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Top 5 Private Schools: Greenville, SC (KABOOM Awards Winner)

Where can you find an excellent private school near Greenville, SC? There are dozens of private education programs in the area, and Kidding Around readers voted for their favorite schools.

Our KABOOM Awards Family Favorites winners are some of the finest private schools near Greenville, SC.

Best Private Schools in Greenville, SC

Top 5 Private Schools in Greenville, SC

2023 KABOOM Awards Winners

1st Place:

First Presbyterian Academy


  • Greenville Classical Academy
  • Upstate Montessori Academy
  • Southside Christian School
  • Abiding Peace Academy

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Abiding Peace Academy

SPONSORED 864.288.2867 | 401 Batesville Road, Simposonville, SC

KABOOM finalist

2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Private School

Offers: K2-K4, elementary K5- 8th Grade

Our objective at Abiding Peace Academy is to provide an exceptional education, instilling a love of learning in each student by nurturing his or her intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development in a safe, loving, Christian community; while imparting a strong faith in the truth of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Abiding Peace Academy can make a difference in your child’s life. The foundation of our education is Christ, and children grow in the Christian teachings and values each day. Our small class sizes and dedicated teachers ensure that each child receives the nurturing attention they deserve. APA students routinely score above national averages on standardized test scores.  Aftercare is also available each weekday.

Now enrolling middle school grades 6 – 8! Schedule a tour to see our clean, bright, spacious campus by visiting Abiding Peace Academy

I love APA. Love the staff, the community feel, the playground time with other kids and moms, plays and performances, multiple opportunities for my kids to get outside and exercise, the open communication between parents and teachers, the field trips, small school size, a focus on Christ.

Safe, warm, and friendly atmosphere. The level of education and care shown by the teachers in outstanding. Our child is thriving at APA and is excited to be there every day. We are so impressed with the school.

Southside Christian School

SPONSORED 864.234.7595 | 2211 Woodruff Road , Simpsonville, SC

Southside Christian School Guide 2023

KABOOM finalist

2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Private Schools

Southside Christian School (SCS) partners with Christian parents in providing an excellent education consistent with biblical truth. We encourage students to discover, grow, and achieve all God has for them.

Elementary, Middle, and High School students are encouraged to excel in every area of their education. At SCS, we believe learning should be challenging and fun.

SCS also offers Student Success Services to meet each child where they are in the learning process.

Students have multiple opportunities outside of the classroom through service, clubs, athletics and fine arts.

Students participate in chapel, Spiritual Life Conferences, and small groups led by faculty and staff.

The community of students, families, faculty, and staff truly make a difference at Southside Christian School. The SCS community is like a family, which encourages a fun and loving learning environment.

We would love for you to experience our school through a private tour or an open house. Visit southsidechristian.org to complete your inquiry or RSVP for an open house. We hope to see you soon!

First Presbyterian Academy

SPONSORED 864.678.5107 | 864.565.0990 | Two Greenville Locations, Greenville, SC

First Presbyterian Academy

KABOOM First Place

2023 Family Favorites 1st Place: Private School

KABOOM finalist

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First Presbyterian Academy (FPA) at Shannon Forest, K3 – 12th Grade, and First Presbyterian Academy Downtown, K2 – K6, both offer a unique, premiere college preparatory school experience, rooted in a Christian worldview.   All classes are characterized by small classes.


  • Students are taught by experienced, degreed teachers, utilizing the very best research-based instructional resources.
  • Related Arts classes include Music, Physical Education, Art, and Chapel.


  • FPA’s Elementary School prepares students for the rigors of Middle School while celebrating the differences of all God’s children. 
  • An average week includes challenging, hands-on classroom time, instruction in STEM, Art, Physical Education, Music, Chapel, and daily Bible lessons. 


  • The Middle School program provides an important bridge from Elementary to High School.
  • Students learn to think in the highest of categories but do so with the truth of a Christian worldview.
  • A full-time College Counselor works closely with students and their families as they prepare for college.
  • 100% of students are accepted to college and are ready to impact the world for Jesus Christ.


Shannon Forest (Main Campus K3-12th Grade) 829 Garlington Road, Greenville | 864.678.5107

Downtown (Preschool K2-K6) 200 West Washington Street, Greenville | 864.565.0990

Greenville Classical Academy

864.329.9884 | 2519 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC

KABOOM finalist

2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Private Schools

Greenville Classical Academy models classical education in a Christian environment and strives for excellence in academics as well as in every other aspect of life. Offers K4 – 12th grade.

Upstate Montessori Academy

864.551.1152 |  109 North Leach Street, Greenville, SC

KABOOM finalist

2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Private Schools

Upstate Montessori Academy offers a Montessori education for students in 3K through 4th grade. 3K has a half-day or full-day programs, and 4K through 4th grade has a full-day program.

"The environment that Mrs Kelly has set up to foster learning and creativity while celebrating individuality is wonderful. It was such a great first learning experience for both my son and us as parents." - Cleary