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School Choice in Charleston County

Each school-aged child in Charleston County is assigned to a neighborhood school based on grade level and home address. In addition, CCSD offers several other dynamic choices, including specialized programs, magnets, and charter schools.

Learn more about the types of choice options within CCSD by exploring the links below, where you will find information about each school, including a link to the individual school website.

Application Submission Updates

CCSD families, the Choice Schools Application closed on January 24, 2016. To access the site's parent dashboard, please visit the CCSD Smart Choice website and click on "login" or enter your login information in the "Already Applied?" box.

We had an unprecedented volume of applicants with our new online system, and we appreciated your patience as we worked through technical difficulties. We continue to respond to emails and voicemails and you will be contacted if you have a question or request that is still pending. We encourage you to email us with any additional questions.

Important Dates

  • Jan. 6 through Jan. 24, 2016 - Online applications available.
  • Jan. 9, 2016, 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. - Choice Fair at West Ashley High School.
  • Jan. 25 through Feb. 20, 2016 - Lotteries, auditions, testing, writing sample (AMHS), required documents submitted.
  • Feb. 22 through 27, 2016 - Notification of acceptance.
  • Feb. 29 through March 11, 2016 - Parents confirm acceptance.
  • By Aug. 1, 2016 - Residency confirmations must be submitted.

Our Choice Schools

For the 2016-2017 school year, CCSD charter schools (with the exception of Carolina Voyager Charter) will manage their own application processes. Please visit our Charter Schools page to learn more.

The schools included in the magnet/ choice options following this timeline include:

Countywide Admissions Criteria Magnet Schools

Countywide Magnet Schools

Constituent Magnet School

Partial Magnet Schools

Montessori Schools

Información Actual sobre la Entrega de Aplicaciones

Familias de CCSD, la Aplicación de Elección de Escuelas fue cerrada el 24 de Enero del 2016. Para acceder la página central de la entrega de aplicaciones seleccione aqui.

Tuvimos un volumen de aplicaciones inesperado con nuestro nuevo sistema a través de la página web, y agradecemos su paciencia mientras trabajábamos con las dificultades técnicas. Continuamos respondiendo a sus llamadas y correos electrónicos y nos comunicaremos con usted si tiene alguna pregunta o petición que sigue pendiente.

  • Los animamos a que nos envíe un correo electrónico a SchoolChoiceHelp@charleston.k12.sc.us con preguntas adicionales.

Fechas Importantes

  • 6 de Enero hasta el 24 de Enero del 2016 - Aplicaciones disponibles a través de la página web.
  • 9 de Enero del 2016, 9 a.m. hasta 1 p.m. - Feria Choice en la Escuela Secundaria West Ashley.
  • 25 de Enero del 2016 hasta el 20 de Febrero del 2016 - Loterías, audiciones, exámenes, muestra de escritura (AMHS), entrega de documentos necesario.
  • 22 hasta el 27 de Febrero del 2016 - Notificación de aceptación.
  • 29 de Febrero hasta el 11 de Marzo del 2016 - Padres deben confirmar la aceptación.
  • A más tardar el 1ro de Agosto del 2016 - Verificación de Residencia debe ser entregada.

Para el año escolar 2016-2017, las escuela charter de CCSD (con la exepción de Carolina Voyager), se encargará de su propio proceso de aplicación. Para aprender más sobre las escuelas charter, por favor visite nuestra página "En Español" al final de está página. Luego escoja Programa Choice

Military Families

Additional choice options are available for active duty military families enrolling their children in CCSD schools.

Links for Families Exploring School Choice

  • Access the District's School Look-Up Tool
    This tool allows users to type in a home address and determine the assigned neighborhood schools and magnet options.
  • Registration Information
    Learn what documents and steps are required to register a child for a CCSD school.
  • Student Transfer Information
    One additional option for school choice is to apply for student transfer to another neighborhood school. Families may apply to transfer a student to a non-magnet, non-ESEA school on a space available basis. (No transportation provided.)

Contact Us

ChoiceSchoolHelp@charleston.k12.sc.us
(843) 937-6406