At a glance
(Revised January 2021)
HISTORY: GCS was established in 1992 with a vision by Christians in the surrounding areas who recognized the need for an independent, non-denominational Christian school. The doors opened in the fall of 1992 with approximately 70 students.
ADMINISTRATION: The Head of School is Chris Johns, Ph.D. He is supported by 65 administrative staff and college- educated faculty. GCS policy is governed by a nine-member School Board of Directors.
ACCREDITATION: GCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (ACTS) and AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). GCS is a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). The school serves families from Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda counties with an August 20, 2020 enrollment of 440 students in K3 through 12th grade.
FACULTY: Teachers hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. In addition, all faculty members are required to fulfill the teacher certification requirements set forth by ACTS with continuing education classes.
FAITH: GCS serves families from seven counties who represent about 75 churches. Being non-denominational, the Bible curriculum focuses on scriptural truths and not specific denominational doctrines. Chapel services (four age appropriate sessions) are conducted weekly. Worship teams composed of middle and high school students who express interest and talent in music, participate in the sessions.
ADMISSIONS: The three-step enrollment process includes an online application with a $120 fee; student testing/family interviews and, upon acceptance, an enrollment fee of $175.
ACADEMICS: GCS teaches a six subject core curriculum to all enrolled students with a strong emphasis on traditional values: Math, Science, History, Bible, Grammar and Handwriting/Literature. The adopted curricula is primarily Bob Jones University based. National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society inducts students from grades 7-12 who meet the criteria. Graduation requirements are supervised by a high school guidance counselor. Foreign language, honors classes and dual enrollment classes are introduced at the high school level. GCS is introducing an aggressive dual enrollment program with Piedmont Technical College to expand the number of courses already available to juniors and seniors.
TESTING: Students in K5-8 take the Terra Nova test annually. Grades 9-11 are given the PSAT each fall. Grade 10 students also take the ACT ASPIRE test. Since 1992, GCS has graduated 626 students, with about 99 percent accepted to 4-year or 2-year colleges. GCS Graduates are extremely competitive for scholarships to the college of their choice. SAT and ACT scores of GCS students are above the state and national average.
ENRICHMENT & FINE ARTS: Students do not thrive on academics alone. GCS offers various enrichment and electives to balance the rigors of academia. Related arts classes for elementary students include: PE, Media Center, Music and Art. Middle school students take a study hall and a rotation of the following electives: PE, Music, Art, Life Skills, Basic Computer or Band. High school students may choose from the following electives: Band, Basic Art, PE, Communication/Speech, Pre-Engineering and Media Arts.
SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP: Eighth grade classes host an annual Valentine fundraiser to benefit a charity of their choice. During traditional school years, middle school students may be elected to student council or service as GCS Ambassadors. High school students have leadership opportunities by serving on the Student Activities Council or the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. Emerald City Rotary Club sponsors the GCS Interact Club. Seniors are required to complete 100 hours of pre-approved volunteer service to graduate. High School students also organize a Mission Day to provide service in the community.
STUDENT LIFE: All students are encouraged to participate in field day and seasonal musical performances for their grade level, as well as spirit week. Elementary students attend various field trips that coordinate with classroom lessons. High school students host Homecoming activities including a float competition and the selection of Homecoming Queen.
ATHLETICS: GCS offers seasonal sports teams for male and female students in Grades 6-12: Cross Country, Football, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, Golf, Soccer, Track/Field and Speed/Strength. School colors are Navy, Silver and White; athletic mascot is the Hawk. GCS has a no-cut policy to promote inclusivity, however, for safety precautions, playing time is based on the skill level of each athlete.
CONNECT: Located at 2026 Woodlawn Rd. in Greenwood, SC, 29649. Office phone: 864-229-2427; Follow gcs_now on Instagram or visit our website at greenwoodchristianschool.org. Like us on Facebook at Greenwood Christian School – Official. .
