4 Year Old Lab School Program

  • The Fort Mill School District offers a Tuition-Based Four-Year-Old Lab School Program to our active employees and Fort Mill residents. We estimate having the capacity to serve approximately 66 children in this program. This tuition-based program is a laboratory school held in conjunction with the Early Childhood Education Classes at Fort Mill High School, Nation Ford High School and Catawba Ridge High School.

    Due to the high demand of this program, we cannot guarantee placement to everyone that completes the waitlist registration form. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and priority is given to full-time FMSD employees.  Remaining spots are then offered to residents of Fort Mill.

    Children must be four years old on or before September 1st of the school year for which they are registering. Children must be potty-trained in order to attend the program.

    Registration: Registration for the waitlist occurs on the first Monday of October prior to the year your child would attend the program via a Google docs form (link below).  Example:  If the student will be four on or before September 1, 2023, registration for the wait list will start on October 3, 2023 @ 4pm. Registration for the wait list does not guarantee placement in the program.

    Waitlist: The waitlist will open on Monday, October 3, 2022 @ 4:00pm.  Click here to register your child for the Four-Year-Old Lab School Waitlist for 2023-2024.

    Placement for District Employees: We will begin sending out notifications of placement in the program in February via email. Once you receive an acceptance email you will be able to request which location you would like your child to attend. We will place children in their requested location to the best of our ability based on availability, but we cannot guarantee that everyone will receive their first request.

    Placement for Community Members:  Once placement has been completed for students of FMSD employees, we will consider community member placement. If a spot is available, community members on the waitlist will be contacted in late spring.  We will place children in their requested location based on availability, but we cannot guarantee that everyone will receive their first request.


    Program Information:

    Locations: Fort Mill High School, Nation Ford High School and Catawba Ridge High School

    Schedule: 6:55 am-4:20 pm, Monday-Friday. Students follow the 180-day Fort Mill School District calendar.

    Note: Classes are not held on teacher workdays or holidays. No after-school care is provided. Transportation to/from school must be provided by the parent/guardian.

    Tuition: Tuition includes daily snacks and lunch. Tuition rates are reassessed every year and adjusted due to food costs and operating costs. The tuition rate for 2023-2024 will be set during the summer of 2023 and will be communicated to parents at that time. As an EXAMPLE, the yearly tuition for 2022-2023 is $8,640.00 which is paid on a monthly basis over 12 months via payroll deduction for employees and over a 10-month period (Aug-May) for community members with our online payment system.

    Fees: - A $100 registration fee is due once you accept your child’s spot in the program.
                -Yearly bus fee payable in one lump sum in August or in two payments, one in August and one in January. The amount will be set at the same time the tuition rate is set.
                -Communication regarding field trip fees will come from your teacher once school starts.

    For more information, please contact Michele Martin at martinmd@fortmillschools.org.