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School Choice

Barbara Rabon

Dr. Barbara Rabon
Learning Specialist

Gifted and Talented Instructional Programs
St. Andrews Campus, Room 300 
721 Wappoo Road
Charleston, SC 29407
843-402-7836 (p)

Statewide Magnet Schools/Programs Definition

Magnet schools/programs are public schools that offer a specialized curriculum, not available elsewhere, to produce graduates with the world-class knowledge, skills, and life and career characteristics. Magnet schools/programs are designed to attract students from diverse socio-economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds reflective of the district population.


Our Team

Patricia Fernández
Sr. Project Manager

Judith Peterson
POSA (School Choice)

General Information

Each school-aged child in Charleston County is assigned to a neighborhood school based on grade level and home address. In addition, CCSD offers specialized programs, magnets, and charter schools. Families are invited to apply to these specialty schools during an open enrollment period, typically held mid-January to mid-February. Additional information may be found on the School Choice link below.

Grants We Support

Achieving Charleston Excellence (ACE)

ACE is a program supported by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, CCSD and Academic Magnet High School, and it is designed to identify select 7th and 8th-grade students from across the District and to introduce them to the opportunities offered at Academic Magnet High School. ACE activities--inquiry-based seminars, field experience, and family events--will prepare the ACE Scholars for the academic rigor of AMHS and encourage them to apply for admission to the high school through the District’s application program. An ultimate goal of the ACE experience is to enrich the student community at AMHS with an increase in the number of students from presently underrepresented populations.

Riley Institute at Furman University, Brady Education Foundation and University of Kansas Center for Montessori Research
Montessori Impact Study

This impact study will investigate public Montessori education in the early academic and social skills of young children. There will be a special emphasis on the achievement gaps between children from underrepresented and under-resourced communities and other children. The benefit of participating is to help the schools, policy-makers, and other stakeholders to understand the Montessori programs and how they are working for young children and their families. We hope from the research comes an understanding of how to shrink the achievement gap and opportunities for students. We also would like to see a strong collaboration between participating Montessori programs and researchers in the field.

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