In 1950, land was purchased for $48,250 to build a public school in the
Augusta Road area. Blythe Elementary School was built to alleviate
overcrowding in neighboring schools within the city limits. This school was
named for local educator and school board member, Edgeworth Montague Blythe.
It first opened its doors in the fall of 1951. The growth of the school
increased to over 700 students. This caused the district to build an
addition, which doubled the number of classrooms. Blythe Elementary School
continued to thrive during the 1950â€™s and the first half of the 1960â€™s. In
the mid 1960â€™s, with the closing of nearby Donaldson Air Force Base, Blythe
lost a significant number of its students and attendance lines were redrawn
to encompass a larger attendance area to the south and east of the school.
During the 1970â€™s the administration, faculty, staff, and community
continued to work together to create a positive atmosphere emphasizing
citizenship, leadership, and challenging academics despite the schoolâ€™s
changing demographics and declining enrollment.
In the 1980â€™s, based on Blytheâ€™s declining enrollment, discussions were
initiated within the school district to determine the fate of the school.
Members of the immediate neighborhood walked the streets gathering
signatures on petitions to keep the doors of Blythe open in an attempt to
preserve the integrity of the neighborhood. The decision was made not to
close the school. Instructional programs were instituted, numerous business
and community partnerships were forged and cosmetic renovations were made to
the physical plant. Blythe Elementary School emerged as a hub of cutting
edge academic activity on the district, state and national levels as
evidenced by being named one of â€śPalmettoâ€™s Finestâ€ť elementary schools and
as a state finalist for the US Department of Educationâ€™s Blue Ribbon School
In 1995, Blythe was chosen to become one of Greenville Countyâ€™s Select
Schools. Blytheâ€™s academic focus was broadened to include daily foreign
language (French and Spanish) instruction at all grade levels (K5â€“5), and
the name of the school was changed to Blythe Academy of Languages to reflect
its magnet school status. Blythe is currently recognized one of two
elementary schools in the state that offers daily foreign language
instruction to all of its students through either a FLES (Foreign Language
in the Elementary School) or Partial Spanish and French Immersion program.
Our Partial Spanish Immersion students receive instruction in Spanish for
math, science and health in grades 1-5. Our Partial French Immersion
students receive instruction in French for math, science, and health in
five-year old kindergarten through second grade. Our Partial French
Immersion Program will expand to third and fourth grades over the next two
In August 2003, Blythe Academy moved into its new facility located on the
original property designed for a capacity of 1,000 students.