MCAS BEAUFORT SCHOOLS: DAYCARE - HIGH SCHOOL
By Rachel Childs
IntroductionLooking for daycares, schools, and educational opportunities at your new duty station can feel daunting. Researching your options is no small task, but we're here to help! Read on for information on local public school districts, charter schools, private schools, and child care facilities at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort.
Suggested Read:MCAS Beaufort: In-Depth Welcome Center
COVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, schools and other youth services may be closed or operating on a reduced schedule. Check the venue or school's website or call for more information on attendance guidelines and restrictions.
South Carolina School EnrollmentTo be enrolled in a South Carolina school, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year. A child is also eligible for admission to kindergarten if they have substantially initiated a public school kindergarten program in another state that has a different attendance age requirement from South Carolina. Registration typically requires a birth certificate or other proof of the child's age and the child's previous school records and immunization records. For details on South Carolina's minimum vaccine requirements for children in daycare or school, visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website. Check with the school for additional requirements.
MCAS Beaufort SchoolsThe air station's School Liaison Program website has information on area school districts, private and virtual schools, homeschooling in South Carolina, and more. The website also has contact information for the air station's school liaison officer, who can provide information and guidance on area schools as well as educational resources for your children. Children living on MCAS Beaufort attend schools in the Beaufort County School District. There are currently two DoDEA schools serving the air station in the nearby Laurel Bay military housing area as well. A third DoDEA school, Galer Elementary School, was closed after the 2017 school year. For more information, visit the DoDEA website for Laurel Bay schools.
DoDEA Elementary Schools
1. Elliott Elementary SchoolGrades PK-2 345 Elliott Drive Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone:1 (843) 846-6982
2. Bolden Elementary/Middle SchoolGrades 3-8 260 Elliot Drive Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone:1 (843) 846-6112
DoDEA Middle Schools
1. Bolden Elementary/Middle SchoolGrades 3-8 260 Elliot Drive Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone:1 (843) 846-6112
DoDEA High SchoolsThere are no DoDEA high schools for MCAS Beaufort. Nearby public high schools are listed below.
Beaufort County SchoolsThe Beaufort County School District serves children living on and near MCAS Beaufort.
Beaufort County School District2900 Mink Point Blvd. Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone:1 (843) 322-2300 The following list of elementary, middle, and high schools near MCAS Beaufort are all part of the Beaufort County School District. For a full list of schools in this district, visit the district's website.
Public Pre-K and K through Grade 8 Schools
1. Riverview Charter SchoolGrades K-8 81 Savannah Highway Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone:1 (843) 379-0123
2. Robert Smalls International AcademyGrades PK-8 43 W.K. Alston Drive Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone:1 (843) 322-2500
Public Elementary Schools Near MCAS Beaufort
1. Broad River Elementary SchoolGrades PK-5 474 Broad River Blvd. Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone:1 (843) 322-8400
2. Coosa Elementary SchoolGrades PK-5 45 Middle Road Beaufort, SC 29907
Phone:1 (843) 322-6100
3. Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary SchoolGrades PK-5 121 Morrall Drive Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone:1 (843) 466-3400
4. Lady's Island Elementary SchoolGrades PK-5 73 Chowan Creek Bluff Beaufort, SC 29907
Phone:1 (843) 322-2240
5. Mossy Oaks Elementary SchoolGrades PK-5 2510 Mossy Oaks Road Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone:1 (843) 322-2900
6. Port Royal Elementary SchoolGrades PK-5 1214 Paris Ave. Port Royal, SC 29935
Phone:1 (843) 322-0820
7. Whale Branch Elementary SchoolGrades PK-4 15 Stuart Point Road Seabrook, SC 29941
Phone:1 (843) 466-1000
Public Middle Schools Near MCAS Beaufort
1. Beaufort Middle SchoolGrades 6-8 2501 Mossy Oaks Road Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone:1 (843) 322-5700
2. Lady's Island Middle SchoolGrades 6-8 30 Cougar Drive Beaufort, SC 29907
Phone:1 (843) 322-3100
3. Whale Branch Middle SchoolGrades 5-8 2009 Trask Parkway Seabrook, SC 29940
Phone:1 (843) 466-3000
Public High Schools near MCAS Beaufort
1. Battery Creek High SchoolGrades 9-12 1 Blue Dolphin Drive Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone:1 (843) 322-5500
2. Beaufort High SchoolGrades 9-12 84 Sea Island Parkway Beaufort, SC 29907
Phone:1 (843) 322-2000
3. Whale Branch Early College High SchoolGrades 9-12 169 Detour Road Seabrook, SC 29940
Phone:1 (843) 466-2700
Charter Schools Near MCAS BeaufortCharter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students, and have open enrollment. For more information about charter schools in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Education's website.
Private Schools Near MCAS Beaufort
1. Beaufort AcademyGrades Preschool 2-12
Main Campus:240 Sams Point Road Beaufort, SC 29907
Phone:1 (843) 524-3393
Preschool Campus:7 Fairfield Road Beaufort, SC 29907
Phone:1 (843) 524-9533 Beaufort Academy is one of the largest local private schools available for MCAS Beaufort students. To search for other local private schools in South Carolina, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type, and more.
Child and Youth Services at MCAS BeaufortThe Marine Corps Community Services South Carolina website has a wealth of information and resources for your family. The website links to MCAS Beaufort's many youth services, which include a child development center, a youth center, youth sports programs, and more. Child and youth programs at MCAS Beaufort and Laurel Bay offer parents and children a full spectrum of support, with flexible hourly, part-day, and full-day child care options, as well as before- and after-school care for older children. For information on enrollment in child care programs, program fees, and registration, visit the MCCS South Carolina Child and Youth Programs website. Another helpful resource for military families is MilitaryChildCare.com. This DOD website provides comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide. Once you create an account and a profile on this website, you can search the full range of military child care options, request care, and remain on waitlists for a preferred program even after being offered care by another program.
Child Care at MCAS Beaufort
1. Family Child CareFamily Child Care offers home-based child care in government housing. Family Child Care providers may provide full-day, part-day, weekend, and hourly care.
2. Child Development Center1632 E. Laurel Bay Blvd. Laurel Bay, SC 29906
Phone:1 (843) 228-7290 This center provides care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old.
3. School Age Care Youth Center147 Althea St. MCAS Beaufort, SC 29904
Phone:1 (843) 228-7640 This center offers before- and after-school care for youth 5 to 12 years old. The center also offers full-day care on school holidays and teacher in-service days, as well as day camps during school breaks.
Additional Education Resources
- U.S. Department of Education
- South Carolina Department of Education
- South Carolina PTA
- Reading is Fundamental
- Military Child Education Coalition
- Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families
ConclusionResearching child care options and schools for your family can be stressful, but it's an important part of any PCS. Be sure to talk with your children about their hopes and concerns for their new school. Including children in discussions about their new school will help them feel more at home at their new duty station. And don't be afraid to reach out to the base's school liaison officer for help and additional resources.
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