Charleston County School of the Arts
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|Charleston County School of the Arts|
|Principal||Dr. Shannon Cook|
|Founder||Rose Maree Myers|
|Location||5109-B West Enterprise,
North Charleston, South Carolina, USA
|Oversight||Charleston County School District|
Charleston County School of the Arts (better known as School of the Arts or SOA) is a public magnet school located in North Charleston, South Carolina in the United States. It was created in 1995 by Rose Maree Myers, who also founded the Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School.
SOA serves more than 1,000 students in grades 6 through 12. Admission to SOA is based upon a competitive audition in one of eight majors: creative writing, dance, instrumental band, piano, string orchestra, theater arts, visual arts, and vocal music. In January 2010, SOA moved from its original campus to its new facility, which features one of the finest theaters in the state, The Rose Maree Myers Theater for the Performing Arts. The school also has multiple clubs such as: -GSA(gay straight alliance) -Jefferson Service club -Spanish Club -horticulture club -Foodies Club As well as other food related clubs and academic teams.
SOA has also been joined with Charleston County's deaf student population. When this initially occurred there was opposition from parents, but because hearing impairment acts like a ninth major, it poses no threat to hopeful applicants to the school. Deaf students can attend honors, AP, CP,and occupational classes depending on what will be most useful to them. Like the other 8 majors, hearing impaired students have a designated room especially for their cause. All deaf students are also give iPads to further their learning resources.
Like their counterpart, SOA seniors can also complete senior thesis, or receive an SOA diploma by taking classes such as Arts and Humanities, completing a senior thesis on the students' major and 20 hours of community service from 9th to 12th grade.
- Charleston County School of the Arts at soa.ccsdschools.com
- US News & World Report, 8 May 2012
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