Polaris Tech Charter School will conduct its first student lottery in a public, open setting Tuesday, April 3, from 6-7 p.m. at the Palmetto Electric community room in Ridgeland.
Parents and guardians of children who applied to the school will have a computer-generated, confidential identification number for their child so they can see if he or she is granted a pre-offer of enrollment or is on the Wait List.
Applications to Polaris Tech remain open until midnight Saturday, March 31, 2018. Any resident of South Carolina who will be entering grades 6-10 next school year is eligible, though most Polaris Tech students are from Jasper County.
Details about the lottery process are posted to the Polaris Tech website (http://www.polaristech.org/enrollment.html) and will be available at Tuesday’s event. The school will offer enrollment to 280-295 students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 the first year, then will grow to 11th grade in 2019-2020 and in 2021 will serve the full middle and high school grades.
“We are excited to reach this point where we will be moving ahead with actual enrollment of our students, at about the same time our new school building starts rising up from the ground,” said Dr. William Singleton, a former superintendent of Jasper County School District and a founding member of Polaris Tech.
The random, computerized lottery is needed because the number of applications to Polaris Tech is greater than the available seats. Founding Families who helped promote the school from the early stages get preferred status in the lottery, as do sibling applicants and children of employees. 2
Dr. Melissa Crosby is executive director of Polaris Tech. Most recently she has been principal at Colleton County High School and Cougar New Tech, a school-within-a school that provides a teaching and learning approach similar to Polaris Tech’s model.
Polaris Tech is a state-approved charter school to serve middle and high school students from Jasper County and the Lowcountry. It is a free school (no tuition), that will focus on preparing young people for successful work and college.
The Polaris Tech academic emphasis will be on six career areas: Aerospace, Health Science, Information Technology, Logistics, Advanced Manufacturing, and Business Management. Polaris Tech expects to enroll about 280 students in grades 6-10 for the school year starting in August.
The school is being built on land across from the Ridgeland Airport and will open to students in August 2018. The concrete foundation was poured in mid-March and the steel supports were delivered to the site this week.
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