Our History

It began with a vision…

Dr. Leslie Meyer founded the Meyer Center in 1954 with a simple vision: in the right environment, any child can learn. Today the Meyer Center remains dedicated to enriching the lives of children with disabilities so that they might reach their full potential.


The Meyer Center hired the first teacher, Miss Ethel King, to help Dr. Meyer move toward his vision of a quality education for children with special needs


As word began to spread so did enrollment in Meyer’s school – 20 children accepted


The Greenville County School System provided a teacher’s salary plus one aide


Enrollment at the school increased to 28 with a focus on pre-school aged children


The name was formally changed to the Meyer Center for Special Children


The Meyer Center relocated to current location at 1132 Rutherford Road


The school’s student census broke 100 for the first time


The Meyer Center celebrates five decades of providing special education to the Greenville community with a concert featuring Greenville’s own Edwin McCain


This marked the 60th year of enriching the lives of preschool children with disabilities


South Carolina Public Charter School District approves charter application

Now, the Meyer Center has been
leading the way for over six decades

What began as a dream in Dr. Meyer’s heart has grown over the years to become an indispensable part of the Greenville community. The Meyer Center continues to grow and innovate, providing critical educational and therapeutic services to special needs children. It is a testament to Dr. Meyer’s vision—as well as to the support of the Greenville community—that the Meyer Center continues to help so many wonderful children reach their potential.

The best is yet to come.
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