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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.

SC Literacy Organizations

The following groups work to promote literacy through training and/or book distribution in South Carolina. Many are locally based, but some focus on regions or the state as a whole.
  • Book Angels
    Book Angels is a non-profit dedicated to children's literacy by promoting regular reading habits among at-risk, low income children in Charleston and Dorchester counties in grades preK-8.

  • Early Learning Partnership of York County
    This non-profit organization distributes free books locally through the Wee Read and Reach Out & Read programs, as well as community book giveaways, and supports early literacy programs that help prepare children, birth to age 5, for school success.

  • Freedom Readers
    Based in Myrtle Beach, he mission of Freedom Readers is to improve reading skills in low-income communities by providing one-to-one literacy tutoring, free books for home libraries, and an inspiring, high-energy learning environment.

  • Greenville Literacy Association
    This not-for-profit group seeks to enrich the Greenville community by increasing the literacy and employability of its adult citizens.

  • Reach Out and Read Carolinas
    Part of a nationwide movement, Reach out and Read Carolinas promotes childhood reading as part of pediatric visits. It is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Reading Partners
    Reading Partners places community volunteers in low-income Charleston schools to help kids master basic reading with one-on-one tutoring.

  • South Carolina Association of School Librarians
    The South Carolina Association of School Librarians advocates for strong school library programs.

  • Trident Literacy Association
    This volunteer organization offers free tutoring and literacy education to adults in Berkeley County, Charleston County, and Dorchester County.

SC Education Organizations & Resources

  • After Slavery
    Classroom units developed by the Lowcounty Digital History Initiative outlining the history and plight of slaves in post-emancipation Carolinas.

  • American Association of University Women of South Carolina
    With branches throughout the state, this group advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

  • Bin Yah: There's No Place Like Home
    Documentary on the potential loss of Mt Pleasant's historic African-American communities and culture to urban sprawl to help teach African-American history.

  • Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students
    Based at the University of South Carolina, CEEAAS envisions a renaissance in the education of Black children by normalizing high achievement, social wellbeing, and cultural validation.

  • Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement
    CERRA'S mission is to provide collaborative leadership in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of outstanding educators for all children in South Carolina. The agency was established by the Commission on Higher Education and is funded by the South Carolina General Assembly.

  • Chapman Foundation
    The mission of this Greenville-based organization is to provide educational opportunities by providing college scholarships for underprivileged students.

  • Charleston Hope
    Charleston Hope works directly with educators in Title 1 schools to meet the needs of students in and out of the classroom by providing basic necessities to the schools, classroom mentoring to improve math skills, and the holiday season Adopt-A-Classroom program.

  • Classroom Hub
    A McCormick-based nonprofit organization working to provide school supplies to McCormick County's educational community for both students and teachers.

  • Communities In Schools of South Carolina
    The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

  • Corridor of Shame
    This 2005 documentary illuminates disparities in schools along the I-95 corridor in South Carolina.

  • Dictionary Project, Charleston Chapter
    Works to provide a dictionary to third grade students to assist them in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners.

  • Educational Foundation of Lower Florence County
    This Lake City foundation provides grants to fund educational programs for Florence County School District Three public schools; the foundation focuses on academic performance with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

  • Engaging Creative Minds
    The mission of Engaging Creative Minds is to inspire the creative and innovative potential of all students to achieve academically and become imaginative, adaptable, and productive adults resulting in stronger communities and an increasingly competitive South Carolina workforce.

  • EnTech Robotics
    This nonprofit organization in Greenville promotes engineering and technology through FIRST robotics teams and community outreach.

  • Environmental Education Association of South Carolina
    Environmental education is a learning process that increases knowledge and awareness about the environment and develops skills that enable responsible decisions and actions that impact the environment.

  • Friends of Coastal South Carolina
    Based in Mount Pleasant, this organization provides environmental classes for elementary and middle schools in Berkeley, Charleston, Georgetown counties.

  • Galilee Institute for Human Development
    Based in Orangeburg, the Galilee Institute seeks to build strong kids, families, and communities through education empowerment.

  • Greenville Wordsmiths
    Empowers kids ages 8-14 to discover and share their voices through the craft of writing.

  • Head Start | Program Locator - searchable database
    This federal program promotes school readiness in young children from low-income families through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age five.

