HISTORY AND COMMUNITY
The student body has grown to a population of 1358 drawn from feeder
schools Riverside Middle and Northwood Middle.
In the beginning, students and families felt little allegiance to the
area, but, over time, they have developed a strong sense of community and pride.
The sense of pride is based on the schoolís rise to the top as the
leading academic school in
Our community is supportive: parents volunteered 176,000 hours of their time for the 2003-04 year to participate, plan, and assist the faculty and students.
The Greer Development Corporation provided the following data based on census block groups. The report summarizes the data in the following paragraphs.
There are approximately 31,906 people in our attendance area. Of those who identified themselves by race, 85.2% were white, 8.99% black, 3.4% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 3.1% Hispanic. The latter two groups are growing rapidly. The overwhelmingly majority is married.
Demographic information for our area defines an overwhelmingly middle class to upper middle class community. Over 64% of households have an income above $50,000 and a net worth of over $250,000. Over 85% of owner-occupied housing is valued at $100,000 and above. Annual expenditures vary, but the most significant items are restaurants (12.4%), groceries (16.4%), apparel (15.6%), and automobiles and auto repair (17.3%). Almost 70% of community members have attended some college.
There are 701 business establishments in the area. The largest sectors are wholesale trade (109 businesses) and retail trade (134). The largest employer in the area is BMW. Over 95% of community members work in the private sector.
Non-school facilities in the area include
There are many opportunities for parents to participate in organizations that support the school. The PTSA supports a plethora of activities covering most areas of school life. Many programs, for example speech, have an active booster club which enables students to attend and compete in tournaments in other cities. The Athletic Booster Club has done an extraordinary job upgrading athletic facilities. The band and chorus also have booster clubs.
The area is rich in post secondary institutions including
Our students come almost entirely from two nearby feeder schools: Riverside Middle and Northwood Middle.
SCHOOL DATA/FACULTY AND STAFF
The faculty features the 1998 School District Teacher of the Year, the 2004 South Carolina Association of Student Councils Administrator of the Year, two of the Top Ten Finalists for Greenville County Schools District Teacher of the Year, one who finished as third runner up, one who was the South Carolina Science Teacher of the Year for 2003-2004, and one who has won Teacher of the Year at Furman University: Bridges to a Brighter Future for the second year in a row.
Based on available information,
budget cuts, average class size has increased.
From 2003-2004 to 2004-2005, the mean class size rose from 24 to 28,
excluding Special Education classes. Worse,
the number of large academic classes showed an increase.
The number of academic classes with 31-35 students jumped from 23 to 80,
and 19 academic classes with over 36 students.
The counseling ratio at
In the 2004-2005 school year,
The number of students receiving free or reduced lunch has varied within a narrow range. Free lunch students were 4.2% in 1998-1999. That number dropped to 3.3% in 2000-2001 and rose to 4.7% in 2002-2003. The trend continued for 2003-2004 with an increase to 5.89% and a rise for 2004-2005 to 8.64%. The reduced lunch numbers have ranged from 0.8% in 1999-2000 to 2.06% in 2004-2005. The increase in both areas, even though minimal, is contributed to the increased development of the area, increased number of students, and a slight change in attendance zones.