15 in violation of CCSD's magnet school residency policy

Source: CCSD
Source: CCSD

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Fifteen students attending Charleston County magnet schools that do not live in the county,  will be allowed to stay at the schools until the state Supreme Court rules on a local case.

A Berkeley County student has challenged the district's policy and the Supreme Court is reviewing the issue. Charleston County School District does not allow noncounty residents from attending its magnet schools, Academic Magnet High and School of the Arts. Fifteen students that live out of county are enrolled at those schools.

According to CCSD, magnet schools verify the residency of about 20 percent of their enrollment per quarter, but have begun school-wide audits because of concerns about non-county resident enrollment.

The audit found that seven Academic Magnet students and eight School of the Arts students live outside Charleston County. Eight of the students are freshmen, six are sophomores and one student is a senior.

Letters will be sent to the families of those students to alert them that the district knows they live outside Charleston County and that CCSD's policy prohibits them from attending magnet schools.

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