Updated On: 11/12/2012 12:56:32 PM
ARMY SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER
The School Liaison Officer (SLO) provides transition services, school information and assistance to military families. Transitioning families need to be aware that school attendance is determined by the family’s home address. It is important to research area schools before buying or renting. For information about area public school districts, DDESS schools, private schools, homeschooling, scholarships and post secondary opportunities, please visit the School Liaison Services website and/or call the School Support Services office at (803) 751-6150. The School Support Services office is located in the Joe E. Mann Building at 3392 Magruder Ave. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FORT JACKSON SCHOOLS
The Fort Jackson school system’s most important goal is to structure the curriculum and instructional program so that transient military children are accommodated based upon their educational needs. The schools are staffed with all the necessary regular classroom and specialty teachers, and educational aides are available to help all new children acclimate as they are enrolled. The schools serve dependent children in pre-K through sixth grade who live on-post in permanent quarters.
In 2003, the Fort Jackson Schools became part of a newly consolidated school district for the State of South Carolina and part of Georgia. The Laurel Bay Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Beaufort, S.C., and Fort Stewart, Ga., form the other portions of the new consolidation, now known as the South Carolina/Fort Stewart DoD DDESS District. In 2007, schools in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were added to the district.
Fort Jackson’s elementary schools are authorized under Section 2164 of Title 10, United States Code and are among 13 states with DoD School Systems, commonly referred to as Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS).
Dr. Samantha Ingram
376 Davis Ave.
Fort Stewart, GA 31315 (912) 408-3090, (912) 369-6691/6659
Pierce Terrace provides for all 4-year-olds, kindergarten and first grade students. Construction of a four-classroom addition was completed in the 2004-2005 school year. The two-level structure was opened in 1972 as an "open design" facility. Many changes have been made since then, and the school now functions with self-contained classrooms.
Pierce Terrace Elementary School
Mr. Brian Perry
5715 Adams Court
Columbia, S.C. 29206 782-1772
Grades: pre-K through first
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Opened in 1987, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Elementary School serves children in grades two through six. Due to renovation and construction the entire school was relocated to the old Hood Street School for the 2007-2008 school year. It reopened in a freshly updated building with a new roof for the 2008-2009 school year. This state-of-the-art facility contains a science lab, gymnasium, computer lab, career education center and a completely developed outdoor recreation area including tennis court, a soccer and football field, baseball complex, apparatus and equipment play area, hard-surfaced basketball courts and numerous private benches.
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney School
5900 Chestnut Road
Columbia, SC 29206 787-6815/6826
Grades: Second through sixth
Hours: 7:55 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Enrollment Information for On-Post Schools
Students registered will be enrolled the following day. In order to register your children in the on-post schools, you will need to bring the following items:
Lease or Memorandum from Housing Office verifying residence or residency assignment within 90 days.
Student’s original birth certificate or certified copy.
Student’s original Social Security card.
South Carolina Certificate of Immunization (DHEC-1148). The following immunizations are required: DTP — four doses at least (one dose must be administered after the fourth birthday); Hepatitis B — three doses; MMR — two doses; Polio — three doses (at least one dose must be administered after the fourth birthday); Varicella — one dose.
Form 1172 (DEERS Enrollment Form) is required if the student’s legal last name differs from the sponsor. (This form can be obtained from the Welcome Center.)
Youth in grades seven through 12 living on-post attend two off-post schools; Dent Middle School, which accommodates children in grades six through eight, and Richland Northeast High School for grades nine through 12.
Both are Richland District Two schools and have earned numerous awards from various organizations to include the U.S. Department of Education. The award is presented to public schools that are effective in meeting local, state and national goals.
Dent Middle School is a School of Promise Flagship winner and home to several innovative magnet programs. Dent partners with parents and community to provide a quality education in a supportive environment by providing relevant, challenging learning experiences to prepare students as responsible individuals and citizens.
Richland Northeast High School stresses parental and community support, staff dedication to quality education and high standards. The goal at RNE is "to find the value in every student." RNE is a Creative Ticket National School of Distinction, A Red Carpet School and National High School Model UN Conference first-place winner for 18 consecutive years. It has the only arts conservatory in the Midlands, has a theater department selected four times in eight years by the American High School Theatre Festival to represent the U.S. at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is an International Baccalaureate Candidate School and was listed five times in Newsweek’s list of best high schools nationwide.
