West Ashley school changes to be discussed Thursday

West Ashley school changes to be discussed Thursday
October 22 13:23 2019 Print This Article

Charleston County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait will discuss possible changes to West Ashley schools being considered for the 2020-2021 school year. She will be appearing at West Ashley High School Thursday at 6 pm as part of her Community Listening Sessions.

A CCSD committee recommended that partial magnet school statuses will be ended as early as the 2020-2021 school year, but that students currently attending partial magnet schools will be able to remain. The plan is also to increase programs available to all neighborhood schools.

Four West Ashley schools will be directly impacted. St. Andrews Elementary School for Math and Science, C.E. Williams Middle and West Ashley Advanced Studies Middle would lose their partial magnet status and be considered for re-zoning. Another change under consideration is to turn Stono Park Elementary into a public-private partnership school to be managed by a non-profit entity. CCSD also indicated that Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary and the Montessori Community School would retain their constituent district magnet status.

Results for West Ashley schools from the recently released South Carolina Department of Education report cards varied widely. Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary received an excellent rating and Springfield Elementary was rated unsatisfactory. Stono Park was rated one point away from unsatisfactory. Oakland Elementary, which has 72% of students living in poverty, received the Palmetto Silver award.