BCSD school choice applications available online

Deadline to apply is March 31

From staff reports

The Beaufort County School District (BCSD) is now accepting school choice applications for the 2022-23 academic year, the eighth year of the district’s expanded choice initiative.

School choice applications are open on the district’s website and must be submitted online by Thursday, March, 31. Parents who don’t have Internet access may request application assistance at any district school.

Curriculum options approved by the Board of Education include such instructional choices as Montessori, advanced math and science (AMES), International Baccalaureate, arts integration, language immersion, Cambridge Academy, classical studies, Early College, and leadership programs. To learn about all of the district’s school choice offerings please see the BCSD School Choice Headquarters website page (https://bit.ly/BCSD-Choice_2022-23) where a complete school-choice directory can be viewed.

“We are proud to announce our newest academic program, the Med-Tech 7 Magnet Program that will feature a specialized, theme-based curriculum that will prepare students for a future in either the Medical or Technology field,” BCSD Superintendent Frank Rodriguez said in a release. “The addition of this program reaffirms our commitment to empowering our students to create their own educational pathways.”

Choice schools serve children who live in their attendance zones in addition to students from outside the zone who apply to attend. 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.

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, students will be placed on a waiting list.

Five schools potentially have no availability for choice because they are at or above capacity. Those schools are H.E. McCracken Middle School, Hilton Head Island High School, Bluffton High School (with the exception of students zoned for May River High School who wish to apply for JROTC), May River High School, and Pritchardville Elementary School.

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

For more information about any of the school choice programs listed in the 2022-23 school choice directory (https://bit.ly/BCSD-Choice_2022-23) please contact the school associated with the program(s) directly for more information.

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