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.

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Top Ranked SC School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 342 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,700
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
342 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade
Charleston Collegiate School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature, U.S. History
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Uniform shirts and khaki/navy bottoms

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition reflects an average cost of tuitions running from $10,700-$17975.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Bonnie Scapellato


School Notes

  • 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 4thgrade 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 business 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 the heart of success.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Charleston Collegiate School cost?
Charleston Collegiate School's tuition is approximately $14,700 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Charleston Collegiate School?
The acceptance rate of Charleston Collegiate School is 70%, which is lower than the national average of 90%. Charleston Collegiate School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in South Carolina with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Charleston Collegiate School offer?
Charleston Collegiate School offers 12 interscholastic sports: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball. Charleston Collegiate School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in South Carolina for most sports offered.
What is Charleston Collegiate School's ranking?
Charleston Collegiate School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in South Carolina for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, Largest student body and Most sports offered.
When is the application deadline for Charleston Collegiate School?
The application deadline for Charleston Collegiate School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We came to CCS from an International IB school m and I wanted the same diversity in student pop and the holistic approach to learning, an emphasis on encompassing skills to ground future good citizens to the world around them, foster independence, thinking skills, and leadership, A tall order for the Charleston area, and we got all this and so much more! We`ve lived in a few countries, and done more than a few schools, (I have 4 sons), so I can say that CCS truly has all the values, dedication, and care for our children that every school always claims they have in their blurbs.
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Our daughter has gotten into multiple high rank universities after attending Charleston Collegiate School. We absolutely love the school!!
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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Top Ranked SC School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 342 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,700
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Charleston County, SC is $14,807 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Charleston County, SC is 85% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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