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School Types & Scholarships

Every student is different! Learn more about the education options available to South Carolina parents and children.
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    Education Scholarships Accounts (ESAs) - Legislation Pending

    Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) are currently serving families in a number of states across the country, and just became law in West Virginia and Kentucky! If passed into law in South Carolina (a bill is currently pending in our General Assembly), these state-funded accounts would allow qualified families incredible flexibility to customize their child’s education.
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    Exceptional SC Scholarships

    Exceptional SC is South Carolina’s first private education choice program. It awards scholarships, or allows parents to claim refundable tax credits, of up to $11,000 for tuition at eligible private schools on behalf of individual children with qualifying exceptional needs.
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    Home Schooling

    Under South Carolina’s home school law, children can learn at home and do not have to enroll full-time in a traditional school. Children may take online classes, use home-based instruction, or attend K-12 and even college classes in various settings.
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    Private Schools

    Private schools are founded and run by an organization or group of people other than the government. Private schools typically charge tuition and may have a religious mission statement. Some private schools offer scholarships or other tuition assistance programs.
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    Public Charter Schools

    Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative in exchange for being held strictly accountable for advancing student achievement. They are publically funded, do not charge tuition and are open to ALL students.
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    Public Magnet Schools

    Although magnet programs in South Carolina vary widely in size and scope, they are public schools operated by a district or consortium of districts that teach all subject areas with a special themed focus such as Fine & Performing Arts; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and more.
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    Special Schools

    A handful of public schools in South Carolina fall outside the traditional categories. These special schools include places such as the Governor’s Schools and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind.
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    Traditional Public Schools

    Traditional public schools – often called neighborhood schools – are the education option most familiar to many people. They are free, tax-supported schools controlled by a local school district and board and typically students are assigned to them based upon where they live.
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    Virtual Schools

    Tuition-free online public school programs come in different shapes and sizes. From the South Carolina Department of Education’s VirtualSC online classes, to the Public Charter School District’s full-time virtual schools, more and more students are enrolling in this education option each year.
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