends.