Lo­cal School first to be BOOST el­i­gi­ble

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Coun­try­side Chris­tian School an­nounced they are the first school in Dorch­ester County to be BOOST el­i­gi­ble.

Broad­en­ing Op­tions and Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Stu­dents To­day (BOOST) is a Mary­land State Voucher pro­gram that al­lows qual­i­fy­ing fam­i­lies to send their chil­dren to pri­vate school in­stead of public school on a gov­ern­ment sub­sidy, ac­cord­ing to Coun­try­side Chris­tian School Ad­min­is­tra­tor Joey Schools.

“When I took the po­si­tion as the Ad­min­is­tra­tor of Coun­try­side Chris­tian School, I wanted to open the doors to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,” Schools said. “I did my re­search, ask­ing what op­tions were avail­able for vouch­ers in the state of Mary­land. I found the BOOST pro­gram that is

of­fered, saw that there were no schools in Dorch­ester County that ac­cepted the vouch­ers, and made a phone call. We are proud to an­nounce that we are the first and only school in the county to ac­cept the BOOST schol­ar­ship.”

Schools said the only eli­gi­bil­ity stan­dard is the in­come re­quire­ment.

“We at Coun­try­side Chris­tian School be­lieve that ed­u­ca­tion is vi­tally im­por­tant to the growth and fu­ture of both the in­di­vid­ual learn­ers and the world as a whole, so we price our tu­ition well be­low the na­tional av­er­age and un­der half the cost of the Mary­land State av­er­age for pri­vate school tu­ition,” said Schools. “We are also ex­cited this year to be in­cor­po­rat­ing STEAM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, Art, and Math­e­mat­ics) through­out our cur­ricu­lum and in other pro­grams we are of­fer­ing. We have plans for start­ing other clubs and sports pro­grams as well.”

In­for­ma­tion about in­come re­quire­ments is avail­able at www.ed­u­ca­tion­mar yland. org/BOOST. Ac­cord­ing to the web­site, Mary­land’s BOOST Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram will pro­vide nearly $6 mil­lion in schol­ar­ships in the up­com­ing school year to el­i­gi­ble K-12 stu­dents to­ward tu­ition at a qual­i­fy­ing non­pub­lic school of their choice.

The pro­gram was cre­ated in 2016 to en­sure lower-in­come stu­dents could af­ford the K-12 ed­u­ca­tion best fit for their needs. The FY 2017 state bud­get al­lo­cated $5 mil­lion for schol­ar­ships statewide for the 2016-2017 school year, which pro­vided schol­ar­ships for 2,500 stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to the web­site.

Coun­try­side Chris­tian School

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