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7405-A Fairfield Rd
Columbia, SC 29203


Please mail all correspondence to:
P.O. Box 2484
Columbia, SC 29202

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Family Handbook

All school policies and procedures are contained in the Family Handbook. Click the link on the right for a current copy.

Employee Identification Number (EIN)

CSI’s Federal Tax Identification Number, or EIN, is 20-3214898.

Student Nutrition Program

Hot breakfasts and lunches are served each day school is in session.

Breakfast is $0.75 and lunch is $1.35 per day. 

For families who qualify for reduced prices, breakfast is $0.30 and lunch is $0.40.

For parents providing lunches for their children . . . Please be aware that we have several students who are highly allergic to nuts. As with any community, what impacts a few of us impacts us all. In order to keep every student safe, CSI has adopted a strict nut-free policy. Do not send food to school that contains any type of nut product. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Drop-Off, Pick-Up and Parking

Drop-Off (All Students)

CSI staff members are on duty from 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. to welcome students in front of the school.  Carolina School for Inquiry traffic may enter from Fairfield Road/Route 321. To drop off students, parents should pull into the circular drive in front of the school and proceed as far along the drive as possible before stopping (close to reentry to Fairfield Road).  Students are to exit cars on the curb side only.  To increase safety and efficiency, all drivers should remain in line and follow the car directly in front of them.  Any student who arrives after 8:01 a.m. must be signed up by a parent in the office and will be marked tardy.

Students will be waiting by class near the end of the circular drive shortly after 3:30 p.m. dismissal.  Drivers should display the name card issued by CSI on the passenger side of their windshield and pull as far forward as possible along the circular drive in order to pick up their student(s).  All students must load from the curb side.  As in the morning, cars are to stay in the line and are not to pull around to pass another car.  If, for any reason, there is an exception to this, a faculty member will instruct the driver to pull around.

Pre-K – 2nd:
Enter from Fairfield Road/Route 321and proceed along the circular drive.  A staff member will escort your child to your vehicle and load them into the rear passenger side.

3rd – 6th:
Enter the school’s rear parking lot from Crane Creek Church Road and follow the circular drive.  A staff member will escort your child to your vehicle and load them into the rear passenger side.

** Please Note:  If you are retrieving children from both of these age groups, all of them will be picked up in the front of the school (Fairfield Road entrance).

All students in 3K and 4K must be signed in and out each day.  A staff member will have a sign-in/sign-out sheet in the carpool line.

Parents needing to park should use the lot in front of the cafeteria or the spaces along the circular drive.



Founders of Carolina School for Inquiry had to set priorities about how resources would be utilized, and chose to emphasize quality teachers and learning materials over providing an elaborate transportation system. That means we do not provide bus transportation, but encourage neighborhood car pools.

Our students come from all over the school district.
Contact the school director to find precise information on other students who live close to you.

For assistance with transportation or lunches:
Arrangements can be made through the school director. All requests will be kept confidential.

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