The Beaufort County School District is now accepting school choice applications for the 2021-22 academic year, the seventh year of the district’s expanded choice initiative.

School choice applications are available at beaufortschools.net and must be submitted online by midnight March, 31. Parents who don’t have internet access may request assistance at any district school.

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

To learn about all of the district’s school choice offerings, visit the District’s website School Choice page.

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

If the number of choice applications at a school would cause the school to exceed its overall enrollment capacity, or if approved applications would push an individual choice program beyond its capacity, students will be placed on a waiting list.

Five schools potentially have no availability for choice because they are at or above capacity: H.E. McCracken Middle School, Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head Island Middle School, May River High School, and Pritchardville Elementary School.

All district schools maintain a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focus, as well as a core curriculum that includes the arts, world languages and technology.