  • Healing Species
    This Orangbeurg-based nonprofit seeks to teach compassion, prevent violence, and change lives through an intervention curriculum using rescued dogs.

  • IT-oLogy
    A Columbia-based non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions, and organizations educating and connecting those who are seeking a career in IT through K-12 programs, higher education programs and professional and career development workshops and conferences.

  • Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina
    This chapter of the national Junior Achievement organization connects young people with community business leaders to help students develop entrepreneurial skills and financial savvy through the execution of a small business endeavor.

  • Kids Chance of South Carolina
    This nonprofit provides scholarships and support to the dependents of South Carolina workers who have been seriously or fatally injured in work-related accidents. It is based in Georgetown.

  • LifeManagement Center
    With Branches in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, this organization helps children, adolescents, and adults identify and overcome a wide variety of learning challenges which include learning disabilities, social/behavioral difficulties, ADHDn and dyslexia.

  • LSN Kids
    This nonprofit organization offers students in grades 1-12 monthly cultural based virtual sessions, cultural contests, and awards/scholarship opportunities.

  • Meeting Street Schools
    A nonprofit organization, with locations in Charleston, North Charleston and Spartanburg, providing alternatives where access to quality public education may be limited.

  • National Beta Club
    South Carolina is home to the headquarters of the National Beta Club, located in Spartanburg.

  • National Educational Telecommunications Association
    Based in Columbia, this national professional association strives to foster public television people by providing quality programming, educational resources, professional development, management support, and national representation.

  • National History Day in South Carolina
    Students in grades 4-12 engage in historical research then present it as a paper, website, documentary, performance or exhibit. Students compete at various levels of competition across the state before advancing to the national contest.

  • Pee Dee Education Center
    This consortium of 16 school districts, Coker University, and Francis Marion University was established in 1967 to provide support for the school districts in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.

  • Personal Pathways to Success
    A function of the State of South Carolina, this agency operates 12 regional locations which provide resources for K-12 students to learn about education and career options.

  • Power:Ed
    Power:Ed gives grants to local nonprofits, colleges, and organizations that help South Carolina students succeed in school, their careers, and life.

  • Project Learning Tree
    An environmental education program designed for teachers and informal educators who work with students from early childhood through high school gain an awareness and knowledge of the environment and their place within it.

  • Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina
    The mission of the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina is to strengthen public education for South Carolina students by supporting and advocating for high quality public charter schools.

  • Public Education Partners of Greenville County
    Public Education Partners collaborates with the community, educators, and elected officials to support and strengthen public education and student achievement in Greenville County Schools.

  • Roper Mountain Astronomers
    A nonprofit club with the mission to promote astronomy and science to families, schools, and the communities around Greenville with meetings open to the public.

  • SC ETV
    Education Division
    Provides professional development resources for PreK-12 educators plus preK-12 curriculum aids. - Know It All
    Web resources for early childhood through high school learners on various topics and in various formats.

  • The School Foundation
    The School Foundation is a non-profit organization which fosters education in Florence School District 1 by building community involvement in local public schools, helping parents prepare their children for kindergarten/elementary school, and by assisting local teachers in the grant-application process.

  • South Carolina Academy of Science
    This group's many goals include promoting the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge within South Carolina by stimulating scientific research and publication. It also seeks to improve the quality of science education in our state and works closely with high school students, teachers, administrators, college students, professors, scientists, related professionals, parents, and more.

  • South Carolina Afterschool Alliance
    The overall goal of the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance is to establish a statewide network of diverse stakeholders that will guide, support and enable quality after-school services and policies for all children and youth.

  • South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
    The South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SCAHPERD) is the only association for professionals involved in health, physical, and dance education, in South Carolina.

  • South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators
    The mission of this South Carolina group is to ensure a high quality education of all children, particularly African-American children, by establishing coalitions, providing forums, facilitating the placement of African-American educators into the classroom, and influencing public policy.

  • South Carolina Association for Educational Technology
    This non profit association promotes the innovative, intelligent and responsible use of technology in the enhancement of education in South Carolina.

  • South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education
    The South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education identifies, promotes and disseminates best practices in middle level education, while engaging all parties responsible for meeting the unique needs of the young adolescent.

  • South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation
    This association strives to help promote safe and efficient pupil transportation by assisting transportation personnel through education and training and by providing and sharing information with everyone involved in transporting our students in South Carolina.

