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We Need Your Voice!

Many of you have been asking how you can help Lakes and Bridges Charter School become a reality. Thank you for sending in Letters of Interest and Letters of Support. But now, we need you to show up in person. Grab your friends, pack the car, and plan for a trip to Columbia. On Thursday, April 6, our committee will present in Columbia before the S.C. Public Charter School District Board of Trustees to formally request our charter. Our presentation is at 12:15 p.m., and the Board will vote when we’re done. You are welcomed and encouraged to come watch our presentation and show your support. Additionally, at 10 a.m., there will be an Open Session for public comments. This is your time to speak

Update on Charter Application

Lakes and Bridges Charter School is currently moving through the extensive process of requesting a charter from the South Carolina Department of Education. On January 31, we submitted our full charter application to the S.C. Department of Education and S.C. Public Charter School District. This large application included complete descriptions of the need for the school, as well as our detailed plans for curriculum, financing, facilities, budget and governance. Our initial charter evaluation reflected that the committee felt that we met most requirements, but they still had some questions about a few tenants. The S.C. Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) requested a Capacity Hearing in orde

What age should I test my kid for dyslexia?

As educators and people working to start a school, we get these types of question all the time. "Isn't first grade too young to attend a special school for dyslexia?" "Kindergarteners don't even know how to read. How can you say they might have dyslexia?" "Kids catch up at different ages. Shouldn't I just be patient?" It's very difficult to know when is the right time to screen your child or intervene for possible learning disorders. Ultimately, it's often a parent's intuition or a teacher's insight that can see the difference between struggling and still learning. But children as young as preschool-age can now be screened for dyslexia.. Unfortunately, most systems believe that children need

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