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Christ Our King-Stella Maris School

Private | PK-8 | 600 students

COKSM is best known for our Catholic identity and excellent student achievement.
 
 

 

Living in Mount Pleasant

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $285,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,120.

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Posted May 3, 2013

COKSM instituted the President - Principal Administration model beginning with the 2012 - 2013 school year. It has been a great year for our school, students, faculty and parent community. We strive every day to improve on our very successful 63 year history of providing a quality Catholic education in our Mt Pleasant community.

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Posted May 17, 2014

Our children have attended COK for 3 years now. I could not be happier. The administration handles situations promptly and carefully regarding our Catholic values. The teachers show an immense love for their job and our children. I have found there is not a perfect school but COK for our family has been the right choice and have never regretted leaving public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

This school once had a waiting list to attend, but the staff settles on their choices for teachers. My son's computer class was learning how to build chairs out of paper rolls instead of coding or programming. Spanish is given in the 1st-8th grades and the students are unable to speak Spanish upon exiting the school. Most middle school teachers should be replaced, great elementary teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

There is no place I would rather have my three children educated than a place full of heart, wisdom and the desire to evolve into something greater than the day before. No person, place or thing is perfect, but a perfect light from above shines on this school guiding it's way. I believe not only are my children getting the best education possible, but are also learning how to develop their unique gifts and talents in order to make a difference in this world. Each child matters at COKSM!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

We transferred our two daughters (2nd and 4th grade) to Christ Our King-Stella Maris School this year and couldn't be happier! Our girls had a smooth transition and were welcomed into the school by both faculty and students. The administrative staff is also helpful and welcoming. All of the teachers have been fabulous and we have found it to be an extremely positive learning environment. The teachers really care about their students, are responsive to questions, and are dedicated to the school. Our children have felt very comfortable in the smaller classes and are thriving here. So far, we have had an outstanding experience and are so happy that our children attend school here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2014

Christ Our King - Stella Maris is a Blue Ribbon winning, IB Catholic School. I love the size of the school (not too big, not too small), it's emphasis on academic excellence, personal responsibility, involved parents, dynamic teaching & administrative staff all in a generally caring, compassionate environment. My only complaint was that the teachers, while excellent at identifying children with minor learning differences, have not been trained to work with these children. I've learned some early childhood teachers will be attending a summer education series on learning to teach using a multi-sensory learning approach. LOVE IT! Private schools are NOT one size fits all & this is no exception, but for us it's been a great fit for our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2013

Christ Our King Stella Maris is a wonderful place. We have two children who have been enrolled since the 4K program. The teachers are exceptional people who go out of their way to show love and wisdom to our kids. Both of them have loved their teachers every year and we have been very blessed to say, we've had nothing short of an amazing experience. The staff is kind and helpful. The nurse is wonderful. I couldn't be happier. My children feel loved and cherished by their teachers but they know that they aren't going to get away with much either! They are above average for grade level and we are pleased with their progress. They are growing up with good friends and we've made some as well. Overall, we couldn't be more pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

We have four children attending COK-SM. They all attended the 4K program and are now in 1st, 3rd and 5th. We are extremely pleased with the teachers, staff, President & Principal. We love the small class sizes as well as the community feel of the school. We feel very lucky to be able to send our children to COK-SM.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

We love COKSM. Our daughter is thriving in this environment. We love the combination of church and school and the teachers provide comfort and confidence to our child. She feels loved and special everyday. The only thing I wish the school would improve on is the amount of candy and junk food they administer to the students. We would love to see some healthier options for rewards and special celebrations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

We are non-Catholics and have been at Christ Our King School for 8 years. Both of our girls have loved coming to school since the beginning. Our entire family has established wonderful friendships here. The class sizes are small enough to allow for effective teaching but big enough that the children can make new friends each year as the classes are rotated. We love the challenging curriculum of the middle school IB program which is providing a well rounded experience for our middle schooler. While I think studying from e-textbooks is difficult, I think that the Ipad program is allowing the 5th thru 8th graders amazing opportunities to utilize a wide variety of apps to improve their knowledge and skill base. Now that the school has adopted the President-Principal model the changes have been amazing. We love the focus on education, leadership, character, sportsmanship and doing for others that is incorporated seemlessly into daily life at school. The one aspect I feel is lacking at Christ Our King is an option for the more advanced elementary aged children to stay challenged through a Talented and Gifted program or the ability to learn advanced material within the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

