CCSD School Choice fairs set for Saturday

CCSD School Choice fairs set for Saturday
January 16 15:43 2018 Print This Article

The Charleston County School District is holding School Choice fairs Saturday, January 20 from 10 am to 1 pm at Burke High School, C.E. Williams Middle School, North Charleston High School, and St. Johns High School. There are 37 options to choose from, including 10 public charter schools. The online applications must be submitted before noon on Saturday, February 10. Interested parents may address questions questions to the hotline number 843-937-6366 from 9 am to 4 pm on January 22,23, and 24 and February 8 and 9.

Here are the school categories involved in the CCSD School Choice program:

Countywide criteria magnet schools.  Buist Academy (K-8) and Academic Magnet (9-12) screen students based on aptitude tests.  School of the Arts (6-12) screen students based on auditions or portfolios in different artistic disciplines.

Countywide magnet schools.  Open to all Charleston County residents through a lottery system.  There is an Advanced Placement Academy and Lowcountry Tech program at Burke, Charleston Progressive (K-5), Garrett Academy of Technology (9-12, vocational) and Military Magnet Academy (6-12).

Constituent District Magnet.  Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary, available to students in the Constituent District 10 attendance area in West Ashley.

Partial magnet schools.  There are 13 schools in this category, involving an attendance zone and a theme.  Several examples are Jennie Moore School for Creative Arts in Mt. Pleasant and Memminger School of Global Studies downtown.  Students who live outside the attendance areas may apply.

Montessori magnet schools.  There are five schools around the district which incorporate the Montessori method, involving inquiry learning in multi-grade level class groupings. Frierson on Wadmalaw Island is pre-K3 through 5.  James Simons (Downtown), Hursey (North Charleston), Montessori Community School (West Ashley) and Murray-Lasagne (James Island) are pre-K3 through 8 schools.

Public charter schools.  There are 10 options within the CCSD application process.  The schools are governed by independent boards of directors and have varying admissions criteria.  A few examples are Orange Grove Charter School, a pre-K3 through 8 school with two separate campuses in West Ashley, East Cooper Montessori, a middle school in Mt. Pleasant and Allegro Academy of Music, a 6-12 school downtown.

There are also four schools in Charleston County which have statewide charters, meaning that they are open to any South Carolina resident.  They have different application schedules.  They include Palmetto Scholars Academy (6-12, North Charleston), Lowcountry Leadership Academy (K-12, Hollywood), Oceanside Collegiate Academy (9-12, Mt. Pleasant) and Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School (K-8, McClellanville).

Notification of acceptance for the CCSD choice schools will go out by March 16.