Charleston Collegiate School

  • Charleston Collegiate School`s mission is to inspire students to become passionate, lifelong learners by empowering them with knowledge, creativity, curiosity and confidence to mindfully embrace the opportunities of tomorrow.
  • Charleston Collegiate's philosophy for educating well-rounded citizens is to actively engage them in experiences to prepare them for success in today's world.

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Charleston Collegiate School places among the top 20% of private schools in South Carolina for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1970
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students291 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
19%
State avg.: 14%
Students by GradeCharleston Collegiate School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
85%
Average Class Size14 students
Number of AP Courses4 courses
Advanced Courses Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature, U.S. History,

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$10,637
Tuition NotesTuition reflects an average cost of tuitions running from $8400-$17500.
% on Financial Aid
25%
Acceptance Rate
70%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAshley Mulkey
Admissions AssociateStephen Brown

School Notes

  • THE FOUR PILLARS OF CCS:
  • Project-Based Learning:  In a normal day at Charleston Collegiate School, students will explore real-world problems and challenges using creative thinking, non-routine problem solving skills, and teamwork. From a second grade student writing business proposals for selling their garden produce at the local farmers` market, donating their earnings to a local non-profit, to a High School sophomore tackling the `essential question` of how a Langston Hughes poem connects to his own life and perspective of the world, our students are creating a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the subject matter and the world around them.
  • Fine Arts and Creativity:  Our Fine Arts Program ties all of our academic courses together using the `cross-curricular learning` approach to deepen comprehension. Students are able to write a script and act out the water cycle in science class, create an artistic representation of a character from the novel they are studying in English Class, create artwork based on the time period being studied in History, and film their own commercials for selling the app they created in STEM class. Starting in second grade, students write, direct, and act in their own plays. As they grow and focus their appreciation and understanding of the arts, they progress into upper school students using our state of the art filmmaking and editing lab producing video for international corporations or competing in photography competitions around the country. Our Fine Arts department`s mission is to give our students a creative outlet as well as a competitive edge in today`s world. 
  • Leadership through Outdoor Education:  Charleston Collegiate`s beautiful 30-acre campus includes an Outdoor Leadership and Education Center with nature trails, a tidal swamp with a dock, kayak program, plus low ropes and high rope courses with team building elements that are unique to our campus and curriculum. The kayaking component allows students in 4th grade and beyond to study a history and science-based curriculum focusing on South Carolina`s rich history and its marsh, river, and harbor ecology. Students in Preschool play "I Spy" around our campus, identifying the different types of trees and birds. Third grade students observe the school`s observation bee hive, reporting their findings and teaching other classes about the bees` role in the ecosystem. Ninth-graders are often seen on the low-ropes elements working on their cooperative skills in their leadership course. The Outdoor Education program provides students with hands-on opportunities to learn risk management concepts, effective communication skills, group dynamics, and survival skills in an outdoor classroom setting. These experiences break down barriers and social cliques, freeing students from any sense of entitlement that can be associated with a private school education. 
  • Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship:  How different would our world be today if everyone had been exposed to the fundamentals of Personal Finance How much easier is it to understand the importance of mathematics when you are an entrepreneur applying it to the balance sheet of your own business Charleston Collegiate prepares our students to enter the 'real world' with an entrepreneurial spirit of problem solving, creating solutions to problems in all areas of life. Second graders are calculating the expense sheet for their classroom pet and brainstorming how they will create income to pay for it. In math, sixth grade students run a bakery and sell their products as a way to practice fractions. In upper school, our businesses courses give our students the facts they need to understand how money works, while exposing them to the collaborative environment and corporate structure of life outside our campus. Knowing that they can take the content from their classroom directly to their everyday lives piques our students' interest in every other area of study... And that spark is at heart of success.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Charleston
    Grades: 1-12 | 908 students
    7.4 miles
    300 Albemarle Rd
    Charleston, SC 29407
    (843)556-3620
    7.4 1-12
    908
  • Johns Island
    Grades: NS-6 | 25 students
    2.9 miles
    3634 Mary Ann Point Rd
    Johns Island, SC 29455
    (843)559-0052
    2.9 NS-6
    25
  • Charleston
    Ashley River Child Development Center
    Daycare / Preschool (Baptist)
    Grades: NS | 150 students
    6.6 miles
    1101 Savannah Highway
    Charleston, SC 29407
    (843)556-2681
    6.6 NS
    150
  • Charleston
    Grades: 9-12 | 700 students
    13.4 miles
    363 Seven Farms Dr
    Charleston, SC 29492
    (843)849-9599
    13.4 9-12
    700
  • Charleston
    Grades: PK-6 | 120 students
    6.3 miles
    56 Leinbach Dr
    Charleston, SC 29407
    (843)571-1140
    6.3 PK-6
    120

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The average private school tuition in South Carolina is $6,132 for elementary schools and $6,699 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in South Carolina is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).