School Choice Headquarters

BCSD 2018_19 School Choice

Parents know from personal experience that all children learn differently.  Our district-wide school choice program frees students from the old “one-size-fits-all” model of education and offers ways to learn that are customized to their personal talents and interests.  By actively engaging students, we build their confidence, increase their knowledge and skills, and put them on course for success in school and in life.

If your child loves the visual or performing arts, we have schools that “fuse” the arts with their academic lessons.  If your child has a talent for languages, we have schools that offer Spanish and Chinese dual-language programs where students speak those languages in many of their academic classes.  And although all of our district’s schools teach math and science, we have schools that specialize in those subjects.  No matter what you choose, all of our schools have teaching and learning programs aimed at successful high school graduation and beyond!

This section of our website will introduce students and their families to the wide menu of instructional options available across the Beaufort County School District.  And the best part is that it doesn’t matter where you live!  If you apply and qualify, you can attend a school choice program outside your regular attendance zone.

An overview of the school choice program, answers to frequently asked questions and a calendar with key dates for parents and students can be found in the links on the left.

All district schools maintain a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics focus, as well as a core includes the arts, world languages and technology. 
In a number of cases, schools’ enrollment capacities will determine their ability to offer school choice:

  • Eight schools potentially have no availability for choice because they are at or above capacity in terms of student enrollment.  Those schools are Broad River Elementary; Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center; Hilton Head Island High; Hilton Head Island Middle; May River High; Okatie Elementary; Pritchardville Elementary and River Ridge Academy.  Parents may still apply at those schools, however, and if limited space becomes available, a lottery would be held later this spring.
  • Four additional schools – Coosa Elementary, H.E. McCracken Middle, Mossy Oaks Elementary and Red Cedar Elementary – are nearing their capacity and may have only limited school choice availability.  If the number of choice applications for programs at those schools would lead to them reaching or exceeding their capacities, a lottery would be held this spring to determine which applications are approved.

APPLICATION FORMS

School choice information and applications for the 2019-20 academic year are available below. 

Option

Examples

Application Link

Programmatic Choice

If another school outside of your zone has a program that your zoned school does not have, with space available, you can request to attend that school and program. Programmatic Choice is not guaranteed and if approved the student must remain active in the program.

Click Here for the Programmatic Choice Application

 

Haga clic aquí para la Aplicación de elección de escuela, de los programas 

Non-Programmatic Choice

Includes Senior Status, moving from Majority to Minority, and as a sibling of a student approved for a program at the same school. These options are not guaranteed and are dependent on whether space is available.

Click Here for the Non-Programmatic Choice Application

 

Haga clic aquí para la Aplicación de elección de escuela, aparte de los programas

Employee Courtesy

Students of fulltime employees of Beaufort County School District

Click Here for the Employee Courtesy Choice Application

Special Circumstances

Situations such as health hardship or other similar issues

Please contact Yanina Sarli Rotti for the Special Circumstances Application Process:

Yanina Sarli Rotti (Garrastegui)

Student Services Specialist

Office: (843) 322-2420

Fax: (843) 322-2359

yanina.garrastegui@beaufort.k12.sc.us