Established: 1970

Charleston Collegiate School

Address: 2024 Academy Drive
John’s Island, SC 29455
Phone Number: 843-559-5506
Fax Number: 843-559-6172
Web Site:
Principal or Headmaster: Hacker Burr
Admissions Contact: Patricia Ferris
843-559-5506 x228
Mission Statement: Charleston Collegiate School is a progressive, nonsectarian, independent day school which strives to recognize, nurture, and challenge each of its students. The mission of Charleston Collegiate is to have a positive impact on the lives of all of our students so that they may, in turn, positively impact the world around them. We provide a comprehensive learning experience which includes college-preparatory academics, arts, athletics, and community service. We are dedicated to preparing students to face the challenges of the 21st century with creativity, strong problem-solving skills, respect for community and environment, and a solid ethical foundation.
Governing Board: Board of Trustees
Grades Served: PreKindergarten-12
Total Enrollment: 200
Tuition/Fees: PS $7,490
K $8,975
1-2 $11,000
3-4 $12,375
5-8 $13,200
9-12 $14,450
Tuition insurance, text books, uniforms and school lunches are purchased by parents, and the cost of these items is not included in the above tuition figures.
Student Teacher Ratio: 7:1
Attributes: Nestled under grand, moss-laden live oaks, Charleston Collegiate School offers a thirty-acre campus of vast playing fields and wooded trails. Located only twenty minutes from Charleston’s historic district on one side and Kiawah Island on the other, the school stands in the middle of the rural beauty of John’s Island. Because of its unique location and its diversified population, Charleston Collegiate attracts students from far-reaching areas such as Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, the Isle of Palms, and Summerville.The Charleston Collegiate environment values creativity, compassion for others, a passion for learning, and vibrant diversity. Charleston Collegiate School is a nonsectarian, independent school organized as a Lower School (PS-4), Intermediate Level (5-6), Middle School (7-8), and Upper School (9-12). We offer a traditional liberal arts curriculum and seek to develop students academically, athletically, and artistically.

Charleston Collegiate has a 14 acre Outdoor Education Center. The Center has three outdoor classrooms, a low-ropes course with ten different elements, a black water swamp, and a mile of trails. We also have 17 kayaks, house at Fenwick Plantation, that are used in conjunction with the Outdoor Education Center. The curriculum for the Outdoor Education Center is built around environmental studies, area history, and leadership training.

Charleston Collegiate is the only co-educational, nonsectarian, preschool through 12th grade, independent school in the metropolitan area; this distinction has allowed the school to become quite diverse, with a minority enrollment of almost 25%. Charleston Collegiate is fully accredited.

In addition to a core of remarkably talented, seasoned teachers, the predominantly young faculty at Charleston Collegiate School reflects a dedication to the idea of developing an extraordinary academic environment, sensitive to future needs. Almost 75% of our faculty have advanced degrees, and all of our teachers continue to further their own education through additional graduate courses, conferences, and school visits.