• Moving Berkeley Forward Public Forum Series 

    How will the district’s plan for growth address building new schools and maintain existing schools?
    The district’s capital projects include new and existing facilities. The schedule below includes recently completed and upcoming construction projects.

    What are the district’s plans to expand One Berkeley Connects, the district’s 1:1 initiative?
    Currently students in 3rd through 8th grades at 23 schools have received Chromebooks as part of Phase 1 of OneBerkeley Connects. Phase 2 will provide students in 3rd through 8th grades at the remaining schools with devices. Phases 3 and 4 will provide devices to high school students.

    How is growth in Berkeley County affecting student enrollment?
    Studies estimate that BCSD will receive 1,000 students or more each year for the next 20 years. There is an estimated need for 20 to 23 new schools by 2035.

    How is BCSD addressing transportation concerns?
    South Carolina is the only state that purchases, owns, and maintains its school bus fleets. In other states, school districts manage their own bus fleets. This means that the state of South Carolina makes all decisions for school districts concerning how many buses they can have and how those buses are maintained. Since the state owns the school bus fleet, it has full authority over the number of buses the district receives and the number of buses taken out of commission. School start schedules were changed at the beginning of the 2016-2017 to ensure that no student in the district would be picked up before 6 a.m. each morning.

    What kinds of special programs or options does the school district offer for academics?
    o  Rural School Initiative: J.K. Gourdin Elementary, St. Stephen Elementary, St. Stephen Middle, Timberland High, Cross Elementary and Cross High

    o   Early Childhood Programs: Berkeley First Steps, Head Start, Childhood Development Education Program

    o   Accelerated Programs: Berkeley Middle College, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate

    o   Other opportunities: Virtual Learning, Evening High School, Star Academy

    o   Academies of Berkeley County: Business and Industry connection to schools

    o   Three schools designated as STEAM schools (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)

    How is the instructional calendar developed?
    A team of parents, principals and district officials serve on the Instruction Calendar Committee. Together they discuss options and determine the best instructional calendar for BCSD. Later their suggestions are brought to the Board and voted on for approval.  

    Are CTE programs open to all students, including students with special needs and those considered English Language Learners? CTE programs are open to all students. Students develop an individual graduation plan with their parents and school counselors. Together they determine where the student’s interests and abilities meet and which CTE programs are the best fit. 

    What are you doing to prepare students to be successful in the workplace?
    The Academies of Berkeley County provide students with opportunities to get real-world experience through internships and apprenticeships. Students may also earn credentials such as Certified Nursing Assistant, OSHA certification, and the Adobe Design Suite.