• School Choice

  • School Choice Update:

    As a result of mandated school closures due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 CCSD School Choice decision notification and confirmation dates have been adjusted to the following dates: 

    • Decision Notification Date - April 17, 2020, beginning 5:00 pm (Tentative)*
      Notification of decisions of acceptance or waitlist status will be emailed to guardians and will be reflected on the guardian’s account dashboard in the applicant portal. It may take several hours for all decisions to be posted.

      *Acceptance decisions for the Charleston School of the Arts (SOA) will be released after all applicants to SOA have had a reasonable opportunity to complete an audition for programs applied. Applicants to SOA who have not completed their audition will receive an opportunity to complete their audition through a virtual process in order to maintain social distancing guidelines.

    • Seat Acceptance Deadline - May 8, 2020, 7:00 pm  (Tentative)*
      All seats will be auto-declined within the final acceptance timeline. A reminder notification will be emailed on May 7, 2020, 24 hours prior to the acceptance deadline, to applicants who have not confirmed their seat acceptance. Once a seat is manually declined or auto-declined, the seat will be automatically offered to the next applicant on the waitlist. 


    School Choice in Charleston County

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

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

    1. Countywide magnet
    2. Constituent magnet
    3. Montessori/Partial Magnet programs
    4. Charter schools

     

    School Choice - Frequently Asked Questions 

      

    Application Access (Online & Paper)

    The School Choice/Magnet application process for the Charleston County District opened on January 28, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. and closed on February 28, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. for paper application drop off at designated sites and 6:00 p.m. for online application submission.

      

    Paper Application Designated Pick Up/Drop Off Sites

    Baptist Hill Middle High School

    5117 Baptist Hill Road, Hollywood, SC 

    (843) 889-2276

    Camp Road Middle School

    1484 Camp Road, Charleston, SC

    (843) 762-2784

    C.E. Williams Middle School

    640 Butte Street, Charleston, SC 

    (843) 763-1529

    Laing Middle School

    2705 Bulrush Basket Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC 

    (843) 849-2809

    Military Magnet Academy

    2950 Carner Avenue, N. Charleston, SC 29405

    (843) 745-7102

    St. John’s High School

    1518 Main Road, Johns Island, SC 

    (843) 559-6400

    CCSD District Office

    75 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 

    (843) 937-6582

    Pick up and Drop Off Times:
    9 AM - 4 PM (1/28-2/28)

    Pick up and Drop Off Times for Schools:
    10 AM - 2 PM (1/28-2/28)

    Submission Deadline for ALL locations:
    February 28 at 4 PM

     

    Important Dates

    The CCSD School Choice online applications opened on January 28, 2020, at 12:00 p.m (NOON). Paper applications are available for printing and available at selected schools by 12:00 p.m. The School Choice online application submission deadline was February 28, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Paper applications were to be received at one of the designated receiving schools or the CCSD District reception desk on February 28, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

    The timeline below provides the dates, deadlines, and events related to the application process for the 2020-2021 school year. 

    • January 28, 2020 - Online and paper application window opened at 12 p.m. (NOON)

    • February 1, 2020 - Choice Fair: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at 4 locations: 

    1. C.E. Williams Middle School, 640 Butte Street, Charleston SC

    2. Laing Middle School (to serve D1 and D2), 2705 Bulrush Basket Lane, Mt. Pleasant SC 

    3. Military Magnet Academy, 2950 Carner Avenue, North Charleston SC

    4. St. John's High School (to serve D3 and D9), 1518 Main Road, Johns Island SC

    • February 28, 2020 - Online and paper application window closed (4 p.m. for paper application drop-offs; 6:00 p.m. for online application submissions)

    • April 17, 2020, beginning at 5:00 pm (tentative) - Decision Notification Date (details provided at the top of the page under 'School Choice Update').

    • May 8, 2020, 7:00 pm (tentative)  - Seat acceptance deadline (details provided at the top of the page under 'School Choice Update').


    Registration Information

    Students who accept a choice seat for the 2020-2021 school year will need to register for the accepted school when online registration opens.   


    Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year will open before the current school year ends. Please check this registration page for updates. 

     

    School Choice Fair

    The annual CCSD School Choice Fair was held simultaneously at four school sites (C.E. Williams Middle, Laing Middle, Military Magnet Academy, and St. John's High) on February 1, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Families were able to visit with school representatives from all neighborhood schools serving their zone, including the constituent and countywide magnet schools and programs.

    Spanish language translation was available at these events. 

      

    Application Assistance Events

    Families requiring assistance to complete their application were able to attend one of the assistance events listed below.

    Spanish language translation was available at these events. 

    All assistance event times were 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

    February 6, 2020        Location 1: Military Magnet Academy, 2950 Carner Avenue, North Charleston SC

                                          Location 2: St. John's High School, 1518 Main Road, Johns Island SC

    February 13, 2020     Location 1: C.E. Williams Middle School, 640 Butte St., Charleston, SC

                                         Location 2: Laing Middle School, 2705 Bulrush Basket Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC

    February 20, 2020      Location 1: Military Magnet Academy, 2950 Carner Avenue, North Charleston SC

                                         Location 2: St. John's High School, 1518 Main Road, Johns Island SC


    Application assistance was available at 75 Calhoun Street January 28 - February 28 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

     

    Contact Information

    For general questions about School Choice, call 843-937-6582.