How to Choose a Good High School Charleston SC

The school your child goes to will significantly dictate and determine the kid of future he or she will have. This is why choosing a good high school is obviously a very important step in your child’s future.

Millers incorp
(843) 377-5446
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charleston, SC

SC State Dept. of Educ.
1401 Senate Street
Columbia, SC
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Conway Education Center
1620 Sherwood Dr.
Conway, SC
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Poynor Adult Education Center
301 South Dargan Street
Florence, SC
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Sumter-Lee Adult Education Center
905 North Main St.
Sumter, SC
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South Carolina State Department of Education
(803) 734-8347
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC
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Rock Hill Flexible Learning Center
1234 Flint Street Extension
Rock Hill, SC
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Dorchester Two Community Learning Center
1325 A Boone Hill Road
Summerville, SC
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Richland One Adult Education Center
2612 Covenant Road
Columbia, SC
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How to Choose a Good High School

The school your child goes to will significantly dictate and determine the kid of future he or she will have. This is why choosing a good high school is obviously a very important step in your child’s future. The choices when it comes to high schools have definitely increased, what with the numerous specialized schools existing today, not to mention the increase in number of both public and private schools in the country. But as with any form of choosing, the availability of extensive choices does not always mean an ease in choosing a good high school. And, of course, getting in a good high school is an entirely different question.

Indeed, choosing a good high school is a twofold process. Finding an appropriate school (or, much preferably, schools) for your child according to the schools’ merits and the child’s preference is only half of it. The more important part in this process is finding a school that will accept your child or your child can get into.

Assessing the schools

The key here is to start early. This way, you can prepare for both parts of the process. As early as the 6th grade of your child, you should already have a clear idea where you would want to enroll your child. With this amount of time, you can prepare your child so he or she can easily get admitted in the school of your (and your child’s) choice.

Before you consider the programs offers by the high school, you will probably linger and think about these school selection questions first. First of is the distance of these high schools you are consider. Where are these schools located? How long is the travel time? Distance is a minor issue, especially if the programs of these high schools are exemplary. Still, you need to gauge quality and practicality. The number of students attending the school, the assistance given to students, the extracurricular activities available, the level of parent involvement, and the academic support given to students after school should help in your school selection as well.

Choosing between private high schools and public schools is also an issue. Public high schools can offer comprehensive and competitive programs and curriculum, but not all of them are the same; some are better than others. The same, of course, goes for private high schools. However, private high schools offer specialized education. They are also the better choice for children with special needs and special interest (for instance, you want to enroll your kid in a Catholic school).

A modern consideration is the orientation of the high school. Today, it’s not just about the education. Is the school liberal or conservative? Do the high schools of your choice accept children with separated parents or gay parents? This particular issue may be more of a problem in private high schools or in specific locations.

Kinds of high schools

These factors, however, are rather basic and can turn insignificant when considering the most important item of them all: the program offer by the school. By program, this means the curriculum and the specialization offered by the school. High schools are not made equally. Today, there are different kinds of schools, catering to different kinds of students according to their interests and their skill and intelligence.

The usual high schools are the comprehensive high school and the charter high school. These are schools that provide generalized programs for students to cater to all kinds of interests and skills. Comprehensive high schools offer all kinds of extracurricular activities (ranging from the academic to the athletic, and everything in between) and support systems and services. This is the type of school that offers education for students who are not very certain regarding the field they want to specialize in after high school.

Meanwhile, career and technical high schools and performing arts highs schools offer comprehensive programs catering to students with specific preferences and advanced skills. The career and technical schools are for technology and business minded students, while the performing arts schools are for the budding artists. Specialized high schools accept students according to their academic merit.

Lastly, there are small high schools that offer the same variety of education and programs as comprehensive and charter high schools. However, as the name suggests, they only admit few students, since they have smaller students to teacher ratio to provide a more guided schooling.

After assessing what kind of school you want to admit you child you, there are certain factors to consider, besides the ones mentioned earlier. For instance, take note of the students attending the school. Does the school feel like an appropriate environment for his or her studies, considering the student body and the atmosphere of the campus? Are the teachers qualified to teach (this factor is important, especially for specialized high schools and specific interest high schools)? What is the percentage of students who attended the school who went on to college?


Now comes the hardest part: your child’s admission. Choosing the school per se is easy. In fact, if it’s only a matter of choosing, your worries should be diminished considerably. The problem here is whether your child will be accepted to any one of your chosen high schools. School selection should always be assessed vis a vis a school’s admission requirements. Again, this is why preparing your child for future education is imperative. This way, your choice of high schools will increase, and you won’t be limited to the schools who are willing to take your child.

Many school administrators say that your child’s 7th grade marks are the basis of school selection and admission. However, as a parent, you should guide your child into having better grades. After all, good (or better yet, excellent) grades overall only add merit to your child’s admission case. Take note that most high schools require a standardized grade basis for assessing your child’s qualifications. If your child does not adhere to their required standard grades, his or her will not be eligible for application. Having good grades gives your child a fighting chance. Attendance, punctuality, and responsibility are also gauged. They may not have that much merit but, still, they can be used for your child’s admission case.

In addition, high schools of special interest require special requirements. Performing arts schools require applicants to submit a portfolio or prepare a performance. These will be used to gauge the child’s eligibility. Of course, your child’s admission test scores (if applicable) is usually the main basis for acceptance. Find out the standards of the school. For instance, it will be much more difficult to get in specialized high schools and small high schools than comprehensive and charter high schools.