The Complete Guide to Greenville County Schools

Greenville County Schools Complete Guide

This Greenville County Schools Complete Guide is comprehensive and up-to-date for 2018 including info on students, faculty, rankings, test scores, contact information, and latest news. 

Greenville County Schools: Overview and Essential Info

In the last ten years, Greenville County Schools has grown by more than 6,800 students. As a result, it is the largest public school district in South Carolina and the 44th largest in the United States. Here are the fast facts you need to know, at a glance:

  • 75,000 students
  • 4,969 teachers
  • 10,000 employees (one of the largest in South Carolina)
  • $575.9 million: general fund budget
  • 13th in the nation for National Board Certified teachers
  • 13 years old: the average age of school facilities
  • 28,280 PTA Membership (largest in SC)

Bonus Facts: Did You Know?

  • Almost 16% of GCS students do not attend their assigned schools. They apply for and receive School Choice or attend a Magnet School
  • Greenville County Schools offers free breakfast to all students

How Do Greenville County Schools Rank?

Rankings for Greenville County SchoolsGreenville County is the largest district in the state based on total number of students and depending on where you look, GCS is typically ranked as a top 10 district in South Carolina. It’s 13th for best teachers in the state, and the 4th most diverse school district in South Carolina out of 81 districts.

Especially relevant, graduation rates are at an all-time high of 86.8% (14.4% increase since 2012). In addition, the AdvancED Accreditation Commission gives the county  national accreditation. Niche ranks Greenville County Schools the 9th best school district overall in South Carolina for 2018.

Meet The Schools

Greenville County has 95 individual schools, broken down by the students needs, age, and area of study.

Greenville County Elementary Schools | 51

Here is the list of all Greenville County elementary schools. The list is sorted alphabetically and includes contact information, address, and principal name.

Elementary schools open at 7:30 a.m. Monday – Friday. Breakfast is served prior to school beginning at 8 a.m.. School lets out at 2:30 a.m. for kindergarten through 5th grade.

Greenville County Middle Schools | 20

Here is a list of all middle schools in Greenville County with contact information, addresses, and principal names. Middle school hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 a.m. Most middle schools have six academic periods and a midday lunch break.

Greenville County High Schools | 14

Finally, here is a list of the high schools in Greenville County with contact information, addresses, and principal information. High School students (9 – 12th grade) start their day at 8:45 a.m. and are released from school at 3:45 p.m.

South Carolina requires high school students to earn 24 units of credit in approved courses to graduate. The breakdown of credit requirements is:

  • English/Language Arts – 4 Units
  • U.S. History and Constitution – 1 Unit
  • Economics (1/2 Unit), Government (1/2 Unit) – 1 Unit
  • Other Social Studies – 1 Unit
  • Mathematics – 4 Units
  • Science – 3 Units
  • Physical Education or ROTC – 1 Unit
  • Computer Science (Including Keyboarding) – 1 Unit
  • Foreign Language or Occupational Education – 1 Unit
  • Electives – 7 Units

Non-traditional Schools in Greenville County

Greenville County offers an array of non-traditional educational programs and schools for students with unique responsibilities, jobs, or families, that interfere with standard school hours. These schools include the Early College Program, Group Homes programs, Homeschool and several others.

Check out Greenville County’s intro video from their YouTube Channel:

What School Am I Zoned for?

Easy! Put in your address on the county’s address search page. They will tell you all you need to know about your zoning.

Greenville County Students, Faculty, and Salary Info

The GCS system operates at a 24:1 student-teacher ratio in core subjects. 44.2% of the 75,000 GCS students are enrolled in an AP/IB program, and 60.6% of the 4,969 teachers hold an advanced degree, ranking 13th in the nation for National Board Certified teachers.

Each year, the school system operates on a general fund budget of $575.9 million, while allocating an average of $8,549 per student, $82,351 per administrator, and $50,528 per teacher.

In 2017, GCS reported that 52.3% (up from 51.3% in 2016) of students are living in poverty. The graduation rate is 87.3% and the dropout rate is 2.8% (2017). Students in the graduating class of 2017 were awarded a record high $128 million in scholarship offers.

Test Scores for Greenville County Schools

Test Scores for Greenville County Schools

In 2017, Greenville County Schools had eleven schools score above the national public school SAT average (1044), eight schools score above the South Carolina State average (1058), and one school score above the national public school ACT average (21.0). Five schools scored above the South Carolina state ACT average of 17.7. Here are the average test scores as published by the state for the top 5 high schools:

  • Riverside (SAT 1154) | (ACT 21.5)
  • Eastside (SAT 1133) | (ACT 19.8)
  • JL Mann (SAT 1126) | (ACT 20.0)
  • Southside (SAT 1107)
  • Wade Hampton (SAT 1105) | (ACT 19.2)

Greenville County Schools Latest News

By 2020, growth in Greenville County requires the construction of at least three new schools and additions to five schools. Monarch Elementary School opened in 2012, Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School in 2014, and Fountain Inn High School may open in 2019 or beyond.

