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Grant Expands Extended School Day At Two Charleston County Schools

Students at two Charleston County schools may have a longer school day in store as the result of a nearly $250,000 state grant that will fund programming beyond the normal school day.

The state’s Education Oversight Committee announced Tuesday that it has awarded the Charleston County School District a $249,595 grant to extend the school day by three hours at Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School in downtown Charleston and Chicora School of Communications in North Charleston.

The school district in partnership with the nonprofit Charleston Promise Neighborhood piloted an extended school day at Sanders-Clyde this school year, with students staying an extra 2.5 hours a day. Of the school’s 516 students, only 21 opted out of the longer day, which includes homework help and tutoring as well as activities such as karate, African drumming and dance.