Saint Matthews K8 School sits in the heart of Saint Matthews, SC and is populated by a diverse community. St. Matthews is the County seat of Calhoun County. This county has a rich history and is known as one of South Carolina's first commercial cotton growers. SMK8 was formed in 2009-2010 by joining the former Guinyard Elemenaty School and John Ford Middle School. The mission of SMK8, united with parents and community, is to provide a learning environment that challenges all students to reach their potential for success in a rapidly changing global society. SMK8 students are provided with an array of academic, club, and athletic opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. SMK8 received the Palmetto Silver Award and is a bronze participant member with the SC Safe Routes to School.