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). The application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is February 28, 2019.Berkeley 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. The application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is February 28, 2019.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. Application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is February 28, 2019.Scholars Academy
Scholars Academy is Berkeley County School District’s International Baccalaureate program. The program is a school-within-a-school option and is housed on the Berkeley High School campus. Scholars Academy is open rising 9th graders in Berkeley County who are looking for an academically rigorous and challenging learning environment. Students in the academy take a global perspective and learn in a setting that nurtures inquisitiveness, open communication, and reflection.Learn about the program requirements or call Katherine Batkins at Berkeley High (843-899-8800) for more information. The application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is March 29, 2019.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 five 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.
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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