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Limited school choice opens

Mar 03 2017

Lexington County School District One will offer some limited school choice opportunities during the 2017–2018 school year for students who live in Lexington District One. This limited school choice option gives Lexington One students the opportunity to attend schools outside of their regular attendance area.

The district is unable to offer limited choice at every school because some schools are already at or above capacity. The district’s policy on school choice, Policy JFB, allows for limited school choice if schools have space for additional students. You can read Policy JFB on our website at www.lexington1.net. Just click on the “ABOUT” tab, then choose “School Board” then “Board Policies” on the drop-down menu.

The district will, however, offer 5 seats at Carolina Springs Middle, 5 seats at Deerfield Elementary, 15 seats at Forts Pond Elementary, 10 seats at Gilbert High, 10 seats at Gilbert Middle, 15 seats at Lake Murray Elementary, 5 seats at Lexington Elementary, 10 seats at Lexington High, 15 seats at Pelion Elementary, 10 seats at Pelion High, 10 seats at Pelion Middle, 10 seats at Red Bank Elementary, 5 seats at Rocky Creek Elementary, 10 seats at Saxe Gotha Elementary, 5 seats at White Knoll Elementary and 10 seats at White Knoll Middle for next year — the 2017–2018 school year.

In order to register your child for a school choice opening, you must be a legal resident of Lexington County School District One and able to furnish proof of residency. To apply for a limited school choice seat for your child, please complete this form and return it before 4 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017, to Mr. Jeff Caldwell, Chief Student Services Officer, LCSDO Central Services Office, P.O. Box 1869, Lexington, SC 29071-1869. If you prefer, you can email the completed form to his assistant, Beverly Byrd, at bbyrd@lexington1.net.

If the district receives more applications than available seats at any one school, district administrators will hold a lottery drawing for the slots at the affected school(s) on Friday, March 17, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the School Administration Conference Room of the District Office located at 100 Tarrar Springs Road in Lexington. Although parents are welcome to attend, they do not have to be present at the drawing in order for their students to be qualified for the lottery.

IMPORTANT: Due to the current shortage of school buses state wide, the district is not able to provide bus transportation to and from school for children attending schools out of their regular attendance area. Parents/legal guardians will have to provide transportation for these children.

Remember, too, that your child will receive the same curriculum as other students at the choice school. For example, if your child currently attends a school that teaches French as its world language and your child goes to a choice school that offers a different world language, your child must take the world language offered at the new school.