Saved By The Bell: A Back-To-School Community Guide

Whether entering preschool or heading off to an institute of higher education, the arrival of August signals back-to-school season in the Lowcountry! Gear up for a great new year with this handy guide to local schools, special events and sales to help ease the transition from the lazy, hazy days of summer to reading, writing and arithmetic.

Start Dates for Local Schools

Beaufort County School District (K-12th)
(843) 322-2300
First Day of School – August 17

Cross Schools (PK-8th)
(843) 706-2000
First Day of School – August 10
(Lower/Middle School)
First Day of School – August 14 (Preschool)

May River Montessori (PK-6th)
(843) 757-2312
Primary & Elementary Student
Orientation – August 22

St. Gregory the Great
Catholic School (PK-6th)
(843) 815-9988
First Day of School – August 22

John Paul II Catholic School
(7th-12th grade)
(843) 645-3838
First Day of School – August 23

Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence (ACE)
(843) 987-8107

University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB)
(843) 208-8000

Technical College of the LowCountry (TCL)
(843) 525-8211

Before School Starts:

School Uniform Drive: July 23-August 6, First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island. Pick a card from the displays in the Gathering Space and return the uniform to the church by August 6 to benefit children in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. (843) 681-3696.

Unlock the Locker Text-To-Win: August 4-17, Tanger Outlets Hilton Head. Text the special code displayed on a row of lockers at Tanger 1 Shopper Services. If you receive a text saying you’re a winner, you get to open one of the lockers and pick from the prizes packed inside.

South Carolina Tax-Free Weekend: August 4-6. Special deals on back-to-school essentials during the Tax-Free Holiday (843) 837-5410.

18th Annual South Carolina Sales Tax Holiday: August 4-6. Specific back-to-school items, including paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, book bags, computers, clothing, shoes, and bed linens, are tax free. (803) 898-5773. 

7th Annual Back to School Fun Day: August 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Oscar Frazier Park, Bluffton. Free food, bouncy houses, face painting, giveaways and informational workshops hosted by the Back to School Funday Organization and the Bluffton Area Community Association. (843) 368-6755, (843) 684-9230 or (843) 290-8560.