Schools & Education

The Tri-County Region offers some of the 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.

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.

In addition to the schools below there are many Charter School opportunities for students.

CHARLESTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Charleston County School District (CCSD) is the second largest school system in South Carolina representing a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural schools that span 1,000 square miles of coastal lands. CCSD serves more than 50,000 students in 85 schools and several specialized programs.

CCSD offers a diverse, expanding portfolio of options—including neighborhood, charter, magnet, IB (international baccalaureate), and Montessori schools—and is divided into elementary and early, middle and secondary Learning Communities.

BERKELEY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Berkeley County School District continues to invest in the best possible learning opportunities for students and the best possible working environment for employees. Our reputation is solid as a result of connecting all resources to realize the highest possible dividends.

The district is committed to high performance and measured improvement. We believe in a strong academic emphasis in all grades, full day instruction at all levels and extended learning opportunities for students who need either remediation or enrichment.

DORCHESTER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Dorchester School District Two desires to be recognized as a “World Class” school district, expecting each student to achieve at his/her optimum level in all areas, and providing all members of our district family with an environment that permits them to do their personal best.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

The South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) is a non-profit voluntary association of independent schools. The State of South Carolina Incorporated the SCISA as an exclusively educational organization, with responsibilities to establish accreditation standards, and coordinate athletic and academic competition. SCISA has grown to a membership for 2018-2019 of 123 schools with a total enrollment of approximately 30,000 students.

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

  • Chari Karinshak REALTOR

    Chari and her team at Charleston Fine Homes were a joy to work with. I had some fairly restrictive requirements and a limited area to work in. Because of this, I assumed my search would drag on for months, Chari's knowledge of the area and thorough research found my daughter and I a perfect home within weeks. She was also very knowledgeable in the inspector, lender, and closing attorney realm. Finding a lender with a better rate and service than the one I had previously been working with. Her charm and dedication made the process enjoyable and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking to purchase a home. — Philip

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    This was a very difficult move for us with many obstacles. Franne helped us through every step of the way. She was always available and responded to our questions quickly. — Charlotte

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    Our home purchasing experience definitely exceeded our expectations with Coldwell Banker. We’ve never had an agent who was as friendly, patient, kind, or as thoughtful as our Coldwell Banker agent, Yvette Grist. She was not merely an assigned agent; she became a friend to us. That’s what it’s all about. She listened to our preferences and paid attention to the details of what we were looking for in not just a house but a home. She truly helped us envision what we would and would not like in our house. She did not sugar coat any part of the process. While other agents from other brokerages we’ve worked with in the past seemed to want to have us buy something quickly, our Coldwell Banker agent was completely dedicated to us. She was committed to our family from the start. She always made our 10 yr old son feel like he was part of the process as well - super thoughtful. We set a timeline of being in our new home before Christmas and she made it happen! Yvette always had our best interest in mind until the very end. Thank you so much for making our home buying experience a memorable one and a lot less stressful. — Raul, Yari and Isaac D.

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    …we want you to know how much we appreciate all you have done for us. As far as REALTORS go, you are by far way above the rest. We hope your boss realizes what a treasure you are. — Brigid and Tom

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    It was a pleasure working with Franne Schwarb and her team at Charleston Fine Homes. Their professionalism, knowledge of the real estate market, and resources all contributed to our home going under contract in less than one week. From start to finish, the process was efficient, organized, and seamless. Franne was there every step of the way to answer any and all questions, provide resources such as a photographer, home staging professional, and tradesman for repair work, etc. During this process we were out of the country and Franne and her team went above and beyond. Not only did they meet contractors at our house, but they also ensured the job was getting done and kept us updated. I would highly recommend Charleston Fine Homes for all your real estate needs. — Kathy and John

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    The selling experience far exceeded my expectations. I’ve sold a few houses and never had agents who were so responsive-calls were returned promptly and concerns were addressed. Franne and Chari are extremely ethical and professional, but we also had fun. Franne and Chari went above and beyond the call of duty. I recommend highly. — Mira

  • Chari Karinshak REALTOR

    I myself am a knowledgeable financial professional and know the area and real estate transactions very well. Chari is a long-time friend, but that only got her foot in the door. Chari’s experience, attitude and work ethic are more than I could ask for. We know that transactions in real estate can be very personal and Chari has the interpersonal skills to handle these delicate situations. — John

