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Blessed Sacrament Catholic School (BSCS) located in the West Ashley area – within 15 minutes of downtown Charleston. BSCS is primarily supported by Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church of The Diocese of Charleston.  Parishioners from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, families from other Catholic parishes, and non-Catholics are part of our school family.
 
The listing of the curriculum and standards approved by The Diocese of Charleston is on their website (http://sccatholic.org/curriculum). The curriculum guidelines are based upon National Educational Association standards and satisfy the requirements of the State of South Carolina. BSCS adheres specifically, but may not be limited, to the following South Carolina Department of Education policies: minimum age for admission to school, number of teaching hours required for each subject, number of in-school days, number of allowed absences, and compliance to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) immunization requirements.
 
BSCS serves students academically in K3 through 8th grades. The program in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes recognizes the developmental needs of young children. This may include readiness skills in religion, math, reading (including phonics), language arts (including handwriting), social studies, along with exploration of art, music, physical education, library, Spanish. Grades 1 through 8 include religion and the core subjects of ELA, math, science, and social studies, as well as special areas of academic support, art, computer, library, music, physical education, and Spanish. Learning in all grades is enhanced by incorporating technology, critical thinking, and hands-on activities. Teachers are trained in STEM, using those applications to enhance knowledge. High school credit for Algebra I and Spanish I is offered to qualifying 8th graders.
 
All students in 1st through the 4th grades have access to iPads.  Students in 5th through 8th grades have assigned iPads or Chromebooks.  All classes are equipped with SmartBoards and several classes have interactive flat panel Smart TVs.
 
We work to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, strengthening our students in spirit as well as the body and mind.  We welcome all children, including those with unique educational challenges, to BSCS where they may achieve their fullest potential.  Our teachers and staff provide individualized learning in a small community environment. BSCS is a school where parent participation is not only welcomed, but enthusiastically encouraged.
 
Our educational community provides an environment for those in need of academic support.  Academic Support is available to all students based on their MAP test scores, 504 plan, or IEP. With documentation and input from the parent, a Student Improvement Plan is created to outline the services and accommodations.
 
In 2018, BSCS was voted "Mom's Choice" Best Elementary School by Lowcountry Parent Magazine!
 
OUR ACCREDITATIONS
BSCS holds accreditation from AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) in compliance with The Diocese of Charleston and affiliated with the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).
 
All classes are taught by certified teachers, many of whom also have higher educational degrees. Our curriculum is based upon the current program guidelines established by The Diocese of Charleston, and meet or exceed the South Carolina Department of Education standards.  
 
Additionally, special area teachers have specialty certifications in American Orff (music) and in Archery (PE) and Action-Based Learning (ABL).
 
OUR MISSION
BSCS is focused on educating each student by emphasizing our Catholic faith and upholding academic excellence through engaging the mind, challenging the body, and enlightening the soul. Accepted by the Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Advisory Council (2016). 
 
OUR VALUES
BSCS is a Catholic educational community that provides religious, moral, intellectual, psychological, and physical environments. BSCS students, as members of God’s family, have obligations to church, family, country, community, and those less fortunate than themselves. We are a Christian community where students, administration, faculty, clergy, and parish and school organizations work together in an environment of respect and support.
 
OUR SERVICE
BSCS students and families participate in various outreach projects and acts of service during the school year.  Each grade at BSCS has a Patron Saint and fosters a school-wide service project focused on the interest of the saint.  These projects awaken a sense of responsibility in our students as they respond to others’ needs. 
 
OUR LOGO 
Our logo is reflective of our traditions and who  we are! Including the Eucharist symbol is representative of our beliefs – that Jesus is present in our lives and in our school – showing similarity with the stained-glass window at Blessed Sacrament Church. Blue has been the main color of BSCS throughout the history of the school. Green has been the athletics color for the school and is indicative of the sports ministry of the parish and school. 
 
OUR MOTTO 
Engaging the Mind. Challenging the Body. Enlightening the Soul. 
Helping students reach their God-given potential since 1948. 
 
OUR FAMILIES/PARENTS
Parents who enroll their children at BSCS are committed to the mission, values, vision, and policies of the school.  The Home and School Association (HSA) is a parent driven organization whose objectives are to promote the welfare of students by nurturing fellowship between families and BSCS.  They sponsor fundraising activities, coordinate volunteer services, and promote BSCS to the community. 
 
OUR HISTORY 
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish was established in 1944 by Monsignor John McCarthy, who is known for having said, “A church without a school is only half a church.” In early 1948, construction of BSCS began with the original building - two classrooms (and room for two additional classrooms). St. Patrick’s convent (downtown Charleston) provided two nuns, Sister Carina and Sister Theophane, to assist with opening Blessed Sacrament School with 108 students in kindergarten, first, and second grades - thus began Blessed Sacrament School (now Blessed Sacrament Catholic School)! 
 
In 1953, the main school building was completed with five new classrooms and an assembly room. The school had kindergarten and Grades 1 through 6. Later in 1953, an annex was added to provide four more classrooms. In 2006, renovations included updating the classrooms, completing of the Father Joseph F. Hanley Early Childhood Development Center, and later, an “annex” to connect school buildings for dedication to enrichment areas of music, art, PE, and computer.
 
From its beginning and until June 2013, the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius had a continued presence at BSCS. 
Many of our faculty are graduates of BSCS who have chosen to teach at their alma mater.  Children of our faculty and staff are current students at or graduates of BSCS.  Among our distinctions is that our former pastor, Monsignor Joseph F. Hanley, was a member of the first graduating class at BSCS! 
 
BSCS celebrates 70 years this school year.  More on the building of the school is in "In the Beginning." 
 
OUR VISION
Since 1948, BSCS has been an educational community dedicated to a strong “Tradition of Excellence” as students have been guided to be involved members of the church and society.  With God’s grace, BSCS students will continue to enlighten their faith through prayer, service, and love.
Happy Advent!