Charleston Collegiate School’s mission is to inspire students to become passionate, lifelong learners by empowering them with knowledge, creativity, curiosity and confidence to mindfully embrace the opportunities of tomorrow.

Charleston Collegiate's philosophy for educating well-rounded citizens is to actively engage them in experiences to prepare them for success in today's world.

Our educational philosophy rests on our Four Pillars of Education: Project-based Learning, Creativity and the Arts, Leadership through Outdoor Education, and Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship.




On a normal day at Charleston Collegiate School, students explore real-world problems and challenges using creative thinking, non-routine problem-solving skills, and teamwork.

From a second grade student writing a business proposal for selling garden produce at the local farmers' market to an Upper School sophomore tackling the "essential question" of how a Langston Hughes poem connects to his or her own life and perspective of the world, our students are creating a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the subject matter and the world around them.

Some of last year's project highlights include:

  • building a chess set based on events and characters from World War II (11th grade)
  • building and cultivating a greenhouse out of upcycled materials (9th grade)
  • writing a poetry book based on greek mythology and constellations (6th grade)
  • creating a "world tour" plan for a fictional band, complete with destination coordinates, currency conversions, and historical venues (5th grade)
  • sewing cell representations (4th grade)
  • researching chicken care, writing a grant for chickens and a coup, and raising chickens (3rd grade)
  • researching diaper need, diaper brands, and collecting diaper donations (2nd grade)


Charleston Collegiate prepares our students to enter the "real world" with an entrepreneurial spirit of problem-solving, creating solutions to problems in all areas of life.

Third graders are calculating expense sheets for their classroom pet and brainstorming how to create income to pay those fees. Sixth grade math students run a bakery and sell their products as a way to practice fractions. In Upper School, our business courses give our students the facts they need to understand how money works, while exposing them to the collaborative environment and corporate structure of life outside our campus.

Knowing that they can take the content from their classroom directly to their everday lives piques our students' interest in every other area of study - and that spark is at the heart of success.

Charleston Collegiate's beautiful 30-acre campus includes an Outdoor Leadership and Education Center with nature trails, kayak program, a tidal swamp with dock, plus low ropes and high ropes courses with team-building elements that are unique to our campus and curriculum.

The kayaking component allows students in 4th grade and beyond to study a history and science-based curriculum focusing on South Carolina's rich history and its marsh, river, and harbor ecology. Students in Preschool play "I Spy" around campus, identifying the different types of trees and birds. Third grade students observe the school's chickens, reporting their findings and teaching other classes about the chickens' roles in the ecosystem. Ninth graders are often seen on the low ropes elements working on their communication skills in their leadership course.

The Outdoor Education program provides students with hands-on opportunities to learn risk management concepts, effective communication skills, group dynamics, and survival skills in an outdoor classroom setting. These experiences break down barriers and social cliques, freeing students from any sense of entitlement that can be associated with a private school education.


Our Fine Arts Program ties all of our academic courses together using the ‘cross-curricular learning’ approach to deepen comprehension.

Students are able to write a script and act out the water cycle in science class, create an artistic representation of a character from the novel they are studying in English class, create artwork based on the time period being studied in history, and film their own commercials for selling the app they created in S.T.E.M. class. Starting in second grade, students write, direct, and act in their own plays.

As they grow and focus their appreciation and understanding of the arts, they progress into Upper School students using our state-of-the-art filmmaking and editing lab, producing videos for international corporations or competing in photography competitions around the country.

Our Fine Arts Department’s mission is to give our students a creative outlet as well as a competitive edge in today’s world.


Charleston Collegiate School provides an environment grounded in mutual respect to allow our school community to gain an appreciation and awareness of our differences. Our diversity creates an environment that fosters an appreciation of the values, skills and abilities of everyone. We cherish the diversity which already lies within our community and accept the challenge that lies ahead to implement our philosophy through effective and focused policies within our four academic pillars.

Our concept of diversity is about understanding one another and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating diversity. We value the presence of a variety of strengths and backgrounds including economic status, ethnicity, gender, political beliefs, racial heritage, religious conviction, and sexual orientation. This diversity among the students, faculty, staff, families, and trustees of Charleston Collegiate allows us to meet the multifaceted challenges we face in seeking to provide the best education possible.
2024 Academy Drive
Johns Island, SC 29455

Phone: 843-559-5506

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