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For the 2021 school year, there are 85 public schools serving 50,828 students in Charleston County, SC. Charleston County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in South Carolina.
The top ranked public schools in Charleston County, SC are Buist Academy, Wando High School and Oceanside Collegiate Academy. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Charleston County, SC public schools have an average math proficiency score of 50% (versus the South Carolina public school average of 45%), and reading proficiency score of 51% (versus the 45% statewide average). Schools in Charleston County have an average ranking of 9/10, which is in the top 20% of South Carolina public schools.
Minority enrollment is 52% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the South Carolina public school average of 49% (majority Black).

Top Charleston County 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.
    Wando High School Math: 87% | Reading: 93%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    1000 Warrior Way
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
    (843) 881-8200

    Grades: 9-12 | 3,997 students
  • Rank: #33.
    Oceanside Collegiate Academy Charter School
    Math: 80-84% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    580 Faison Street
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
    (843) 936-7128

    Grades: 9-12 | 521 students
  • Rank: #44.
    Charleston School Of The Arts Magnet School
    Math: 83% | Reading: 87%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    5109-b West Enterprise Street
    North Charleston, SC 29405
    (843) 529-4990

    Grades: 6-12 | 1,113 student
  • Rank: #55.
    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: #66.
    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: #77.
    Mt. Pleasant Academy Math: 82% | Reading: 79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    605 Center Street
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
    (843) 849-2826

    Grades: PK-5 | 610 students
  • Rank: #8-98.-9.
    Charles Pinckney Elementary School Math: 80% | Reading: 77%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    3300 Thomas Cario Boulevard
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
    (843) 856-4585

    Grades: 3-5 | 767 students
  • Rank: #8-98.-9.
    Palmetto Scholars Academy Charter School
    Math: 78% | Reading: 80%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    7499 Dorchester Road
    North Charleston, SC 29418
    (843) 300-4119

    Grades: 6-12 | 509 students
  • Rank: #10-1110.- 11.
    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: #10-1110.- 11.
    Belle Hall Elementary School Math: 77% | Reading: 76%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    385 Egypt Road
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
    (843) 849-2841

    Grades: PK-5 | 752 students
  • Rank: #1212.
    Sullivan's Island Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 79% | Reading: 73%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    2015 I'on Avenue
    Sullivans Island, SC 29482
    (843) 883-3118

    Grades: PK-5 | 486 students
  • Rank: #1313.
    Jennie Moore Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 79% | Reading: 72%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    2725 Bulrush Basket Lane
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
    (843) 849-2815

    Grades: PK-5 | 1,157 student
  • Rank: #1414.
    East Cooper Montessori Charter Charter School
    Math: 73% | Reading: 76%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    250 Ponsbury Road
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
    (843) 216-2883

    Grades: PK-8 | 377 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Math: 78% | Reading: 71%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    1565 Rifle Range Road
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
    (843) 849-2838

    Grades: PK-5 | 729 students
  • Rank: #1616.
    Carolina Park Elementary School Math: 76% | Reading: 71%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    3650 Park Avenue Boulevard
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
    (843) 856-8060

    Grades: PK-5 | 663 students
  • Rank: #1717.
    Thomas C. Cario Middle School Math: 70% | Reading: 72%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    3500 Thomas Cario Boulevard
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
    (843) 856-4595

    Grades: 6-8 | 1,193 student
  • Rank: #1818.
    Garrett Academy Of Technology Magnet School
    Math: 70-74% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    2731 Gordon Street
    North Charleston, SC 29405
    (843) 745-7126

    Grades: 9-12 | 413 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    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: #2020.
    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: #2121.
    Moultrie Middle School Math: 69% | Reading: 71%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    645 Coleman Boulevard
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
    (843) 849-2819

    Grades: 6-8 | 800 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    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: #2323.
    Laing Middle School Magnet School
    Math: 66% | Reading: 68%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    2705 Bulrush Basket Lane
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
    (843) 849-2809

    Grades: 6-8 | 1,258 student
  • Rank: #2424.
    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: #2525.
    St. Johns High School Math: 50-54% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1518 Main Road
    Johns Island, SC 29455
    (843) 559-6400

    Grades: 9-12 | 321 students
  • Rank: #2626.
    James B. Edwards Elementary School Math: 61% | Reading: 51%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    885 Von Kolnitz Road
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
    (843) 849-2805

    Grades: PK-5 | 568 students
  • Rank: #2727.
    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: #2828.
    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: #2929.
    R. B. Stall High School Math: 49% | Reading: 56%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    3625 Ashley Phosphate Road
    North Charleston, SC 29418
    (843) 764-2200

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,504 student
  • Rank: #3030.
    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: #31-3231.- 32.
    Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School Charter School
    Math: 50-54% | Reading: 45-49%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    1101 Old Cemetery Road
    Mc Clellanville, SC 29458
    (843) 887-3323

    Grades: PK-8 | 191 students
  • Rank: #31-3231.- 32.
    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: #3333.
    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: #3434.
    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: #3535.
    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
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