The Digital Corridor's education objective is to increase communication and interaction between higher education institutions and the business community. Higher education provides the benefit of a qualified employee stream, as well as faculty-business linkages for applied research and product development.
Advanced offerings in computer science, business administration, engineering and science are paramount to a company's ever-changing business and technical environment. Likewise, it is also important for professionals living and working in Charleston and those considering relocating to the region to have access to quality education at the Pre-Kindergarten and grade school levels.

Higher Education

With more than a dozen campuses regionally, residents and businesses have access to a range of educational opportunities, from the liberal arts to the bio-informatics. Each year, more than 34,000 students take advantage of the region's comprehensive mix of higher education options.

Additionally, the Charleston region is within reasonable proximity to several top-tier research universities, including those in Atlanta, Georgia and Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Recognizing that talent is critical to the growth and development of high-impact companies, the Charleston Digital Corridor is playing an increasing role with academia to bridge high-quality talent with relevant professional and technical opportunities.

Other South Carolina Higher Education Institutions

In addition to the graduates from local colleges and universities, the Charleston region is a destination of choice for many graduates of Clemson University (approximately 200 miles away) and the University of South Carolina at Columbia (approximately 100 miles away).

  • Clemson University - 16,000
  • University of South Carolina - 25,000

K-12 : Public

South Carolina has adopted a "Personal Pathways to Success" program to better prepare students for the workforce and college through early career planning and industrialized curriculum. School districts must organize their high school curriculum around career clusters of study to foster creativity, critical thinking and self-discipline. Learn more by visiting the South Carolina Department of Education

The Charleston area offers a number of the best performing schools in South Carolina. The region is divided into four public school districts, which support more than 130 schools and serve nearly 90,000 students, or nearly 90% of the school-age population.

K-12 : Private + Parochial

There are over 75 independent schools that serve the three-county Charleston region, educating about 11,500 students. Some of the nationally recognized schools include Ashley Hall, Porter Gaud and Pinewood Preparatory. For a listing of private schools in the tri-county area (Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties), visit the South Carolina Department of Education

Job Training

Charleston area companies have access to a number of customized employee training, staff recruiting and workforce development programs to meet their needs for a highly skilled workforce.


The Charleston region is home to a number of high-quality, accredited early childhood centers offering a wide range of programs including full-day, half-day and mothers-morning-out programs. The following is a representative list of pre-k programs in the area:




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