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A Charleston Collegiate student are encouraged by their teachers to actively investigate and publicly presents solutions to project-based, interdisciplinary challenges, working alongside teachers who help facilitate their acquisition of critical thinking skills and knowledge.

The rigor of CCS’s curriculum reflects a deliberate transition away from Advanced Placement and Dual Credit coursework to an Advanced Learning model of College Prep and Honors classes, which are equivalent to International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) courses, respectively.

Our combination of rigorous academics, student-centered learning, leadership, service and internships challenges CCS students to grow as individuals.  47% of our faculty holds advanced degrees with average tenure of 10 years.


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New Head of School for 2022 School Year

February 7, 2022 - Charleston Collegiate School names Dr. Michelle Purghart as the new Head of Charleston Collegiate School. 

Dr. Purghart will be joining Charleston Collegiate School this July from Vienna, Austria, where she currently serves as Head of School at the Danube International School. Prior to her time in Austria, Dr. Purghart held principalships at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, California, and Holy Family High School College Preparatory in Glendale, California. Prior to her leadership roles, Dr. Purghart worked as a teacher, coach, choreographer, and in curriculum development.

With more than 25 years of independent school experience and almost 30 years in education, Dr. Purghart is recognized for her ability to implement major financial and academic change and has been credited with revitalizing the schools in her charge. Her many accomplishments include the creation of a science and arts academy, leading rebranding efforts, successful fundraising campaigns, and helping her institutions become schools of choice in their communities. Dr. Purghart has also been a speaker at various conferences, such as the IB Global Conference, ACSI, AATE, and NCTE.

The current Head of School, Dr. Bob Veto, is retiring after working in education since 1975, including two and a half years as the Head of School for Charleston Collegiate.  Dr. Veto along with the CCS Board of Trustees utilized Southern Teachers Agency to conduct an extensive international five-month search for the best candidate for CCS’s growth and strategic plans for the future.

Dr. Purghart stated, “Dr. Bob Veto is leaving behind a treasure of a school. We are all indebted to him for strengthening and guiding the school for the last few years. I look forward to exploring all the possibilities for the next era of CCS and know the future is bright.”




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