By Rachel Childs

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Finding the best Parris Island schools and child care facilities for your upcoming military move can feel daunting. Don't worry; we've done the research for you! Read on to learn about Parris Island schools, military child care facilities at MCRD Parris Island, and more.

COVID-19 Notice

The schools and child care facilities in this article may be operating under certain restrictions due to COVID. Contact the programs for information on current COVID procedures and requirements.

South Carolina School Enrollment

Children must be at least 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year to enter kindergarten. To enroll in a South Carolina school, students typically need to show their birth certificate, proof of residence, and proof of current immunizations. For more information on South Carolina's education system, visit the South Carolina Department of Education's website.

MCRD Parris Island Schools

MCCS South Carolina's school liaison program is a great resource for information on local school districts, private and charter schools in Beaufort County, virtual school options, and homeschooling requirements in South Carolina. The program's website has school transition tips, resources for EFMP families, and tutor resources, as well. For more information on the school liaison program and contact information for the MCRD Parris Island school liaison officer, visit the program's website.

DoDEA Laurel Bay Schools

Bolden Elementary/Middle School

260 Elliot Drive Beaufort, SC 29906


: 1 (843) 846-6112

Elliott Elementary School

345 Elliott Drive Beaufort, SC 29906


: 1 (843) 846-6982 There are two DoDEA schools available to children of military members who live in military housing near MCRD Parris Island. These Laurel Bay Schools, as they are known, include Charles F. Bolden Elementary/Middle School and Middleton Stuart Elliott Elementary School. Bolden Elementary/Middle School serves nearly 190 students in grades 3-8. Elliott Elementary School serves approximately 225 students in pre-K through second grade. There are no DoDEA high schools in the area, so high school students attend Beaufort County public high schools. Visit the schools' websites for registration information, school calendars, school policies, and more.

Beaufort County Schools

Beaufort County School District

2900 Mink Point Blvd. Beaufort, SC 29902


: 1 (843) 322-2300 Students who do not attend nearby MCRD Parris Island schools run by the DoDEA will attend schools in the Beaufort County School District. The Beaufort County School District serves more than 22,000 students. The district is a proud Military Purple Star District and strives to remove any barriers that inhibit military students in their success. Military family life counselors that serve the district are available to provide short-term, nonmedical counseling to military children, parents, faculty, and staff. The district also has a school choice program, which allows students to pursue customized programs that support their talents and interests. Qualifying students can attend schools outside their regular attendance zones that offer dual-language programs, schools that focus on the visual or performing arts, or schools that explore medical and technology fields. Enrollment in these programs is limited. For more information on school choice applications, visit the district's website.

Charter Schools Near MCRD Parris Island

In South Carolina, charter schools are independent public schools of choice. For more information on South Carolina's charter schools, including a list of current charter schools, visit the South Carolina Department of Education's website.

Child and Youth Services Near MCRD Parris Island

The MCCS South Carolina website has information on child care programs at MCRD Parris Island. The website outlines the region’s military day care centers, youth centers, youth sports programs, libraries, and much more. Families who need child care should also get acquainted with MilitaryChildCare.com. This DOD website helps military families find military-operated or military-approved child care programs at whatever military installation they are assigned to.

MCRD Parris Island Child Care Options

Child Development Center

Building 504, Wake Boulevard MCRD Parris Island, SC 29905


: 1 (843) 228-3514 The MCRD Parris Island CDC provides care for children who are 6 weeks to 5 years old.

Family Child Care

Family Child Care offers flexible child care in the homes of trained providers who live in government housing. Providers undergo background screenings and are certified and monitored by the command.

Youth Center

Building 501, Wake Boulevard MCRD Parris Island, SC 29905


: 1 (843) 228-1669 The MCRD Parris Island School Age Care Youth Center offers before- and after-school care for children 5-12 years old. Care is also provided during school holidays and extended school breaks.

MCRD Parris Island Base Education Office

Education Services

Building 923, Room 42 and 42A 355 Chosin Reservoir Road MCRD Parris Island, SC 29905


: 1 (843) 228-2086 Adults who are interested in higher education can contact the specialists at the installation's education office. Specialists can help active-duty members, Veterans, retirees, DOD civilians, reservists, and military family members with all their educational needs. Services include education counseling and advice, tuition assistance, academic skills courses, testing services, and more.

Class Dismissed!

Hopefully you feel more prepared for your upcoming move to MCRD Parris Island. If you have more questions about Parris Island schools, be sure to reach out to the MCRD Parris Island school liaison officer. Good luck and happy moving!

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