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Glenforest School

Private | 1-2, 4-12 | 70 students

Focused attention on individual student needs academically, & socially.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $115,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $710.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted December 18, 2012

Albert Einstein said in 6 words what many schools leave out, "Imagination is more important than knowledge!" Glenforest is a place of creativity, imagination, and courage. Every day students and teachers collectively are working together to improve. The strides made so this is a community effort. When students received awards it is in due to the work of everyone. Recognized as a School of Honor recently from SCISA , due to the efforts of each student, teacher, and family involved in making the GFS a better place for our children. Go Bulldogs! A place where GREAT students who learn differently remind us of what is important! Celebrating success and initiative one heart & mind at a time.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 16, 2011

I got an invitation to attend the first alaG at Glenforest last year and I was so impressed with this school I just cant stop thinking about it. The staff, students and everyone there beyond words can say. Having a child with a disability (and yes, thats what they call it) in public education is a NIGHTMARE however having a child with a learning difference (and yes, thats what they call it) attend Glenforest is an Ability for that child to learn not a Disability. I am a Home School parent still though only thing holding me back from Glen Forest is finances but hopefully one day I will be able to send my child to this school. Until now though I am happy and he is happy with his Home School experiences A LOT more than we were in public education and this is where we will continue to grow, learn and celebrate his ABILITIES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2011

Glenforest is doing everything it can to help it's students succeed. The teachers are VERY caring about each and every student. The teachers will call a parent when they are concerned about a student's progress. This is perhaps the most accessible school I have ever dealt with in terms of parent to administrator communication. The Headmaster even gave me his cell phone number (and he doesn't mind when I call him on it)! Each student is working at their own progress at Glenforest, so test scores will be variable. If you are a parent and your child is floundering in public school due to their learning differences, I urge you to check out Glenforest. My son, went from hating school (at his old school) to loving school at Glenforest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

Glenforest is a unique school where children who learn differently can become who they are suppose to be. They are not bound by the way traditional schools have to teach, but they design a program for each individual student. Students there have average to above average IQ's. This year, an autistic student, who was treated as mentally handicapped at a previous school, graduated with an SAT score of 1540(1600 is perfect). There have been many sucess stories such as this. Teachers are allowed to be creative in their approach to their subject matter and take field trips. The athletic program helps build confidence and students do not have to try out to be a part of any sports team. Please visit the school ignore previous negative comments by a person who doesn't know the truth. It is a wonderful "dog friendly" environment for children to become themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2005

Glenforest SChool is an amazing school. It's a school where everyone knows your name and you don't fell left out. I am a Junior at Glenforest and love it. This is my second year and my grades are better than they were in public school. The motto ' If a child can't learn the way he is taught we must teach him the way he can learn' and they go by that at Glenforest. I love it and any student who is stuggleing in public school or parents who want a new place for them Glenforest is the place to be!I will be at Glenforest School til i leave in 12th grade. Another awsome thing about the school is how small it is 6 to 10 students in a classroom WOW! amazing compared to public school.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 50%
Black 5% 43%
Asian 4% N/A
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public
Private
Home School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 30% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 30% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 20% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 20% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Midlands Technical
Brevard
Winthrop
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Student Government (2011)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • School of Honor (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Chris Winkler
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Twitter: @LearnGlenforest
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (803) 796-1603

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • LD
  • Multi-aged
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Special ed
  • Special education
  • Special eduction
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Construction / building

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Small class size
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Come visit and see for yourself how GREAT our students are! Amazing kids deserve an amazing place to be loved, challenged, and encouraged.
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
26
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
35
Students typically come from these schools
Public
Private
Home School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2011-2012 school year
$12000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Midlands Technical
Brevard
Winthrop
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 30%
4 year college - 30%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 20%
Workforce - 20%
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1041 Harbor Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169
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Phone: (803) 796-7622

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