About Berkeley County School District
At Berkeley County School District, our students are more than data points. Our teachers are encouraged to personalize learning and innovate in the classroom as they prepare our children for their life after school. We are unleashing the power and potential of education. Our vision is to create a future where we dare to imagine -- and make a positive difference.
While we understand the role of standardized testing, such mandated tests will not be the only way children in Berkeley County are measured.
With innovative learning practices, our children are soaring in the classroom and benefiting from new opportunities offered through the Arts, STEAM, multiage classrooms and competency-based grading. Berkeley County School District is breaking out of the traditional mold.
ALL SCHOOLS have dedicated and innovative coaches, specialists and coordinators working hand-in-hand with teachers in classrooms, and 20 percent of our students are served by the gifted and talented education program. While we don’t want to dwell on test scores – it should be known that our students score higher than the state average in science, social studies, biology, reading, writing, algebra and English.
In addition to classroom innovation, we believe every student in our school district having a chromebook plays a role in the success of our students.
At Berkeley County School District we aren’t teaching to the test. We are preparing our students with valuable work and life skills. Every day our students are challenged in ways to help them learn what they need to be successful. From adaptability and critical thinking to resilience and collaboration -- our students are getting what they need for college, the work force, the military or whatever finds them after graduation.
- With approximiately 37,000 students, Berkeley County School District is the fourth-largest school district in South Carolina
- There are nine public high schools in Berkeley County
- BCSD graduation rate is 82.6 percent (higher than the state average)
- More than 600 students complete Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs
- BCSD is Common Sense Media Certified
- There are more than 3,000 smart classrooms in our district
- ALL BCSD schools are exploring personalized learning
- 87 percent of students in grades 3-8 show average or above average growth in ELA
- 93 percent of students with disabilities in grades 3-8 show average or above average growth in ELA
- 80 percent of students with disabilities in grades 3-8 show average or above average growth in math
- Nearly 53 percent of English learners are making progress towards English proficiency (higher than the state average)
BCSD Class Size Ratios
Berkeley County School District is dedicated to providing the best experience possible for the children of Berkeley County. With that in mind, our district has set and works hard to maintain class size ratios lower than state-set maximums.
BCSD Traditional class size ratios
- CERDEP - 20
- K5 - 24
- 1st - 18
- 2nd - 21
- 3rd-8th - 25
BCSD BDL class size ratios
- CERDEP - 20
- K5-5th - 30
- 6th - 30 in ELA and Math, 35 in other subjects
- 7th-8th - 35 in all subjects
- 9th-12th - 35 in all courses
The 2019-2020 school year was full of challenges. We did our best to pull through and offer our families the best experience possible, and we were supported by our communities in ways words cannot describe.
News & Info
Berkeley County School District (BCSD) announced its three District Teacher of the Year finalists this week in a way that hit home for each of the educators.
Robots, vertical gardens and people wearing virtual reality headsets – an innovation expo was held at Macedonia Middle Thursday evening, and activities, demonstrations and completed projects lined hallways, occupied classrooms and filled the school’s cafeteria.
Teachers learned different ways to implement innovative and creative lessons to their students during Berkeley County School District’s annual Conference Day event on Feb. 14. Teachers attended classes to learn – and test out – more ways to reach their students.
47 BCSD educators honored with Teacher of the Year awards, considered for District Teacher of the Year
Each year, teachers at BCSD schools nominate three educators to be considered for school-level Teacher of the Year. Each completes a statement of philosophy and a biography. The nominee receiving the most votes from colleagues is elected school Teacher of the Year and considered for District Teacher of the Year.
The annual event sponsored by Google is highlighted each year by the trebuchet competition, which BCSD also dominated – much due to amazing constructions and performances by students from Cross High.
Ten Berkeley County School District students participated in the South Carolina Music Education Association’s Elementary All State Honors Choir this past Saturday.