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Old 03-11-2011, 10:02 PM
 
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Hi all I just moved here to Greenville from Tucson Az about 4 months ago, I was in heaven this winter, great fall leaves and some snow which I've never seen up close but not too much. Me and my new Bo are ready to settle in and buy a home, we are currently renting in Simpsonville and really like it here, we've been fighting about the best place to send our kids to school which comes first but there are some great neighborhoods in Simpsonville with poor reviews on many of the elementary Schools, it looks as though schools like Oakview, Bethel and Bells Crossing are at the top of the list but I'm curious about Plain, Fork Shoals, Bryson, and Ellen Woodside as well, maybe some of you have some insight, experiences with these schools or suggestions on how to pick the right school. Also I'm pretty scared about the incoming summer I'm used to the miserable dry heat of Tucson, but my husband is from FL and he says that it will be just as miserable here in the summer how bad is it really? Thanks
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC/Greensboro, NC
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Topics of both schools and weather have been discussed in the past - please use the search function for additional past threads.

Greenville County Schools is one gigantic school system (and I believe is the largest in the state). No city schools in SC. IMO (and remember this is an opinion board), the best schools in Greenville county are Riverside Middle and Riverside High School with their associated feeder elementary schools.

If your goal is to live as close to downtown Greenville as possible, then one needs to consider (for elementary) Stone/Sara Collins and League for middle. I've heard mixed reviews re Beck Middle (some extremely polarizing views from parents that range from downright scary to wonderful). Unfortunately, I've heard mixed reviews regarding Greenville High and do believe that JL Mann is a notch better.

The Mauldin area is known for some outstanding schools as well - esp Mauldin High. Additionally, I've heard some great parental reviews re Eastside High School. Further, the Blue Ridge area is quite nice and the schools there overall are quite good - especially Mountain View Elementary. As the population increases to the NE of Greenville, I expect the Blue Ridge schools to get even better.

There are charter schools within Greenville County and I would investigate those. I've heard wonderful reviews re Langston Charter Middle (somewhat close to the downtown area). Additionally, there is a middle school solely for those gifted children at the Charles Townes Gifted Center (at Sterling [middle] School). This is actually a self contained school within another school (and very close to the downtown Greenville area).

Greatschools.org has some great statistical information re each school's demographics, teacher info, etc. However, I would not rely on the specific reviews on this website - some are old and outdated.

Finding the "perfect" school district in this area is quite difficult and at times just maddening. Good luck. It's quite unlike other areas of the county that have well delineated, excellent public school systems. When purchasing a home, always review the school assignments (example: one could be zoned for excellent elementary/middle schools but then have a sub-par high school).

Greenville has a couple of outstanding private schools notable being CCES and St. Mary's but both are expensive (St. Mary's being cheaper but only goes thru the 8th grade).

As for Summer weather in the Upstate, it's typically warm to hot with high humidity (much like nearly all places in the South). Summer heat intensifies from July 1st thru the beginning of September. Middle of May thru June is variable. Additionally, Summer heat can persist thru September. Last Summer was especially brutal (throughout the East) with excessive heat beginning in May! Hopefully that was an aberration. The good news: our close proximity to the mountains of SC/NC - elevations above 3,000 feet are an easy 30 minute drive north of Greenville - example: Caesar's Head State Park at 3,200 feet - there, temps are almost always 10 degrees cooler than Greenville. The mountains of NC are a little further drive but offer even higher elevations and cooler temps - check out Highlands, NC - average Summer high is 78 degrees in July!

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Old 03-12-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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Glad to have you in Simpsonville. I can and have spoken for Fork Shoals in the past. It is a great school where our Grands are getting a superior education. Have your Realtor check Middle and High School assignments as well. Some children that go to Fork Shoals will go to Ralph Chandler middle while others will go to Woodmont.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:12 PM
 
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Glad to have you in Simpsonville. I can and have spoken for Fork Shoals in the past. It is a great school where our Grands are getting a superior education. Have your Realtor check Middle and High School assignments as well. Some children that go to Fork Shoals will go to Ralph Chandler middle while others will go to Woodmont.

its mind boggling that kids in neely farm go to rcms and kids across the street in weatherstone go to woodmont middle. any idea why this is?
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:52 PM
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its mind boggling that kids in neely farm go to rcms and kids across the street in weatherstone go to woodmont middle. any idea why this is?
Weatherstone, and any other new development (Verdmont, Chandler Lakes, Southbrook, etc.) were only in the planning stages when the zoning was determined. I have heard (didn't live here at the time, so I don't know) that residents of Neely Farm were quite vocal that they did not want their children to go to Woodmont Middle. All the new neighborhoods were then slated to attend Woodmont Middle, so that Neely Farms could be assigned to Ralph Chandler.

As they say "the squeaky wheel gets the grease". Of course, Greenville County Schools now pays for the buses to send kids passed one middle school to get to another.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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Welcome to the Greenville Area! It really depends on what you are looking for in a school as to which ones are the best. Each school tends to develop its own personality, so just looking at the test scores and school report cards doesn't really give you a good picture. The socio-economic make up of each school is different as well. We live in the west Simpsonville area, but my children attend Sterling and Charles Townes Center. We love love love the school. The principal used to be at Fork Shoals, and from what I understand, that is also a great school. There are lots of choices also, for magnet academies and charter schools. Good Luck!
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:45 AM
 
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Don't know if Tucsongirl1 will ever return here, but we are looking at Greenville as well (family in NC & east
coast) Time to get back to our roots.
Have a 13 yr old & am wondering how the teenage population is in Greenville? Here, there are many trends toward emo and that kind of stuff, which we want to avoid.
We attend church and would like to know about the churches in the area as well (Greenville Chamber of Commerce etc don't say much about the churches there (?)! Anyway, so what is there for teens to do other than go to a mall or 'hang out'? Thanks.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Mauldin High School. I'm totally partial.

I feel it's the most worldly in Greenville county. Only comparing is maybe Eastside & hillcreast.

However, Mauldin High School made a lot of Youth prepared and they've become young millionaires. Dont know any other school that produced so many.

Just be honest. That's what the end story is about to me. Experience and End Results.

Yes, I'm one of them.

Southside High School has the best 'specialist' program in Greenville county however. Their "IB" program, I think ti's called.... when talking about your most intellectual, to me, that program contained them. They will be top employees where they work in some very complex technical fields.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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Don't know if Tucsongirl1 will ever return here, but we are looking at Greenville as well (family in NC & east
coast) Time to get back to our roots.
Have a 13 yr old & am wondering how the teenage population is in Greenville? Here, there are many trends toward emo and that kind of stuff, which we want to avoid.
We attend church and would like to know about the churches in the area as well (Greenville Chamber of Commerce etc don't say much about the churches there (?)! Anyway, so what is there for teens to do other than go to a mall or 'hang out'? Thanks.
Churches are rampent in the upstate, all you need to do is pick one (there are a ton of baptist churches but also plenty of other denomination and nondenominational churches to choose from). There's plenty of hang out places to-Greenville has the main mall, but they also have several "outdoor" malls, such as Cherrydale and The Shops at Greenridge (along with a few more). Teens hang out everywhere-because they are plenty of places-like downtown's Fall's Park. Teens range from preppy to emo to skater to "gangster" in the area. It's a big area so there's a variety.
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