  • South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children
    The purpose of the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children. Furthermore, this group encourages the study, interpretation, and improvement of their education and general well-being and seeks to cooperate with other groups having compatible purposes.

  • South Carolina Association of Rural Schools
    Based in Bluffton, SCORS promotes equal opportunity for quality education for all students in every school and community within South Carolina.

  • South Carolina Association of School Administrators
    SCASA is the voice and advocate of quality public education for all students and provides leadership development and support for school leaders.

  • South Carolina Association of School Business Officials
    The mission of the South Carolina Association of School Business Officials is to enhance and promote the professional leadership of school business officials in the State of South Carolina.

  • South Carolina Association of School Librarians
    The South Carolina Association of School Librarians works to ensure school library programs are integral to teaching and learning in every SC school.

  • South Carolina Association of School Psychologists
    The South Carolina Association of School Psychologists is a membership organization that empowers school psychologists to advance the learning and mental health of students in South Carolina.

  • South Carolina Council for the Social Studies
    The South Carolina Council for the Social Studies is a professional organization open to any person who is interested in social studies instruction in the private or public schools and colleges of South Carolina.

  • South Carolina Education Association
    The SCEA is the professional association for educators in South Carolina. Classroom teachers, guidance counselors, librarians, principals, superintendents as well as bus drivers, teaching assistants, lunch room operators, maintenance engineers, clerks and secretaries from Pre-K to 12th grade and Higher Education are members of The SCEA.

  • South Carolina Future Business Leaders of America
    South Carolina Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit education association comprised of more than 3,000 students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields within the state of South Carolina.

  • South Carolina Geographic Alliance
    The South Carolina Geographic Alliance is a network of K-12 educators and university geographers affiliated with National Geographic's Network of Alliances for Geography Education serving as a leader and provider of geography education instruction and materials throughout South Carolina.

  • South Carolina High School League
    The mission of the South Carolina High School League is to provide governance and leadership for interscholastic athletic programs that promote, support, and enrich the educational experience of students.

  • South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
    SCICU supports and promotes the values of independent higher education in South Carolina seeking to advance higher education through fundraising, scholarships, and research, as well as by facilitating collaborative activities among the member institutions.

  • South Carolina Music Educators Association
    The mission of the South Carolina Music Educators Association is to support and promote quality music education in South Carolina schools and communities.

  • South Carolina Music Teachers Association
    South Carolina Music Teachers Association is dedicated to furthering the art of music and to promoting the growth and professional development of its members through programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition, and research.

  • South Carolina Odyssey of the Mind
    South Carolina Odyssey of the Mind is a non profit organization that teaches SC students how to think Beyond the Box divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests.

  • South Carolina PTA
    The purpose of the SCPTA is to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school, community and place of worship. They achieve this goal by raising the standards of home life, securing adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth, and by building a closer relationship between the home and the school so that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of the children and youth.

  • South Carolina School Boards Association
    The South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) is a non-profit organization serving as a source of information and as a statewide voice for boards governing the 81 public school districts in South Carolina.

  • South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
    The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium is a state agency that, through a program of research, education, extension, and training, enhances economic opportunities and conservation of coastal and marine resources for South Carolina citizens.

  • Spartanburg Science Center
    Provides science education and enrichment for Spartanburg County students.

    STRIDES is a faith-based nonprofit educational program that provides individual academic instruction to Greenville-area children who are at risk for academic failure. In order to make services available to families of all economic levels, STRIDES employs a sliding fee scale.

  • StudySC
    Providing students with curriculum-based information about South Carolina culture, history, geography, and more.

  • Teacher's Supply Closet
    The mission of Teacher's Supply Closet is to serve children in the tri-county area of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties by meeting their educational and creative needs and providing free supplies donated by businesses and individuals.

  • Teaching American History in South Carolina
    Part of a federal grant program providing professional development for SC teachers via workshops and classroom resources.

  • Team for Early Childhood Solutions
    TECS is contracted by South Carolina's BabyNet system through federal grant monies from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to manage the comprehensive system of personnel development (CSPD) and to provide training & technical assistance to the early intervention system.

  • Yo Art! Inc.
    Project in which mentors guide inner-city youth in 12 Charleston area schools to explore their creativity and the media arts.

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