Talent is the currency of the 21st century. Business and community leaders in the Charleston region understand the critical role education plays in advancing a knowledge economy. From pre-kindergarten through doctoral level studies and even, computer code schools, Charleston is committed to providing the best educational opportunities possible.
Educational attainment in the Charleston region is higher than in the United States overall. In fact, US Census Bureau ranks Charleston among the top 15% of all U.S. metropolitan areas in terms of the proportion of residents holding advanced degrees.
Charleston area residents enjoy diverse options in K-12 education, including:
Four public school districts:
In addition to the Schools Districts, Charleston is home to:
- A growing number of charter schools
- Many independent schools, including nationally recognized schools - Ashley Hall, Porter Gaud, Pinewood Preparatory and Trident Academy
- A number of public magnet schools, including Charleston County's Academic Magnet High School, consistently ranked among the nation's top ten schools by Newsweek
- South Carolina's Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities or the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, ranked among the best academic secondary schools in the nation
For additional information on area public and private schools, visit the South Carolina Department of Education.
Beyond K-12, more than two-dozen college and universities provide easy access to a full spectrum of higher education opportunities, from computer science to the culinary arts. Colleges in the region are regularly ranked among the nation's best by Peterson's, U.S News & World Report and other respected guides. Notable Higher Education Institutions in the Charleston Region include:
The Charleston region is within reasonable proximity to several top-tier research universities, including those in Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill (RTP). The state of South Carolina is also home to three universities with highly respected, growing research programs:
- Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Research funding fiscal 2013: $232 million
- Clemson University
Research funding fiscal 2013: $176 million
- University of South Carolina
Research funding fiscal 2013: $220 million
Private Coding Schools
- CODEcamp is a community-sourced training program offered by the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation to provide instruction in open source Web and mobile technologies.
- The Iron Yard Academy (Charleston) teaches intensive, three-month courses that mentor students into a professional junior-level programmers.