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Top Private Schools in Charleston

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One of the first things that families consider when moving to a new location is the quality of the education system. Not only can living nearby a high-quality school increase the value of your home but more importantly, the school system can have a major impact on your child’s overall education and future pursuits.

To examine this for the Seabrook Island area, we took a look at Niche.com’s top-rated schools to compile a list of the best private schools in Charleston. Niche’s ratings are based on parent reviews, National Center for Education statistics, and self-reported data. To view their full methodology, take a look at the Niche page explaining where grades come from.

Top 5 Private Schools in the Charleston, SC Area

#1: Porter-Gaud School

Located in West Ashley, Porter-Gaud ranked first for best overall private school, college preparation, and teachers. This Christian (Episcopal) school is for grades 1-12 and 100% of graduates go on to attend a 4-year college. Approximately 942 students attend the school, with a 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio.

Fast Facts:

  • A+ for Academics
  • A for Teachers
  • A+ for Clubs and activities
  • B- for Diversity
  • A for College prep
  • A for Sports

#2: Ashley Hall School

Ashley Hall is an all-girls private school located in the heart of downtown Charleston on Rutledge Avenue. The boarding school is ranked second for best overall, college preparation, and teachers. Ashley Hall is a well-known school that boasts notable alums including Barbara Bush. The school offers AP classes, and 100% of attendees go to a 4-year college after graduation. For the 672 students that attend the school, there is a 7:1 student-to-teacher-ratio.

Fast Facts:

  • A+ for Academics
  • A- for Teachers
  • B for Clubs and activities
  • C for Diversity
  • A for College prep
  • A for Sports

#3: Palmetto Christian Academy

Palmetto Christian Academy is a Christian private school in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina that is ranked third overall and for college prep. 100% of students attend a 4-year college after senior year. There are approximately 580 students at the school, with a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio.

Fast Facts:

  • A for Academics
  • B for Teachers
  • B for Clubs and activities
  • C for Diversity
  • B+ for College prep
  • A- for Sports

#4: Charleston Collegiate School

Conveniently located on Johns Island, the Charleston Collegiate School is one of the closest of the private schools. 320 students between pre-kindergarten and 12th grade attend the highly-rated school. The school offers a 6:1 student-teacher ratio. After graduation, 85% of students move on to attend a four-year college or university.

Fast Facts:

  • A- for Academics
  • B for Teachers
  • A for Clubs and Activities
  • B- for Diversity
  • B+ for College Prep
  • A- for Sports

#5 First Baptist Church School of Charleston

First Baptist School is a private, Christian school located in downtown Charleston, SC. It has 502 students in grades PK to K-12, with a student to teacher ratio of 11:1. 100% of graduate students go on to attend a 4-year college.

Fast Facts:

  • A for Academics
  • B for Teachers
  • B for Clubs and Activities
  • C for Diversity
  • B for College Prep
  • A- for Sports

Best for Diversity

Northside Christian School

Northside Christian School is located in North Charleston and ranks first for diversity. 95% of its 276 students attend 4-year colleges. The school boasts a 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio.

Fast Facts:

  • B+ for Academics
  • C+ for Teachers
  • B for Clubs and activities
  • A- for Diversity
  • B- for College prep
  • B+ for Sports

More Top Ranked Schools Near Seabrook

Seabrook’s proximity to Charleston not only provides you with opportunities to enjoy the local culture but also to reap the benefits of our strong educational systems located near the city. Here are a few more of our top-ranked private schools in the area:

  • Addlestone Hebrew Academy
  • Bishop England High School
  • Blessed Sacrament School
  • Charleston Catholic School
  • Charleston Charter School for Math and Science
  • Charleston Day School
  • Charles Towne Montessori
  • James Island Christian School
  • Nativity School
  • Northside Christian School
  • Saint Paul’s Academy

For a full list of private schools in South Carolina, view the directory from the SC Information Highway. If you would like more information on private schools near Seabrook Island, be sure to contact one of our Seabrook Island Real Estate agents.

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