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The children of Simpsonville are educated in 12 elementary, middle and high schools that are part of a single district known as Greenville County Schools.

“Preparing students for their future pursuits in life, work and education is our responsibility and privilege,” said Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster.

“We are committed to a student-centered culture, which means everything we do is focused on responding to the individuality of our more than 76,000 students. Some students need academic, social, or emotional support and mentoring, while others just need guidance, challenges, and opportunities. In all cases, we are committed to helping students fulfill their potential and ensure a bright future for them and our community.”

The District has received National Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, recognizing it as a high-quality school district. In addition, it is South Carolina’s leader in school choice, featuring schools of various sizes in urban, suburban and rural settings, and magnet academies offering specialized studies in areas such as communications, foreign languages, the arts, science and mathematics. About 16 percent of district students take advantage of school choice to match their needs and interests.

Teacher of the Year

For the second consecutive year, a teacher in a Simpsonville-based school was named the entire District’s Greenville County Teacher of the Year award in 2017. Suzanne Billings, a fourth-grade teacher at Plain Elementary School, earned the honor. She has taught at Plain for 10 years and is the first teacher at that 950-student school to be so honored.

“Suzanne is the consummate professional who has true passion for children, teaching and learning,” said Debbie Mihalic, Plain Elementary Principal. “She is very innovative and is a designated ‘inclusion’ teacher who works closely with special education students who periodically come to join her students for certain activities. Suzanne inspires all students to learn and succeed by fostering a collaborative environment at school.”

Billings has initiated an interaction between her classroom and a special-needs classroom of similarly aged children challenged by autism, intellectual, physical and developmental delays and emotional disabilities. The two classrooms interact for 30 minutes, once every two weeks, in order to open the fourth graders’ eyes to different people’s unique abilities and to encourage people’s compassion.

“And the skills they have learned by interacting with the special-needs children have even spilled over into our classroom with students now understanding that everyone has different abilities. Some are good at math. Others are good at other things and we all need help sometimes, so you shouldn’t make fun of people when they need and ask for help,” Billings said. “Working with the special-needs students has taught my students acceptance, kindness, and many amazing life skills. They are now super excited to see each other in the hallways.”

Interactions between the classrooms include communication games, service projects like making posters to put up around the school, reading to each other, making thank-you cards and training for the Special Olympics.

“This classroom interaction has taught the students that we are all the same. We just face different challenges,” Principal Mihalic noted. “This initiative led by Suzanne Billings fits beautifully into our school vision: ‘A School Family Positively Committed to Excellence.’ We work to foster a student-centered, family environment with strong relationships and an emphasis on both education and security. There is a compassionate, calm school culture.”

In addition, “the teachers at Plain collaborate well and have high morale. As a result, the environment is very positive,” Billings added.

Golden Strip Career Technology Center

Golden Strip Career Technology Center serves schools in the Simpsonville area. It offers career preparation in culinary arts, digital art and design, welding, cosmetology, machine tool technology, early childhood education, building construction, automotive technology, auto collision repair, HVAC, law enforcement, mechatronics and more.

The extremely popular areas of endeavor – health science and agriculture – have been moved into each of the Greenville County high schools so that more students may enroll.

Begun in the late 1970s, Golden Strip is one of four such career centers within the Greenville County School District. It currently serves approximately 600 students, primarily from JL Mann, Hillcrest and Mauldin high schools.

“We offer 15 programs that are designed to give students the essential skills, attitude and mindset that they will need to do well in life. This is not just a trade school. It is a lifelong skills school,” said JF Lucas, director.

Ninth-graders can go to the Career Center for exploratory sessions to see what fields interest them; then 10th-12th-graders get their training; and 11th and 12th graders may participate in co-ops, internships and apprenticeships. Some of the career center courses are dual-credit which means a student may receive college credit for their Career Center course.

Once they have learned the basic skills in their field, students are encouraged to engage in internships and paid apprenticeships at local companies like Michelin, Steuken, Gregory Electric and Brasfield & Gorrie. Many students – 104 this past school year – also earn their OSHA-10 safety certificate in addition to industry certifications such as Automotive Service Excellence or EPA Section 608.

“We have companies that pay students to work for them while also going to school,” Lucas said. “Our Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Lynn Tuten, has as her main mission to find work for our students. She makes contacts, arranges for internships and prepares our students for interviews and making work connections.”

“Michelin hires our mechatronics students as apprentice ‘reliability technicians’ who perform mechanical and technical machine maintenance. It is a highly-skilled and paid position that they are struggling to fill because current employees are retiring,” Tuten said.

Mechatronics is a field that is a combination of mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering. Bosch and many other local manufacturing companies hire these students.

“We have students interning in various industries. Examples include Steuken, a German company that hires our machine tool students for internships and apprenticeships and even pays their college tuition, and Southeastern Products, a firm that make grocery store interiors. They have hired one of our students as an industrial painter,” she added.

According to Tuten, students from the Career Center’s fire technology courses co-op with several area fire departments and HVAC students have found employment at both Carolina Heating and Gregory Electric.

“We would love to have more district students be a part of what we are doing here. Most get internships, co-ops and certifications so that they can go right to work after high school, if that is what they want to do. Parents often don’t realize the opportunities we offer,” she added.

Greenville Technical College

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, the college is a good place for local residents to begin their higher education. In fact, high school students are encouraged to pursue dual enrollment in courses at the technical college while simultaneously completing their high school requirements.

Greenville Technical College also plays an active part in the surrounding community. Its faculty and staff understand that an educated workforce attracts new businesses and encourages economic development in a region, so they partner closely with local municipal, business and education leaders on a variety of local councils in order to foster community growth.area school listing


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


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

Grades: Preschool-8

Greenville Classical Academy
2519 Woodruff Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 329-9884

Grades: K4-12

Hope Academy
2258 Woodruff Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 676-0028

Primrose School
2255 Woodruff Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 757-1191

Grades: 6 weeks-K5

Southside Christian School
2211 Woodruff Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 234-7595

Grades: Pre-school-12


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


SHARE 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