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For the 2021 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 49% (versus the South Carolina public school average of 45%), and reading proficiency score of 52% (versus the 45% 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).

Top Charleston, SC Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    Buist Academy Magnet School
    Math: 92% | Reading: 93%
    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: 79% | Reading: 86%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1000 Ft. Johnson Road
    Charleston, SC 29412
    (843) 762-2754

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,597 student
  • Rank: #33.
    Montessori Community School Magnet School
    Math: 80-84% | 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: 78% | Reading: 80%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2365 Daniel Island Drive
    Charleston, SC 29492
    (843) 471-2301

    Grades: PK-8 | 1,191 student
  • Rank: #55.
    Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 77% | Reading: 76%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    1871 Wallace School Road
    Charleston, SC 29407
    (843) 763-1555

    Grades: K-5 | 613 students
  • Rank: #66.
    Philip Simmons High School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    3080 River Village Drive
    Charleston, SC 29492
    (843) 471-2960

    Grades: 9-10 | 217 students
  • Rank: #77.
    Harbor View Elementary School Math: 70% | Reading: 71%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1576 Harbor View Road
    Charleston, SC 29412
    (843) 762-2749

    Grades: PK-5 | 653 students
  • Rank: #88.
    Stiles Point Elementary School Math: 71% | Reading: 69%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    883-a Mikell Drive
    Charleston, SC 29412
    (843) 762-2767

    Grades: PK-5 | 709 students
  • Rank: #99.
    Orange Grove Charter Charter School
    Math: 68% | Reading: 69%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1225 Orange Branch Road
    Charleston, SC 29407
    (843) 763-1520

    Grades: PK-8 | 1,160 student
  • Rank: #1010.
    Philip Simmons Elementary School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    2095 Seven Sticks Drive
    Charleston, SC 29492
    (843) 471-2580

    Grades: PK-4 | 345 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    West Ashley High School Magnet School
    Math: 55% | Reading: 70%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    4060 West Wildcat Boulevard
    Charleston, SC 29414
    (843) 573-1201

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,685 student
  • Rank: #1212.
    St. Andrew's School Of Math And Science Magnet School
    Math: 57% | Reading: 50%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    30 Chadwick Drive
    Charleston, SC 29407
    (843) 763-1503

    Grades: PK-5 | 807 students
  • Rank: #1313.
    Camp Road Middle School Math: 54% | Reading: 53%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1484 Camp Road
    Charleston, SC 29412
    (843) 762-2784

    Grades: 6-8 | 793 students
  • Rank: #1414.
    Drayton Hall Elementary School Math: 51% | Reading: 51%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    3138 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414
    (843) 852-0678

    Grades: PK-5 | 829 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Carolina Voyager Charter Charter School
    Math: 50-54% | Reading: 45-49%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    30 Race Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 203-3891

    Grades: K-5 | 243 students
  • Rank: #1616.
    James Island Elementary School Math: 49% | Reading: 51%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    1872 Grimball Road
    Charleston, SC 29412
    (843) 762-8240

    Grades: PK-5 | 564 students
  • Rank: #1717.
    Pattison's Academy For Comprehensive Education Charter School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    2014 Bees Ferry Road
    Charleston, SC 29414
    (843) 556-1070

    Grades: K-12 | 38 students
  • Rank: #1818.
    Oakland Elementary School Math: 50% | Reading: 45%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    505-a Arlington Drive
    Charleston, SC 29414
    (843) 763-1510

    Grades: PK-5 | 566 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    Burke High School Magnet School
    Math: 30-34% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    244 President Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 579-4815

    Grades: 9-12 | 372 students
  • Rank: #2020.
    C. E. Williams Middle School For Creative And Scientific Art Magnet School
    Math: 38% | Reading: 43%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    640 Butte Street
    Charleston, SC 29414
    (843) 763-1529

    Grades: 6-8 | 664 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    Charleston Development Academy Charter School
    Math: 35-39% | Reading: 40-44%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    233 Line Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 722-2689

    Grades: PK-8 | 183 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    Charleston Charter School For Math And Science Charter School
    Math: 34% | Reading: 46%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1002 King Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 720-3185

    Grades: 6-12 | 554 students
  • Rank: #2323.
    Philip Simmons Middle School Math: 36% | Reading: 44%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2065 Seven Sticks Drive
    Charleston, SC 29492
    (843) 471-2590

    Grades: 5-8 | 270 students
  • Rank: #2424.
    Springfield Elementary School Math: 38% | Reading: 32%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2130 Pinehurst Avenue
    Charleston, SC 29414
    (843) 763-1538

    Grades: PK-5 | 682 students
  • Rank: #25-2625.- 26.
    Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 25-29% | Reading: 35-39%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    4542 Simms Street
    Charleston, SC 29406
    (843) 745-7105

    Grades: PK-8 | 365 students
  • Rank: #25-2625.- 26.
    Murray Lasaine Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 25-29% | Reading: 35-39%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    691 Riverland Drive
    Charleston, SC 29412
    (843) 762-2765

    Grades: PK-6 | 354 students
  • Rank: #2727.
    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: #2828.
    A. C. Corcoran Elementary School Math: 40% | Reading: 25%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    8585 Vistavia Road
    Charleston, SC 29406
    (843) 764-2218

    Grades: PK-4 | 661 students
  • Rank: #2929.
    Mitchell Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 35-39% | Reading: 20-24%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2 Perry Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 724-7261

    Grades: PK-5 | 316 students
  • Rank: #3030.
    Allegro Charter School Of Music Charter School
    Math: 15-19% | Reading: 35-39%
    Rank
    3/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    120 Broad Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 297-8033

    Grades: 6-11 | 183 students
  • Rank: #3131.
    West Ashley Middle School Math: 27% | Reading: 27%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1776 Kennerty Drive
    Charleston, SC 29407
    (843) 763-1546

    Grades: 6-8 | 541 students
  • Rank: #3232.
    Stono Park Elementary School Math: 20-24% | Reading: 25-29%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1699 Garden Street
    Charleston, SC 29407
    (843) 763-1507

    Grades: PK-5 | 371 students
  • Rank: #3333.
    Charleston Progressive Magnet School
    Math: 25-29% | Reading: 20-24%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    382 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 720-2967

    Grades: PK-5 | 324 students
  • Rank: #3434.
    James Simons Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 15-19% | Reading: 25-29%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    741 King Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 724-7763

    Grades: PK-8 | 401 students
  • Rank: #3535.
    Deer Park Middle School Math: 14% | Reading: 20%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2263 Otranto Road
    Charleston, SC 29406
    (843) 990-5200

    Grades: 5-7 | 561 students
  • Show 6 more public schools in Charleston, SC (out of 41 total schools)
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