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)Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School (Howe Hall AIMS) is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for students in grades K-5. Howe Hall AIMS includes the arts as an essential component of the curriculum, providing students with a variety of learning experiences that facilitate their development as lifelong learners and productive citizens. The school expands students’ arts experiences through field studies, guest artist performances, and residencies. Enrollment at Howe Hall AIMS is determined through a lottery system; students who reside in Berkeley County or who are children of Berkeley County School District employees are eligible to apply.The application, frequently asked questions, and enrollment handbook can be found on the school's webpage. For more information call Principal Chris Swetckie at Howe Hall AIMS (843-820-3899).
H E BONNER ELEMENTARY
H E Bonner Elementary is a partial-arts and magnet school in Berkeley County School District that makes the arts an essential component of the everyday curriculum. Please see our frequently asked questions page and our enrollment and lottery handbook for more information.
Click Here to Access the Lottery ApplicationBerkeley County Middle College High SchoolBerkeley County Middle College High School is a magnet school that gives high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to achieve high school and college academic success in a non-traditional learning environment. The middle college is located on Trident Technical College’s Berkeley Campus, and students take a combination of high school courses and courses taught by Trident Technical College professors. Enrollment is determined through a lottery system; all rising juniors who reside in Berkeley County or who are children of Berkeley County School District employees are eligible to apply.Learn about the application process or call Principal Dawn Smith (843-899-8111) for more information.Star Academy
Star Academy is a dropout prevention and acceleration program for Berkeley County 8th grade students who are over-age for their academic year, and eligible students must receive a recommendation from their school principal. Star Academy is a school-within-a-school program on the Berkeley High School campus, and students take accelerated courses while receiving tutoring and participating in real-world learning experiences. Star Academy allows students to catch up to their peers academically and puts them back on schedule to graduate on time.To learn about eligibility requirements or for more information, call Jonah Bryant at Berkeley High School (843-899-8800 Ext. 2026).
Berkeley Center for the Arts
Berkeley Center for the Arts (BCA) is Berkeley County School District’s high school level fine arts magnet program. BCA is open to all rising 9th grade students in Berkeley County School District, and 10th grade students are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Sophomore students must be selected by their teacher and approved by the program director and guidance counselor. Students gifted in drama, visual arts, creative writing, dance, voice, strings, or winds & percussion are encouraged to apply. BCA creates a community of artists who support and encourage each other to take artistic risks and strive to reach their fullest potential.Learn about the application and audition processes or call Assistant Principal LaTanya Butler at Goose Creek High School (843-553-5300) for more information.Marrington Middle School of the Arts
Marrington Middle School of the Arts is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for Berkeley County students in grades 6-8, who meet one of four eligibility requirements (more information below). Marrington Middle students experience the arts as an essential component of the curriculum, providing them with a variety of traditional and non-traditional learning experiences. Students may participate in a variety of arts and citizenship activities and clubs, such as the Middle School Mock Trial Program, the Renaissance leadership program, and the Creative Writing Club.Learn about the eligibility requirements or call Megan Harrison at Marrington Middle (843-573-0313) for more information.
Marrington Middle School of the Arts Eligibility Requirements
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 at school.
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. Proofs of residency include water, electricity, land line phone, cable, lease agreement, or buyer’s agreement.
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. Proofs of residency include water, electricity, landline phone, cable, lease agreement, or buyer’s agreement.
**Parents/guardians with students who are NEW to Berkeley County (to which one of the above statements applies) must register students on InfoSnap.
Additional Innovative Programs
Berkeley County School District (BCSD) offers families a variety of specialized environments, each designed to accelerate learning while fostering students’ specific interests, talents, and needs.Early Childhood, Elementary, & Middle
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 nearest program & application process.
Preschool & Elementary Montessori Program: Offered at Whitesville Elementary; Admission: 3, 4, 5 years old to Grade 2, students zoned for Whitesville Elementary may apply; Learn more about Whitesville Elementary or contact us at 843-899-8880.Alternative Education High School & Adult OptionsBerkeley 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.
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