About Blythe Academy
Blythe Academy of Languages is located in Greenville, South Carolina. The total enrollment of Blythe Academy of Languages is 936. Student attendance averages 97%. Home-based students (60%) at Blythe Academy are residents of urban and nearby suburban communities. Our magnet students (40%) are residents of urban, suburban, and rural areas throughout Greenville and Pickens counties. Blythe Academy boasts a certified staff of 98 for the 2015-2016 school year. This certified staff includes administrators, classroom teachers, special education teachers, related arts teachers, and specialty area teachers.
In 1995, Blythe was chosen to become one of Greenville County’s Select Schools. Blythe’s academic focus was broadened to include daily foreign language (French and Spanish) instruction at all grade levels (K5–5), and the name of the school was changed to Blythe Academy of Languages to reflect its magnet school status. Blythe is currently recognized as the only elementary school 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 or French Immersion program. Our Partial Immersion students receive instruction in Spanish or French for math, science and health in grades K4-5.
Blythe has received recognitions and several awards over the years. Our school was a 1997-98 and 1998-99 State Incentive Award recipient for Academic Achievement. We were also recognized as a state winner for the Exemplary Writing Award in the spring of 1998, 1999 and 2001. Blythe Academy has also received Honor Status as an Exemplary Reading School. The Magnet Schools of America also awarded Blythe a Merit Award for the school year 2000-2001. This was due to an innovative curriculum, an increase in student enrollment, test scores as well as strong parental involvement. The South Carolina School Board Association awarded Blythe the Saluting Student Success award for the 2001-2002 school year.
With the support of an active PTA, a visionary SIC, and many parent volunteers who contribute a wide variety of talents and services, the educational opportunities for the students at Blythe are greatly enriched. Numerous business partnerships provide financial and tutorial assistance and add a vital link between the school and the community. Blythe Academy has experienced exciting changes during the past years and will continue to grow and develop in order to meet the needs of the students and the community.
Our mission is to work together with stakeholders to teach our students the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to become productive and responsible citizens in an ever-changing global society through instruction that includes language immersion education in French and Spanish.
At Blythe Academy, students will achieve academic success, bilingual and bi-literate proficiency, and multicultural competency.
Values and Beliefs
- All students possess talents that should be nurtured.
- All students should be challenged to reach their highest potential
- All students learn best in a safe and positive environment.
The purpose of Blythe Academy of Languages is to ensure that academic achievement is its top priority, and to collaborate with home and community to achieve educational excellence.
- High academic achievement for every student is expected to raise the academic performance.
- Provide a school environment that is safe, challenging and supportive of learning.
- Provide an on-going pattern of communication that promotes public understanding and support of Blythe Academy.
- Assist in the professional development of technology for teachers.