Frequently Asked Questions
On this page, will find some of our most Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact us.
Does BPS only admit students at the beginning of the school year?
No. Applications can be submitted throughout the year. However, space is limited. Students who apply after the grade level has reached capacity will be placed on a waitlist.
Is there a fee to apply to BPS?
No, there is no fee to apply for or to attend BPS.
What happens after my child’s application is submitted?
After your application is submitted, it is processed, and placed on the waitlist in the order we receive it. We recommend prospective families review our Admissions and Enrollment Policy for additional information.
How can I schedule a tour?
We offer group tours every January. To schedule an individual tour at any other time, email our CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the start and end times for the 2022-23 School Year?
For students in Grades K-5, school begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 2:30 PM.
For students in Grades 6-12, school begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.
Students in all grade levels can be dropped off beginning at 7:00 AM.
Are students required to wear uniforms?
Yes. For students in Grades K-5, students can wear any color collared shirt and solid color pants, shorts, dresses, and skirts (blue, black, khaki).
For students in Grades 6-12, students can wear any shirt, sweatshirt, or hoodie affiliated with BPS, a college/university, or a branch of the military. Pants, shorts, skirts can be any color but should not have rips or tears.
Leggings are not permitted at any grade level, unless worn under a dress or skirt.
Shoes must be closed toed with backs.
Does BPS provide a bus service?
BPS does not offer bus transportation. Parents are responsible for providing transportation for their children.
Is BPS affiliated with any other school?
BPS is part of the South Carolina Public Charter School District. A charter school is a public school with specific goals and operating procedures detailed in an agreement, or charter. Charter schools receive state funding and are not private schools. They are tuition-free, non-sectarian and open to any student, regardless of his or her place of residence. Students must apply to charter schools, unlike public schools where students attend the school they are zoned to attend.
What is Paideia?
Paideia is a holistic, whole-child approach to life-long learning with roots in ancient Greece. In contemporary schools across the United States, Paideia is a set of beliefs about education including active and rigorous teaching methods.
My child has specific learning needs. What services does BPS offer?
BPS values and celebrates all learners in our community for their unique contributions, backgrounds, and learning abilities. Our culture of inclusion is founded on a personalized approach to meeting our students' individual needs so that every student is challenged and supported and has access to the education they deserve.
Visit the Student Support Services page for additional information.
How many students currently attend BPS? What is the average class size?
Our current enrollment is around 1,270 students. Each classroom is limited to a maximum of 24 students, with the exception of our Advanced Placement classrooms.