State charter school approved to open Fall 2013 in Beaufort area

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Bridges Preparatory School was approved by the South Carolina Public Charter School District to open fall of 2013. This state sponsored public school will be free of charge. Bridges Preparatory will open with grades Kindergarten through sixth, adding an additional grade each fall through 12th grade.
According to the approved charter, Bridges Preparatory School’s curriculum will be STEM infused (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and teachers will be trained in the Paidiai Method.  In addition to being a nationally affiliated Paidiai school, each child will have an Individualized Learning Plan to accommodate different types of learners. This, along with character based education and a 20:1 student-teacher ratio, is what the members of the Bridges Preparatory school committee proposed to the charter school district.
The location is yet to be determined, but properties north of the Broad River are currently under review.
Applications for students entering grades Kindergarten through sixth all of 2013 will be available mid-August. Because Bridges Prep is sponsored by the state, students from outside Beaufort County are also eligible to apply.
A Head of School Search Committee is currently being formed.  Interested applicants are encouraged to send resumes to
Bridges Prep funding comes from the public charter school district, led by Superintendent Dr. Wayne Brazell.
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