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Charleston Public Schools

  • Charleston County School District
    Charleston County School District is the second largest school system in South Carolina. It serves more than 48,000 students in 84 schools and several specialized programs. CCSD offers many types of school programs – including neighborhood schools, charter schools, magnet schools, IB (international baccalaureate) schools, and Montessori schools. With approximately 6,000 employees, the Charleston County School District is the fourth largest employer in the Charleston region.
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  • Expanded Learning and Community Education
    ELCE manages Charleston County School District's after-school programs (Kaleidoscope), 21st Century after-school grants, and facility rentals.

Charleston Private Schools

Private schools in South Carolina are governed by very few laws, and you may want to research a school's accreditation before enrolling your child as some schools do not meet the requirements of state colleges. Learn more about the various private school accreditation groups in South Carolina.

Daniel Island Private Schools

Downtown Charleston Private Schools

  • Charleston Catholic School
    This parochial school teaches Charleston students in grades of 4K-8.

  • Charleston Day School
    Charleston Day School accepts pupils in grades 1 through 8.

  • First Baptist Church School
    This parochial school serves students in grades 3K-12. Note that this school is currently based on Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston but will soon relocate to James Island.

  • Mason Preparatory School
    Commonly known as Mason Prep, this private school accepts Charleston students in grades 1-8.

  • Meeting Street Academy
    This private, college prep school serves students in grades 3K-5 whose famililes would not otherwise be able to afford private school. The academy also offers another private school in Spartanburg and a public school in North Charleston.

James Island Private Schools

Johns Island Private Schools

  • Charleston Collegiate School
    Charleston Collegiate School – formerly called Sea Island Academy – is the only private school on Johns Island. It accepts students in grades 4K-12.

Mount Pleasant Private Schools

  • Christ Our King Stella Maris School
    This school offers a Christian curriculum and serves students in pre-kindergarten through grade 8.

  • Coastal Christian Preparatory School
    Located in Mount Pleasant's Old Village, Coastal Christian Prep is affiliated with First Baptist Church and accepts students in grades 2K-12.

  • Crown Leadership Academy
    STEAM certified, Crown Leadership Academy is a private, Christian school serving students in grades K-12.

  • Montessori School of Mount Pleasant
    Montessori of Mount Pleasant was established as a Montessori AMS School in 1987 and serves children ages 3-6.

  • Palmetto Christian Academy
    Palmetto Christian Academy is an accredited college preparatory school accepting students from pre-K through 12th grade.

  • Sundrops Montessori School
    This Montessori school has four campuses in the East Cooper area with programs serving children from 6 weeks to 12 years.

  • Trident Academy
    This accredited private school focuses on cognitively capable children diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, or Asperger-like attributes.

  • University School of the Lowcountry
    Teaching grades 3-12, this is a co-educational, non-sectarian, non-profit independent school.

North Charleston Private Schools

  • Cathedral Academy
    Cathedral Academy offers a Biblically-based, K-4 through grade 12 education; it is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association.

  • Charleston Bilingual Academy
    A Spanish-immersion and Mandarin-immersion, intercultural, Christ-centered education program for children 20 months through 2nd grade.

  • Charleston Classical School
    Christian, classical K-2 curriculum with sponsorship-based enrollment making it possible for students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to learn together.

  • Crown Leadership Academy
    STEAM certified, Crown Leadership Academy is a private, Christian school serving students in grades K-12.

  • Northside Christian School
    Affiliated with Northside Baptist Church, Northside Christian School offers a fundamental Biblical education K2 through the 12th grade.

  • Northwood Academy
    This K-12 school strives to instill Christian values in its students.

  • Saint John Catholic School
    Saint John Catholic School welcomes children of all faiths and abilities in grades K4 through 8 who desire a Christian education.

West Ashley Private Schools

  • Acton Academy Charleston
    This K5-6 school provides hybrid education concept providing a modern schooling solution by coupling a learner-motivated, Socratic-inspired method with a character-building and entrepreneurial environment.

  • Addlestone Hebrew Academy
    This school provides both a general and Judaic education to students through the 8th grade.

  • Adventist Christian Academy
    This school's mission is to provide an enriched learning environment for students K5-8 through spiritual, social, and academic development, preparing all students for a life of Christian service.

  • Charles Towne Montessori School
    Charles Towne Montessori is South Carolina's only internationally-certified A.M.I. Montessori. It serves students ages 15 months through 12 years.

  • Charleston Christian School
    Charleston Christian School shares a campus with Church Creek Presbyterian Church. It is a K-8 school that adheres to a fundamentalist curriculm.

  • The Cooper School
    The Cooper School offers a K-5 curriculum that seeks to balances academic, physical, artistic, emotional, and spiritual endeavors.

  • Porter-Gaud School
    One of the oldest private schools in Charleston, Porter-Gaud serves students through the grade 12.

  • Riverpointe Christian Academy
    Riverpointe Christian Academy is committed to academic excellence, individualized learning and biblical principles for students 2K-12; it is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association.

  • Trinity Montessori
    This is the only Christian-based Montessori school in Charleston and serves students 3 months to 12 years.

Charleston Private School Accountability Groups

  • Greater Charleston Association of Private Schools
    This coalition covers over a dozen independent, private schools from across the greater Charleston area including the downtown Charleston, North Charleston, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, James Island, and Johns Island.

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