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Enrollment for the 2020/2021 SY is now on a first-come basis.

Complete the information here and we will contact you about availability. 


Thank you for your interest in East Link Academy Charter School! 

We are proud of our accomplishments here and are excited to have you discover us. As a public charter school in South Carolina, we are required to run a lottery to fill our seats. Our lottery process has several deadlines, so please read this entire introduction before completing the application.

If you wish to apply for the 2020-2021 (current) school year, please complete the application link above to be added to our waitlist. 

The lottery will be for the available spots in all grades Preschool K4* through grade 7.

*Preschool (4K program) is not funded by the state of South Carolina.
There is a 4K program fee of $6,000.00 for the 2021-2022 school year.

If you have more than one student applying for placement, you will need to fill out a separate application for each. 

Important Dates for the 2021-2022 Lottery Process:

Wednesday 3/3/2021 the lottery takes place for 2021-2022 spots in all grades, all families will be notified of their lottery status 3/5/2021.

The deadline to apply is 2/28/2021.


Parent Information Session

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not providing school tours. However, we will host a virtual question and answer session on Tuesday, February 2 from 6:30-7:30. If you would like a link to the event, please let us know here

Highest Performing Elementary School in SC is located in the Upstate! 

(Greenville, SC, February 10, 2020) In its first year as a charter school, East Link Academy (ELA) accomplished what no other first-year charter school has done – it ranked #1 in the state based on state assessment results. As a public charter school, ELA students are required to participate in the State Department of Education’s SCREADY and SCPASS assessments. SCREADY is administered to students in grades 3-8 for English reading, writing and mathematics. SCPASS is administered to 4th grade students only for science. In its first year of state assessments, its students’ scores placed them #1 in the state for both traditional and charter elementary and middle schools, with 96.7% scoring met or exceed in English or math and 100% scoring met or exceed in science. In addition to earning an “Excellent” rating on its report card, ELA also received the State’s Palmetto Silver award.

"We are so excited for this recognition. Our mission is to provide a bilingual (Mandarin-English) education to non-native speakers and produce global leaders. So in a school where students spend at least half of their day in a Mandarin-speaking environment, for them to also make gains in their content classes is truly amazing. We focus on the individual learner and their needs, and with strong support from their families, students strive to achieve both academic and language proficiency, ' Dana Hutto, Head of School.   

You can find our report card here

See how we compare with other schools in the SCPCSD here.

The Mission of East Link Academy is to prepare students to be language and cultural links between the West and East in order to meet the global challenges of their lifetime, by providing a rigorous education in math, science, social studies and language arts in a bilingual English-Mandarin environment.

A charter school...

is a public nonreligious, nonhome-based school created under a nonprofit and authorized by an authorizing body under state law.  Charter Schools have more flexibility for greater accountability of student success. 

East Link Academy is..


  • the newest charter school in Greenville County

  • the only Chinese Immersion School in the Upstate

  • a link between eastern and western cultures



East Link is now open with 4k through

6th grade for the 2020-21 school year


and will add a grade each year until


8th grade.



East Link Academy

78 Global Drive, Suite 200

Greenville, SC 29607

Part of the Global Trade Park

Fax: 864-484-8171



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