Berkeley County School District offers a number of innovative programs for students and families looking for a learning environment with an emphasis on a specific theme or goal. These offerings include the arts, school-within-a-school small learning communities, highly-rigorous academics, and more. See below for information about these innovative opportunities.
Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School (AIMS)
All current and future Berkeley County residents, with a child entering Kindergarten through 5th grade, are eligible to apply for an enrollment space at AIMS through the lottery process.
(Only the child’s parent may apply. Family members, friends, etc. may not apply for the parent.)
Eligibility for Enrollment and Attendance
In order to be eligible for enrollment at AIMS a child must meet one of the following criteria in addition to the requirements of BCSD Board Policy JBCA.
(Please note that the appeal and transfer provisions of BCSD Policy JBCA are not applicable to Howe Hall AIMS.)
1. The student has been selected through the lottery process.
2. The student has a sibling that is currently attending AIMS or matriculated from AIMS and is currently attending Marrington Middle School of the Arts.
3. The student has a parent/legal guardian employed full time by BCSD at Howe Hall AIMS or Marrington Middle School of the Arts. (Temporary employees, employees of outside vendors contracted by BCSD, and employees from other BCSD departments assigned to these schools, are not eligible for this criteria.)
H.E. Bonner Elementary
All current and future Berkeley County residents with an address zoned for Berkeley Elementary School, Berkeley Intermediate School, Whitesville Elementary School, Foxbank Elementary School, Cane Bay Elementary School, Cross Elementary School, and St. Stephen Elementary School and J K Gourdin Elementary School with a child entering Kindergarten through 5th grade, are eligible to apply for an enrollment space at HBE through the lottery process.
Eligibility for Enrollment and Attendance
In order to be eligible for enrollment at HBE a child must meet one of the following criteria in addition to the requirements of BCSD Board Policy JBCA.
1. The student resides within the approved attendance zone for HBE.
2. The student has been selected through the lottery process.
3. The student has a sibling that is currently attending HBE.
4. The student has a parent/legal guardian employed full time by BCSD at HBE or in its feeder pattern (MMS THS). (Temporary employees, employees of outside vendors contracted by BCSD, and employees from other BCSD departments assigned to these schools, are not eligible for this criteria.)
Marrington Middle School of the Arts
Students who are rising sixth graders from Howe Hall AIMS
*Students will receive registration packets at school.
Students who are screened and identified as artistically talented and gifted as part of Berkeley County's STEP program
*STEP students will receive registration packets in the mail.
Students whose parents/guardians reside in base housing located on the Naval Support Activity in Goose Creek, Berkeley County
*Parents/guardians need to provide two proofs of residency and come to Marrington to enroll.
Students whose parents/guardians are Active Duty Military stationed at Joint Base Charleston and reside in Berkeley County
* Parents/guardians will need to provide two proofs of residency and a copy of military orders.
**Parents/guardians with students who are NEW to Berkeley County (to which one of the above statements applies) must register students on InfoSnap.
Berkeley Center for the Arts (BCA)
BCA is open to all rising 9th grade students in Berkeley County School District. These students should be gifted in one of our seven disciplines (theatre, visual arts, creative writing, dance, voice, strings, and winds & percussion). BCA also accepts students in their sophomore year on a case by case basis. Sophomore students must be selected by their teacher and approved by the program director and guidance counselor.
Students interested in attending BCA must first complete the current application packet and submit by the designated deadline. Students must include their personal information, three teacher provided letters of recommendation, a current picture, and completion of various essay questions. Based upon the student major, he or she may be required to include additional information. Invited students must attend the spring auditions and must have their audition packet completed. The dates of the audition weekends will be communicated to invited students in advance.
Berkeley Middle College
The Middle College does not have a sibling policy. Each applicant must stand on his or her own merit.
Applicants are recommended to have successfully completed or be in the process of completing ten (10) Carnegie units toward graduation including:
- Algebra I (or Math Tech I and II)
- English I and II
- Two sciences, one of which is Biology
- One Social Studies course
- Physical Education
- One Foreign Language course recommended for students who plan to apply to a four year college
Whitesville Elementary Montessori Program
- Must live in the Whitesville Elementary attendance zone to register and attend the program
- Must attend an Awareness Session (usually happens late February/March) to receive a registration packet and Montessori information
- All completed registrations turned in by the due date will be separated into age/grade groups and entered into the lottery drawing for the available spaces for that upcoming year
- Families will be notified if the student is accepted in the program or if they are placed on the waiting list for that year
- Once your child is accepted into the program, they do not need to re-enroll for future years.
- Registrations start new each school year, so if your child did not get accepted into the program, you would need to enroll again for each school year
Head Start: Offered at 9 in-county sites. Learn about the application process or contact the Head Start office at 834-820-3497.
Pre-School Programs for Children with Disabilities Admission: Children with diagnosed disabilities; Learn about the services offered or call us for more information at 843-899-8890.
Child Development Education Programs: Offered at 16 Berkeley County sites; Admission: 4-years-old, application, eligibility guidelines; Learn about the program or contact your neighborhood elementary school for the nearest program & application process.Berkeley Alternative School: Admission: Grades 6-12;
Learn about Berkeley Alternative School or contact us at 843-899-8830.Berkeley Adult Education: Offered at Berkeley Educational Center (843-899-8635) & Fishburne Educational Center (843-820-3742);Learn about our Adult and Communication Education services.