Berkeley County School District offers a number of innovative programs for students and families looking for a learning environment with 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. For a quick view of all program application deadlines, click HERE.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.Click HERE to access the application, frequently asked questions, and enrollment handbook. For more information call Principal Chris Swetckie at Howe Hall AIMS (843-820-3899) The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is March 31, 2018.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.Click HERE or call Principal Claire Freeman (843-899-8111) for more information. Access the application HERE. The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is February 28, 2018.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.Click HERE or call Jonah Bryant at Berkeley High School (843-899-8800 Ext. 2026) for more information and to learn about eligibility requirements.
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.Click HERE or call Assistant Principal LaTanya Butler at Goose Creek High School (843-553-5300) for more information and to learn about the application and audition processes. Application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is March 31, 2018.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.Click HERE or call Amy Jones at Berkeley High (843-899-8800) for more information about program requirements and to learn about the application process. The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is March 31, 2018Marrington 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.Click HERE for 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 Click HERE for more information. The phone number for the Head Start office is 834-820-3497.
Pre-School Programs for Children with Disabilities Admission: Children with diagnosed disabilities; Click HERE for more information, Phone: 843-899-8890
Child Development Education Programs: Offered at 16 Berkeley County sites; Admission: 4-years-old, application, eligibility guidelines; Click HERE for more information 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; Click HERE for more information, Phone: 843-899-8880Alternative Education High School & Adult OptionsBerkeley Alternative School: Admission: Grades 6-12;
Click HERE for more information;Phone: 843-899-8830Berkeley Adult Education: Offered at Berkeley Educational Center(843-899-8635) & Fishburne Educational Center (843-820-3742);
Click HERE for more information