Greenville Early College is an 8th-12th grade program within Greenville County Schools. For the 2021-2022 school year, we will serve approximately 200 students, with priority given to targeted students who feed into the Carolina High School and feeder schools. Every year we will add a new 8th grade class. Eligible students will be contacted each year in February. The Early College Program is housed at the University Center of Greenville. GEC is a partnership between Greenville County Schools, Clemson University, Furman University, the University Center, and USC Upstate to introduce and provide college experiences, academic assistance, and acceleration for students.
University partners will host a “College Connection” that allows students to visit a college campus each semester while providing enrichment and academic activities on campus. In grade 8, the primary focus will be literacy, mathematics, and critical thinking skills, with the opportunity to enroll in dual credit classes once in high school. The instructional framework covers skills that address the global achievement gap incorporating the following areas with 21st century skills: 1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; 2. Collaboration; 3. Effective Oral and Written Communication; 4. Accessing and Analyzing Information. In grades 9-12, students are completing the necessary Carnegie Units to graduate from high school with a state high school diploma. Students who are academically ready will be given the option to take college courses starting in their junior year of high school.
Upon successfully graduating from Greenville Early College students will have the opportunity to apply to Clemson University, Furman University and/or USC Upstate (our university partners). Students must meet entrance requirements for each respective university they wish to apply to. The school and partner universities will assist families with researching and completing applications, federal aid paperwork (FAFSA) and scholarship opportunities.
The program has received significant support and investment from partners such as Michelin North America, The Community Foundation of Greenville, The Hollingsworth Foundation, The Jolley Foundation, United Way of Greenville and the Symmes Foundation.