Schools in Simpsonville

Best Schools in Simpsonville SC

The people of Simpsonville value education and realize its importance in the lives of their children. Programs abound to help students achieve success, no matter what their particular talents and interests may be.

All public schools in Greenville County are part of a single district called Greenville County Schools. Greenville County Schools educates an average of 75,550 students annually, spread over more than 800 square miles in Greenville County, as well as small parts of Spartanburg and Laurens Counties. Approximately 12,000 of those students attend a school, child development center, or career technology center in the Simpsonville area.

Many of the district’s facilities have been recognized with state and national awards. The district boasts several National Blue Ribbon Schools, Palmetto’s Finest schools, a National PTA School of Excellence, a National School of Character, a South Carolina School of Promise, and another which earned the Baldrige Model of Continuous Improvement recognition. Simpsonville Elementary earned the Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program designation in 2016-17.

The district’s schools in Simpsonville and the entire county emphasize the importance of preparing for life beyond high school as part of the Graduation Plus initiative, which begins when young children enter school for the first time.

Through this initiative, elementary school faculties are focused on building a sound foundation in the basic disciplines and increasing students’ exposure to a variety of careers. At the middle school level, enhanced academic rigor is paired with greater exposure to career and college opportunities and an introduction to 16 basic career clusters. During high school, students are now building their electives around potential college or career paths.

Greenville County Schools is helping all of their students develop world class skills by providing diverse opportunities for individual growth through project-based learning and the implementation of innovative courses in the arts, architecture, engineering, industry, business, law, agriculture, health science, and more.

The district’s school choice program allows students to focus their studies on their individual interests and skills by providing the option to attend one of several magnet schools in the area. Currently, approximately 15% of the district’s students take advantage of school choice and are spread between a Fine Arts Center, four International Baccalaureate Diploma high schools, four career and technical education centers, and other schools with specific focuses.

The Golden Strip Career Center is part of the Greenville County School district, and serves students in the Simpsonville, Mauldin, and Fountain Inn communities. The Golden Strip Career Center is a place where students learn skills that prepare them for careers. Students not only learn technical and trade skills, but also key soft skills that contribute to long-term employability.

At the Golden Strip Career Center, work-based learning happens through cooperative education, internships, or apprenticeship experiences. During a co-op, a student may attend school a day or two per week but go to their work site the other days. Internships are more general and can occur after-school or during the summer. Apprenticeships have training plans that are usually registered with the Department of Labor and involve a minimum of 2000 training hours. All of these learning plans depends on the local business community, and are a “win-win” for all.

Students are able to apply the skills they are learning in class to real-world situations and companies can see, firsthand, a student’s work ethic and skills. These companies have the opportunity to instill their training and values in a young employee, making long-term retention and loyalty much more likely.

“We want our students to recognize the difference between staying in an entry-level job and having the opportunity to advance into a rewarding career thanks to their work ethic and skills,” said Lynn Tuten, Golden Strip Career Center Work-Based Learning Coordinator.

There are many examples of Golden Strip Career Center graduates who have participated in work-based learning while students and are still in rewarding careers with the same companies. Golden Strip Career Center has numerous business partners in these endeavors including Michelin, Gregory Electric, Brasfield and Gorrie, Stueken, Rick Erwins and more. These are paid experiences, usually involving industry competitive entry-level wages.

“These impressive opportunities are available through the classes at Golden Strip Career Center,” said JF Lucas, the Center’s Director. “The graduation rate for students involved in career and technical education is 97%. Golden Strip Career Center provides students the opportunities to discover a skill they love; develop those skills; and apply them in the real world. This leads to satisfaction for businesses and rewarding careers for students.”     

A popular option for higher education after high school is nearby Greenville Technical College’s Brashier Campus. It is the most convenient community college campus for residents of Simpsonville, Mauldin, Fountain Inn, and other nearby communities. It houses core programs including nursing, welding, industrial maintenance/mechatronics, and fire science. The campus also offers high quality general education courses that transfer to any college or university. For this reason, GTC is a good place for local residents to begin their higher education. In fact, high school students are encouraged to pursue dual enrollment in GTC courses while simultaneously completing their high school requirements.

Greenville Technical College also plays an active part in the surrounding community. The school’s leadership understands that an educated workforce attracts new businesses and encourages economic development in a region. The Brashier Campus partners closely with local municipal, business, and education leaders on a variety of local councils in order to foster community growth.


Bells Crossing Elementary School
804 Scuffletown Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-3800

Bethel Elementary School
111 Bethel School Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-4100

Bryson Elementary School
703 Bryson Drive
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-3600

Fork Shoals School
916 McKelvey Road
Pelzer, SC 29669
(864) 355-5000

Mauldin Elementary School
1194 Holland Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-3700

Monarch Elementary School
224 Five Forks Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 452-0600

Oakview Elementary School
515 Godfrey Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-7100

Plain Elementary School
506 Neely Ferry Road
Simpsonville, SC 29680
(864) 355-7700

Rudolph Gordon Elementary School
1507 Scuffletown Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 452-0200

Simpsonville Elementary at Morton Place
200 Morton Avenue
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-8300


Bryson Middle School
3657 S. Industrial Drive
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-2100

Hillcrest Middle School
510 Garrison Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-6100

Langston Charter Middle School
1950 Woodruff Road
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 286-9700

Mauldin Middle School
1190 Holland Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-6770

Ralph Chandler Middle School
4231 Fork Shoals Road
Simpsonville, SC 29680
(864) 452-0300


Brashier Middle College Charter High School
1830 W. Georgia Road
Simpsonville, SC 29680
(864) 757-1800

Hillcrest High School
2665 S. Industrial Drive
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-3500

Woodmont High School
2831 W. Georgia Road
Piedmont, SC 29673
(864) 355-8600


Bundle of Joy Academy
402 Fowler Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 228-9362

Five Oaks Academy
1101 Jonesville Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 228-1881
Grades: Preschool-8

Primrose School
2255 Woodruff Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 757-1191
Grades: 6 weeks-K5

Simpsonville KinderCare
700 W. Georgia Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 228-5819


Golden Strip Career Center
1120 E. Butler Road
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 355-1050


Early Headstart
1200 Howard Drive
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 355-5070


Greenville Technical College
Brashier Campus
1830 West Georgia Road
Simpsonville, SC 29680
(864) 228-5000

Bob Jones University
1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 242-5100

Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613
(864) 294-2000

University Center of Greenville
216 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 250-1111

Area Colleges
Colleges, universities, technical schools and other schools serving the area include:
Anderson University
Clemson University
Converse College
ECPI College of Technology
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
North Greenville University
Presbyterian College
Southern Wesleyan University
Spartanburg Methodist College
Spartanburg Technical College
Tri-County Technical College
USC Upstate
Webster University Greenville
Wofford College