DCSD again offers Expanded School Choice

DCSD again offers Expanded School Choice
Posted on 02/15/2021
AlertDARLINGTON, S.C. – In an effort to give parents more flexibility and control in the educational process, Darlington County School District is again offering districtwide Expanded School Choice. The application period for the 2021-22 school year will be Feb. 8 through March 8.

Under the Expanded School Choice program, students who reside in Darlington County may request to attend any school in the county except for the Darlington County Virtual Academy and Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology. Mayo High School already offers choice as part of its magnet program and is, therefore, not included in the Expanded School Choice program. Darlington County Virtual Academy serves students districtwide, regardless of where they are zoned.

Any student in Darlington County may apply for the Expanded Choice program, regardless of whether that student is currently enrolled in a public school, a private school, or a home school. Beginning Feb. 8 and running through March 8, parents can submit Expanded School Choice applications through the district’s website under the “Students and Parents” tab.

Parents will be notified of their child’s lottery number by email on March 19 after a random selection lottery drawing. Notification emails of the students selected for the available slots will be sent on June 10, giving the selected students the opportunity to transfer to their choice school. The deadline for parents to request the change and confirm the transfer will be June 24.

Under the Expanded Choice program:

• Choice selections will be based on space availability at the selected school.
• Student athletic eligibility remains under S.C. High School League rules.
• Transportation will not be provided for Expanded School Choice. Parents and guardians are responsible for providing transportation.
• Once a child is selected to participate, Expanded Choice will remain in effect until the student completes the choice grade level.
• If a child moves into the county after the request period ends, the child must attend the school to which they are zoned. A parent can apply during the next choice cycle.
• It is not necessary for parents to complete an application for their child to attend the school for which they are already zoned and attending.
• The electronic application for the Expanded Choice Program will be available on the district’s website under the “Students and Parents” tab through March 8 or by selecting the link below.

For complete guidelines, an application, or more information, please contact Darlington County School District’s Office of Administration and Operations at 843-398-2269.