The Upstate SC

VOL11ISS1 2015

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 11 — ISSUE 1 64 EDUCATION From pre-school to post-graduate studies, educational opportunities abound in the Upstate. Whether the facility is private or public, elementary or secondary, college or technical, it is certain to offer top rated technology and well trained teachers and/or professors to get the student to the next level--academics or career wise. As the largest school district in South Carolina and the nation's 46th largest district, the Greenville County School District has over 72,000 students. Its Class of 2014 received an impressive $113.9 million in college scholarships. The district's students' average ACT college entrance test score of 22.0 exceeds the state (20.4) and national (21.0) averages. Helping students achieve those goals are the outstanding teachers in the classroom: the district boasts 667 National Board Certifed teachers, ranking it 13th in the nation of 14,000 school districts. All of the teachers in the Greenville County Schools are fully certifed and 99% are Highly Qualifed by national standards. With schools located in such diverse areas as downtown Greenville, the Blue Ridge countryside, and suburban settings, the district has also become the state leader in school choice with approximately 10,000 students (15%) attending a school based on choice. Maintaining its top quality in academics is also achieved by the great relationships that parents and communities have with the district. PTAs and area businesses are Education for All Ages in The Upstate BY LORI SONDOV extremely active and provide volunteer hours as well as fnancial support to the schools in Greenville County. A private college preparatory school serving PK3-12th grade, Shannon Forest Christian School (SFCS) is a community of caring teachers, committed staff and high- achieving students who enjoy a well-balanced life and success in each phase of life. Small class sizes provide a supportive culture, and Biblical principles are integrated into all aspects of a Shannon education, along with creative and collaborative thinking. These factors result in the Shannon Forest students testing two grade levels higher than their public school peers. Its current student body includes 44 international students from nine different countries. At SFCS, students are prepared to produce impressive SAT scores, including near-perfect ones by some of its students. The school's graduates enjoy a 100% college acceptance rate and are prepared for the college experience because they have learned through diverse experiences along the way. The Duke University Talent Identifcation Program (TIP) is a student search that identifes and rewards exceptionally gifted students, and Shannon Forest has the highest percentage of qualifying Duke TIP students in Greenville County. This fall, SFCS will introduce a new program for three and four year olds with classes enjoying a low student-to-teacher ratio (8:1). For these young learners, the school also provides fexible day and hourly plans to accommodate today's busy families. Shannon Forest Christian School instills a love

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