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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Charleston County School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Charleston, SC. It has 48,551 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 46% of students are at least proficient in math and 49% in reading.
75 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Charleston County School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
49%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1170
2,236 responses
Average ACT
26
1,088 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
48,551
Free or Reduced Lunch
56%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,492
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.7%

Finances

Total Expenses
$686,455,000
Expenses Per Student
$16,604/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    53%
  • Support Services
    42%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$61,367
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,135
National
$949
Median Home Value
$286,200
National
$184,700

Charleston County School District Reviews

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I recently moved to Charleston, therefore I am enrolled in a Charleston County school now. I am very happy where I am compared to the other school districts I attended school at. Charleston County has administrators that give you many chances to succeed and they also try to get to know each student personally. These are the type of people that never want to see you fail and genuinely care about your success. I am now enrolled in trident classes after an uncertainty about wether I would graduate on time or not. Without the transition to Charleston County from Berkeley County, I would've been off track from my graduation, and deeply struggling in my environment. There are a few kinks that need to be worked out like the amount of clubs at my school, but in general, Charleston County is a wonderful school district that many students will thrive in!
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In the Charleston County School District, I attended Charleston County School of the Arts which is a magnet school that allows students interested in art of almost any kind a place to study and improve their skills. Charleston County provided me with excellent amenities whether it be through beautiful schools and campuses to art supplies. Charleston County however lacks basic communication skills with students and parents, has over full classrooms with poor classroom management, and has some of the lowest parent involvement I have ever seen. These things I believe if improved would cause Charleston County School district to feel a closer connection to students and parents as well as schools themselves and overall create a more caring and involved school district.
In my experience of learning in Charleston, South Carolina I have met many good people including teachers and fellow students. From kindergarten to my senior year, which I now am in, I have seen how strong my education really is. I am thankful to have learned in such a populated and competitive environment because i have learned to push myself to be the best student I can. At my high school there are over 5,000 people which shows just how populated this area is. I do believe that such a heavily populated school has downsides such as large classrooms and difficulty meeting new people. When classes have up to 30 kids per teacher, it is hard to focus, learn, and interact with your teacher. If I had not been involved in extracurricular activities then I would have had a lot of trouble meeting new people and making friends. I do sense that there is a major lack in diversity in these schools but I hope in the future this will change.