New parent information sessions set for Polaris Tech Charter School in Jasper County

With just over two months until applications are accepted to Polaris Tech, the Lowcountry’s newest charter school, four community and parent information sessions are set across Jasper County through Nov. 6.

The public sessions typically last about an hour and include an overview of the school, what makes it different, and how to apply once enrollment starts in January. For those unable to make the meetings, details about Polaris Tech Charter School can be found at www.polaristech.org. 

“It helps us immensely to hear directly from parents and potential students about what they need most to prepare for college and careers. These parent and community sessions help us learn at the same time that we are sharing details about Polaris Tech,” said Sandra Chavez, chair of the steering committee. 

Polaris Tech is scheduled to open in August 2018 as a free public charter school for up to 250 middle and high school students. As a state charter school, the Polaris Tech Board of Directors will be responsible for meeting state guidelines and accountability measures. 

The Polaris academic emphasis will be on six career areas: Aerospace, health science, information technology, logistics, advanced manufacturing, and business management. 

“It’s been a wonderful reception so far by the community, and it’s clear that Polaris Tech appeals to many families,” said Bill Singleton, a member of the Polaris Tech Committee and longtime Jasper County educator. “With our application process approaching in January, we want to meet as many people as possible to share our information.” 

Most meetings have Spanish translation, sometimes provided by students. Upcoming meetings are set for: 2 

Oct. 24 6:30 PM Levy/Limehouse Community Center 

Oct. 25 6:30 PM Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 

Nov. 2 6:30 PM Tarboro Community Center 

Nov. 6 6:30 PM Wagon Branch Community Center 

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. 

Retired Air Force Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a Jasper native, is one of the founding members of Polaris Tech. “If anyone has a question about what Polaris Tech is or why we are convinced it’s an excellent opportunity and option for a lot of Jasper students, just let us know,” he said. “Our contact information is on the website and we are sharing as much as we can.” 

The school will be located in Ridgeland. The Polaris Tech Committee recently hired True North Companies of Roswell, Georgia, to develop the project. The first phase is expected to be about 28,000 square feet on land formerly occupied by the Ridgeland Hospital. Construction is expected to start in a few months and the facility will be ready for school in August, Polaris Tech Charter Committee Chair Sandra Chavez said. 

To keep updated about Polaris Tech Charter School, follow them on Facebook and at www.polaristech.org.