Special Needs Schools

Hope Academy

Hope Academy is a school specifically designed to provide children with autism the opportunity to learn in classrooms with typical peers and a typical curriculum.  Since its inception in 1997, this unique school has served over 1,000 children, building relationships that have changed lives.  Hope Academy offers an excellent education for its typical offering individualized curriculum, art, music, physical education, and character education all with a teacher to student ration of 1:5 in preschool and 1:6 in elementary classes.  Visit website for Hope Academy.

Washington Center

Washington Center is a Greenville County public school serving moderate and severe mentally and physically disabled students ages 5-21.  Most students have concurrent challenges such as blindness, deafness, or physical disabilities. Students are served from throughout the district and are transported by the District to Washington Center.  It has a staff consisting of seventeen classroom teachers, 42 paraprofessionals, two registered nurses, and two licensed Practical nurses. An Orderly, Media Specialist, and Special programming teachers, as well as Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists round out the staff. An on-site cafeteria prepares meals to meet the specialized dietary needs of our students and our on-site Custodial staff supports all programming needs daily. Each student at Washington Center has an Individual Education Plan. All programs at the school are designed and implemented to meet the needs of each individual student according to current best practices and in creative, functional ways.  Visit website for Washington Center.

Meyer Center

The Meyer Center for Special Children began in 1954 under the auspices of United Cerebral Palsy and today provides quality early childhood education and therapy services for children with disabilities. As a DSS-licensed childcare provider, Medicaid rehabilitation facility and a S.C. Charter School accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Center supports more than 175 special-needs preschool children annually.  Visit website for Meyer Center.

Other Support

The Center for Developmental Services (CDS) is a unique partnership linking individuals and families with multi-disciplinary services for developmental evaluation, treatment, education and support.  Visit website for Center for Development Services.