Students at Bluffton High School can soon begin earning college credits at the University of South Carolina Beaufort through a new partnership between the two schools. A memorandum of agreement between the Beaufort County School District and the university will allow Bluffton High students to take courses from USCB professors beginning with the 2017-18 academic year. There will be no cost to students.
The USCB partnership announcement follows on the heels of Bluffton High’s selection by the College Board to participate in the AP Capstone program. Beginning next school year, AP Capstone will allow students to earn a special diploma signifying their mastery of skills valued by colleges and employers. Three USCB courses — college algebra, introduction to sociology, and public communication — will be taught on Bluffton High’s campus, while other courses will be available to students on USCB’s campus. Students at all district high schools can earn college credits via AP courses as well as through dual-credit courses through the Technical College of the Lowcountry.