RIVERVIEW ENROLLMENT FAQ
At Riverview Charter School, students are receiving a high quality, well-rounded education. Using hands-on learning and teaching the “whole child,” they are learning much more than reading, writing and arithmetic. They’re learning Core Values: Mindfulness, Perseverance, Stewardship, Integrity, Empathy, Cooperation, and Gratitude. They’re learning Spanish (starting in Kindergarten), Technology (with Apple computers and SmartBoards), the importance of healthy diets (natural, sustainable, local, organic), community (feeding the hungry through Service Learning Projects) and much, much, more.
Tuition Free, Transportation Available, Free & Reduced Lunch, Athletics, Before & After School Care (Scholarships available)
Who is eligible to attend Riverview Charter School?
Any student entering grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade within the Beaufort County School District is eligible to attend. We do not accept new student applications for 7th and 8th grade. Since Riverview is a public school, there is NO TUITION. Proof of residency within Beaufort County is required as part of enrollment and required each year for re-enrollment.
How old does my child have to be to attend Kindergarten?
The student must be five (5) years of age on or before September 1st of the year enrolling or substantially initiated in a public school kindergarten program in another state that has a different age requirement than South Carolina, pursuant to Section 59-63-20(3) of the SC Code of Laws. A copy of your child’s birth certificate will be required as a part of the enrollment process.
Do I have to live in Beaufort County at the time I apply?
No, if you are planning to move to the area, apply with your CURRENT mailing address. Proof of residency (or proof you are moving to the area e.g. military orders) is required when you complete enrollment paperwork, after the lottery is held.
What grades will Riverview have next year?
Kindergarten through 8th Grade, however we do not accept new student applications for 7th and 8th grade.
Is there a lottery every year?
If more applications are received during open enrollment than seats are available, a public lottery is held for the grades affected.
When is the lottery?
Upcoming lottery notification will be mailed to all applicants in February.
How will I be notified if my child has been accepted/not accepted to Riverview Charter School?
If your child receives a seat through the lottery you will receive an email notifying you of acceptance and you may check the lottery results online. If your child is placed on the wait list, you may check the website for your child’s number on the wait list by grade.
May I come & visit the school?
School tours are scheduled every Wednesday in January at 9:00 a.m., no appointment is necessary. An Open House will be held each January during Open Enrollment.
If my child gets in this year, will we have to go through a lottery every year?
No. Once enrolled, students are exempt from future lotteries. Re-enrollment paperwork is required every year to hold your seat. If your child does not receive a seat through the lottery, you will have to re-apply for the following school year.
How are seats filled if a vacancy becomes available?
Seats are filled by the first child on the wait list for that particular vacancy. The wait list will be active until the last day of December of that lottery year unless otherwise posted.
Which applicants are considered "priority status"?
Under the SC Charter Schools Act (1996), priority in admissions may be extended to siblings of currently enrolled students, children of faculty members and children of the original charter committee members (established in the school's charter contract dated September 2008).
How is the order of "priority status" applicants determined for grade levels that are already full?
"Priority status" applicants are added to wait lists in the order the applications are received, according to time/date stamp on the application.
If my student does not get in this year, do I have to apply again?
Yes, you have to fill out a new application during the next enrollment period. Wait lists do not carry over from year to year.
Is this a year round program?
No. Historically, the school follows the Beaufort County School District calendar. However, Riverview is on an 11 week trimester schedule versus the county’s 9 week semester schedule, therefore differences in the calendar will occur.
How many students are in each class?
In keeping with our small school philosophy, Riverview has a student to teacher ratio of 20:1. Grades six through eight are organized into teams of teachers that teach the four content areas—English language arts, social studies, math, and science.
Do Riverview students wear a uniform?
Yes, students are required to follow a dress code wearing baby blue, white, navy, or pale yellow collared shirts and navy or khaki bottoms.
What makes Riverview different from the other public schools?
Riverview, as a charter school, is a public school of choice. It is governed by a Board of Directors elected annually by the parents and faculty of the school. This allows the school to respond more quickly and creatively when necessary. Riverview is focused on nurturing the whole child: academically, socially, emotionally, physically, aesthetically, and ethically. The main teaching philosophy is “Experiential,” meaning learning by doing. Classes and subjects are integrated and thematic. The school is "green" and advocate environmental stewardship. Spanish is taught beginning in Kindergarten. We are financially autonomous and enforce our own discipline code.
How do I apply?
Open enrollment will takes place for the following school year each January 1st - 31st. Applications must be received by January 31st at 4:30 p.m. to be included in any ensuing lottery.
Applications may be completed online - click here. You may also complete the application online at the school Monday - Friday between 9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m (PLEASE AVOID DISMISSAL FROM 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.) ., Monday through Friday in the school’s Front Office. Applications will not be accepted prior to January 1st each year.
Riverview Charter School
81 Savannah Hwy.
Beaufort, SC 29906