What is a Charter School?
A charter school is a public school that is non-profit and tuition-free. Our school is sponsored by Charleston County School District. Charter Schools have the freedom to be more innovative while still being held accountable to the State Department of Education for improving student achievement. Unlike traditional public schools, every charter school must demonstrate success or its charter may be revoked.
There are no admissions tests for our school and a lottery will be held each year if there are more applications than open slots.Charter schools are funded from local, state, and federal sources and are governed by a our own Board of Directors.
Where is the school located?
Our new location is in West Ashley of Charleston, South Carolina. We will be temporarily located at the old St. Andrew’s Middle School (SAMS) for 3 years until Voyager finds a permanent home. Carolina Voyager’s new address is: 721 Wappoo Road, Charleston, SC 29407
Which grades are available?
Carolina Voyager is still growing! We currently serve grades K -7th and class sizes are limited to 23 students. Voyager will be adding a new grade every year in which the school will reach its capacity in 2020 offering grades K – 8.
What is the school schedule?
Monday – Thursday: 7:40 am – 3:40 pm and Friday: 7:40 am – 2:10 pm
Students may be dropped off starting at 7:25 am and are considered tardy by 7:50 am.
Is there childcare?
A variety of after-school programs are available.
Bus pick ups include: St. Andrews Parks and Playground, Japan Karate Institute, Preschool Academy, and National Karate MMA.
Kaleidoscope program offers bus transportation to Stono Park Elementary and children must be picked in the evenings at that location by 6:00 pm. Kaleidoscope is operated by the Charleston County School District (CCSD) Expanded Learning office. Daily, weekly, and discounted plans are available. Please call Ms. Hew at (843) 518-1133 for more information.
Are there Uniforms?
Yes, students must wear navy bottoms (shorts, pants, skirts, skorts, or jumpers) and white, red, or navy polo style shirts. Sandals or slippers are not allowed. Students have 2 recess periods each day so we strongly encourage them to wear sneakers or athletic shows. Additionally, if your child wears a dress or skirt, please also have them wear biker shorts or something similar underneath. Carolina Voyagers stay active!
*Effective 2018, 6th-8th graders may wear navy or khaki shorts/pants.
Optional: Carolina Voyager Charter School t-shirts and sweatshirts with the school logo are available for purchase. Students are permitted to wear these on Fridays and field trips with their uniform pants.
What are the School Supplies?
The school supply lists associated with each grade are posted below:
Younger students are also requested to send a spare change of clothes in a zip-lock bag with their name on it to their teacher. Please label all tags on clothing items and other personal belongings such as jackets, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc.
What food is offered?
The cafeteria at the school will be operated by the Charleston County School District (CCSD). Children may pack their own food or select free breakfast and lunch from CCSD.
Menus are posted online monthly: School Lunch Menus
Teachers will coordinate with parents on providing afternoon snacks for the students. Please be sure to notify the office of any student food allergies.
Is there a Parent Teacher Organization?
Yes! To learn more about Carolina Voyager Charter School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), please visit our website.
Pick-up & Drop-off?
Dr. Walker kindly video taped an exact route for student pick-up and drop-off. Link below: https://vimeo.com/230156450