Visual & Performing Arts
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-six art educators teach visual art to students in each of the district's schools. Elementary students are taught general music by twenty-nine qualified music educators. Twenty-two 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 eleven schools. Nineteen 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, Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition, The Spring Art Show, Berkeley County Clerk of Art Show, Goose Creek Artist Guild, Home Telecom Art Contest, and the North Charleston Arts Festival throughout the school year.Home Telecom Winner-2019Carolina Wren by Zoe BlackCane Bay High School
Talaysha Baxter-Cross Elementary Fortnight- Cloeman White-Foxbank Elementary
Performing 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.
Referral applications for STEP auditions will be available and accepted beginning August 18, 2019 with a return deadline of September 11, 2019. Auditions will be held on the following dates: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Timberland High School (4:30 pm-8:00 pm), Saturday, October 12, 2019 Mount Holly Elementary (8:00 am- 4:00 pm), Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Philip Simmons Middle (4:00 pm- 8:00 pm), Saturday, November 9, 2019 Berkeley Middle (8:00 am- 4:00 pm). Students must audition to qualify for STEP. Music, drama, and dance students audition before a jury composed of performing arts professionals. Visual Art students will complete two drawing assignments onsite. The jury seeks to identify students with outstanding potential in the arts, not necessarily those students who have had professional training.
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.
Our teachers have used this time to their advantage. We've had a number of teachers complete online professional development. We have also had teachers put together their work and share with other educators throughout the state and nation.
Five BCSD students placed in the annual Holocaust Creative Arts competition, hosted by the Charleston Jewish Federation's REMEMBER Program.
The Cobra Chorale was previously invited to perform at the ACDA Southern Region Conference on March 12. It was one of 15 choirs selected from more than 100 applications, and the only high school from South Carolina invited to perform, as well as one of only three high school mixed choirs who were selected from the 11 states in the Southern Region.
Mr. North is a graduate of Penn State University, where he received a master's of music degree in saxophone performance. He has been teaching in our school district since 2014 and was promoted to HMS director of bands in 2016.