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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 Trust.

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 community and 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).

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