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Academic Innovation and Technology supports personalized learning through instructional technology and media services. The department also assists with programs designed to help build better graduates such as the Satellite Diploma Program, virtual high school, distance learning, extended day programs, and New Tech schools. This role promotes success for all students through Title I and Title III programs.

Instructional Technology

The Instructional Technology team is made up of ten certified classroom teachers who enjoy working with educators to integrate technology into instruction. The team has close to 100 years combined in educational experiences ranging from K5 classroom teachers to administrators.

The focus of Instructional Technology is academics and curriculum. Our goal is to teach teachers how to integrate technology effectively. The ETS department works solely with the technical components of classroom equipment. For example, an ETS technician can repair a malfunctioning Promethean Board, when an Instructional Technology team member cannot.

Director: Dr. Stephanie Williams

Instructional Technology Website Media Services Website

Roper Mountain Science Center

Roper Mountain exists because of a unique partnership of public ownership, corporate sponsorship, private support, and volunteers. During the school year, 400-600 students visit Roper Mountain every day for high quality “learning labs.”

Public programs at the Center are Friday “Starry Nights” programs and the Second Saturday public day. In the summer we also offer Summer Adventures in the Hooper Planetarium and Symmes Auditorium on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Director: Michael Weeks

Roper Mountain Science Center Website

Title I Programs

Title I services, Neglected and Delinquent (N & D) Funds, Homeless McKinney-Vento support, private/charter schools, Title IV, Direct Student Services Grant, parental involvement, and funding to support SC Priority and Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools.

Director of Title I Programs – Dr. Anna Brink

Title I Website

Alternative Programs

Greenville County Schools provides a personalized learning environment for students experiencing personal, situational, or disciplinary challenges. Alternative programs offer these students the chance to stay on track academically, while working on personal development goals in a highly structured, supportive, and safe environment.

Programs: Lifelong Learning Adult Education, Satellite Diploma Program, High School Alternative Program, Middle School Alternative Programs, Group Homes, and West Greenville School

Alternative Programs Website Satellite Diploma Program

Multilingual Learner Program (MLP)

The goal of Greenville County School District’s MLP is to provide equitable educational opportunities to culturally and linguistically diverse students who have a primary or first language other than English.  The primary focus is to provide an English-rich environment with a variety of opportunities to reach English language proficiency as soon as possible.  Greenville County Schools is working to create a learning environment that encourages pride in cultural heritage and supporting Multilingual Learners (MLs) towards graduation plus.

MLP Website

Turnaround: Revised Strategic Plans

Per the SCDE, "underperforming school" means: (a) a school that receives an overall rating of unsatisfactory or below average on its annual school report card, as provided in Section 59-18-900. According to Education Accountability Act - Article 16, Underperforming Schools must complete a Turnaround Plan (Continuous Improvement Plan). The plans below outline goals for a school's educational improvement that includes specific strategies designed to increase student achievement and to evaluate the success of the implementation of the plan so that the school is no longer underperforming or chronically underperforming.

Virtual Programs

Greenville County Schools Virtual Program

In the fall of 2020, GCS added a new full-time virtual option for students in grades 5K-12. Students must be enrolled in a GCS school in order to participate. In this program, students interact with certified GCS teachers daily during live Google Meet Sessions and receive timely teacher feedback in response to class or homework. Teachers experienced in online platforms and virtual instruction will teach and engage students through live and recorded lessons and tutorials.

Greenville County Schools Virtual Program

Additional High School Credit Courses

Additional high school credit courses are taught online, offering increased flexibility for students in rising 7th through 12th grades, through GCVSP, Greenville County Schools’ adjunct virtual program. GCVSP, an adjunct program,  is distinctly different from the full virtual program in several ways. To see the differences between GCVSP and the full virtual program , please click here. This supplemental option is available to 7th through 12th grade students in fall, spring or summer terms who are either brick and mortar students or fully virtual students.  A student may register to take one or two online courses in GCVSP’s high school virtual program to resolve a scheduling conflict, to take additional courses to get ahead, to make up lost credit due to transfer from one school to another, or to repeat a course failed.  South Carolina’s state-sponsored virtual program, VIRTUALSC, an additional supplemental option for students in 9th through 12th grades, offers online courses in collaboration with local school districts.  For Greenville County Schools students, registration in either program (GCVSP or VIRTUALSC) is through the student’s school counselor at the school where the student is currently enrolled.

For more information, click on the links below:

GCVSP WebsiteVirtualSC Website


On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law. The US Department of Education is providing an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER Fund). This legislation will award these grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.

ESSER III Safe Return to School 

Academic Innovation and Technology Department Contacts

Dr. Charlotte McDavidExecutive Director of Academic Innovation and Technology  | 864-533-4143

Dr. Stephanie Williams, Director of Instructional Technology | 864-355-3991

Michael WeeksDirector of Roper Mountain Science Center | 864-355-8900 

Dr. Anna Brink , Director of Title I Programs |  864-355-3197

Dr. Kathie GreerDirector of Alternative Programs | 864-355-5183

Tanya Franca, Coordinator of ESOL Programs | 864-355-2984

Timothy Van Heule, Coordinator of Online Learning | 864-355-3996

Kelly Nalley, Coordinator of Advanced Academic Programs (AP, GT and IB) | 864-355-4821

Sherri Stokes, Academic Innovation and Technology Secretary | 864-355-2076