We could not be happier! We have three children that attend Christ Our King Stella Maris, and can truly say they are receiving a wonderful well-rounded education. The community of parents is amazing. We have similar values and it shows through when you see how the children behave and how they treat one another. We have had a first year teacher and we have had a teacher who has been there for over 30 years, and they were both wonderfully qualified, devoted to their students and in touch with current standards of education. Our children are eager to go to school everyday, they love their school community and so do we.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

I attended Christ Our King-Stella Maris school for 7 years and then returned after receiving my graduate degree as a teacher. It has been a great honor to be a part of the COKSM family as both a student and as a faculty member. The school has been a major inspiration for me throughout my life. It is where I developed a strong Catholic identity, received an excellent education, and met many life-long friends (several of which now work with me at the school). Today the school is even better than ever! We have the most beautiful campus in the Lowcountry,. We have a talented and well-trained staff. We are on the cutting edge of technology with iPads, Lego Robotics, Technology Clubs, and more. We consistently receive top honors academically and athletically. We provide students with a solid Catholic foundation with weekly mass attendance, preparation for the sacraments, charitable works, and service hours. We have the best community of parents, parishioners, and alumni of any school I have ever seen. Christ Our King-Stella Maris is truly something special and I highly recommend that everyone, Catholic or not, experience what it has to offer. It is a truly wonderful school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 10, 2013

My eldest child graduated from this school and was very prepared for a rigorous high school curriculum. My two youngest children are still attending the school and have been very happy and very challenged academically. The school offers a wonderful foundation of christian beliefs and is welcoming to children of all faiths. I highly recommend anyone to consider this school as an alternative. If you looked at it in the past, come look at it again, it is a "new school".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

I have 2 sons (1st and 3rd grade) and we have been so happy with Christ Our King-Stella Maris for them. Only having 3 to 4 classes per grade keeps it focused and a family type atmosphere. My boys have improved tremendously not only in academics but in behavior as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

My daughter has been attending COK since kindergarten and is now in the 7th grade. She has been very happy. Parents are very involved and I have been pleased with the President/Principal model.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

Our children have been students at COK-SM for 4 years. We are very happy with the education and Christian environment that has been provided. The family involvement is high. The academics are top-notch, and the ipad program really puts the school ahead of others , providing the kids with computer-experience they will need for the electronic world we are live in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

My children love the "small" atmosphere at COK-SM-- enough kids to have several classes for each grade--and they love knowing who everyone is...the 4K program has fantastic and warm loving teachers. Both of my kids look forward to going to school every single day at COK-SM and we have found the school to be very enriching and rewarding for our entire family,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

Two of our children transferred from good public schools this year, primarily because we wanted a smaller school environment for our son. COK-SM has exceeded our expectations. Great, caring teachers, stellar curriculum, and supportive student community. Our children feel part of a wonderful community. Good extra curricular activities too. We are supporters of public school education, however for our son, it wasn't the best fit. We are so thankful to have made the change...even though it has been an adjustment in the short term.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

We are so proud to send our daughters to COK-SM. They nurture, support and push our girls to achieve their fullest potential. The Catholic values that we teach at home are reinforced at school. The teachers and administration are always available at any given time. We are so thankful to have institution as out neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

COKSM is a wonderful, academically strong, Christian based and family oriented school. I am so proud to have my daughter complete her 4th year at the school. The teachers are great and I feel the students are learning so much more than they would in the local public school system. The leadership is strong and parents are actively involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

Christ Our King - Stella Maris School is an exemplary catholic school, committed to it's students - teaching them both academics and christian values. Parents can rest assured that their children are receiving individualized instruction, spiritual development, and an awareness of the community and world around them. The teachers are top-notch, caring, and dedicated to the students, not just for one year, but for their entire COKSM journey. There is ample opportunity for parents to be involved, volunteering in the classroom or for school fundraisers.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 53%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 36%
Hispanic 1% 7%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Japanese
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2010)

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
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Dance club: Irish Dance
  • Drama club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

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
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • John Byrnes
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Stop in to the office on any school day!
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (843) 971-7850

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • 1 to 1 Middle School iPad initiative
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • 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)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Bus service for certain areas.
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club: Irish Dance
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Video Editing / Media Club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer in the copy/supply room
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We are an International Baccalaureate World School, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and fully accredited through Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. "Our vision is to provide an outstanding 21st century Catholic education and to inspire the whole child by promoting an educational philosophy characterized by charity, respect, and outreach to all people on this earth."
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
600
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
600

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Diocesan Aid (from local Catholic churches)

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Bishop England High School
Academic Magnate
Wando High School
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1183 Russell Dr
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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Phone: (843) 884-4721

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