30+ Private Schools Near Greenville and Upstate, SC

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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.

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN ACADEMY Downtown • Shannon Forest

TITLE SPONSOR 864.678.5107 Two Campuses, Greenville, SC

FPA School Guide Dec 2022

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.  Small, intimate classes are taught by exceptional faculty who embrace the idea that teaching is also discipleship.

Elementary School

  • 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

Middle School

  • Provides a unique bridge from Elementary to High School 
  • Challenges students through Academics, Fine Arts and Athletics
  • Holds to a college preparatory curriculum focus

High School

  • 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 First Presbyterian Academy!

Christ Church Episcopal School

SPONSORED 864.299.1522 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville, SC

CCES School Guide 2022

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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Mitchell Road Christian Academy

SPONSORED 864.268.2210 207 Mitchell Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: K3 – Middle School

For over 45 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 throughout their time at MRCA.

Our students master content and develop the skills of effective communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.  We are passionate about biblically integrating our curriculum and aim to glorify Christ in all our endeavors as we equip our students to become ambassadors for Christ. 

Click here to learn how Mitchell Road Christian Academy can partner with your family. For info. on our admissions process, visit our Admissions page. For any other questions, please call 864-268-2210 or email [email protected]mitchellroadchristian.org. We look forward to working with you!

Music Math Multilingual Christian Academy

SPONSORED 864.729.2873 Suite E-9, McAlister Square (University Center), 225 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC

MMM Academy School Guide 2022

Offers: K4-5th grade

Music Math Multilingual Christian Academy is the only K4 – 5th grade Christian Mandarin immersion school in the Upstate that provides authentic Chinese language immersion with a Biblical worldview. Located at the University Center, MMM Academy is a school with a vision 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 immersion for both part-time and full-time students and are now enrolling students K4-5th grade for the spring semester of 2023! 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 [email protected] with any questions or to schedule a private tour.

St. Joseph's Catholic School

SPONSORED 864.234.9009 100 St. Joseph's Drive, Greenville, SC

St. Joseph’s Catholic School, in its 27th year of serving students in grades 6-12, is proud to announce the establishment of the Margaret Ann Moon Middle School Scholarship for families who believe that a Catholic school education is financially out of reach.

Mrs. Moon (1953-2014), one of the school’s nine Founders and the Founding Board Chair from 1993-2012, dedicated her life’s work to advocating for Catholic education. This scholarship is dedicated to her belief that in order for the school to be truly Catholic, a St. Joseph’s education must be accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their socio-economic background.

All current fifth-grade students who do not attend (nor have siblings who attend) Upstate Catholic schools (including SJCS) are invited and encouraged to apply. SJCS will award up to five middle school (half-paid tuition) scholarships to rising sixth-graders based on a combination of academic merit and need.

For more information, email [email protected]sjcatholicschool.org or visit St. Joseph’s!

Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks

SPONSORED 864.729.8811 2255 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC

Primrose Simpsonville School Guide ad

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 [email protected].

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.

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!

Southside Christian School

SPONSORED 864.234.7595 2211 Woodruff Road , Simpsonville, SC

Southside School 2022

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!

Abiding Peace Academy

SPONSORED 864.288.2867 401 Batesville Road, Simposonville, SC

Abiding Peace Academy ad January 2022 (1)

Offers: K2-K4, elementary K5- 7th 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 & 7! 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.

Bob Jones Academy

SPONSORED 864.770.1395 1700 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville, SC

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.

Hampton Park Christian School

864.370.3100 875 State Park Road, Greenville, SC

Hampton Park Christian School in Greenville offers curriculum, education, and programming for K5 through 12th 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.

The Goddard School

864.448.0004 533 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC

The Goddard School in Simpsonville offers a NAEYC Accredited program, flexible scheduling, individualized curriculum and assessments, and enrichment programs for Infants through Kindergartners.

Hope Academy

864.676.0028 400 Spring Forest Road, Greenville, SC

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.

Primrose School of Midtown Greenville

864.232.6101 19 Villa Road, Greenville, SC

Primrose School of Midtown Greenville offers balanced learning and curriculum for infants through Kindergarten.

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School

864.582.6645 152 Alabama Street, Spartanburg, SC

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.

Greenville Classical Academy

864.329.9884 2519 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC

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.

Mountain View Christian Academy

864.463.8888 650 Battleground Road, Cowpens, SC

Religiously affiliated with Mountain View Baptist Church

Grades: 4K preschool – 12th

South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind

864.585.7711 355 Cedar Springs Road, Spartanburg, SC

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.

Calvary Christian School

864.877.5555 101 Calvary Street, Greer, SC

Calvary Christian School in Greer offers faith-based curriculum for K2 – 12th Grade.

Veritas Preparatory School

864.309.0511 701 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC

Veritas is a Christian, Classical, and University Model School serving grades K-12 in Greenville.

Montessori School of Mauldin

864.288.8613 205b East Butler Road, Mauldin, SC

Offers: Infant to 6th grade

“Montessori School of Mauldin-Amazing teachers and diverse environment. My daughter has thrived here.”

Spartanburg Christian Academy

864.578.4238 8740 Asheville Highway, Spartanburg, SC

Spartanburg Christian Academy is religiously affiliated with First Baptist North Spartanburg and offers programming and curriculum for 3K through 12th Grade.

