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

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    Thanks so much and thank you for all of your help through this whole process. We couldn't have done it without you. — Amanda and Dan

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    As individuals, Franne, Chari, and Yvette are each incredibly talented and dedicated to their clients. As a team, they complement one another beautifully, covering every aspect of the home buying process. They go above and beyond because they not only know the market, but also can anticipate and match client needs and desires to find the best home at the best price in the time allotted. Ours was a challenging search and buy mission. Charleston Fine Homes represented us well throughout the entire process. We highly recommend Franne, Chari, and Yvette without hesitation. — Ann and Richard

  • Chari Karinshak REALTOR

    Coming from Canada, we did not know anything about the home buying process in the US. Chari was able to explain every step of the process and give us advanced notice on anything that we needed to do. She was very patient with us. Her positive and pleasant attitude made the process very much enjoyable! We will definitely recommend Chari to anyone looking for a REALTOR! — Nada

  • 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

  • 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

    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

    …I loved our agent’s (Franne) professionalism, friendliness, promptness, and availability. Our REALTOR knew her role and transitioned us perfectly. — Kris

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    We gave Yvette our house listing at the the end of May with the goal of listing it June 5th.  We had done extesive work on our home and hoped to get a good price.  Yvette suggested a number $60K higher than another agent we interviewed.  We staged it well and before it even went on the market, she had it sold for over asking price!  Yvette made the entire experience easy and was our strong advocate throughout the process.  I highly recommend her. — Kaye Z.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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