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Secular Schools

Are looking for a private school in the Greenville area that is not religiously affiliated? Here’s a list of secular private schools in and around Greenville. This list includes preschool through middle school, plus a school for kids with special needs!

Private secular schools near Greenville, South Carolina

For a full list of private schools in Greenville, check out our Ultimate Guide to Private Schools in Greenville and Upstate, SC.

The Goddard School

SPONSORED 864.254.0708

The Goddard School

The private Kindergarten and 1 st grade programs at The Goddard School of Simpsonville, SC at Five Forks provide the foundation to encourage your child’s lifelong love of learning. The Goddard approach to learning allows for both individual and small-group learning which is key to a child’s formal education. Goddard School certified teachers present ample academic challenges and take care to balance the daily schedule with lots of fun too.

Children at Goddard enjoy quiet learning in reading nooks and writing centers, as well as social activity opportunities throughout the day. The Goddard School offers a fun, engaging format that allows children to explore and discover their interests while learning academic essentials. The Goddard School offers a small group environment, so children can analyze and solve problems by utilizing collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical-thinking skills.

The hours for the private Kindergarten and 1st grade programs are 8 am – 2:30 pm. Early drop-off is available at 7 am and late stay is available for families until 6 pm.

For more information about our national award-winning school contact us at 864.254.0708 or simpsonvillesc@goddardschools.com. Please visit our website https://www.goddardschool.com/schools/sc/simpsonville/simpsonville.

Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks

SPONSORED 864.729.8811 | 2255 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC

Primrose Schools is a family of accredited, high-quality early education and care schools for infants through Private kindergarten, After School Care, and Summer Camp (hours are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm)

The Balanced Learning® System has been developed by and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools. It is a research-based curriculum that blends teacher-guided and child-initiated activities with a special emphasis on character development.

What can you expect at Primrose’s private Kindergarten program?

Low student/teacher ratio: 1:14

Literacy Development:  Primrose® has selected a reading series that supports the Balanced Learning® approach to language and literacy learning.

Healthy Balanced Menus: Healthy nutrition not only boosts energy but can elevate a child’s mood and thinking skills during a crucial development stage. Our onsite Chef follows a balanced menu plan that includes all of your child’s meals and snacks throughout the day.

Math Development: The Math Expressions Math Program in our Kindergarten program incorporates the best practices of both traditional and reform mathematics curricula.

Mucho Mundo® Spanish: This Spanish class takes place 5 days a week. Children are enthusiastic about learning theme-related Spanish vocabulary and conversational phrases that correspond to the Primrose weekly Unit of Learning themes.

Thumbs Up! – Physical Health & Development and Outdoor Play: Children have two 30 minutes slots in the daily schedule which they get to go outside. During this time our teachers conduct indoor and outdoor activities and play experiences that help children practice and gain an increased awareness of their physical abilities. In addition to organized activities, our playgrounds provide opportunities for physical challenge and to safely take risks.

Happy Hearts Character Development: This program focuses on the development of good character traits and helps children begin to internalize what it takes to be a good person.

Rhythm & Notes® with Music from The Music Class: Children have a set time for music in their daily schedule, so this takes places five times a week.

Technology in the Classroom: The Computer Center provides opportunities for children to develop confidence in their ability to use a computer, problem solve, and develop literacy skills and concepts.

Parent partnerships: At Primrose, we believe our partnerships with each parent is vital.  You will also receive digital “daily reports” of exactly what your child learned that day, pictures throughout the day, what they ate that day, etc.

Find out more at www.primrosesimpsonville.com, call 864.729.8811, or email BJ@primrosesimpsonville.com.

Primrose of Five Forks in Simpsonville. Our daughter goes there and we all love it. The staff and owners are so friendly and treat each of us like family. The teachers are all certified teachers and they keep the class sizes small. They have an in house chef that cooks every meal/snack the children have and it is all very healthy (I'm a stickler on food). They will even cater to any food allergies/aversions your child may have. They go from birth to Pre-K and just opened a private Kindergarten, last year. I could go on. It's a great school.

The International School of Greenville

SPONSORED 864.243.6401 | 1021 Hudson Rd , Greenville, SC

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Offers: Pre K – High School

ISG is a non-profit, private, international school for grades Pre K-12, dedicated to the highest academic standards and featuring full language immersion. ISG welcomes all children from the age of two and a half, with full French immersion in K3 and K4 adhering to the world-renowned curriculum of French preschools. By K5, students follow both the French and American curriculum (reading, writing, and speaking in French and English). Students begin their third language by 4th grade.

We offer:
● AEFE certified education — Widely recognized as the highest standard in global K-12 education, AEFE is world-renowned. Our High School classes are equivalent to Advanced Placement (AP) classes, earning university credit.
● Independence — Students are guided to independently manage their own schedule, assignments, and projects.
● Global student body — American, Canadian, Caribbean, Ecuadorian, French, Japanese, Mexican, Polish, and other heritages.
● Natural Light in every classroom — needed for growth, development and focus.
● Daily physical recreation — Gymnasium, playground, soccer field
● Culinary appreciation and etiquette — vital for well-rounded, culturally adept and polite students.
● Affordable — Competitive tuition with over $73,000 in need-based scholarships awarded in 2023 making private education accessible to all.

ISG develops students into independent critical thinkers, cultural ambassadors, and multilingual experts. Lean more at tisgreenville.org

Five Oaks Academy

SPONSORED 864.228.1881| | 1101 Jonesville Road, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: Toddler (half day) – Middle School

Five Oaks Academy is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) and is the only Montessori school in the area that offers a cohesive program from toddler through eighth grade. With over 36 countries represented, the global community within Five Oaks Academy (FOA) and its unique research-based approach to education give students an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else.

FOA is a welcoming environment that focuses on creating original thinkers and encourages students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Understanding that each child has his own learning style and interests, students at FOA are treated as individuals. A low student:teacher ratio allows each child to receive a customized education. Students explore the realm of mathematics, literature, history, science, geography and the arts in a creative and research-based manner.

Along with a challenging academic curriculum, the program fosters the development of time management skills and helps students learn to prioritize their responsibilities. Additionally, students are led in discovering and developing their own unique talents and strengths. Most importantly, FOA strives to foster student’s curiosity and love of learning so they become lifelong learners. Our goal is for our students to have success not only in the classroom but in the real world as well.

Find out more at Five Oaks Academy!

Montessori Academy of Spartanburg

864.585.3046 | 384 South Spring Street, Spartanburg, SC

Montessori Academy of Spartanburg provides a developmentally appropriate environment for students ranging from 8 weeks through the 8th grade.

Mountain Montessori

864.610.2887 | 405 Tanyard Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: Montessori education for ages 3 – 6.

 

The Haynesworth School

864.235.3010 | 228 East Park Avenue, Greenville, SC

The Haynesworth School in Greenville offers a nurturing and stimulating educational environment for K-2 through 3rd grade.

Spartanburg Day School

864.582.7539 | 1701 Skylyn Drive, Spartanburg, SC

Spartanburg Day School is a nationally-accredited independent school, offering curriculum and programming for 3K through 12th grade.

Camperdown Academy

864.244.8899 | 65 Verdae Commons Drive, Greenville, SC

Camperdown Academy is a special education school located in Greenville that offers education and support for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences in grades 1-8.