Laurens County is proud of educational opportunities available here: two public school districts, two private schools, one technical college, one four-year college and a branch university meet the educational needs of Laurens County. Numerous other colleges and universities are within a one-hour commute.
Laurens County School District 55 – Laurens County School District 55 strives to be a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner. Serving approximately 5,900 students in 11 schools from the City of Laurens and its surrounding areas, District 55 provides opportunities for students from 4-year-old kindergarten through grade 12. Instruction is focused on state and national education standards at every grade level.
Laurens County School District 56 – Laurens County School District 56 serves the City of Clinton and southern Laurens County. The district serves approximately 3,059 students in three elementary schools and two secondary schools, as well as a Child Development Center for grades preK-4K. All of the district’s schools are located in Clinton with the exception of Joanna-Woodson Elementary in the Joanna community. The district has an excellent 24:1 pupil to teacher ratio.
Laurens Academy – Laurens Academy is located one mile off I-385 on Highway 49, convenient to Laurens and Clinton, as well as Union, Simpsonville and surrounding areas. The school offers a K4-12 college preparatory curriculum with a nondenominational Christian emphasis and is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association. Visual and choral arts, foreign language, a computer lab, physical education, dual enrollment (high school/college credit) courses and a competitive and successful athletic program are just a few of the things offered at Laurens Academy.
Lighthouse Christian Academy– Lighthouse Christian Academy is located on Highway 221 between Laurens and Enoree. The school offers a quality, Christ-centered education in grades K5-12. Their goal is to educate each child in a Christian atmosphere and provide them with the academic training they will need to succeed. Annual and monthly tuition plans are available.
Presbyterian College– Presbyterian College is a four-year, private, coeducational college accredited by the Southern association of Colleges and Schools. A highly selective national liberal arts college, PC is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has been recognized in national publications and in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll as a college that “gets it right” based on students’ and graduates’ contributions to society.
University of South Carolina Union at Laurens – Satellite operations of the University of South Carolina Union at Laurens began in 1983 with classes offered at the local junior high school. All classes are now held at their new location, 507 N. Harper St., Suite L, in Laurens. USCU-L is especially attractive to adult students who return either to complete a degree, to take classes that their careers require or to enhance their knowledge of various academic subjects.
Piedmont Technical College – Piedmont Technical College became the eighth of the 16 member institutions in the South Carolina Technical Education System when it was established in 1966 to serve Laurens, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties. Those seven counties represent the largest geographic area served by any technical college in the state.
Laurens County Adult Education – The mission of Laurens County Lifelong Learning is to provide needed educational opportunities for those who want to further their education to be able to obtain a high school credential, go on to higher education or enter the workforce. Lifelong Learning works with people of all ages.