Berkeley County is proud to employ a staff of talented and dedicated visual art, music, dance and drama professionals who offer standards-based arts instruction for its students. Fifty-four art educators teach visual art to students in each of the district's schools. Elementary students are taught general music by twenty-three qualified music educators. Twenty band directors and sixteen choral instructors offer a variety of music courses in the district's middle and high schools. Orchestral strings instruction is provided by strings' teachers at seventeen schools. Eleven dance and drama educators work in nine of the district's schools.
The artistic talents and abilities of visual arts students are showcased in district, local and state shows throughout the year. Students participate in the Berkeley County Student Art Show in October, producing high quality work, which is show cased at our district office in Moncks Corner. Visual art teachers have students participate in the Coastal Carolina Fair in October, Scholastic Art and Writing Competition in January, the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition in February, and the North Charleston Arts Festival in the spring.Home Telecom Art Contestwinner at Cane Bay High School
All County Honor Band Stratford High School Strings Perform at the FairPerforming Arts students are provided opportunities to demonstrate their abilities at the school, district, state and national level. A comprehensive list of student performances is provided each month on this web-site and the district's front-page. The Berkeley County School District sponsors All County Band (four levels), Jazz Band, and Orchestra for qualifying middle and high school students. All County Band and Jazz Band auditions are scheduled for December 9. All County Orchestra auditions will be held November 2. Elementary, middle and high choral students participate in All County Chorus with auditions held at the individual schools. All County Elementary Choir Rehearsing All County Junior Band Cane Bay Choir Performs at the South Carolina Music Educators Convention All County Symphonic Band
STEP: Special Talent Enrichment Program
Berkeley County's Gifted and Talented Arts Program is available to students of Berkeley County Public Schools between the 4th and 12th grade who have auditioned and are identified as gifted/talented in dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Once identified, students may attend weekly after school classes at specific sites during the school year and a two week summer program. Sixth through eighth grade STEP students may also attend Marrington Middle School of the Arts.
Screening for STEP students will be held in January of this school year. Applications for auditions will be available in October. Applications must be received in the district by Monday November 17. Students identified are then eligible for the summer program and after school program the following year.
Arts Magnet Schools
Berkeley County School District has three arts magnet schools, one at each level - Elementary, Middle and High School. Howe Hall AIMS (Arts Infused Magnet School) serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade who are selected through a lottery process. Applications are received through the year, and students are selected for vacancies each Spring. Howe Hall AIMS is a model site for arts infusion in S.C. and was a Palmetto Gold Award Winner from 2008-2015, the 2010 National Blue Ribbon School, and the 2015 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award Recipient. Graduates of AIMS may then move on to Marrington Middle School for the Arts in sixth grade. Students who are screened and identified as artistically talented and gifted as part of Berkeley County's STEP program may also attend Marrington Middle School for sixth through eighth grade. Marrington Middle was honored as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012. Rising high school freshmen may audition for the Berkeley Center for the Arts (B.C.A) at Goose Creek High School in the spring. Students may audition in the areas of Creative Writing, Dance, Orchestral Strings, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music, and Wind and Percussion Studies.
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The Cane Bay High School Cobra Chorale and Ladies Honors Choir traveled to Laurens, S.C for performances at the Palmetto State Choral Championships last week and came home with two state titles.
Students at Howe Hall AIMS, Philip Simmons Middle earn superior ratings at South Carolina Theatre Association's Theatre for Youth Festival
Of eight participating schools, 17 students at Howe Hall AIMS participated in individual events and received superior ratings. The Philip Simmons Middle School 8th grade cast of Cheaters was the only school to receive a group superior rating.
The event hosts choirs from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Among those, the Goose Creek Chamber Choir posted the highest score as it received a gold rating and placed first among all schools in the choral division.
The Berkeley varsity winter guard beat 36 teams to be named CWEA Scholastic Regional A Class Champions. Additionally, they were promoted to the AAA class for the 2020 season.
Nearly 340,000 pieces of writing and art were submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing National competition this year. Of those, fewer than one percent were recognized with a gold medal – the competition’s highest award.