Are you trying to find the best private school near Greenville, SC for your kids? Here’s our list of private schools. Plus, we’ve also included a helpful table of contents where you can switch our list to just include specific types of schools or locations like private schools in Spartanburg or private schools in Greenville.
Find the Right Private School in Upstate, SC
- Private Schools by County: Private Schools Near Greenville, Private Schools Near Spartanburg
- Private Schools By Grade: Private Elementary Schools Near Greenville, Private Middle Schools, and Private High Schools
- Private Schools By Type and Philosophy: Secular Private Schools, Christian Private Schools near Greenville, Montessori Schools, Private Schools for College Prep, and more!
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Private Schools: Greenville, SC- by Grade Level
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Types of Private Schools Near Greenville and Spartanburg
Private Schools in Greenville, SC & Beyond Throughout the Upstate, SC
Scroll through this list of the Upstate’s private schools in Greenville and Spartanburg. If the list is too long, remember that you can use the above categories to sort by your needed school requirements.
- Emphasizes a partnership with parents
- Prepares students for the rigors of Middle School
- Provides a STEM Program, a Gifted and Talented Program, and Fine Arts Program
- Provides a unique bridge from Elementary to High School
- Challenges students through Academics, Fine Arts and Athletics
- Holds to a college preparatory curriculum focus
- Challenges students with high quality College Preparatory, Honors and AP classes
- Students enjoy an exceptional Athletic Program led by coaches rooted in truth and faith
- A Fine Arts Program features choral music, drama and visual arts programs
- Students are taught to think in the highest categories, work hard and discern in preparation for college, vocation and eternity
Learning Difference Program
- Administers a Peer Tutoring Program
- Provides online classes as needed
- Partners with classroom teachers in order to allow them to use their gifts and energies to teach
- Find out more at firspresacademy.com
St. Joseph’s Catholic School is a private, Roman Catholic co-educational day school located in South Carolina.
The school aims to provide academic excellence and form students’ minds, hearts, and souls in the likeness of Christ. The school serves a diverse community of students from 37 zip codes, 24 cities, and six counties.
The school offers a wide range of educational opportunities, including 13 Advanced Placement courses, 22 Honors courses, and 10 Honor Societies. The school is an independent Catholic school, recognized and approved by the Diocese of Charleston. SJCS has received various accolades, including being named a Catholic Education Honor Roll School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society, and being ranked the #1 Catholic School in South Carolina by Niche.com.
The school also offers generous financial aid, with more than $1.7 million given in aid through its Flexible Tuition program. Additionally, SJCS offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including 53 sports teams and 64 fine arts opportunities. 98% of graduates earn at least one merit-based scholarship.
Visit www.sjcatholicschool.org for more information.
Offers: K3 – Middle School
For 50 years, Mitchell Road Christian Academy has upheld a tradition of academic excellence, character development, and spiritual formation for students in K3-8th grade. We provide a safe environment with caring, accessible, and experienced teachers who challenge and nurture students. MRCA offers half-day Early Education programs as well as half and full-day options for our K5 classes. After-school care is available until 5:30 pm.
MRCA’s goal for our preschool students is to give them a love for learning and lay the groundwork for academic growth and character development through our biblical worldview instruction. Our teachers plan child-focused learning units to cultivate a child’s curiosity. We value the unique qualities each child brings to our school!
Visit our website to see how Mitchell Road Christian Academy can partner with your family. Click here to learn about our admissions process. Call 864-268-2210 or email admissions@
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.
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.
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!
Offers: Pre-K – High School
An independent college preparatory school in the Episcopal tradition, Christ Church Episcopal School is one of the Greenville, SC area’s most prestigious academic institutions, serving approximately 1,150 students in grades K5-12.
If you are looking for a school that will offer your child an educational experience unlike any other in the Upstate, a school that will educate the whole child – intellectually, spiritually, morally, and physically – then you will want to consider becoming a part of the CCES family.
Find out more at CCES!
The close relationships formed between students, teachers and administrators is very apparent at CCES. The teachers demonstrate such concern and love for my child and make her feel welcome and cherished. From book buddies to science exploration with Upper School biology classes, to Skyping with students in Brazil, to enrichment and discovery opportunities to expand her appreciation for music and inquiry, my child has been given opportunities not seen in many other schools.
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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!
Offers: K5-5th grade
Music Math Multilingual Christian Academy is the only K5 – 5th grade school in the Upstate that provides authentic Mandarin Chinese and Spanish immersion with a Biblical worldview. Located at the McAlister Square University Center, MMM Academy’s vision is to educate students with diverse learning styles and exceptionalities through Montessori-Waldorf hands-on and creative learning.
At MMM Academy, language immersion is incorporated with STEM and music. We currently offer authentic Mandarin and/or Spanish immersion for both part-time and full-time students and are now enrolling students K5-5th grade for the 2023-2024 school year! We also offer after-school enrichment programs including robotics and music classes.
Our mission is to equip students to become competent global leaders who strive for academic excellence, moral character, community involvement, and love for Christ. For more information, visit our website at mmmchristianacademy.com or contact us at info@mmmchristianacademy with any questions or to schedule a private tour.
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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.
Founded in 1927, Bob Jones Academy is well known for its excellent education serving students preschool through grade 12. Our school includes a strong learning environment under a nurturing faculty who teach from a biblical worldview while demonstrating Christ-like character. Our mission is to assist like-minded Christian parents in challenging students to love Jesus Christ, to embrace God’s truth, to exercise integrity, to pursue excellence and to serve others.
