Plans for a new charter school in downtown Charleston are moving forward as school officials make a push for enrollment ahead of its opening in the fall.

Leaders with Carolina Voyager Charter School recently secured a location for the school at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity at 30 Race St. The school has leased two buildings, said school project manager Jennifer Metts, including a 4,800-square-foot building for classrooms and an 1,800-square-foot building for administration.

Carolina Voyager will feature a blended learning environment that tailors instruction to each child, Metts said. Students will have teacher-lead instruction, small group activities and lessons on tablets.

The school, which is open to all Charleston County students, plans to enroll 92 students in grades K-2 for the 2014-2015 school year. The deadline to enroll is June 15.

Carolina Voyager will host two open houses at its Race Street location. The first will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 26. A second open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17. For more information go to

Charter schools have gained popularity in the area in recent years. The Charleston County School District has jurisdiction over eight charter schools. The S.C. Public Charter School District oversees another three area charter schools. Carolina Voyager and another school, Low County Lighthouse Charter School, will grow the number of charter schools in Charleston County to 13 by the fall.

Around 4,000 local students are currently enrolled in area charter schools. Statewide nearly 24,000 students are enrolled in 59 public charter schools.

Enrollment for Low Country Lighthouse, which is open to any student in the state, will close Friday. The school, located on Remount Road in North Charleston, plans to enroll 184 students in grades K-3 and function as a year-round school focusing on parent involvement.

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