Lowcountry students who will be in grades 6-11 next year are encouraged to apply to Polaris Tech Charter School in Ridgeland for the 2019-2020 school year with the possibility of being admitted this fall in grades 6-10.
Online applications will open Oct. 1 for all grade levels, and wait lists will be updated regularly - meaning some students may be offered a seat at the popular new state charter school this fall. The school serves about 280 students in grades 6-10 now and will expand to 11th grade for the next school year.
"We still have very limited space for new students. We are thrilled at the community's reception and support for Polaris Tech, so we are opening applications October the next school year," said Sandra Chavez, chair of the Polaris Tech Planning Committee.
“If we have students already on a grade by grade wait list, we can place them immediately into Polaris Tech when there is an opening," she said. "Otherwise, we know people are talking about signing up for the next school year and want to make that an option."
Applications are easy and are done Online at www.polaristech.org. For the 2019-2020 school year, the school will add 11th grade and the following year will become a full middle/high school with state-authorized diplomas. The online application process opens Oct. 1.
As part of Polaris Tech's Lowcountry-unique approach with applied learning projects, students will research questions and then create and build their solutions.
Polaris Tech also features Project Lead the Way and employs a nationally-recognized PLTW teacher. The program's mission is to prepare students for the global economy by providing guided instruction in engineering and math with real-life career links. It will be one part of the middle school curriculum at Polaris Tech to prepare them for the school's career pathways in high school.
The Polaris Tech facility features large, open learning labs with attached "huddle rooms" for small team learning. Students will be issued computers for work at school and some of their class work will be independent and online, with teachers serving as "navigators" to assist their learning. The school is located on Grays Highway across from the Ridgeland Airport.