Local School first to be BOOST eligible
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.
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