Lexington County School District One offers some limited school choice opportunities during the 2020–2021 school year. This limited school choice option allows Lexington District One students to attend schools outside of their regular attendance area.
The district’s policy on school choice, Policy JFB, allows for limited school choice if schools have space for additional students.
The district is unable to offer limited choice at every school because many of our schools are already at or above capacity. The district will, however, offer 10 seats at Beechwood Middle, 10 seats at Gilbert High, 10 seats at Lexington Elementary, 10 seats at Lexington Middle School, 10 seats at Pelion Elementary, 10 seats at Pelion High, 10 seats at Pelion Middle, 10 seats at Red Bank Elementary, 10 seats at Saxe Gotha Elementary and 10 seats at White Knoll Middle for next year — the 2020–2021 academic school year.
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 the attached form and mail it by Friday, April 17, 2020, to Mr. Clark Cooper, Student Services Director, P.O. Box 1869, Lexington, SC 29071-1869. If you prefer, you may email the completed form by Friday, April 17, 2020, to his assistant, Mrs. Beverly Byrd, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the district receives more applications than available seats at any one choice school, district administrators will hold a lottery drawing for that choice school’s slots on Friday, April 24, 2020, at 3 p.m. in the School Administration Conference Room of the Central Services Office located at 100 Tarrar Springs Road in Lexington. Since parents cannot attend like previous years, we are looking into doing an online drawing of some kind. We will communicate that information closer to that date.
IMPORTANT: Due to the current shortage of school buses statewide, the district is not able to provide bus transportation to and from school for children attending schools outside of their regular attendance area. Parents/legal guardians MUST 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 provided at the new school.
Jeff Caldwell Chief Student Services Officer