BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -The Beaufort County School District will begin accepting school choice applications for the 2019-20 academic year beginning on February 1st through February 28th. This is the fifth year that the District has utilized the expanded choice initiative.
School choice applications will be posted to the district’s website on Friday, and must be submitted online by midnight Thursday, February 28. 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 that attend choice programs such as those listed will not pay extra tuition, but families are responsible for student’s transportation to and from school if they live outside of the school’s attendence zone.
The school district warns that in a select number of cases, a schools' enrollment capacities will determine their ability for consideration.
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 close to 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.
Click here to learn more about the application process.