Why businesses and families choose Charleston

Charleston’s regional business and community leaders understand the critical role education plays in advancing our economy, and are committed to enlightening and empowering residents, from cradle through career.

A Place for

Your Child to Thrive

This region offers some of best performing schools in South Carolina. All four public school districts received an Excellent rating on the School Report Card issued by the SC Department of Education. These districts support 150+ public schools and serve 106,000+ students.

31,400

Berkeley County School District Enrollment

48,500

Charleston County School District Enrollment

23,800

Dorchester County School District 2 Enrollment

2,500

Dorchester School District 4 Enrollment

Source: S.C. Department of Education

To learn more about the school districts or a particular public school, visit the SC Department of Education. For information on private schools by county, visit the SC Independent School Association.

Programs Built for Career Success

CAREER ACADEMIES

CAREER ACADEMIES

40 career-themed schools within area high schools across three-county metro. The learning environment reflects the atmosphere and expectations of the modern workplace.
Fields of study include:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Business and IT
  • Culinary/Hospitality
  • Health sciences

YOUTH APPRENTICE PROGRAM

YOUTH APPRENTICE PROGRAM

Local high school juniors and seniors work as paid industrial mechanic apprentices. At the end of the two-year program, students earn a high school diploma, an Industrial Mechanics certificate from Trident Technical College, a journeyman credential from the U.S. Department of Labor, and two years of paid work experience. A total of 42 business partners have signed on to offer 80 apprenticeships in manufacturing, culinary/hospitality and computer technology.

YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP SOUTH CAROLINA

YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP SOUTH CAROLINA

YEScarolina has helped thousands of young people statewide build business skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. To date, YEScarolina has trained and certified over 725 South Carolina teachers on the subject of entrepreneurship. YEScarolina is a program partner of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

THE TRI-COUNTY CRADLE TO CAREER COLLABORATIVE

THE TRI-COUNTY CRADLE TO CAREER COLLABORATIVE

Focuses on improving education outcomes from birth to workforce readiness and makes more efficient and effective use of the resources devoted to improving education in the region. It is a community movement supporting a “collective impact” approach to achieving a shared community vision where every child succeeds.

Charleston Regional Career Headlight helps students and workers find their path and make better career choices aligned with our changing economy

Opportunities for

gifted students

These programs are ranked among the best secondary schools in the nation for scholastic rigor and academic excellence:

Opportunities for

Continued Education

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