Military Purple Star Distinction

MCESOn May 27, 2021, the Beaufort County School District was bestowed the honor of Military Purple Star Distinction by the South Carolina Department of Education.   The Purple Star School program is designed to help schools respond to the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected children face during their transition to a new school and keep them on track to be college, workforce, and life-ready.

The Department of Defense says the average school-aged military-connected child will experience six-to-nine different schools through their K-12 education experience.  The issues and challenges surrounding school transition are a top priority for families.  Mobile military students face issues such as gaps and overlaps in curriculum, different graduation requirements, course placement disruption, and many other hurdles when changing schools. Aside from academic issues, these students also face social and emotional challenges of relocation, such as leaving supportive social networks and activities, to start new again.

It is the goal Beaufort County School District to support military children by removing all barriers that will inhibit their success academically, socially, and emotionally.  In doing so, they will have a smooth transition to their post-secondary endeavor whether that is college, military, or the workforce.

Approximately 1,531 children from active-duty military families installed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, the Marine Corps Air Station and the Naval Hospital in Beaufort attend Beaufort County School District schools.

The District thanks those who have already entrusted Beaufort County schools with their children's education and warmly welcomes those who are new to our area.