The deadline to apply is February 29

School Choice applications available online on February 1
Posted on 01/30/2020
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Thursday, January 30, 2020

School choice applications to be available
online Feb. 1; deadline to apply is Feb. 29

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County School District is gearing up to accept school choice applications for the 2020-21 academic year, the sixth year of the district’s expanded choice initiative. 

School choice applications will be posted to the district’s website on Saturday, Feb. 1, and must be submitted online by midnight Saturday, Feb. 29.  Parents who don’t have Internet access may request application assistance at any district school or through the district office’s Instructional Services division.

Curriculum options approved by the Board of Education include such instructional choices as Montessori, advanced math and science, International Baccalaureate, arts infused, Classical Studies, early college and leadership programs.

Beaufort County students who attend choice programs do not pay extra tuition, although families are responsible for their students’ transportation if they live outside of school attendance zones.  Choice schools serve children who live in their attendance zones in addition to students from outside the zone who apply to attend.

All district schools maintain a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics focus, as well as a core includes the arts, world languages and technology.

If the number of choice applications at a school would cause the school to exceed its overall enrollment capacity, or if approved applications would push an individual choice program beyond its capacity, a lottery would be held to determine which applications are approved. 

Nine schools potentially have no availability for choice because they are at or above capacity.  Those schools are Coosa Elementary; H.E. McCracken Middle; Hilton Head Island High; Hilton Head Island Middle; May River High; Okatie Elementary; Pritchardville Elementary; Red Cedar 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.

A number of district schools have scheduled information fairs to acquaint parents and students with their specific academic choice programs:

  • Battery Creek High (Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.)
  • Beaufort Elementary (Feb. 6, Montessori at 5:30 p.m. and AMES at 6:30 p.m.; program tours on Feb. 10 and Feb. 20 (8:30 a.m. for AMES at 10:15 a.m. for Montessori.
  • Beaufort High (Feb. 4 5-7 p.m.)
  • Beaufort Middle (Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.)
  • Bluffton Elementary (Feb. 13, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., plus tours upon request)
  • Bluffton Middle (tours available upon request 8:45-9:45 a.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27)
  • Broad River Elementary (Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.)
  • Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center (Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 7 at 9 a.m.)
  • Hilton Head Island Elementary (Jan. 30, 5:30-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.; Feb. 11, 8-8:45 a.m. and 9-9:45 a.m.)
  • Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts (Jan. 30, 5:30-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.; Feb. 11, 8-8:45 a.m. and 9-9:45 a.m.)
  • Lady’s Island Middle (Feb. 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • M.C. Riley Elementary (Feb. 4 Leadership Day from 8:30-10:30 a.m.; tour for incoming kindergarten students Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m.)
  • Port Royal Elementary (Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary (Feb. 6 9:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Robert Smalls International Academy (Feb. 6 at 9:30 a.m.)
  • St. Helena Elementary (Feb. 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Whale Branch Elementary (Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m.)