Deadline to apply is February 28

2019-20 School Choice applications available Feb. 1, online
Posted on 01/31/2019
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Thursday, January 31, 2019

School choice applications to be available
online Feb. 1; deadline to apply is Feb. 28

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County School District is gearing up to accept school choice applications for the 2019-20 academic year, the fifth year of the district’s expanded choice initiative. 

School choice applications will be posted to the district’s website on Friday, Feb. 1, and must be submitted online by midnight Thursday, Feb. 28.  Parents who don’t have Internet access may request application assistance at any district school or through the district office’s Instructional Services department.

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.

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.