Top 10 Best Charleston Public Schools (2022)

For the 2022 school year, there are 41 public schools serving 21,322 students in Charleston, SC. Charleston has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in South Carolina.
The top ranked public schools in Charleston, SC are Buist Academy, James Island Charter High School and Montessori Community School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Charleston, SC public schools have an average math proficiency score of 50% (versus the South Carolina public school average of 46%), and reading proficiency score of 53% (versus the 48% statewide average). Schools in Charleston have an average ranking of 8/10, which is in the top 30% of South Carolina public schools.
Minority enrollment is 51% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the South Carolina public school average of 49% (majority Black).

Best Charleston, SC Public Schools (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Buist Academy
Magnet School
Math: 91% | Reading: 91%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
103 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 724-7750
Grades: K-8
| 486 students
Rank: #22.
James Island Charter High School
Charter School
Math: 83% | Reading: 87%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1000 Ft. Johnson Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-2754
Grades: 9-12
| 1,597 students
Rank: #33.
Montessori Community School
Magnet School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
2122 Wood Avenue
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 769-0346
Grades: PK-8
| 273 students
Rank: #44.
Daniel Island School
Math: 79% | Reading: 81%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
(7)
2365 Daniel Island Drive
Charleston, SC 29492
(843) 471-2301
Grades: PK-8
| 1,191 students
Rank: #55.
Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 80% | Reading: 79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1871 Wallace School Road
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 763-1555
Grades: K-5
| 613 students
Rank: #66.
Stiles Point Elementary School
Math: 75% | Reading: 72%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
883-a Mikell Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-2767
Grades: PK-5
| 709 students
Rank: #77.
Orange Grove Charter
Charter School
Math: 72% | Reading: 74%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1225 Orange Branch Road
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 763-1520
Grades: PK-8
| 1,160 students
Rank: #88.
Harbor View Elementary School
Math: 71% | Reading: 70%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1576 Harbor View Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-2749
Grades: PK-5
| 653 students
Rank: #99.
West Ashley High School
Magnet School
Math: 65% | Reading: 75%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
(1)
4060 West Wildcat Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 573-1201
Grades: 9-12
| 1,685 students
Rank: #1010.
Philip Simmons High School
Math: 60-64% | Reading: 70-74%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3080 River Village Drive
Charleston, SC 29492
(843) 471-2960
Grades: 9-10
| 217 students
Rank: #1111.
Philip Simmons Elementary School
Math: 60-64% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2095 Seven Sticks Drive
Charleston, SC 29492
(843) 471-2580
Grades: PK-4
| 345 students
Rank: #1212.
St. Andrew's School Of Math And Science
Magnet School
Math: 66% | Reading: 60%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
30 Chadwick Drive
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 763-1503
Grades: PK-5
| 807 students
Rank: #1313.
Drayton Hall Elementary School
Math: 62% | Reading: 57%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
3138 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 852-0678
Grades: PK-5
| 829 students
Rank: #1414.
Camp Road Middle School
Math: 54% | Reading: 57%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1484 Camp Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-2784
Grades: 6-8
| 793 students
Rank: #15 - 1615. - 16.
Carolina Voyager Charter
Charter School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
30 Race Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 203-3891
Grades: K-5
| 243 students
Rank: #15 - 1615. - 16.
James Island Elementary School
Math: 52% | Reading: 52%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1872 Grimball Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-8240
Grades: PK-5
| 564 students
Rank: #1717.
Burke High School
Magnet School
Math: 35-39% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
244 President Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 579-4815
Grades: 9-12
| 372 students
Rank: #1818.
Murray Lasaine Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
691 Riverland Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-2765
Grades: PK-6
| 354 students
Rank: #1919.
Oakland Elementary School
Math: 49% | Reading: 41%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
505-a Arlington Drive
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 763-1510
Grades: PK-5
| 566 students
Rank: #2020.
Philip Simmons Middle School
Math: 32% | Reading: 50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2065 Seven Sticks Drive
Charleston, SC 29492
(843) 471-2590
Grades: 5-8
| 270 students
Rank: #2121.
C. E. Williams Middle School For Creative And Scientific Art
Magnet School
Math: 37% | Reading: 46%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
640 Butte Street
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 763-1529
Grades: 6-8
| 664 students
Rank: #2222.
Charleston Charter School For Math And Science
Charter School
Math: 29% | Reading: 47%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1002 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 720-3185
Grades: 6-12
| 554 students
Rank: #2323.
Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
4542 Simms Street
Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 745-7105
Grades: PK-8
| 365 students
Rank: #24 - 2524. - 25.
Charleston Development Academy
Charter School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
233 Line Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-2689
Grades: PK-8
| 183 students
Rank: #24 - 2524. - 25.
Springfield Elementary School
Math: 36% | Reading: 35%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
2130 Pinehurst Avenue
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 763-1538
Grades: PK-5
| 682 students
Rank: #2626.
Matilda Dunston Elementary School
Math: 35-39% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1825 Remount Road
Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 745-7109
Grades: PK-3
| 345 students
Rank: #2727.
Allegro Charter School Of Music
Charter School
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
120 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 297-8033
Grades: 6-11
| 183 students
Rank: #2828.
A. C. Corcoran Elementary School
Math: 34% | Reading: 25%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
8585 Vistavia Road
Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 764-2218
Grades: PK-4
| 661 students
Rank: #2929.
Charleston Progressive
Magnet School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
(1)
382 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 720-2967
Grades: PK-5
| 324 students
Rank: #3030.
West Ashley Middle School
Math: 26% | Reading: 30%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1776 Kennerty Drive
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 763-1546
Grades: 6-8
| 541 students
Rank: #3131.
James Simons Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
741 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 724-7763
Grades: PK-8
| 401 students
Rank: #3232.
Stono Park Elementary School
Math: 23% | Reading: 26%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1699 Garden Street
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 763-1507
Grades: PK-5
| 371 students
Rank: #3333.
Mitchell Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 15-19%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2 Perry Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 724-7261
Grades: PK-5
| 316 students
Rank: #34 - 3534. - 35.
Pattison's Academy For Comprehensive Education
Charter School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2014 Bees Ferry Road
Charleston, SC 29414
(843) 556-1070
Grades: K-12
| 38 students
Rank: #34 - 3534. - 35.
Prestige Preparatory Academy
Charter School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
415 Avenue F
Charleston, SC 29423
(843) 900-7722
Grades: K-5
| 61 students
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Charleston, South Carolina Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
1101 Camp Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 795-6877
Grades: K-8
| 75 students
1825 Camp Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-2740
Grades: 6-8
| 465 students
63 Columbus Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 724-7767
Grades: PK-6
| 217 students
1484 Camp Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-2784
Grades: 6-8
| 332 students
1225 Orange Branch
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 763-1520
Grades: PK-4
| 715 students
721 Wappoo Road
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 763-1533
Grades: 6-8
| 323 students
1929 Grimball Road
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-2774
Grades: 9-12
| 93 students
4951 Rivers Ave
Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 744-8882
Grades: K-6
| n/a students

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