The Ultimate Guide to Charter Schools in the Upstate

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Are you looking for charter schools for your children in Upstate South Carolina? As parents, we all want the best education for our children. Charter schools are independent public schools that offer uniquely designed curriculums to allow your child to thrive!

Kidding Around Greenville has gathered a list of charter schools to make planning your child’s education less stressful. This guide offers locations, specialized curriculums, and school information to help you find a charter school that works for your family.

Charter Schools in Upstate, SC

Upstate, SC Charter Schools by City

South Carolina Virtual Charter School

803.253.6222 2023 Platt Springs Road, Columbia, SC

Offers: K5-12th grade; Statewide virtual program

Curriculum: Individualized learning plans based on students learning needs.

Brashier Middle College

864.757.1800 1830 West Georgia Road, Building #203, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: 9th-12th grade

Programs: Athletics (Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Swimming, and Volleyball)

High Point Academy

864.316.9788 6655 Pottery Road, Spartanburg, SC

Offers: K – 12th grade

Curriculum: STEAM curriculum along with an applied learning style. Athletic programs include Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Wrestling, and Volleyball.

The South Carolina Preparatory Academy

866.994.4561 1650 East Greenville Street Suite H, Anderson, SC

Offers: 6th – 11th grade

Curriculum: Online public charter school. Flexible scheduling. Dual enrollment is offered. Full course offering for South Carolina diploma. Courses in education, business, and medical are offered.

Langston Charter Middle School

864.286.9700 1950 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: 6th-8th grade

Programs: Athletics (Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball), and Clubs (vary each year based on parent/student interests)

Cyber Academy of South Carolina

864.236.4006 330 Pelham Road, Suite 101, Greenville, SC

Offers: K5-12th grade; high school students have access to dual credit opportunities.

Curriculum: Utilizes the “Stride K12” curriculum through virtual learning.

Sprout for Kids

Greenville, SC

Empowering families of children with special needs through hands-on coaching from behavior guidance, skill acquisition to potty training, Personalized support, creative strategies, including family and respite coaching.

Greenville Student Advocate

Greenville, SC

Guidance and support to parents of students who are struggling — helping to navigate the school referral process and get the most effective educational help for students

East Link Academy

864.775.1733 78 Global Drive Suite 200, Greenville, SC

Offers: K4-8th grade.

Curriculum: A Chinese/Mandarin language immersion curriculum along with standard education courses.

GREEN Charter School - Upper Campus

864.241.0151 211 Century Drive, Greenville, SC

Offers: 7th-11th grade

Curriculum: STEAM-related coursework involving engineering and energy education. Utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Lakes and Bridges Charter School

864.442.5580 1600 East Main Street, Easley, SC

Offers: 1st-8th grade

Curriculum: Multi-sensory curriculum that works with children with Dyslexia/SLD.

GREEN Charter School- Lower Campus

864.288.4134 Multiple Locations, Greenville / Spartanburg, SC

Offers: K5-6th grade

Programs: STEAM energy and engineering curriculum. They also offer athletics (Basketball, Cheer Leading, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, and Weighlifting).

Lower School Locations: Greenville & Spartanburg




Greer Middle College Charter High School

864.469.7571 138 W McElhaney Road, Taylors, SC

Offers: 9th – 12th grade

Programs: Art, Athletics (Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fishing Team, Golf, Soccer, Track, and Volleyball) Business & Technology (Business & Personal Finance), and Foreign Language (Spanish)

Greenville Technical Charter High School

864.250.8844 506 S Pleasantburg Drive, Bldg 119, Greenville, SC

Offers: 9th-12th grade; dual enrollment with Greenville Technical College.

Programs: Clubs (Acapella, Culture, Drama, Drone, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Physicians, Garden, HOSA, National Beta, National Honor Society, Pit Orchestra, Red Cross, Robotics, SAT Prep, Speech and Debate, Spirit Council, Student Government, Students in Action, Tree Huggers Recycling Team, and Youth Government) and Athletics (Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track & Field, Volleyball)

Spartanburg Preparatory School

864.621.3882 385 South Spring Street, Spartanburg, SC

Spartanburg Preparatory School is staffed by supportive teachers, administrators and staff who go the extra mile to help students and families feel supported. Our curriculum respects students’ developing ideas about how the world works and encourages them to question, consider and refine their understanding of the social and natural world. Our character education program is designed to help students develop skills that are central for healthy social and emotional development such as empathy, impulse control, respect, and problem-solving.

We love Spartanburg Prep! They really tailor the curriculum to suit the individual needs of each student and the staff is so warm and welcoming! My daughter has really thrived this year in kindergarten!

The faculty and staff are so quick to respond to any questions or concerns that I have. Just recently I emailed the principal and she emailed me back within an hour. She really does care deeply about her students. I love the community that Spartanburg Prep has. It feels like a family. I love that the classes are divided up by gender. My daughter is in an all girl's class for most of her day...They also have a wonderful gifted and talented student program.

We absolutely love Spartanburg Preparatory School. Since day one we have been welcomed as family. Every single adult at the school cares for the emotional, educational, and physical well being of the students. The abundant extracurricular activities allow for every student who desires enrichment to find their niche. Chess club, Beta club, soccer, cross country, basketball and more are offered at SPS. As an SPS parent, I am an active part of my children’s education thanks to the wonderful lines of communication. 

Youth Leadership Academy

864.898.4511 698 Concord Church Road, Pickens, SC

Offers: 6th – 8th grade

Curriculum: small group classes; Math, Science, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Leadership. Physical activity and extracurriculars are woven into the curriculum.

Belton Preparatory Academy

864.392.1173 5901 Belton Highway, Belton, SC

Offers: K5 – 5th grade (an additional grade level will be added each year until 8th grade)

Curriculum: Classical curriculum with an educational focus on entrepreneurship.

Lead Academy

864.916.1459 804 Mauldin Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: K5-8th grade

Programs: Spanish, Music/Chorus, Band, Art, Business Technology, and Sports (cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, dance/cheerleading)

Anderson Five Charter School

864.260.5538 1225 South McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC

Offers: 9th – 12th grade

Curriculum: Non-traditional education programs

Legacy Early College

864.248.0646 900 Woodside Avenue, Greenville, SC

Offers: K4-12th grade

Programs: Music classes, Physical Education classes, Individualized learning plan. Higher grade level students are able to Duel Enrollment college credit that they can carry with them to university.

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