New Education Option Prepares Students for NEXT Phase in Life

While school has been in session for weeks now, a new South Carolina charter school is preparing to offer a new option to students throughout the state.

The NEXT High School is expected to open its doors to 225 freshmen and sophomores in the fall of 2015, but the school is accepting applications now. In the spring of 2014, the school will have a lottery to determine which applicants will be accepted to the inaugural school year. After the lottery, students will be added to a waiting list.

What sets NEXT High School apart from your traditional local high school? NHS offers a project-based curriculum that teaches students valuable real-world skills through experience. Each course blends knowledge and application throughout each project to prepare students for life beyond school.

In addition to the core curriculum, students are encouraged to take honors and AP classes. Students will also be able to participate in extracurricular activities, such as Olympic weightlifting, a robotics club, chess competitions, and sports through their local high school.

On September 17th, NEXT High School kicked off its public capital investment campaign at its Then...Now...NEXT! Launch Party at ZEN in Greenville's West End. The board of directors shared investment opportunities that range from one-time investments of $5,000 for each displayed art piece to $150,000 for five years to claim their campus naming sponsorship rights. During the launch party, the board also announced that the high school will be located at 3309 Laurens Rd, Greenville, SC 29607, off of Laurens Road near CU-ICAR.

For more information about NEXT High School, visit

*Photos provided by Zach Eikenberry, the NEXT High School Board of Directors Chairman.

Jamie Gillenwater works as a technical communication consultant for Transcend Text, LLC. Her writing focuses on her Upstate community, technical communication, and corporate training. She serves as the chairperson for Connect Young Professionals, is an active member of the Society for Technical Communication's Carolina chapter, and participates in the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Council.