The Beaufort County School District is one of the fastest-growing school districts in South Carolina. Located in an extraordinary natural setting, Beaufort County’s 576 square miles include Atlantic Ocean beaches, saltwater marshes, freshwater rivers, Lowcountry woodlands and farmland. The area’s cultural diversity, rich history and world-class sporting venues combine to create an enviable quality of life. Tourism is a major economic force, with visitors drawn to world-famous Hilton Head Island and more recently to the northern part of the county and the recently established U.S. Reconstruction Era National Monument, which will preserve and commemorate activities during the Reconstruction Era that followed the Civil War. Three key military installations are located in the northern part of the county, including the Marine Corps Air Station (headquarters for all Marine flight training in the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter); the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island (site of all training for Marine recruits in the Eastern U.S.) and the U.S. Naval Hospital.
The Beaufort County School District has a population of more than 22,000 students and provides comprehensive educational opportunities for students and families. There are 17 elementary schools, 4 early childhood centers, 2 K-8 schools, 1 K-8 charter school, 6 middle schools, 6 high schools, 1 alternative middle/high school and one technical center operated jointly with an adjoining county.
Our Student Demographics
Beaufort County School District students are 41% White, 27% Black, 26% Hispanic and 6% other. Over the past decade, the district’s Hispanic population grew from 18% of total enrollment to 26% percent. We are 60% free and reduced lunch and 20% ESOL. We have 365 students identified as homeless.
Our district employs about 2,700 full-time staff, including more than 1,700 certified classroom teachers.
Our district boasts an Aa1 bond rating, second-highest among South Carolina’s 82 school districts. In addition, independent outside auditors have given the district exemplary financial reviews for 19 consecutive years.
Noteworthy accomplishments include:
Rapid growth in the southern part of the county has led to overcrowded classrooms in the Bluffton community, and two bond referenda aimed at constructing additional classroom space were rejected by voters. Although some sections of the county are home to very affluent communities, other sections struggle with generational poverty. Achievement gaps persist that affect minority students, students from low-income families and students who aren’t fluent in English.
The Beaufort County School District, through a personalized learning approach, will prepare graduates who compete and succeed in an ever-changing global society and career marketplace.
We will work with families and our diverse community to ensure that students perform at an internationally competitive level in a learning environment that is safe, nurturing and engaging.
Our Core Beliefs
The Beaufort County School District believes:
Application deadline is March 8, 2019.
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