Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child attend a school outside of our neighborhood school’s attendance zone?
It doesn’t matter where you live as long as you reside in Beaufort County. If your application is approved, your child can attend a school choice program outside your regular attendance zone.

If my child’s application to attend a choice program at an out-of-zone school is approved, will school bus transportation be provided?
No. Bus transportation is provided only to schools in your regular attendance zone.

How do I apply?
Complete an online application on the School Choice Headquarters page of the district website. Online applications will be posted on the Beaufort County School District’s website beginning March 1, 2022. Completed online applications must be submitted by March 31, 2022.

Can I submit my application after the March 31, 2022 deadline?
If you can document that you moved to Beaufort County – or to a different location within Beaufort County – after the deadline but before July 31, 2022, you may submit an application. Information on post-deadline application procedures will be made available April 30, 2022 on the School Choice Headquarters website.

If my child is approved for a choice program, are siblings considered “pre-approved” for that program?
While consideration will be given to siblings, approval of one child’s school choice application does not guarantee that siblings will be approved for that choice due to possible building capacity issues. Separate applications must be submitted for each child.

Do I have to submit a choice application if the instructional option I want for my child is already available at the school that serves our current neighborhood’s attendance zone? 
No. You should discuss your interest with the specific school counselor that your child is zoned to. The only exceptions are cases where the school choice option requires an additional, program-specific application. Those exceptions include Classical Studies at Beaufort Middle, the Montessori programs at Beaufort Elementary and River Ridge Academy, or the AMES (Advanced Math, Engineering, and Science) programs at Beaufort, Pritchardville and St. Helena elementary schools.

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