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    Working with Franne and Mark was a great experience. During a quite stressful time as it is selling a home and moving out, we had a couple of very professional realtors by our side who did an excellent job to market our home. The good work was rewarded by a quick closing under a real estate market that was quite over inventoried. Our selling price was close to our listed price. They are very responsive. Our relationship was very professional and cordial. Highly recommended. We’ve sold 3 homes already. This has been our best experience with realtors. — Luis

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    We highly recommend Franne and her team to anyone buying or selling real estate in the Charleston area. This was our third transaction with Franne, and it keeps getting better. Her professionalism is superb. She is extremely responsive and easy to get in contact with. While simultaneously working with other clients, she manages to make you feel you are the highest priority. Her extensive experience id beneficial in many ways. There are no surprises and she’s always 1 or 2 steps ahead. If we ever buy again in Charleston, we will use Franne without a doubt! — Molly and John

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    During an incredibly stressful time involving an international relocation Yvette made everything seem incredibly easy. She was always available to assist me and went above and beyond her mandate suggesting new options and providing me with up to date information on a continuous basis. She intuitively understood my needs even before I did and proposed solutions to each question that arose. She found me the perfect house and is still helping me make it feel like a home with suggestions, advice and helpful tips. She is a genuinely kind and pleasant person with limitless information not only about the local housing market but also schools, restaurants, traffic and the general way of life in the Charleston/Mount Pleasant area. Her assistance and experience have been an invaluable resource for me, and I look forward to working with her again. — Jean

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    We have bought and sold many homes in several states and never had a REALTOR who compared to Franne Schwarb. Her commitment to our satisfaction was very impressive. Combine that with her marketing knowledge, integrity, and professionalism, and she is one in a million. Additionally, as out of state buyers, Franne was our eyes and ears here. We simply could not have done it without her. I will be recommending Franne every change I get. My husband and I are still marveling at how we got so lucky! — Margaret W

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    We wanted to tell you how happy we are that we listed our house with you! You gave us a lot of helpful information about how to properly price our house and “show it”. Because of your pricing recommendation we were able to maximize the return on our “investment” after only one year in the house.We appreciate all your hard work! You were always available to us and returned our calls very promptly. The brochures you prepared on our house were colorful and full of essential information about the house and the community. We were amazed at the amount of feedback you were able to get from the realtors who showed our house. Your knowledge of the area and the other homes on the market was impressive! — Chris and Cathleen

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    Franne and Mark were there for us during every step of our buying and selling process. Not only do they know the Charleston/Mt. Pleasant real estate market intimately, they go above and beyond necessary whenever possible. We cannot recommend them highly enough and recommend them we do… to friends, family members and anyone seeking a smooth and hassle-free real estate transaction! We don’t know how they do it, but Franne and Mark can make a very stressful time, if not “fun”, at least “smooth sailing”. Thanks for everything. — Traci and Brian

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    Working with Charleston Fine Homes, specifically Franne and Chari, was like working with a trusted friend. Professional and Knowledgeable. They made the buying experience a vacation! I have recommended them several times already and if the need arises would use them myself again!! — Maryann

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    Franne and Chari were essential to the successful sale of my house.  Their advice and counsel during the sale months and especially in securing a solid contract was "right on"!!  They rolled up their sleeves during the move process to ensure a spotless homes far beyond what I have experienced previously with other REALTORS®.  A great team!! — Charlie

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    I was referred to Yvette by the USAA Real Estate Rewards Network Program.  It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  She was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly.  Yvette always kept me informed and used her expertise to give me the best service . She always went above and beyond, nights and weekends.  I'll tell all of my friends and family about her.   — Gary B.

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    Franne Schwarb is the role model for all REALTORS. She is the consummate professional. She is dedicated to her clients, working long hours and on weekends. I often received answers to questions, information on new listings, etc. late into the evening and on weekends by phone, email and text. She was always there for me. Franne is honest, direct and the ultimate “glass half full” person which I greatly appreciated and respected. It was a pleasure to work with Franne. — Tom