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SC Private School Accreditation Organizations
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.
- First Books of Beaufort
This organization encourages literacy by reading to and distributing books to Title I schools in Beaufort County.
- 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.
- Hampton County Literacy Council
This Varnville initiative helps adults learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers.
- Kingdom Kids Foundation
This Columbia-based group uses biblical principles to focus on early childhood education and early literacy through workshops, parenting classes, and summer bible camps for young children
- Liberty Hill Improvement Council
This North Charleston group seeks to increase literacy in students reading below their grade level in the Liberty Hill community.
- Limos for Learning
Based in Laurens, this group promotes literacy by motivating and rewarding elementary students of all academic levels who demonstrate the persistence and determination necessary to improve their reading skills.
- 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.
- South Carolina Association of School Librarians
The South Carolina Association of School Librarians advocates for strong school library programs.
- South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association
The South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association provides a forum for individuals who are concerned with the teaching and improvement of reading in South Carolina; their primary goal is to promote literacy through the improvement of reading instruction, to encourage reading as a lifetime tool for learning, and to foster the formation of the reading habit.
- 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 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.
- Chucktown Squash Scholars
This Charleston group hopes to combine the sport of squash with academic tutoring.
- 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 the Charleston Area
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.
- Communities In Schools of the Midlands
This Columbia-area organization encourages students to stay in school and improve their academics.
- 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. Also has a Beaufort County Chapter.
- 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.
- EnTech 281: The GreenVillains
This nonprofit organization in Greenville promotes engineering and technology through FIRST robotics teams and community outreach.
- Environmental Education in 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.
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.
This Greenville-based non-profit provides free technology and soft-skill training for Greenville's youth seven to seventeen years old with workshops, an annual expo and weekly meetings.
- Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina
This chapter of the national Junior Achievement organization serves 34 South Carolina counties and connects young people with community business leaders to help students develop entrepreneurial skills and financial savvy through the execution of a small business endeavor.
- Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina
Covering the counties of Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens, this chapter of the national Junior Achievement organization is dedicated to inspiring and preparing kindergarten through 12th-grade students to succeed in a global economy.
- 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.
- Lowcountry Estuarium
Provide programs for regional schools in and around Beaufort County as well as field adventures for families and small groups.
- 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 College, 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.
- 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. Teaching Kids about the Environment is a three-day, two-night learning center experience offered for grade levels 5 through 8.
- 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.
– KnowItAll.org - 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 African American Studies
The South Carolina Council for African American Studies is a professional organization for persons interested in any aspect of African American history and instruction. The mission of the group is to build significant networks for instructors and parents at all levels to share best practices and current trends in teaching African American history and culture as a seamless part of American history.
- 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 Future Minds
South Carolina Future Minds works to improve student achievement by promoting and celebrating educational excellence, encouraging collaboration, and connecting private support to public schools in SC.
- 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 Higher Education Assessment Network
The South Carolina Higher Education Assessment (SCHEA) Network, a 47-member statewide consortium of South Carolina colleges and universities, was established in response to state and accreditor assessment mandates. Its primary purpose is to develop collaborative relationships among a group of colleges and universities largely unprepared for the challenges of assessment.
- 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 Science Council
The purpose of the South Carolina Science Council shall be the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement, and coordination of science teaching in all fields of science at all educational levels.
- 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.
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.
Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina is a nonprofit group dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship to young South Carolinians of all socio-economic backgrounds to enhance their economic productivity by improving their business, academic, communication, and life skills.
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DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a South Carolina classroom in need. Public school teachers create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.