About Greenville Early College
The Greenville Early College Program began in 2012 with 30 6th grade students. The program currently has 6th & 7th grade students for the 2013-2014 school year and will add an additional grade level each year through 12th grade. Specific criteria such as test scores, feeder home-based schools and first generation college goers are some of the criteria for selection into the program. Eligible students will be contacted each year in late January/early February. The Early College Program is housed at the University Center of Greenville. The program is a partnership between Greenville County Schools, Clemson University, Furman University, the University Center, and USC Upstate to introduce and provide college experiences, academic assistance, and acceleration for students.
University partners will host a “College Connection” that allows students to visit a college campus twice each semester while providing enrichment and academic activities on campus. In grades 6-8, the primary focus will be literacy, mathematics, and critical thinking skills, with the opportunity to enroll in dual credit classes once in high school. The instructional framework covers skills that address the global achievement gap: 1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; 2. Collaboration; 3. Effective Oral and Written Communication; 4. Accessing and Analyzing Information.
Upon successfully graduating from Greenville Early College with a state high school diploma, students will have the opportunity to apply to Clemson University, Furman University and/or USC Upstate. If they meet the entrance requirements they will be provided with financial assistance such as scholarships (after utilizing federal financial aid) to pay for their education.
The program has received significant support and investment from partners such as Michelin North America, The Community Foundation of Greenville, The Hollingsworth Foundation, The Jolley Foundation, and the Symmes Foundation.
Why attend Greenville Early College?
- Small class sizes: average class size has a 10:1 student/teacher ratio
- Students are provided with real college experiences/visits each semester starting in 6th grade (go to Parents Page to read an interesting article about college readiness starting in middle school).
- Financial Assistance for College: Upon successfully graduating from Greenville Early College students will have the opportunity to apply to one of our partner universities (Clemson, Furman and USC Upstate). If the student meets entrance requirements they will be provided with financial assistance such as scholarships (after utilizing federal financial aid) to pay for their college education. This is made possible through our partner universities and benefactors.
- Transportation is provided for students who are geocoded for Tanglewood and Lakeview Middle Schools.