Traditional Public Schools

Traditional public schools – often called neighborhood schools – are the education option most familiar to many people.  They are free, tax-supported schools controlled by a local school district and board and typically students are assigned to them based upon where they live.

In most cases, districts are not required to accept intra- or interdistrict transfers.

An intradistrict transfer, where a student wishes to attend another public school within the same district, is usually accommodated so long as the parent or guardian is responsible for transportation. For interdistrict public school choice (between two districts), the parents and resident school district need the permission of the district where the student wishes to attend. Parents or guardians are responsible for transportation. Call your local district to find out more if these options are of interest to your student.

Learn More:

  • Search our complete list of K-12 public schools near you and compare test results, satisfaction rates and more for each school. You may also visit South Carolina’s State Department of Education if you would like to compare school report cards.
  • Call your local school and make an appointment to visit if you’re interested in enrolling your child.
  • Remember, charter schools, magnet schools and many virtual schools are 100% public schools. Although they are organized differently, they still must accept all students and are accountable to train teachers and measure student achievement just like a traditional public school.

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