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Old 08-21-2010, 03:43 PM
 
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Hello -

My family and I are relocating to Greenville within several months. Can anyone help me with private schools in the area as well as counties which are regarded highly (or more highly) for public? We hope to consider this as we look for a home. Thank you!
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Old 08-21-2010, 05:06 PM
 
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Greenville County Schools, Spartanburg Districts and Anderson 1 are all very good.
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Old 08-21-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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thank you.
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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If you haven't already, check out greatschools.org. This website gives ratings for schools throughout the country and also has parent reviews.

You can also check out the sc doe website where they have report cards of every school in the state.

We are currently living in Simpsonville and my children just started to attend Oakview Elementary. This school seems to be very well regarded.
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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The people who can afford it here in the city send their kids to private schools. A full one third of kids in Greenville go to private school. I think that says a lot.

SC ranks very low in terms of education when compared to other states, so people often compare the local districts with other SC districts.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:16 AM
 
Location: near downtown Greenville, SC (viewing the sunset vicariously at the North Gulf Shore Beach Access)
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My suggestion is to look at your priorities: where do you want to live (close to downtown Greenville)? where do you work (do want to live close to work)? do you have family here?

Note that schools in SC are county systems only. The Greenville County School System is one gigantic school organization. There are no city schools here. I've lived in several areas of the Southeast: Memphis, Birmingham, Nashville (Brentwood/Franklin area), Chattanooga, etc - in these cities it's very easy to determine the best schools. Not so here. It's quite a complex hodgepodge of multiple schools. I believe the general consensus are that the best schools in Greenville county are in the North Simpsonville/Five Forks/Greer area (although many parents will have lots of different opinions). Unfortunately, I know nothing about the Anderson, Spartanburg, or Pickens (Easley) school districts.

My priority? The downtown area of Greenville is fantastic and my family wanted to live as close to downtown with the best schools. The immediate West side is considered "rough" - the immediate North side is considered by many "up and coming"/"in transition" - directly south and east sides should be "safe" with very decent schools. (Note that I mention immediate areas near downtown Greenville - my knowledge of outlying Greenville county schools is limited.) We live in the Sara Collins/Beck/JL Mann system. Sara Collins is wonderful and is quite diverse with great teachers. The Upstate is quite a wide-spread area - locating the "perfect school" is just impossible - again, think about your priorities and consider just those schools.

As for private schools, Christ Church Episcopal School is considered one of the best in the area (be prepared to bring lots of cash) - my kids went to their preschool at the affiliated church (arguably, the best preschool in the area).

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Old 08-28-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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I would stay away from Blythe Academy.... my kids went there for 2 years. However, after a teacher told me IN FRONT OF MY 6 YEAR OLD that he would never learn to read b/c of a learning disability, I pulled all three kids out and have been homeschooling for the past seven years. (Incidentally, said kid taught himself how to read within a year of being pulled out of Blythe and now is 12, reading a college level anatomy textbook for fun.)

SC schools in general are NOT good. I think there are probably some good individual schools out there, but I haven't found any.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:41 PM
 
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The people who can afford it here in the city send their kids to private schools. A full one third of kids in Greenville go to private school. I think that says a lot.

SC ranks very low in terms of education when compared to other states, so people often compare the local districts with other SC districts.
I find that 1/3 number hard to believe. We have about 68,000 students in public schools. That would mean we have about 22,600 in private schools. Can that be correct?

By the way, the public schools in Greenville County are just fine. My son graduated from Wade Hampton High School and the Fine Arts Center as the Valedictorian. He recently graduated from Furman University with a 3.895 GPA. I would say the public school system served him well.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:13 PM
 
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I have to agree with furmanpals about some of Greenville's schools. I just went to Oakview's open house last week and was blown away on the academics along with the school environment as a whole. I formerly taught in MA at a Blue Ribbon School and my daughter went to MA schools last year. Compared to what they are doing at Oakview, my daughter's previous education seems subpar. Of course, this could vary from school to school within Greenville.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:27 PM
 
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The people who can afford it here in the city send their kids to private schools. A full one third of kids in Greenville go to private school. I think that says a lot.

SC ranks very low in terms of education when compared to other states, so people often compare the local districts with other SC districts.

a full 2/3 go to public school. so whats your point?
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