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

    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

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    I enjoyed working with people that tried to find exactly what I was looking for without using pressure to convince me to purchase something. I would without hesitation use the team of Franne Schwarb and Chari Karinshak to purchase a new home. They are exceptional in their knowledge, availability, trustworthiness and professionalism. They make you feel as if you are their only client. — Joe

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    Honey and I wanted to thank you for all your work and efforts in helping sell the house. It is truly appreciated. — Chuck and Honey

  • 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

    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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Chari Karinshak REALTOR

    Chari Karinshak is a great REALTOR®. She treats her clients like family and keeps a professional approach. She is very diligent and goes above and beyond for her clients. — Ryan

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    I highly recommend Franne and her team for all your real estate services. I've never worked with a more professional, ethical, and charming team. The Charleston Fine Homes Team took care of all the details and gave great advice on what I should and shouldn't do to prep my home for sale. Their advice not only saved me money but lead to a quick and successful sale of my home, all during the COVID 19 pandemic. Thanks so much Charleston Fine Homes Team! — Eric G.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    Franne and Chari were amazing…they were always there to help…I cannot say enough about them.We could not have imagined that selling our home could have been any smoother. We had lived in our home for 20 years and the Charleston Fine Homes team was truly exceptional. They made everything so easy to helping with the entire process from preparing our home for sale up until closing. They are knowledgeable, trusting and kind ladies. I would use them again and again. — Patty

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    The buying experience with Yvette was incredible.  She made the process exceedingly easy and stress free. She provided me the knowledge of an experienced professional you'd expect from a big name in the industry without the pushiness you sometimes find with larger companies. I'd definitely recommend Yvette to my friends and family. — Kyle B.

  • 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