Local school choice fares on tap

Local school choice fairs on tap
Posted on 01/13/2017
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Friday, January 13, 2017


Regional school choice fairs conclude;

parents head to individual school events


BEAUFORT – Parents and students gathered information and asked questions about the Beaufort County School District’s expanded menu of instructional options at a pair of regional fairs this week.


All of the district’s schools staffed information booths at the fairs, held at Beaufort and H.E. McCracken middle schools, to explain the curriculum choices they will offer for the 2017-18 academic year.  In coming weeks, individual schools will host their own parent meetings so students and parents can learn more about the choices they offer.  A complete calendar of information fairs is available on the district’s School Choice Headquarters website.


All district schools are “choice” schools, meaning that students whose applications are accepted can attend schools outside their zoned attendance areas.  More than 2,300 children are doing that for the current school year.


“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for our expanded school choice program,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “Parents are asking lots of questions as they try to match their children’s talents and interests with the different academic programs we offer.”


Curriculum options approved by the Board of Education include such instructional choices as Montessori, International Baccalaureate, arts infused, Classical Studies, dual language, early college, leadership programs and advanced math and science.


Beaufort County students who attend choice programs don’t pay extra tuition, although families are responsible for their students’ transportation if they live outside of the school’s attendance zone.  All choice schools also serve children who live in their attendance zones, in addition to students from outside the zone who apply to attend. 


School choice applications will be posted to the district’s website on Wednesday, Feb. 1, and must be turned in by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Paper copies of the application will be available in all school offices.


Moss said that all district schools maintain a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics focus, as well as a core includes the arts, world languages and technology.


Complete information on the district’s programs, including access to application forms and key dates, is available online at the School Choice Headquarters website.  At beaufortschools.net, click on Parents in the main menu bar and scroll down to School Choice Headquarters.