Frequently Asked Questions


What is a charter school?
A charter school is a different kind of public school that is funded by the state, but is not part of a regular school district and instead functions as an independent public school. Charter schools are subject to the same laws and regulations as other public schools, conforming to laws regarding religion in schools, school fees, civil rights, annual reports, and health and safety regulations.


Who can attend a charter school?

Charter schools are open to all students, regardless of race, religion, gender, status, or other preference just as any other public school. Charter schools may limit enrollment based on capacity, which means students are sometimes placed on a waiting list if there are more applications than spots available.


What is the cost to attend Bridgewater Academy?

There is NO tuition. Bridgewater Academy is a public charter school and receives funding from the State of South Carolina.


How do I enroll my child in Bridgewater Academy?

Please visit our Enrollment page for an application.


Are teachers certified?

Yes. Teachers are certified and meet highly qualified state licensure requirements.


Do Bridgewater Academy students wear a uniform?

Yes. A dress code that specifies acceptable color and type of clothing is used at the school to encourage order, simplicity and to focus student attention on learning.


Is there a bus service?

Unfortunately, no. Charter schools do not draw students from a limited area like regular public schools, so providing transportation is not practical. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school. Carpools are encouraged, as well as arrangements with public transportation where feasible.


Is school lunch offered?

Yes. Bridgewater Academy participates in the federal food program and offers a healthy menu for lunch and breakfast daily. Lunch is provided at a minimal cost for students and staff.


Are parents welcome to visit and/or volunteer?

We encourage parents to be an active part of the school community. They are always welcome to arrange a time with their child’s teacher to visit or volunteer in the classroom. We are asking that parents contribute 30 hours of service to the school in any way they are able during the year.


Is there a Special Education program?

Yes! Bridgewater Academy has special education teachers employed to address the needs of children who require special education. Bridgewater Academy complies with all federal special education laws, including “IDEA 2004”. The school and special education teachers work directly with the parents of special education children to properly address the individual needs of each child receiving special education services.