Guide to Education Around Charleston


Choosing the right school can seem like an overwhelming task. Combine that with the fact that there are so many different types of schools and education options, and it can make your head spin. Our hope is that this resource guide will answer some of your questions and that you are able to learn more about some of the options we have available right here in the Lowcountry. We hope that this will provide you with some guidance as you choose the right educational path for your child.

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In choosing a private school, parents are afforded smaller class sizes, more individualized attention, better differentiation in the classroom, and academic excellence.  A private school is not financially supported by the government.  Families pay a yearly tuition rate.

James Island Christian School

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James Island Christian School is a private Christian K2-8th grade school located on James Island, South Carolina. We aim to provide academic excellence within a Christ-centered environment that complements the teaching in the home and the church. We serve as partners with parents to nurture their children to grow and walk in their unique God-given purpose as future leaders in their home, church, and community.

If you desire that your child experience education in a Christ-centered, biblically-based environment that demonstrates academic achievement and a service-driven mindset, then James Island Christian School is the right choice for you!

Additional Private Schools

Charter Schools are tuition-free, public schools that operate as a school of choice. Charter schools operate with their own governing board of directors and have a specific learning focus with the purpose of improving student achievement, increasing learning opportunities for students, and creating new, innovative, and more flexible ways of engaging students with the goal of closing achievement gaps between low performing student groups and high performing student groups. Though Charter Schools have a sponsoring school district, they operate primarily autonomously from that sponsor.

Allegro Charter School of Music

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Allegro Charter School of Music offers students in grades 6-12, who are residents of Charleston County a unique public education option that integrates music into all courses.

Allegro has designed its own curriculum that follows state standards. Our middle school students are not only in advanced-level courses but are challenged regularly through rigorous instruction. Allegro ensures that all high school students meet graduation requirements through course offerings, including a variety of AP, Dual-Credit, Honors, and CP level courses in addition to a wide range of music classes.

The mission of Allegro Charter School of Music is to produce inspired thinkers and creative members of society through the infusion of music into an academically challenging environment.

Online schools offer courses that are primarily or exclusively conducted through the Internet, bridging the geographical gap between educators and learners. Even though the teacher and students may not share a physical classroom, they engage in synchronous learning, fostering a sense of community and collaboration. Importantly, many of these virtual institutions hold accreditations from recognized bodies, ensuring that the education they provide meets established academic standards. These virtual educational platforms cater to students from the earliest stages of Kindergarten, spanning through High School and frequently extending into collegiate-level courses. By embracing digital tools, interactive modules, and adhering to accreditation standards, online schools have revolutionized the way we perceive education, offering both flexibility and credibility in the learning process.

Excel High School


Excel High School stands out as a beacon of academic excellence in the realm of online education. With a proven track record of fostering student success, it offers a comprehensive curriculum that is both challenging and tailored to individual learning styles. Beyond its diverse and rigorous curriculum, Excel High School features accreditation from several prominent educational agencies, underscoring its commitment to upholding the highest standards of education. Backed by an experienced faculty, state-of-the-art technology, and a student-centered approach, Excel not only prepares students for collegiate success but they also equip them with the skills and knowledge essential for real-world challenges. As a testament to its dedication to educational innovation, Excel High School consistently ranks among the top online high schools in the country, making it a prime choice for learners seeking a high-quality, flexible, and engaging learning experience.

Northgate Academy stands out as a premier online homeschooling institution, dedicated to delivering high-quality education tailored to individual student needs. Recognized for its comprehensive curriculum, the academy is accredited by multiple reputable agencies, ensuring that students receive an education that meets national standards. With a blend of flexibility and academic rigor, Northgate Academy is a top choice for families seeking the best in online homeschooling.

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