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

  • 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

    Chari was great at assessing our needs as a family and was very patient with us during the whole process. She offered professional advice and expertise without making us feel pressured “to make a deal” happen. Chari was easy to reach, prompt, and professional. Her hard-working attitude combined with a warm personality made her a great agent to have on our side! — Susie and Drew

  • Chari Karinshak REALTOR

    Chari was very kind and patient w/my husband and I as this was my first time buying a home. There were no bumps in the road and Chari worked diligently w/the lender, inspectors, etc to ensure everything went smoothly. Everyone involved in the process met and exceeded our expectations. Chari was awesome and listened to us. I would recommend her to anyone looking to purchase and or sell a home. — Britney

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    Yvette went above and beyond to make sure that I found everything and more that I wanted, and she was always more than happy to answer every question that I had. I would highly recommend using her for all of your real estate needs. — Brent

  • 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

    Franne offered great customer service. She was very knowledgeable of the area and all its services. Returned phone calls promptly. Went over and above to be helpful and showed great attention to detail. Franne was most flexible and accommodating which we appreciated as we were relocating from Maine. From our introductory conversations in Maine to our closing in Mount Pleasant we couldn’t have asked for a smoother or more seamless transition to our new home! — Lynn and Donald

  • 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 was a pleasure on our move to the Charleston area. We were brand new to the area and the South, and we knew after meeting Franne on our first visit that we could take a deep breath — we were in good hands. Franne was dedicated and patient with us as we scouted the various areas and she listened as we talked about what we were looking for in our new home and community. She took that information and helped us narrow down our choices and find the homes that best aligned with what we wanted. Franne communicated with us often, gently reminded us of deadlines, and made sure if she wasn’t available someone was from her office — Mark and Chari. It may have taken multiple offers for us to find our final offer and home, but Franne and her partners were with us EVERY step of the way with professional advice and personal service. Now that we are settled, Franne has been a source of references and information as we get to know the area. We not only have great realtors at Charleston Fine Homes, but we have also made some great friends. — Jill and James

  • 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

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    Thank you Franne and Mark for everything. Kristy and I would be lost without your help. We didn’t know where to start, but you and Mark made everything very easy! We love our new home and can’t thank you enough for being there for us. — Kristy and Todd

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    My first transaction with Yvette was selling 8 acres of land. The process was complicated and long, but Yvette guided me through each and every step, checking documents, speaking with multiple organizations, and explaining maps and inspections. She even helped me move! A year later, she helped me find and purchase a new home. The transactions were entirely different, but Yvette’s responsiveness and professionalism and genuine interest in my needs remained constant. I trust Yvette for any future real estate transactions. I highly recommend her. — Jason

  • 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

  • Chari Karinshak REALTOR

    Chari is extremely thorough, detailed, professional and extremely courteous. Without Chari being involved this would have been an extremely difficult transaction. She went above and beyond the call of duty and simplified every aspect of the transaction. I felt totally comfortable relying on Chari from the very beginning. It was like having a family member representing your best interests and not having to worry. — Emil

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    We were extremely pleased with the manner in which our home was sold. Charleston Fine Homes was always a professional team that we knew we could count on to provide honest and reliable information to us in a timely manner. We would never think of having any other real estate team handle our business! — Donna and Mark

  • 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

    I liked Franne from our first encounter. She was smart, bold, and very experienced. She had a great knowledge of the market and years of experience to guide us with our sale. Chari was a great asset to the team and very complementary to Franne’s experience with her sense of style, recommendations on staging, and other sage advice. Both Franne and Chari were responsive in a very timely manner, communicative, and insightful to our needs. We have been extremely pleased with both Chari and Franne and have doubts our home would have sold so quickly at the great price we obtained without this superb team. Franne and Chari are a dream team!!! — Jeanette Andrews