Greenville County Schools’ most recent and largest construction and long-term improvements are:

  1. The conversion of Rudolph Gordon Elementary to a K-8 school is on schedule to open in August 2018. The project has a budget of just over $14,000,000 for 2018. The new 155,000 square foot building houses grades 5 through 8 and supports collaborative, project-based learning. Rudolph Gordon is in Simpsonville.
  2. The Enoree Career Center recently added 14,000 square feet for its Culinary Arts, Welding, and Machine Tool programs. According to Greenville county, the project is complete with a 2018 budget of $2,500,000.
  3. Harrison Hall at the Roper Mountain Science Center is being renovated with a 2018 budget of $2,500,000. Slated for completion in Spring 2018, the renovation focuses on creating better STEM educational experiences. RMSC Director Michael Weeks is the 2017 School Administrator of the Year.
  4. Finally, the 55,000 square foot New Tech program building at J.L. Mann High School is now complete.

Want to dive deep into facilities improvements and capital expenditures for Greenville County Schools? Here’s the lengthy report from the district.

Check out Carolina High School and Academy’s Senior Graduation Gown Unveiling

Greenville County Schools Lunch Menu, Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition in Greenville County Schools

Compared to the school food that we all remember eating as a kid, today’s students have great options. GSC Food and Nutrition Services manages all Greenville County School meals, food, and nutrition. GCSFANs employs 750 foodservice professionals who serve over 13.5 million meals each year.

GCSFAN publishes their menus daily for all meals on their site. They even include nutrition facts! Here’s a sample of an April 2018 middle school lunch menu:

  • Turkey Pot Roast
  • Meatloaf
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Whole Grain Roll
  • Buffalo Blue Chicken Salad
  • Fruit and Vegetable Bar
  • Chocolate Milk
  • White Milk

How much do Greenville County School lunches and meals cost?

Breakfast is free for all students, lunch is $2.50 paid ($0.40 reduced) and after-school snacks are $0.60 paid and $0.15 reduced.

About 20 Greenville County Schools have 100% free and reduced lunch, but overall, 52% of students in Greenville County are eligible for free and reduced meal pricing – 58% for elementary school students, 50% for middle school, and 41% for high school.

All cafeterias use scratch or “speed-scratch” cooking for the majority of meals according to the county’s site. Offerings include soup and salad bar, three times per week, with fruit and steamed vegetable options included at every meal. GCS no longer includes any highly processed chicken items and all canned fruit – bye bye oddly-shaped chicken nuggets! Some items that the county calls “super premium” are being added to the menus, like St. Louis style BBQ ribs, smoked beef brisket, eggplant, salmon, and mahi-mahi.

Joe Urban, the director of food services for Greenville County, is the innovator of the year for 2018. He has a great social media presence to follow: 

Greenville County Schools Strategic Education Plan

For the most detailed overview of all the improvements and developments in Greenville County Schools, visit the strategic plan for 2013 – 2018 on the county site.

Greenville County School Holidays and Calendar

Calendar for Greenville County Schools

The county publishes several calendars to keep all parents, teachers, and students on track. Stay up to date on what’s happening with school holidays, closures, and more on their site.

Greenville County Schools Job Openings

The county maintains an up-to-date list of all job openings in Greenville County Schools. They organize their list by teachers, administrators, hourly, and classified job openings. Also, they provide a detailed explanation of the process for applying to open positions.

Key Administrators

Superintendent: Dr. W. Burke Royster

Deputy Superintendent: Dr. Mason Gary

Board Chair: Dr. Crystal Ball O’Connor

What do school board members do? The county offers a good overview here. Additionally, here are the names and contact information for all of the board members.

Contact Info and Links for Greenville County Schools

301 Camperdown Way
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 355-8860

For bullying, harassment, and intimidation use the anonymous hotline by phone or email: 864-45-BULLY (864-452-8559) and [email protected]

Additional Info and Resources:

GCS YouTube Channel

After-School Programs in Greenville

School bus age and fires

Future Greenville Schools

Wade Hampton High School Naming Controversy

Guide to Homeschooling

Guide to Preschools in Greenville

Guide to Private Schools

South Carolina 2017 Quick Facts