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The Charleston Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 193 students

Our school is best known for academic excellence and fine arts specialization.
 
 

 
 

Living in Charleston

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $213,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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4 stars

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Posted August 15, 2014

Charleston Catholic School has been an amazing school for my children academically and spiritually. I can't say enough about the in depth academics CCS offers, while integrating creative thinking through Art in Science, Math, English and of course their Music and Drama programs. The teachers and leadership have exceeded my expectations and excited to be a part of this extraordinary growing school program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

Charleston is an amazing town, and incredible for families. Beaches, parks, culture, I find there is no town in the country that can match it, especially when you throw the beaches and water access in. The downtown neighbourhoods are very affordable, especially compared to Beacon Hill, Georgetown, Brooklyn etc... Charleston Catholic makes living in town with kids possible!!! We moved here from the. Northeast with 4 children and were desperate to live downtown near the action. Thanks to Charleston Catholic we can. The class sizes are small, the teachers are full of heart and care. The academic regimen is robust, indeed. As Charleston's popularity swells up King Street this school neighbourhood will soon be engulfed by gentrification and I predict enrolment will swell. I'm glad. I got in now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2011

Don't judge a book by its cover - how true it is for this school. Although the location has scared off some prospective families, this school is a gem and it is safe. It is also very convenient to major streets and highways. The building campaign is in full swing with over $1.5M pledged, a new wing will soon be built. The principal is fantastic. He attracts a good mix of teachers - both young and old. Small class size and the kids all know each other. Excellent Academic, Arts and Music. Majority of kids go on to Bishop England, Academic Magnet, and School of the Arts for High School. It achieves true diversity of ethnic backgrounds, economic situation, and even a fair number of Non-Catholics. Once the new wing is built, I believe there will be waitlists for classes. The challenge is to keep up the quality of the staff as teachers depart for advanced degrees or other opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2011

After being denied access to our county school which became a magnet (2 blocks from our home) we looked at Charleston Catholic - We are thrilled at the education that our son is receiving - the teachers are absolutely wonderfull and We Love It!! My son is in a class with 11 kids and 2 teachers ! He is K4 but when I pick him up at school it just amazes me when the older kids will stop and say hello to my son and I by name - the entire school has just such a great sense of family and belonging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

I have one child at Charleston Catholic and one who graduated from there and is now in college. This is the 'little school that can' -- and it does! While it stresses academic achievement and has many high-performing students, it does not create an environment in which a child feels like he or she is in a pressure-cooker. The school does a great job of helping each child to achieve his or her best potential. The administration and faculty are wonderful and caring. The families also make it special and we are grateful for the racial diversity which is unfortunately rare in many private schools in the area. It is truly a Catholic School, but there are many non-Catholic children who attend. If this sounds appealing to you, you owe it to yourself and your child/children to visit the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2008

I have two children at Charleston Catholic School . Previously we were in the public school system and felt that if your child was not causing any problems then they were forgotten. Both my children are on the honor roll and have developed incredible self worth and independence at this school. The location and the facilities throw some parents off by the 'heart' of this school is incredible. My husband and I call it the hidden gem of Charleston's schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2007

During this school year, I have had to deal with many inconsistencies, that I should not have had to. The lack of understanding that we have received continues to grow. The school seems to be unable to provide the proper discipline program. The current program is inconsistent, and should be the same for every student. I have been disappointed in the location of the school. I am very disappointed in this school, especially since it is so expensive. I sent my children here to protect them, not expose them to the very thing I sent them there for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

My son has received much needed one-on-one attention here from his teachers. The children here treat each other with respect and kindness something we were missing at former school. The band program is terrific. 41% of the middle school play in the band! Christ-centered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2004

CCS is a wonderful school. You will recieve the best education possible. I've graduated from CCS, and have a higher academic standing than the other students at my school. If it was not for CCS I would not be who I am today. CCS teaches you morals and provides a good education. It is a very disciplined school. My family was a part of the school for 12 years. CCS provides a good foundation for high school and the future. The school has the best teachers, and they work for very little money. It is one of the very few private schools that has somewhat diversity. CCS is a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 27, 2004

CCS over the recent years has declined in providing consistent and positive educational and disciplinary feedback. It was a wonderful school but now lacks in offering the ability to properly handle children in their pre-teen and teen years. There is no caring or understanding for the emotional needs of our wonderful children. It seems to only care about academic standing to entice others to enroll their children.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 53%
Black 11% 36%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Fred McKay
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Beta Club
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Bishop England High School
Academic Magnet
School of the Arts
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888 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
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Phone: (843) 577-4495

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