Top 10 Best Beaufort County Public Schools (2022)

For the 2022 school year, there are 33 public schools serving 21,546 students in Beaufort County, SC. Beaufort County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in South Carolina.
The top ranked public schools in Beaufort County, SC are Whale Branch Early College High School, Bluffton High School and Hilton Head Island High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Beaufort County, SC public schools have an average math proficiency score of 50% (versus the South Carolina public school average of 47%), and reading proficiency score of 49% (versus the 49% statewide average). Schools in Beaufort County have an average ranking of 9/10, which is in the top 20% of South Carolina public schools.
Minority enrollment is 61% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the South Carolina public school average of 51% (majority Black).

Best Beaufort County Public Schools (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Whale Branch Early College High School
Magnet School
Math: 85-89% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
169 Detour Road
Seabrook, SC 29940
(843) 466-2700
Grades: 9-12
| 438 students
Rank: #22.
Bluffton High School
Math: 84% | Reading: 82%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
12 H. E. Mccracken Circle
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 706-8800
Grades: 9-12
| 1,289 students
Rank: #33.
Hilton Head Island High School
Math: 80-84% | Reading: 82%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
70 Wilborn Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 689-4800
Grades: 9-12
| 1,359 students
Rank: #44.
May River High School
Math: 77% | Reading: 79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
601 New Riverside Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 836-4900
Grades: 9-12
| 1,478 students
Rank: #55.
Battery Creek High School
Magnet School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
(1)
1 Blue Dolphin Drive
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 322-5500
Grades: 9-12
| 766 students
Rank: #66.
Riverview Charter School
Charter School
Math: 66% | Reading: 65%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
81 Savannah Highway
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 379-0133
Grades: K-8
| 691 students
Rank: #77.
Coosa Elementary School
Math: 72% | Reading: 60%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
45 Middle Road
Beaufort, SC 29907
(843) 322-6100
Grades: PK-5
| 453 students
Rank: #88.
Okatie Elementary School
Math: 71% | Reading: 61%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
53 Cherry Point Road
Okatie, SC 29909
(843) 322-7700
Grades: PK-5
| 563 students
Rank: #99.
Pritchardville Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 68% | Reading: 59%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
9447 Evan Way
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 707-0500
Grades: PK-5
| 881 students
Rank: #1010.
Beaufort High School
Magnet School
Math: 57% | Reading: 70%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
84 Sea Island Parkway
Beaufort, SC 29907
(843) 302-2000
Grades: 9-12
| 1,204 students
Rank: #1111.
River Ridge Academy
Magnet School
Math: 57% | Reading: 59%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
3050 River Ridge Drive
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 836-4600
Grades: PK-8
| 1,089 students
Rank: #1212.
Hilton Head Island Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 57% | Reading: 50%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
30 School Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 342-4100
Grades: 1-5
| 769 students
Rank: #1313.
Red Cedar Elementary School
Math: 57% | Reading: 49%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
10 Box Elder Street
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 707-0600
Grades: PK-5
| 572 students
Rank: #1414.
Bluffton Elementary School
Math: 55% | Reading: 49%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
160 H.e. Mccracken Circle
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 706-8500
Grades: PK-5
| 753 students
Rank: #1515.
Hilton Head Island School For The Creative Arts
Math: 49% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
10 Bus Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 342-4380
Grades: PK-5
| 594 students
Rank: #1616.
H. E. Mccracken Middle School
Math: 45% | Reading: 47%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
250 H. E. Mccracken Circle
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 706-8700
Grades: 6-8
| 935 students
Rank: #1717.
Michael C. Riley Elementary School
Math: 55% | Reading: 37%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
200 Burnt Church Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 706-8300
Grades: PK-5
| 712 students
Rank: #1818.
Mossy Oaks Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
2510 Mossy Oaks Road
Beaufort, SC 29902
(843) 322-2900
Grades: PK-5
| 351 students
Rank: #1919.
Hilton Head Island Middle School
Math: 43% | Reading: 46%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
55 Wilborn Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 689-4500
Grades: 6-8
| 882 students
Rank: #2020.
Bluffton Middle School
Math: 43% | Reading: 43%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
30 New Mustang Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 707-0700
Grades: 6-8
| 823 students
Rank: #2121.
Beaufort Middle School
Magnet School
Math: 42% | Reading: 43%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2501 Mossy Oaks Boulevard
Beaufort, SC 29902
(843) 322-5700
Grades: 6-8
| 461 students
Rank: #2222.
Port Royal Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
1214 Paris Avenue
Port Royal, SC 29935
(843) 322-0834
Grades: PK-5
| 168 students
Rank: #2323.
Lady's Island Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
73 Chowan Creek Bluff
Beaufort, SC 29907
(843) 322-2240
Grades: PK-5
| 225 students
Rank: #2424.
Beaufort Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 42% | Reading: 37%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
1800 Prince Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
(843) 322-2600
Grades: PK-5
| 375 students
Rank: #2525.
Lowcountry Montessori School
Charter School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
749 Broad River Drive
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 322-0577
Grades: PK-12
| 327 students
Rank: #2626.
Lady's Island Middle School
Magnet School
Math: 34% | Reading: 36%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
30 Cougar Drive
Beaufort, SC 29907
(843) 322-3167
Grades: 6-8
| 509 students
Rank: #2727.
Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School
Math: 35-39% | Reading: 30-34%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
121 Morrall Drive
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 466-3400
Grades: PK-5
| 385 students
Rank: #2828.
Broad River Elementary School
Math: 36% | Reading: 33%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
474 Broad River Road
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 322-8400
Grades: PK-5
| 446 students
Rank: #2929.
St. Helena Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 20-24%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1025 Sea Island Parkway
Saint Helena Island, SC 29920
(843) 838-0300
Grades: PK-5
| 347 students
Rank: #3030.
Robert Smalls International Academy
Magnet School
Math: 26% | Reading: 29%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
(2)
43 W. K. Alston Drive
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 322-2500
Grades: PK-8
| 644 students
Rank: #3131.
Whale Branch Middle School
Math: 25% | Reading: 25%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
2009 Trask Parkway
Sheldon, SC 29941
(843) 466-3000
Grades: 5-8
| 358 students
Rank: #3232.
Whale Branch Elementary School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 20-24%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
15 Stuart Point Road
Sheldon, SC 29941
(843) 466-1000
Grades: PK-4
| 376 students
165 Pembroke Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 689-0400
Grades: PK-K
| 323 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Beaufort County, SC

Beaufort County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
2 Albacore St.
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 846-9283
Grades: 3-8
| n/a students
22 Old Haig Point Rd
Daufuskie Island, SC 29915
(843) 842-1251
Grades: PK-5
| 17 students
10 Wilborn Rd.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 689-7450
Grades: PK-5
| 2,023 students
2900 Mink Point Blvd
Beaufort, SC 29902
(843) 322-0733
Grades: 6-12
| 68 students
364 Kean Neck Rd
Seabrook, SC 29940
(843) 466-3600
Grades: PK-K
| 171 students
345 Elliott Dr
Beaufort, SC 29906
(912) 408-3380
Grades: PK-2
| n/a students
221 E. Cardinal Lane
Beaufort, SC 29906
(912) 369-6691
Grades: PK-2
| n/a students
81 Savannah Hwy
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 322-2825
Grades: PK-5
| 379 students

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