GCS, accredited by ACTS (nationally); AdvancED / SACS (regionally); SCISA (statewide); does not discriminate against race or ethnic origin in administration of its educational, admission and athletic policies, tuition assistance or any other school administered programs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS…
Will GCS follow the local school district’s year round calendar?
The GCS board voted not to adopt a year round calendar because our students do not need the remediation teaching time. However, for convenience to
our parents who work in the local school districts, the board has compromised by streamlining our Fall, Christmas and Spring breaks for the next
two years to better align with the district.
Do students wear uniforms?
Students do not wear official uniforms. GCS students and staff adhere to a modest dress code which minimizes distractions in the classroom. The
specifications are found in the family handbook.
Are GCS teachers certified?
Teachers hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. In addition, all faculty members are required to fulfill the teacher certification requirements set forth
by ACTS with continuing education classes.
What are drop off and pick times?
Drop off students as early as 7:30 am. Class starts at 8 am for 6th – 12th grade and 8:10 am for K3 – 5th grade.
Dismissal: K3 – 2nd grade at 2:30 pm; 3rd- 5th grade at 2:40 pm; 6th- 12th grade at 3:02 pm
What is average classroom roster size?
There are 1 or 2 classrooms/homerooms per K3 – K4 with a maximum of 16 students; K5 – 8th grade with approximately 18 students in each
classroom/homeroom. High school averages about 28 students per grade.
Do you teach cursive handwriting?
Yes, beginning in second grade.
What safety precautions do you have in place?
GCS employs a full-time safety coordinator. Other safety measures include secured exterior doors, video surveillance, practice numerous drills and
Do you have an afterschool program?
Yes, it’s called Hawks Nest and is open to K3 – 8th grade GCS students. Hours of operation are 3 – 6 pm and the fee is $45.00 per week. This includes adult supervision, homework help, snack and recreation.
Greenwood Christian School Test Scores
SAT: National AVG 1010; SC AVG 1056.
- 1020 (2020) **Covid-19 affected testing average
- 1052 (2019) **increased number of students taking the test affected average
- 1076 (2018)
ACT: National AVG is 20.8; SC AVG is 18.3.
- 24.5 (2020)
- 22.0 (2019)
- 22.6 (2018)
Where recent graduates are attending:
- Anderson University
- Bob Jones University
- Carson-Newman University
- Charleston Southern University
- Clemson University
- Coastal Carolina University
- College of Charleston
- Erskine College
- Furman University
- Gardner Webb University
- Greenville Technical College
- Lander University
- Liberty University
- Lipscomb University
- North Greenville University
- Piedmont Technical College
- Southern Wesleyan University
- The Citadel
- Tri-County Technical College
- University of North Georgia
- University of South Carolina
- Wofford College
Acceptance rates for GCS students to 4-year or 2-year colleges averages about 99 percent. GCS students are extremely competitive for college scholarships including the South Carolina Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, Hope Award as well as Greenwood Promise. Through the high school guidance department, students receive encouragement and opportunities to pursue their choice of career or field of interest. GCS has awarded diplomas to 626 graduates since opening its doors in August 1992. Class of 2020: 63% of the 30 graduates had a 4.0 GPA on a 5.0 scale.
Terra Nova – Based on National Percentile (test taken in April; results reported in August)
GCS sets a 65 Percentile for achievement. The National Average is 50.
ES (K5-5th grade) combined average:
- No testing due to Covid-19 Pandemic (2020)
- Reading-77.4; Language-71.3; Math-74.1 (2019)
- Reading-78.3; Language-76.8; Math-73.0 (2018
- Reading-67.4; Language-63.8; Math-65.6 (2017) *drop due to number of transfer students from previous year
- Reading-75.9; Language-71.5; Math-72.3 (2016)
- Reading-83.7; Language-78.8; Math-78.7 (2015)
MS (6th-8th grade) average of Science, Math, History and English
- No testing due to Covid-19 Pandemic (2020)
- 70.6 (2019)
- 67.0 (2018)
- 65.2 (2017) *drop due to number of transfer students from previous year
- 76.9 (2016)
- 73.9 (2015)