By Rachael Fisher


Any PCS with school-age kids means finding new schools on post or nearby. And the COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges for Fort Jackson families and the community. Remember to be patient as Fort Jackson Child Youth Services slowly and safely reopens. Here’s what you should know if you’ll have at least one student to enroll in Fort Jackson schools.

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Fort Jackson Schools on Post

The Fort Jackson school liaison officer is a great resource for families on the move as the connection between Fort Jackson students and local schools ensure children receive every opportunity for quality education.

Fort Jackson Elementary Schools

There are two Fort Jackson elementary schools on post. The Department of Defense Education Activity schools enroll students in pre-k through sixth grade.

1. Pierce Terrace Elementary School

5705 Carter Road Columbia, SC 29206


: 1 (803) 782-1772 Pierce Terrace Elementary School is for students in pre-K to first grade.

2. C.C. Pinckney Elementary School

5900 Chesnut Road Columbia, SC 29206


: 1 (803) 787-6815 C.C. Pinckney Elementary School is for students in second through sixth grades.

Fort Jackson Middle Schools

All Fort Jackson middle schools are off post, click here for more information.

Fort Jackson High School

All Fort Jackson high schools are off post, click here for more information. Fort Jackson Child Care and Youth Services

Fort Jackson Childcare and Youth Services

Fort Jackson daycare centers are provided by Child and Youth Services to help reduce the conflict between parenting responsibilities and mission requirements as well as keep kids engaged in constructive activities to enhance their development. School-age services provide programs for youth in kindergarten through fifth grade. School-age services programs are certified by the DOD, accredited by the Council on Accreditation and affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H. The Scales Avenue, Lee Road and Imboden Street Child Development Centers as well as the Imboden Street School Age Center are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Check the Fort Jackson Childcare webpage for updates. For full-day or part-day childcare, visit www.militarychildcare.com to join the waiting list or submit a request for care. The site is your portal for childcare worldwide.

Hood Street Child Development Center

4585 Hood St. Columbia, SC 29207


: 1 (803) 751-1970/1972 The Hood Street Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and certified to operate by the Department of Defense. It provides up to 24 hours a week of care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old up to 24 hours of care per week with reservations. Walk-ins are accepted if space and staff are available. Transportation is available to and from on-post schools for midday and end-of-day times but not for morning drop-off.

Family Child Care

3392 Magruder Ave. Fort Jackson, South Carolina 29207


: 1 (803) 751-6234 Family Child Care homes offer care for children 4 weeks to 12 years old by FCC providers on post in government quarters or off post in residential areas. FCC providers, their spouses and children older than 12 must pass required background checks and participate in a family interview to be certified operate by the garrison commander. FCC homes are monitored and inspected regularly. This program offers self-employment for military spouses, enabling them to add to the family’s income while staying at home with their children.

Hood Street School Age Center

5614 Hood St. Columbia, SC 29207


: 1 (803) 751-9802/9806 The Hood Street School Age Center provides care to children in grades K-5. On school days, the before-school program and the afternoon program are available for children attending select Richland School District Two schools in grades K through fifth. Transportation services are available for select Richland District Two schools. After-school activities include a computer lab, homework center, arts and crafts, game room, USDA-​approved snack, and sports and fitness. Plus, 4-H clubs are offered weekly. Schools Near Fort Jackson

Schools Near Fort Jackson

Most Fort Jackson families living off post are enrolled in the Richland School District One or Richland School District Two. Find local private schools, many with religious affiliation, on Private School Review. It lists Hammond School and Ben Lippen School as the top high schools in Columbia. Or search for local private schools using the National Center for Education Statistics’ private school search tool. Search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.

1. Richland School District One

Richland School District One is South Carolina’s ninth-largest school district with 24,000 students representing 57 countries and 26 languages spoken. The district’s 52 schools and special centers are spread throughout more than 480 square miles encompassing urban, suburban and rural communities.

2. Richland School District Two

Richland School District Two is a suburban school district located in Northeast Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina. This premier district serves more than 28,300 students in PreK-12th grade. Richland Two has 41 schools and centers: 20 elementary schools, seven middle schools, five high schools, four magnet centers, a child development center, alternative school, student innovation center, adult education center, and R2eSchool. Additionally, the tuition-free Richland Two AVID Early College gives students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and associate degree through a partnership with the University of South Carolina-Sumter. Richland Two is the largest and fastest-growing public school district in the Midlands of South Carolina.

Fort Jackson Middle Schools

All Fort Jackson middle schools are off post. Students in seventh and eighth grade living on post attend Dent Middle School in Richland School District Two.
1. Dent Middle School
2721 Decker Blvd. Columbia, SC 29206


: 1 (803) 699-2750

Fort Jackson High School

All Fort Jackson high schools are off post. High schoolers living on post attend Richland Northeast High in Richland School District Two.
1. Richland Northeast High School
7500 Brookfield Road Columbia, SC 29223


: 1 (803) 699-2800 The Best Fort Jackson Schools: Daycare - High School


This info can help ease the transition into Fort Jackson schools on post and off. Prepare for your PCS to Fort Jackson with more information about the post at MyBaseGuide.

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