Greenville County school district artistically gifted & talented elementary and middle school program
The ARMES Program (Arts Reaching Middle and Elementary Schools) is a tuition-free artistically gifted and talented program designed to meet the needs of identified 3rd - 8th grade Greenville County students in the areas of music, dance, drama, visual art and writing. The purpose of the program is to allow students to explore their chosen art form in depth while promoting individual creativity.
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.
All ARMES classes are held after regular school hours. Transportation to ARMES site locations is not provided. It is the family's responsibility to get the student to and from class. We do encourage carpooling if possible.
Students who are in the 2nd - 7th grade who wish to audition for the following school year 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.
Greenville County Schools is excited to announce the ARMES program will be expanding in the coming school year by establishing sites in the northern and southern areas of the district and by adding an additional music pathway to the central site. There are approximately 35,000 3rd-8th graders in Greenville County Schools, and we are currently serving 350 of these students in ARMES. Through this program expansion, we will grow over time to serve over 1,900 artistically gifted students.