ARMES

after school arts program

The ARMES Program (Arts Reaching Middle and Elementary Schools) is a tuition-free arts program designed to meet the needs of Greenville County students in grades 3 through 8 who have demonstrated outstanding talents and a deep interest in dance, strings, drama, visual arts or writing. The purpose of the program is to allow students to explore their chosen art form in depth while promoting individual creativity. All ARMES classes are held after regular school hours at the FIne Arts Center.

ARMES Objectives:

1. Allow young students to develop as artists

2. Create a stimulating learning environment in which students experience both intellectual and social growth

3. Develop behaviors useful in self-directed learning

4. Heighten enthusiasm for learning

5. Increase knowledge and use of creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills

6. Foster appreciation for personal abilities

7. Encourage the development of aesthetic values


Classes are taught at a pace and level of complexity appropriate for artistically gifted children with similar abilities and interests. This kind of rigorous study contributes to the development of the ARMES students in significant ways and requires both regular attendance and a willingness to work hard. The ARMES program may, on occasion, include activities outside of regular ARMES class hours such as field trips and limited homework. Participation in the ARMES program does not excuse students from their regular school assignments and grade maintenance.

The ARMES program is provided tuition-free; however, funding guidelines do not provide for transportation. It is the family's responsibility to get the student to and from class. We do encourage carpooling and will assist with carpool arrangements if possible.

All interested Greenville County students in grades 2 through 7 are eligible to be nominated and audition for the following year's program, including private, charter, and home schooled students. Students must live in Greenville County to participate.

Any student who wishes to audition must have a completed nomination form which will be posted on this website from mid-February to mid-April. The nomination form may be completed by a teacher, parent, or the student. A separate nomination form must be filled out for each area in which the student is applying. The students will then be scheduled for an audition in May.

Nominations are currently closed.


The Fine Arts Center of Greenville, SC was established in August of 1974 as the first specialized arts school in the state of South Carolina. Students at the Fine Arts Center are artistically talented and wish to take an intensive pre-professional program of study. Students apply and are selected on the basis of talent, interest, and commitment to their discipline and study. Students are provided advanced comprehensive arts instruction in the areas of architecture, theatre, dance, visual arts, music, creative writing, or digital filmmaking.