Military Family Support
Families living on Fort Jackson are encouraged to click on the “Fort Jackson Residents” link to the right. The link will take you to a page that includes information about options for the 2019-2020 school year for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Richland Two is a suburban school district located in the midlands region of South Carolina and is one of the state’s fastest-growing districts. It has garnered national and state recognitions for academic and overall excellence, including National Blue Ribbon Schools, Palmetto’s Finest Awards, Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards, Exemplary Writing Awards and Red Carpet Awards. The district ranks second in the state in the number of national board certified teachers. The student population is a mix of ethnic cultures and socio-economic strata.
Purple Star District
In August 2019, Richland Two was named a Purple Star School District by the South Carolina State Department of Education and members of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) for the creation of the District’s Military Community Liaison. The position has been filled by Kelsie Carter, a US Air Force spouse. Richland Two is one of two school districts in the entire state to earn this designation. The Purple Stars Schools program, a new statewide recognition program celebrates schools and districts that make a significant commitment to welcome and support military families.
SC Department of Education Criteria for Purple Star
- Assign a designated liaison to be a single point of contact for military families and military-connected students who is trained to support issues that face military families, including relocation, deployment, loss and academic training
- Create a website specifically for military families to provide current information about schools and the district
- Adhere to the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission to ensure that students receive transfer credit from previous schools so they will not have to retake classes
- Ensure that transfer students can participate in sports, clubs and other school enrichment programs
- Provide specialized training for school counselors, staff and administrators.
Over 3,500 of the district’s more than 28,000 students are military connected, with either a parent/guardian serving actively in the armed forces or working for the military. Since 2011, Richland Two has received $3.2 million from the Department of Defense Education Activity to fund the “Victory Initiative.” The funds will impact 2,379 military connected students at Spears Creek Road Child Development Center, Anna Boyd School, Center for Achievement, Bookman Road, Bridge Creek, Catawba Trail, Lake Carolina, Polo Road, Pontiac, Rice Creek and Sandlapper elementary schools; Blythewood, Kelly Mill, Longleaf, and Summit Parkway middle schools; and Richland Northeast and Ridge View high schools.
The money will be used to create or bolster existing Student-2-Student activities, after-school and summer school programs for military students, a military handbook to help military children and their families transition into school culture and other programs. The District is bordered by schools in Fairfield County, Kershaw County and Richland School District One.
The district serves Fort Jackson, the nation’s largest military training facility. Click on the bold green links on the right for valuable information.
Richland Two Military Community Liaison
Officer Fred C. Henley
Fort Jackson School Liaison