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Education & Academics in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

JB Charleston Education and Academics in Charleston Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

 

Finding the right schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. This chapter outlines Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties’ public schools system, private schools, charter schools and home schooling criteria, as well as local libraries and higher education institutions. To be enrolled in a South Carolina school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. For more details on South Carolina’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, please visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website at www.scdhec.gov. Check with the school for additional requirements.

South Carolina does not use Common Core education standards. Instead, the state has set its own standards for public schools that can be found at http://ed.sc.gov/instruction/standards-learning. The state utilizes the Every Student Succeeds Act, which provides significant federal support for programs to serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. ESSA limits the power of the federal government to set education policy for states and increases state and local flexibility in the use of federal funds.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district’s statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a listing of charter schools in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Public Charter School District website at www.sccharter.org.

HOME SCHOOLING

For an introduction to home schooling in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Education’s website at https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/state-accountability/home-schooling. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, home-school associations and more.

VirtualSC

https://virtualsc.org

VirtualSC is a free state-sponsored online program serving students currently attending public, private and home schools in grades six through 12 and adult education programs. VirtualSC offers free online courses aligned to state standards that are developed and taught by South Carolina-licensed teachers.

Palmetto Homeschool Association

http://palmettoha.org

Palmetto Homeschool Association is different from other accountability associations in that it protects parents’ freedom to choose their own curriculum and school calendar, allows flexibility with assessing progress and maintaining records, and provides guidance so that the home school is in compliance with the South Carolina Option 3 law.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

To search for local private schools in South Carolina, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at https://tinyurl.com/ybhpwoyt. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Berkeley County School District

229 E. Main St.
Moncks Corner, SC 29461 843-899-8600
|www.bcsdschools.net

Berkeley County School District has 25 elementary schools, one combined elementary and middle school, 11 middle schools, 10 high schools and two education centers. The district has an enrollment of more than 33,000.

Charleston County School District

75 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC 29401
843-937-6300
www.ccsdschools.com

Charleston County School District, the second-largest school system in South Carolina, represents a unique blend of urban, suburban and rural schools that span approximately 1,000 square miles of coastal lands. The district serves more than 50,000 students in 85 schools and several specialized programs.

Dorchester School District Two

115 Devon Road
Summerville, SC 29483
843-873-2901
www.ddtwo.org

Dorchester School District Two serves more than 25,000 students at 15 elementary schools, six middle schools and three high schools. The district also has an adult education program and an alternative program for middle and high school students.

Dorchester School District Four

500 Ridge St.
St. George, SC 29477
843-563-4535
www.dorchester4.k12.sc.us

Dorchester School District Four serves approximately 2,500 students. The district offers three elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school and an educational center for grades 6-12.

Universities/Higher Education

JB Charleston Education and Academics Universities Higher Education

 

Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties offer plenty of opportunity for continuing education. Joint Base Charleston’s education center provides assistance, academic counseling and testing services to those who are seeking higher education opportunities. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.

Joint Base Charleston Education Center

Building 221, 101 W. Hill Blvd.
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
843-963-4575
www.jbcharleston.com/education/education-center

Charleston Southern University

9200 University Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29406
843-863-7000
www.charlestonsouthern.edu

The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina

171 Moultrie St.
Charleston, SC 29409
843-225-3294
www.citadel.edu

College of Charleston

66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424
843-805-5507

www.cofc.edu

Embry-Riddle University

Building 221, 101 W. Hill Blvd.
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
843-767-8912
http://http://worldwide.erau.edu/locations/charleston

Medical University of South Carolina

171 Ashley Ave.
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-2300
http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/musc

Park University

Building 221, 101 W. Hill Blvd.
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
843-552-8301
www.park.edu

Southern Illinois University

Building 221, 101 W. Hill Blvd.
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
843-552-7320
http://ehs.siu.edu/wed/faculty-staff/off-camp/charleston-afb-sc.php

Trident Technical College

7000 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29406
843-574-6111
www.tridenttech.edu

University of South Carolina

945 Bull St.
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-0169
www.sc.edu

Webster University – Charleston

4105 Faber Place Drive, Suite 100
North Charleston, SC 29405
843-760-1324
www.webster.edu/charleston

Libraries

JB Charleston Education and Academics Libraries

 

Public libraries in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. The South Carolina State Library, www.statelibrary.sc.gov, supports libraries in the state with resources, interlibrary loan and other assistance.

Residents can enjoy and make use of several libraries and bookmobiles in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites. For a full list of libraries in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina State Library website.

Berkeley County Library System

1003 Highway 52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
843-719-4223
http://berkeleylibrarysc.org

The Berkeley County Library System has six branches and a bookmobile. Visit the system’s website for information on services, events and programming.

Charleston County Public Library

68 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC 29401
843-805-6930
www.ccpl.org

The Charleston County Public Library serves residents with 16 locations and a bookmobile. For more information on the programs, services and events at each branch, visit the library system’s website.

Dorchester County Library

76 Old Trolley Road
Summerville, SC 29485
843-871-5075
www.dcl.lib.sc.us

The Dorchester County Library has two branches. Visit the library system’s website for information on patron services and special events.

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