We challenge our students to succeed by providing high quality academics and encouraging personal excellence. It is our goal to develop fully prepared and mature college-bound graduates who love God with all their heart. Our school is accredited through both Cognia and the American Association of Christian Schools.
In BJA’s college preparatory high school program, classes are 50 minutes long and meet five days a week. Twenty-four credits are required for graduation. In addition to a full slate of rigorous college prep courses, BJA offers an honors track—both math and science—and general courses in the core areas. BJA has a robust dual-credit program through its affiliated nationally accredited college, Bob Jones University.
Contact Bob Jones Academy at [email protected] or 864.770.1395 for more information.
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 [email protected]. Please visit our website https://www.goddardschool.com/schools/sc/simpsonville/simpsonville.
Carolina Preparatory School in Greenville offers small class sizes, creative teaching, and a nurturing environment for 6 weeks old through 5th grade.
Carolina international preparatory school, they go from babies to grade 5. Small ratio teacher/student. Learning is fun and teachers are really engage!
Carolina International Preparatory School. The amazing teachers are great at making learning fun. They are also great at being patient and teaching morals and manners.
The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, located in Spartanburg, offers a specialized school for children from preschool through grade 12. The school provides vision and hearing services in communities and schools throughout South Carolina.
Spartanburg Day School is a nationally-accredited independent school, offering curriculum and programming for 3K through 12th grade.
Primrose School of Greenville offers balanced learning and curriculum for infants through Kindergarten.
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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
Einstein Academy is a non-profit private school for 1st-8th graders who have been diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, Autism and/or similar challenges.
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School is religiously affiliated with St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. The school offers curriculum and programming to help develop the spiritual, academic, physical, and social growth of each child in 4K through 8th Grade.
Westgate Christian School in Spartanburg is religiously affiliated with Westgate Baptist Church and offers faith-based curriculum for 3K – 12th grade.
Calvary Christian School in Greer offers faith-based curriculum for K2 – 12th Grade.
An educational academy offered through Project HOPE Foundation, the school offers education for children on the autism spectrum, preschool through high school. ABA therapy services are provided, with classes Monday through Friday.
Hope Academy at Project HOPE Foundation, Inc. is amazing. Patient and kind teachers who are interested in helping children learn on their level. I’m so thankful I found this school for my boys.
Veritas is a Christian, Classical, and University Model School serving grades K-12 in Greenville.
Hampton Park Christian School in Greenville offers curriculum, education, and programming for K5 through 12th Grade.
Mauldin Christian Academy focuses on Christian education to help encourage spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social growth in students.
September-May School Year:
- Preschool: 3 – 4 year olds, 8:15 am – 12:00 pm Monday-Friday
- Elementary: K5 – 5th Grade, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm Monday-Friday
- After School Care: K5 – 5th Grade, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Monday-Friday
- Daycare: 6 Weeks – K4, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm Monday-Friday
It was a good experience for us too.
We really love Mauldin Christian Academy! Very caring teachers and administration that provide a loving environment! Small class sizes are a plus and my son learns so much with the Abeka curriculum.
Oakbrook is a College Preparatory School with Christian education in Spartanburg.
- Lower School: K3 through 4th Grade
- Middle School: 5th – 8th Grade
- Upper School: 9th – 12th Grade
My children have thrived at Oakbrook. They have loving teachers, small classes, and an advanced curriculum. The teachers and staff know our family and make us feel like it is our second home. Oakbrook continues to exceed my expectations.
Catholic school offering education to ages K-3 through 5th grade in a diverse, multicultural setting.
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School in Greenville offers a classical program through the Catholic faith for children in Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
Offers: Infant to 6th grade
“Montessori School of Mauldin-Amazing teachers and diverse environment. My daughter has thrived here.”
Primrose School of Midtown Greenville offers balanced learning and curriculum for infants through Kindergarten.
Eddlemon Adventist School is religiously affiliated with the Spartanburg Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers curriculum for Kindergarteners – 8th Graders. Their Child Development Center begins at 2 years old.
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.
Religiously affiliated with Mountain View Baptist Church
Grades: 4K preschool – 12th
Montessori Academy of Spartanburg provides a developmentally appropriate environment for students ranging from 8 weeks through the 8th grade.
Prince of Peace Catholic School in Taylors is the primary apostolate of Prince of Peace Parish to offer a curriculum based on the teaching of the Catholic faith. Programs and curriculum are available for K3 – 8th Grades, and K3 & K4 have the option of a half-day or full-day.
St. Mary’s Catholic School in Greenville offers academics and programming for children in 3K through 8th grade.
Spartanburg Christian Academy is religiously affiliated with First Baptist North Spartanburg and offers programming and curriculum for 3K through 12th Grade.
The Goddard School in Simpsonville offers a NAEYC Accredited program, flexible scheduling, individualized curriculum and assessments, and enrichment programs for Infants through Kindergartners.
More Upstate School Information: Beyond Private Schools
- Here’s our Ultimate Guide to Charter Schools in the Upstate.
- If you are looking for kindergartens or preschools, we recommend our Preschool Guide to Greenville with over 65 preschools recommended by our readers.
- For more information on homeschooling in Greenville see our Homeschool Guide to Greenville.
- For information on Greenville County Public Schools see our Greenville County Public School Guide.
- For information on Spartanburg County Public Schools see our Spartanburg County Public School District Guide.