Upstate Montessori Academy

864.551.1152  109 North Leach Street, Greenville, SC

Upstate Montessori Academy offers a Montessori education for students in 2K through 3rd grade. 2K and 3K have half-day or full-day programs, and 4K through 3rd 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

864.269.8999 847 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC

Einstein Academy is a non-profit private school for 1st-8th graders who have been diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, Autism and/or similar challenges.

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.

Westgate Christian School

864.576.4953 1990 Old Reidville Road, Spartanburg, SC

Westgate Christian School in Spartanburg is religiously affiliated with Westgate Baptist Church and offers faith-based curriculum for 3K – 12th grade.

Eddlemon Adventist School

864.576.2234 1217 John B White Senior Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC

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.

Mauldin Christian Academy

864.288.1917 150 South Main Street, Mauldin, SC

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

Year-round:

  • 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.

St. Mary's Catholic School

864.271.3870 101 Hampton Avenue, Greenville, SC

St. Mary’s Catholic School in Greenville offers academics and programming for children in 3K through 8th grade.

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School

864.277.5350 2 James Drive, Greenville, SC

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School in Greenville offers a classical program through the Catholic faith for children in Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Carolina Preparatory School

864.385.6020 212 Roper Mountain Road Extension, Greenville, SC

Carolina Preparatory School in Greenville offers small class sizes, creative teaching, and a nurturing environment for 6 weeks old through 5th grade. There are Full Day, Full Week options and Full Day, Partial Week options for attendance.

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.

Primrose School of Greenville

864.370.8118 404 Houston Street, Greenville, SC

Primrose School of  Greenville offers balanced learning and curriculum for infants through Kindergarten.

Oakbrook Preparatory School

864.587.2060 190 Lincoln School Road, Spartanburg, SC

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.

Prince of Peace Catholic School

864.331.2145 1209 Brushy Creek Road, Taylors, SC

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 K4 – 8th Grades, and K4 has the option of a half-day or full-day.

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Andrew
6 years ago

Monarch Elementary on Five Forks Rd. is missing from your list and map.

Colleen
6 years ago

Do you know where I can find the school ratings to compare them?

Heather
5 years ago

You should definitely add Mitchell Road Christian Academy to the list! Best kept secret in Greenville! The teachers and staff really love and care for their students, and the kids are very prepared academically by the time they graduate!

Brooke
5 years ago

Mitchell Road Christian Academy should be on this list. They have K3-8th grade and it’s just a wonderful community. I’m so impressed with my children’s Bible knowledge. It just blows me away. Small class sizes, great teachers and forever friendships.

Elizabeth
5 years ago

Mitchell Road Christian Academy!!! The teachers love what they do and have a great balance of experience and fresh ideas. The academics are strong, as is the attention to their spiritual growth. There are lots of opportunities for athletics and the arts. And the price tag is significantly less than most small, private schools.

Jennifer B.
5 years ago

Mitchell Road Christian Academy definitely deserves a spot! For over 40 years, MRCA has been one of Greenville’s finest private schools. My daughter and other students are so well-prepared spiritually, academically, and socially. This school has top notch faculty and staff. They take such a genuine interest in each child. We are blessed to be a part of Mitchell Road Christian Academy!

Kaylee
5 years ago

Another vote for Legacy Charter School! Our son is currently enrolled in their K5 program, and it’s been a wonderful experience! The academics are top-notch; the teachers are qualified, professional, communicative, and passionate; and physical activity is incorporated throughout the day to keep the kids active and engaged. They also offer an after-school program that is purposeful, providing help with homework and structured activity. One note worth mentioning is that, since the school doesn’t run on the same schedule as Greenville County, it’s sometimes challenging to find alternative childcare during school breaks and holidays.

Amanda West
5 years ago

Fork Shoals School should definitely be on your list. Amazing faculty with IB curriculum. K5 through 5th grade.

Christy Stevenson
5 years ago

Mitchell Road Christian Academy is an Amazing private school! I highly recommend it. The teachers and staff are excellent and invest so much into the lives of the students.

4 years ago

Greenville Classical Academy needs to be added to your list. Established in 2004, Greenville Classical Academy provides a classical Christian education to over 200 students in K4-12th grade. K4 is 2-day or 3-day from 8:30 – noon with optional Late Stay until 3:00 p.m. K4 is 5-day from 8:30 – noon with Optional Late Stay with optional Late Stay until 3:00 p.m. Located in Five Forks at 2519 Woodruff Road, Simpsonvile. The website is http://www.GreenvilleClassical.com. Phone: 864-329-9884.

Kristie
4 years ago

Greenville Classical Academy is wonderful!!! This is our 6th year having our girls at GCA, and we are more and more pleased with the education they are receiving AND the nurturing environment provided by the teachers, faculty, and other parents.

4 years ago

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School is a small family centered school currently offering grades pre-k through 8th with plans to add an upper school (starting with 9th-10th) in the Fall of 2019. OLR offers a great Catholic education and programs for a wide variety of learners.

Miranda S.
1 year ago

Thank you for putting this list together. Very helpful for families like ours that are new to the area.

Julie Gentilcore
8 months ago

I am a mom of 2 at Greenville Classical Academy and work there part time too. I’d love to provide more information and photos for this list. We are in the initial phases of expansion and this would be a wonderful time to consider being a part of our community. Please let me know if I can help in updating our info.

Admin
8 months ago

Yes – please email [email protected]. Thanks!

Julie Gentilcore
8 months ago

Thank you!! I did so and will hope to hear back! Thank you for this awesome resource!!

Megan Treppendahl
1 month ago

Hi! Considering moving to the area. Are there any 4 day/week schools for elementary grades?