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Midlands Middle College approved as public charter school

Staff Report
Published Nov. 15, 2012

Midlands Middle College has been approved to open as a public charter school sponsored by the South Carolina Public Charter School District.

Midlands Middle College, a three-county program coordinated by Midlands Education and Business Alliance, will begin functioning as a public charter school in the fall 2013.

“The charter school status will build on the success we have achieved since our establishment in 2005, providing opportunities for high school students to meet diploma requirements, earn college credit and explore career interests in a small environment,” said John Barnes, board chairman and COO for WHM Capital Advisors.

Midlands Middle College is located on the Airport Campus of Midlands Technical College in West Columbia and serves students entering 11th or 12th grades. The open enrollment application period will begin Nov. 16 and continue through Jan. 15.

Enrolled students will have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma; cross enroll in courses at Midlands Technical College; and explore various career interests that are part of the recognized 16 high school career clusters, the school said.

The South Carolina Public Charter School District was created through the South Carolina Charter School Act. Its goal is to improve student learning and increase learning opportunities in South Carolina through the creation and implementation of innovative, high-quality charter schools.

For an application and more information, go online. Students who apply to the school do not have to seek sponsorship through their resident district; application is the choice of parents and students.