Army School Liaison Officers
The school liaison officer provides transition and school information and general assistance to military families. Transitioning families need to be aware that the student’s school enrollment 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, Department of Defense Education Activity schools, private schools, home schooling, scholarships and postsecondary opportunities, visit the School Liaison Services website or call the School Support Services office at 803-751-6150. The School Support Services office is in the Joe E. Mann Building at 3392 Magruder Ave. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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 certified classroom and specialty educators. Educational aides are available to assist all new children acclimate as they are enrolled. On-post schools serve active-duty and full-time federal employees’ dependent children in pre-K through sixth grade who live on post in permanent quarters.
In 2015, the Department of Defense Education Activity consolidated their school districts. Fort Jackson DODEA schools became a part of the Southeast School District School. Fort Jackson’s elementary schools are authorized under Section 2164 of Title 10, United States Code, and are a part of the DODEA school system.
Southeast Superintendent: Dr. Kristy Huddleston
7441 Custer Road, Building 2627
Fort Benning, GA 31905 706-545-7276
Community Superintendent: Ms. Kathleen Reiss
376 Davis Ave.
Fort Stewart, GA 31315 912-369-6691
ENROLLMENT INFORMATION FOR ON-POST SCHOOLS
Dependent children in grades pre-K through sixth living on post will attend one of two Department of Defense schools: Pierce Terrace Elementary School or Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Elementary School. Only children of active-duty and full-time federal employees living on post are eligible to attend Department of Defense schools.
Students registered will be enrolled the following day. To register your children in the on-post schools, you will need to bring the following items:
• Lease or memorandum from the housing office verifying residence or residency assignment within 90 days.
• Student’s original birth certificate or certified copy.
• Current orders and ID card for military sponsor.
• South Carolina Certificate of Immunization (DHEC-1148). The following immunizations are required: DTP — four doses (at least one dose must be administered after the 4th birthday); hepatitis B — three doses; MMR — two doses; polio — three doses (at least one dose must be administered after the 4th 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.
Pierce Terrace provides for all 4-year-olds and kindergarten and first-grade students. 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. Construction of a four-classroom addition was completed in the 2004-2005 school year.
PIERCE TERRACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES: PRE-K THROUGH FIRST)
Principal: Dr. Raymond Burk
5715 Adams Court
Columbia, SC 29206 803-782-1772
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
CHARLES COTESWORTH PINCKNEY
Opened in 1987, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Elementary School serves children in second through sixth grades. 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.
CHARLES COTESWORTH PINCKNEY SCHOOL (GRADES: SECOND THROUGH SIXTH)
Principal: Dr Theresa Davis
5900 Chesnut Road
Columbia, SC 29206 803-787-6815
Hours: 7:55 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Youth in seventh through 12th grades living on post attend two off-post schools: Dent Middle School, which accommodates children in sixth through eighth grades, and Richland Northeast High School for ninth through 12th grades.
Both are Richland School District Two schools and have earned numerous awards from various organizations to include the U.S. Department of Education.
Dent Middle School is a School of Promise Flagship winner and home to several innovative magnet programs. Dent partners with parents and the 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 encourages parental and community support, staff dedication to quality education and high standards. The school’s goal is “to find the value in every student.”
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 items of proof 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, landline phone bill, rental lease, real estate purchase contract, or a cable or 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 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, South Carolina, 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 Health Clinic. For information on immunization requirements, visit www.scdhec.gov/Health/Vaccinations or call DHEC’s immunization branch at 800-27-SHOTS (277-4687).
• Student’s Social Security number (optional).
• A previous report card and 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 School District Two students have the option of attending the school where they are zoned or may apply for 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 whether students have been accepted into their selected program. Soldiers arriving after the cutoff 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 at 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 thereafter. For more information about Expanded Choice, the various magnet programs and deadlines, contact the school liaison officer at 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 March 1 to May 2 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 at www.richlandone.org. Additional links to other departments and registrar information are also listed. Parents must provide transportation.
For Richland 1 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 grades 11 and 12. Provides students hands-on experiences and the chance to gain free college credit while still in high school. For more information, visit www.richlandone.org/Domain/1746. This program is open to students in other districts as well.
• Carolina School of Inquiry — Elementary-
age students. Visit www.carolinaschoolforinquiry.com.
• Montessori Program in four schools — Caughman Road Elementary, Gadsden Elementary, Brockman Elementary and Logan Elementary School.
• W.A. Perry School of Aerospace — Grades five through eight.
OTHER FORT JACKSON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS
As Columbia grows, the following school districts are seeing the enrollment of more military children. Some of their schools are within a 40-minute drive of Fort Jackson. Check with each district to determine which schools are zoned for your prospective home.
Kershaw County School District:
Lexington/Richland 5 School District:
Lexington One School District:
Lexington Two School District:
Fairfield County School District: