Education

Greenville County Schools

An award-winning public school system including Blue Ribbon and National Schools. Greenville County Schools is the largest District in South Carolina.  The District offers a wide range of programs to meet every need.

  • The Fine Arts Center allows artistically talented students in grades 9-12 to stretch the boundaries of their creativity during studio classes in art, creative writing, dance, drama, film/video, and music.
  • The Sterling School with Charles Townes Gifted Center provides gifted and talented students with a highly challenging, full-time instructional program that enriches, accelerates, and extends the program of studies in Greenville County Schools.
  • The A.J Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering is one of only five elementary schools in the country that provides a school-wide engineering curriculum.
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is available at four high schools and has an internationally recognized preparatory curriculum.  The IB program in Greenville emphasizes foreign language fluency and fully developing the student. 
  • Eleven Magnet Academies offer unique educational choices to the students of Greenville County.  Magnet schools offer specialized curriculum in languages, math, science and technology, communication arts, international studies, traditional studies, pre-engineering, and health professions.
  • Greenville County Schools have been awarded National Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, recognizing the school system as a high quality school district and granting full accreditation to the school district and all of its schools.
  • Roper Mountain Science Center provides year-round formal academic and enrichment lessons for students in science, health, and social studies.  The 62-acre Center offers science education programs, nature trails, a sea life center, an observatory, and a planetarium.  The Observatory features a 23” refractor telescope, the eighth largest of its kind in the nation.
  • The Bilingual French School, the Japanese, the German Saturday Schools, and a Chinese School are specialized learning opportunities catering to our internationals.

Area Private Schools

With more than 65 private and parochial schools in the region, the upstate offers exciting opportunities for those seeking private or parochial educations.

  • The Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities is located downtown in Greenville’s Historic District.  With year-round programs, the school is only one of its kind in the nation.
  • Seven independent Charter Schools provide a variety of rigorous and relevant academic and technology based programs that will prepare students for success in the global workforce and community.

Area Colleges and Universities

There are more than a dozen higher learning institutions in the area.

  • Clemson University was honored as the nation’s #1 public college in 2001 (Time Magazine). Clemson is #20 -- top public universities (U.S. News & World Report).
  • Furman University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges, located on the edge of the City of Greenville.
  • Greenville Technical College, founded in 1962, is a four-campus system, providing education and training to more than 15,000 students.  Programs include business, health, engineering, and industrial careers along with a university transfer option that provides an economical route to a four-year degree.
  • Bob Jones University, a nondenominational Christian liberal arts institution, offers over 120 undergraduate degrees and 65 graduate degrees.  Bob Jones is the largest private liberal arts university in South Carolina.
  • The University Center is a nonprofit consortium of seven different college and universities dedicated to increasing access to educational opportunities for citizens of the metropolitan Greenville area.  The Center caters particularly to working professionals.