Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
What is a charter school?
A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance. The school’s “charter” is a contract detailing the school’s mission, program, scholars served, performance goals, and methods of assessment. Every 10 years we must submit an application to our authorizer to have our charter renewed.
What is the difference between charter schools and other public schools?
Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations imposed upon district schools. Our charter school is not part of the local school district, but instead, we are seeking to be authorized by the SC Public Charter School District (SCPCSD). If approved, the SCPCSD holds us accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in our charter. Every year we must demonstrate performance in the areas of academic achievement, financial management, and organizational stability.
What grades will Liberty STEAM Charter offer?
Liberty STEAM Charter will open in July 2021 with kindergarten and first grade. In our second year, we will add pre-kindergarten and second grade. We will add the next grade level each year (i.e., 6th in 2026, 9th in 2029, etc.). By 2032, we will be a full school with grades PK – 12.
How much does it cost to attend Liberty STEAM Charter?
If my student attends Liberty STEAM Charter, does he/she have to take the state standardized tests?
Yes—the federal government does not exempt charter school students from taking standardized tests. In fact, all public schools (charter, magnet, and traditional) can face severe financial penalties if at least 95 percent of the student population is not tested.
Do students at Liberty STEAM Charter learn the same state standards that students in traditional schools are taught?
Absolutely—while Liberty STEAM Charter has the freedom to choose its own curriculum, it must align with the standards established by the South Carolina State Board of Education.
Do you offer an after-school program?
Yes! SSC will offer an after-school program called ASPIRE (Advancing Scholar Progress in Reaching for Progress Enrichment) beginning in our second year. Scholars have the opportunity to complete homework, participate in additional STEAM enrichment opportunities, and receive a light dinner. Our Extended Day program takes place 4 p.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
What type of school is Liberty STEAM Charter?
What is the mission statement of Liberty STEAM Charter?
How can I enroll my scholar at Liberty STEAM Charter?
How can I work at Liberty STEAM Charter?
How can I learn more about Liberty STEAM Charter?
Charter schools operating in South Carolina need to be officially sponsored. Who is the sponsor for Liberty STEAM Charter?
The South Carolina Charter Schools Act allows three sponsors for charter schools – an institution of higher education, the South Carolina Public Charter School District, and a local school district. Presently, only Erskine College is authorized as an institution of higher education in South Carolina to grant a charter. For a variety of reasons, Liberty STEAM Charter is seeking sponsorship through the South Carolina Public Charter School District.
What are the attendance boundaries for Liberty STEAM Charter?
Liberty STEAM Charter, if approved, will be sponsored as a public school under the South Carolina Public Charter School District. Unlike a traditional school district, the South Carolina Public Charter School District boundaries are state-wide. As long as the student lives in South Carolina and has a way to get to the school, he or she is eligible to attend.
Will you provide transportation?
My child has special needs. Can he/she apply for enrollment and attend Liberty STEAM Charter?
Without a doubt! All disability categories are welcomed at Liberty STEAM Charter. In addition, we serve English Language Learners and students meeting the poverty criteria. Everyone is welcome!
Why is the school day and school year longer?
Will Liberty STEAM Charter be accredited like other traditional public schools?
Totally. South Carolina has a rigorous accreditation process for charter schools as a means to ensure its charter schools are recognized by all stakeholders as meeting operational expectations. Accreditation is extended through the charter school’s official sponsor and must be renewed on a regular basis, just like other traditional schools are required to do.
What is social-emotional learning and why is this a part of Liberty STEAM Charter?
Will my child have to wear a uniform at Liberty STEAM Charter?
Yes, uniforms are a non-negotiable for all scholars attending Liberty STEAM Charter. At Liberty STEAM Charter, we believe in teaching our scholars to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance. Our mission is to prepare scholars to take on the leadership challenges of the 21st century.