Orange Grove Charter School sets applications record

Orange Grove Charter School sets applications record
March 25 13:05 2019 Print This Article

Orange Grove Charter School received a record number of applications during the school choice application process, which ended March 11. The K-8 school received a total of 1518 applications, including 449 for 100 Kindergarten spaces. The school has 95% retention rates at all grade levels. Notifications of acceptance (by lottery) will go out to families on April 18. The school also had 326 applications for 6th grade, but the number of openings will not be known until May 6.

Last school year produced the first 8th grade graduating class for the West Ashley school. Orange Grove’s middle school is located at the former campus of Oakland Elementary School on Arlington Drive. The attendance area for the Kindergarten class is based on the site of the elementary school on Orange Branch Road, bounded by the Ashley River and Old Towne Creek. The school provides free bus transportation to and from both campuses. Most of the bus drivers are teachers at the schools.

Orange Grove has been recognized for many school honors, including the U.S. Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Palmetto’s Finest, and the Hug Award for Closing the Achievement Gap. The school is noted for being family-friendly and regularly shares ideas with parents on learning enrichment tools available free on the internet.

The Orange Grove middle school graduates have an opportunity to earn high school credits in computer science, Algebra I, Honors Geometry and Spanish I. The school offers 11 sports teams, a debate team, student council, and a girl’s running empowerment club. The middle school participates in a lot of area competitions, including Quiz Bowl, Quest and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Orange Grove 7th grader Ranitha Kumarasinghe has won the Charleston County School District (CCSD) Spelling Bee two years in a row.