For families living off-post, the vast majority of military students attend school in Richland School District Two. There are several other districts that also serve military children. Visit the School Liaison website for information on other surrounding districts.
Richland School District Two
Guidelines for Enrollment
The following is a list of guidelines for enrollment in Richland School District Two:
Students must reside in Richland School District Two’s zoning area with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to be eligible.
Students must attend the school that serves their legal residence (unless in a magnet or expanded choice program).
To ensure that students are qualified for enrollment, three proofs of residency are required.
All documentation presented must show the current month’s date and the parent or legal guardian’s name.
Acceptable address verification documentation may include an electric bill, water bill, land line phone bill, rental lease, real estate purchase contract or a cable/satellite bill.
A copy of the student’s birth certificate must be presented for all kindergartners and first graders before their enrollment. Birth certificates may also be requested for students at any other grade level. To be eligible for enrollment, kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, and first graders must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1.
To be eligible for 4-year-old programs, a child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. Hospital birth reports are not acceptable for this purpose. If necessary, duplicate birth certificates can be obtained from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Vital Records and Public Health Statistics Division at 2600 Bull St., Columbia, S.C., or a similar agency in the child’s state of birth.
A valid South Carolina Certificate of Immunization must be presented for all students prior to their enrollment. Some schools will transfer other state records to the South Carolina form for you at the nurse’s office or you can have them transferred at the Immunization clinic at Moncrief Army Hospital. For information on immunization requirements: http://www.scdhec.net/health/disease/immunization/immunizations.htm or call DHEC’s immunization branch at (800) 27-SHOTS.
Student’s Social Security Number (optional).
A previous report card and/or transfer sheet from the school the student is leaving. In the case of guardianship, a copy of the document establishing the guardian relationship must be filed at the Richland School District Two Administration Office, 6832 Brookfield Road, Columbia, SC 29206. Enrollment will not be permitted until the appropriate guardianship has been established and the document is on file. For deployment or extended TDY situations, a copy of the Family Care plan and of orders will fill this requirement.
High schools will request a letter of discipline from previous school.
School Choice and Magnet Programs
All Richland District Two students have the option of attending the school where they are zoned, or they may apply for the Expanded Choice programs or Magnet options. During the application process, usually in January, students may apply to attend a school that is not zoned for their attendance area. Magnet programs are available at every grade level for science, technology, performing arts, single gender, classic education, health sciences, media, business and more.
In March, parents are notified about whether students have been accepted into their selected program. Soldiers arriving after the cut-off date may apply for Expanded Choice up until the first day of school on a space available basis. Parents must provide transportation for students attending a non-zoned school. For additional information, visit Richland Two’s website http://www.richland2.org.
Students living on-post may apply for school choice during the sixth grade for the seventh grade year and any year after. On-post students may also apply for magnet programs during the fifth grade for the sixth grade year and any year after. For more information about Choice, the various magnet programs and deadlines, contact the School Liaison Officer: (803) 751-6150.
Richland School District One
Magnets and Transfer Option
Requests for transfer from zoned school applications are submitted to the district registrar beginning April 15 for the upcoming year. Applications are based on child care or on other extenuating circumstances. Applications are also accepted for severe hardship cases anytime during the school year. Applications are available for download at the district’s website http://www.richlandone.org. Additional links to other departments and Registrar information are also listed. Parents must provide transportation.
For RD1 Magnets, apply at the individual school. Information is available on the district and school website. Application due dates vary.
Richland One Middle College
— Tech school for 11th and 12th grades provides students hands-on experiences and the chance to gain free college credit while still in high school. For more information, visit http://romc.rcsd1.org. This program is open to students in other districts as well.
Carolina School of Inquiry
— Elementary age students. http://www.carolinaschoolforinquiry.com.
Montessori Program in four schools
— Caughman Road Elementary, Gadsden Elementary, Brockman Elementary and Logan Elementary School.
Midlands Math & Business Academy
— Grades fourth through eighth, rolling applications. Contact school at 799-5101.
W.A. Perry School of Aerospace
— Grades fifth through eighth. read more...