FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Year 3 of district’s expanded school choice
initiative will kick off with regional events
BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County School District is gearing up to accept school choice applications for the 2017-18 academic year, the third year of the district’s expanded choice initiative. More than 2,300 students currently attend schools outside their zoned attendance areas.
Two regional information fairs will give students and their parents opportunities to learn about the district’s choice programs and how to apply for them. The first fair (6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at Beaufort Middle School) will feature choice programs in northern Beaufort County. The second fair (6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at H.E. McCracken Middle School) will feature choice programs in southern Beaufort County.
After the two regional fairs, individual schools will host their own meetings between Jan. 17 and Jan. 31 so students and parents can get more detailed on-site information about the choices they offer.
“Parents know that every child has different strengths and every child learns differently,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “Our school choice program is designed to accommodate those different learning styles and put children in the best possible position to succeed. Instruction is customized to their talents and interests, which increases their knowledge and builds their confidence.”
Curriculum options approved by the Board of Education include Montessori, International Baccalaureate, arts infused, Classical Studies, dual language immersion, early college, leadership programs, advanced math and science, acceleration academies and others.
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 their schools’ attendance zones. All choice schools also serve children who live in their attendance zones, in addition to students from outside the zone who apply to attend.
School choice applications will be posted to the district’s website on Wednesday, Feb. 1, and must be turned in by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Paper copies of the application will be available in all school offices.
Moss said that all district schools maintain a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics focus, as well as a core includes the arts, world languages and technology.
Complete information on the district’s programs, including access to application forms and key dates, is available online at the School Choice Headquarters website. At beaufortschools.net, click on Parents in the main menu bar and scroll down to School Choice Headquarters.