With education central to South Carolina's and Charleston's Legislative agendas:
- Recent bond referendums throughout the Charleston region have helped create a boom in new investment and construction for elementary, middle and high schools. Schools are being designed to accommodate rapid advancements in technology and to serve many learning styles.
- In 2008, South Carolina was a top-five state in terms of teachers earning National Board certification. Charleston and Berkeley counties were among the state’s leading counties for new board certifications.
- South Carolina has adopted a "Personal Pathways to Success" program to better prepare students for the workforce and college through early career planning and industrialized curriculum. School districts must organize their high school curriculum around career clusters of study to foster creativity, critical thinking and self-discipline. Learn more by visiting the South Carolina Department of Education.
- The state is also instrumental in creating public education programs for children with special needs, for gifted and talented children, and for pre-schoolers through its First Steps program.
The Charleston area offers a number of the best performing schools in South Carolina. The region is divided into four public school districts, which support more than 130 schools and serve nearly 90,000 students, or nearly 90% of the school-age population.
For a county-by-county listing of public schools, visit the South Carolina Department of Education
In addition to charter schools, students can attend one of the region's highly acclaimed magnet schools such as Academic Magnet High School, which was recently rated as a top ten U.S. school by
Approximately 65 independent schools serve the three-county Charleston region, educating about 11,000 students.
Nationally recognized schools include:
- Ashley Hall (grades K-12) - Barbara Bush and Kate Jackson are alumni of this all-girls school.
- Porter Gaud (grades 1-12) - all graduates of this school go on to college. SAT scores generally average over 1250.
- Pinewood Preparatory (grades K-12) - Pinewood Prep offers German language instruction, serving a growing base of German-owned companies located in the region.
- Trident Academy (grades K-12) - serves students of average to above average intelligence with diagnosed learning disabilities, and is one of just 10 schools in the United States accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (OG).
For a county-by-county listing of private schools, visit the South Carolina Department of Education