Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Rudolph Gordon Elementary School at Jones Mill is scheduled to open a newly constructed and expanded facility next school year allowing the school to add grades 6-8. It will be the only school in Greenville’s public district that serves all students in pre-kindergarten through the conclusion of eighth grade at one location.
Students will be assigned to this new state-of-the-art facility based on a Board-approved student assignment plan. The administration’s recommended plan, which will be finalized following a public comment period, will go before the Board of Trustees for a vote on Tuesday, October 24.
Earlier today, the Greenville County Schools Planning and Demographics Department made public a draft assignment plan that calls for all geocodes (geographic areas) currently assigned to Rudolph Gordon Elementary School to remain there through the 8th grade. In this plan, the 6th through 8th grades are to be populated over a three-year period (6th grade in 2018-19, 7th in 2019-20, and 8th in 2020-21) and will provide overcrowding relief to Hillcrest, Bryson, and Riverside Middle Schools. The expansion of the overall facility will meet projected growth in the assignment area from 5K through 8th grade.
Maps, data, and listings of subdivisions and multifamily residences included in the proposed plan are available for review on the Planning and Demographics webpage. Relevant information will also be accessible from Thursday, September 14, 2017, through Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 8:00 am. - 5:00 p.m., at the Greenville County Schools’ Planning and Demographics Department, 2 Space Drive, Taylors, SC 29687.
All parents across the school system, including those directly affected by this assignment plan, have until Wednesday, September 27, 2017, to submit feedback and questions by email (email@example.com) or phone (864-355-7263). Two public meetings to review the proposed assignment maps and provide input are also available:
- Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 4:15 p.m. at Rudolph G. Gordon School @ Jones Mill, 1507 Scuffletown Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681 (Directions to Rudolph Gordon)
- Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Hillcrest High School, 3665 S. Industrial Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681 (Directions to Hillcrest)
The instructional program at Rudolph Gordon will include a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities, which will be integrated through the curriculum utilizing collaboration, technology, and hands-on learning in specially designed innovation labs. All third, fourth and fifth grade students at Rudolph Gordon have already been issued Chromebooks as part of the district’s rollout of its personalized learning program.