Berkeley County School District
The Berkeley County School District is the fourth
largest school system
in the state and currently serves over 29,000 students. The district
operates 40 schools: twenty-two elementary/intermediate schools, nine
middle schools, seven high schools, one alternative school and one
middle college. With a vision to “challenge and empower all students to
succeed in a highly competitive world,” the district invests in the
best possible curriculum, instructors, facilities and technology to
ensure a legacy of success for its students.
This year, the Berkeley County School District was recommended for
national accreditation by the international accrediting agency,
AdvancED. This accreditation affirms the district’s sound approach, and
system-wide commitment to excellence. Despite a challenging fiscal
year, the district improved its bond rating to “Excellent” and its risk
control measures have garnered it the designation of “Risk Control
District of the Year” from the South Carolina School Board Insurance
The district focuses on recruiting and retaining
the best instructional
staff, and boasts one of the most accredited instructional teams in the
state, with over 59% of the certified staff holding advanced degrees
and an average of 13 years of teaching experience. Additionally,
teachers from 39 schools have earned National Board Certification, and
the district maintains an on-going training program to prepare all
instructors to earn this important designation.
The district is committed to high performance and measured improvement.
This year, it met 36 of 37 objectives in the national Adequate Yearly
Progress (AYP) assessment, and student Palmetto Academic State
Standards (PASS) scores are markedly improved across the board. State
School Reports Cards identified ten “Excellent” schools, and twenty
with “Good” or “Average” ratings. The district’s early childhood
development (K-4) program is one of the largest in the state. The
2009-10 graduation class was the largest ever, and received more
scholarship money than any class in the district’s history.
The district offers a strong career technology
program, a gifted and
talented program, a special needs program and life-long learning
opportunities through its Adult and Community Education program.
Non-traditional choice programs are available, including a full arts
magnet program, single-gender program and an evening high school. The
district is proud to be home to the Berkeley County Middle College, the
first middle college in the Lowcountry, and Howe Hall Arts Infused
Magnet School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
The district values its strong relationships with
business partners. The support they contribute – whether financial,
in-kind or volunteer – directly benefits our youth, our future
workforce. In collaboration with businesses such as Google, Santee
Cooper and Boeing, the district is placing emphasis on skill
development in the critical areas of Science, Technology, Engineering
and Math (STEM).