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When Fountain Inn’s own high school was converted into the Younts Center for Performing Arts and its students moved to Hillcrest High in nearby Simpsonville, it left a spiritual hole in the hearts of some Fountain Inn residents. Though they still enjoyed fine educational opportunities through the award-winning Greenville County School District, they missed their Blue Devils.

But a new Fountain Inn High is expected to arise, as the school district has acquired a site for such a school and tentatively expects to start construction in 2019.

Meanwhile, students from the area attend public schools in the big Greenville County School District, whose 76,000 students and 101 buildings make it the 44th largest school district in the United States. It has 50 elementary schools (grades K-5); one K-8 school; 19 middle schools (6-8); 14 high schools (9-12); four career technology centers preparing people for the work force; six child-development centers (K-4); and seven special centers.

These offerings include charter schools, a center for gifted middle-school students and programs for those with mental or physical challenges.

The typical student-teacher ratio is a low 17:1.

The district has the state’s largest school-choice program, with 15 percent of students attending a school of choice. It has the largest Parent Teacher Association in the state, with more than 30,000 parent members.

Inside those schools one can find Promethean boards with internet access, laptop computers, iPads and computer labs. Some high schools offer students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses and exams, explore career fields and more. In 2016 alone, high school graduates earned more than $121 million in college scholarship offers.

But these schools aren’t about just hard work. They also put plenty of emphasis on music, art, foreign languages and extracurricular clubs and sports.

The district has won such honors and awards as the National Blue Ribbon for outstanding academic achievement, mention among Newsweek’s Best High Schools and Palmetto’s Finest (the top schools in South Carolina), plus numerous state academic and athletic distinctions.

Families also can choose from a number of private and parochial schools.

High-school graduates who are ready to embark on the next leg of their academic journey and older people who want to freshen up their job skills can do that, too, without traveling far. The area boasts a host of nearby community and technical school options as well as several private and public colleges and universities.

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