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Greenville County Schools

Greenville County Schools (GCS) is the largest school district in South Carolina and the 45th largest district in the nation, providing educational services to more than 72,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students in over 100 facilities. In addition to serving as the implementation site for OnTrack, GCS is also implementing its own intervention. 

GCS is offering Teen Leadership, a semester-long course that builds on an existing school-level model that already had been in place at the target middle schools: Capturing Kids’ Hearts (CKH). Developed by the Flippen Group, Capturing Kids’ Hearts facilitates a “learning experience that provides tools for administrators, faculty and staff to build positive, productive, trusting relationships – among themselves and with their students.” This program, a prerequisite to the Teen Leadership course, encourages teachers and other school staff members to create a school environment in which students feel valued and respected. Building on Capturing Kids’ Hearts, the Teen Leadership course seeks to help students take responsibility for themselves, while also equipping them with the skills needed to handle difficult situations when they arise. The Teen Leadership course focuses on helping students learn appropriate social skills, as well as develop important personal attributes and behaviors, such as self-confidence and public speaking. The goal of the class is to enable students to develop the skills that will set them up for success, both in school and later in life. The course achieves these outcomes through activities such as role playing, speeches, group activities, and projects.

GCS’s primary intended impact is a measurable improvement in student behavior. In addition, GCS intends to affect several secondary outcomes, such as development of a healthy self-concept and sense of personal responsibility.

For the GCS Teen Leadership Evaluation Overview, click here.

To return to OnTrack Greenville homepage, click here.