FAC Weekly Update

October 23, 2020

Good morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope you had a wonderful week!

Quarter 1 is in the books. By now, our new students should be settling in to the demands of the FAC coursework. We have some exciting things planed for Quarter 2, including the Student Juried Art Exhibition, planning for virtual performances in some areas, and working towards submissions for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Our Faculty and Administration will continue to brainstorm ways that we can provide more opportunities for normalcy for our students. Stay tuned!

Just a reminder - please be sure to review the infographic at the beginning of the "Reminders" section regarding returning to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID. GCS has laid out specific guidelines for all families to follow, and adherence to the process will allow us to keep our students and staff healthy.

Here is the latest from the halls of the FAC...

Congratulations - Palissandro Quartet

Congratulations to the Palissandro Quartet - all day students at the FAC - on placing 2nd at the Parker Chamber Music Day at USC! Below are links to the press release for the Parker competition, as well as a video of the quartet's performance. Enjoy!


The application for the 2021-2022 School Year has been open since October 8, accessible via your child's GCS Backpack Account. All current 9th-11th Graders who wish to return to the FAC next year must complete an application. Current students do not need to attend an audition - they are evaluated for acceptance by their performance in classes and through their class assignments.

The application closes on November 12. Late applications will not be accepted, so please make sure that this task gets completed in a timely manner. Offers to attend the FAC will go out through Backpack on February 5, 2021.

Schedule for Week Ten

Week of October 26, 2020

  • Monday, October 26 - Blue and Green Groups
  • Tuesday, October 27 - Red and Purple Groups
  • Wednesday, October 28 - Blue and Green Groups
  • Thursday, October 29 - Red and Purple Groups
  • Friday, October 30 - All students eLearning

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Quotes I'm Pondering (page 335)

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."

- Joseph Campbell (American mythologist and writer)

"When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstance, revert at once to yourself, and don't lose the rhythm more than you can help. You'll have a better group of harmony if you keep on going back to it."

- Marcus Aurelius (Emperor of Rome, Stoic Philosopher)

"Everyone things of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

- Leo Tolstoy (Russian author of Anna Karenina and War and Peace)



We are now up to over 80 colleges participating in our series of Virtual College Visits! Google Meet allows us to have 250 participants in each session, so we are extending the invitation to our Sophomores and Freshmen. Please join us for these wonderfully informative sessions.

The website for the full schedule and listing of participants is:


Scholarship Opportunities

  • The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - The Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger Cooke Scholar community. Deadline: October 30, 2020. https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/

  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - Achievement based scholarship for graduating seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve as well as their commitment to having an impact on their school and community. 150 Coca-Cola scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. More information at www.coca-cola scholars.org. Deadline October 31, 2020.

  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards – State Honorees receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. National Honorees receive additional $5,000. Largest youth recognition program based on volunteerism and community service. Open to students in grade 5-12. More details at www.prudential.com/spirit. Deadline November 20, 2020.

GCS Job Fair - October 27, 2020

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Support the FAC When You Shop

Arts High Schools provide “above and beyond” experiences for our students that often fall outside of the normal school budget. Here are some easy ways to help us on a regular basis. Funds go to Guest Artist experiences, Masterclasses, and much more!

Are You a Follower?

Have you checked out the plethora of Social Media accounts at the FAC? No? Well, time to get on the communication train and follow us!



Many of our teaching studios have their own Instagram account as well, so follow us and you can easily find those pages through our account.

Building Hours

Building Hours - Attendance Plan 2

8:00 a.m. Classes

Building access at 7:45 a.m.

9:15 a.m. Classes

Building access at 8:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m. Classes

Building access at 1:15 p.m.

  • Should these restrictions result in a hardship to your family relative to the parent’s ability to get to work on time, please call our Main Office. Before doing so, we respectfully request that you attempt to work out a resolution with your workplace. If no compromise can be found, we can accept a very limited number of students before the above building access times.

  • Studio Time is not available to students while we are under social distancing restrictions.

As always, please call or email with any questions!

Fine Arts Center - Greenville County Schools

Preparing dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative learning community.

Core Values

  • Creativity

  • Respect

  • Grit

  • Identity

  • Connection