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H.E. Bonner Elementary to offer arts magnet program for kindergartners

Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018

For the very first time, H.E. Bonner Elementary (HBE) will be offering kindergartners registering for the 2018-2019 school year admittance into their arts magnet program. All kindergarten applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 30, 2018.

All current and future Berkeley County residents with a child entering kindergarten are eligible to apply for an enrollment space at HBE through the lottery process IF:

  • You are a current or future resident of Berkeley County

                                    AND

  • You have an address zoned for:
    • Berkeley Elementary School
    • Cainhoy Elementary School
    • Cross Elementary School
    • Foxbank Elementary School
    • JK Gourdin Elementary School
    • Stephen Elementary School
    • Whitesville Elementary School

Students zoned for the above listed schools will receive priority in the lottery; however, if space is available, applications from students outside the above listed school attendance zones MAY be considered for enrollment through the lottery process. Enrollment for siblings of kindergartners MAY also be considered if space is available.

Lottery applications are available at all Berkeley County School District schools, as well as on the HBE and BCSD websites. Please CLICK HERE for the application. Completed applications must be mailed to HBE with a postmarked date prior to the first day of May for entry into the lottery. Only mailed applications will be accepted in order to verify compliance with the established postmarked due date.

Parents interested in completing an application or who would like more information about HBE’s lottery system and enrollment guidelines should CLICK HERE to visit the school’s website.

HBE is a public partial-magnet school that serves 741 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. The school’s mission is to include the arts as an essential component of the curriculum to optimize student achievement through a variety of learning experiences that facilitate the development of their students as lifelong learners and productive citizens. In addition to the core academic subjects, the HBE philosophy includes standards-based instruction in dance, drama, music, visual art, and physical education. Students will have the opportunity to experience the arts through arts integration in core subjects, exploratory classes, and other arts opportunities not typically found in a traditional elementary school.

“HBE began their journey of arts integration in 2010 when the school received an Arts in Basic Curriculum grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission,” said Principal Melissa Willis. “Since that time, teachers have continued professional development in arts integration. Because of their success and faithful community support, the BCSD School Board voted unanimously to make our program available to families in the northern area of Berkeley County. We are excited to have the opportunity to share our love of the arts with children outside of our traditional attendance zone.”

HBE is considered a partial-magnet as it will continue to have a traditional attendance zone like all other BCSD schools.

If you have additional questions, please contact the school at 843-899-8950.

Katie Orvin Tanner
orvink@bcsdschools.net