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Best Elementary Schools in the Charleston, SC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Charleston, SC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Charleston, SC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Charleston area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Charleston-area elementary schools including Daniel Island School, Mt. Pleasant Academy, Buist Academy, and Ashley River Creative Arts. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including East Cooper Montessori Charter School, Orange Grove Charter School, Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School, and Carolina Voyager Charter School.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Charleston-area elementary school would be best for any individual child. For schools that are close to one another in rankings, differences in available data are in most cases very small.



Top Elementary Schools in the Charleston Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
 
Grades
Served
1 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC Regular 6-8
2 Daniel Island School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
3 Mt. Pleasant Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
4 Ashley River Creative Arts Charleston, SC Regular K-5
5 Belle Hall Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
6 Charles Pinckney Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular 3-5
7 Beech Hill Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
8 Buist Academy Charleston, SC Regular 1-8
9 Jennie Moore Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
10 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC Charter PK-8
11 Fort Dorchester Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
12 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
13 Sullivan's Island Elementary School Sullivan's Island, SC Regular PK-5
14 Carolina Park Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Other PK-5
15 Harbor View Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
16 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC Charter PK-8
17 Sand Hill Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
18 Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
19 Marrington Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
20 Stiles Point Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
21 Howe Hall AIMS Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular K-5
22 James B. Edwards Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
23 Drayton Hall Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
24 Cane Bay Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 5-8
25 St. Andrew's School of Math and Science Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
26 Nexton Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
27 William M. Reeves Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
28 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC Charter PK-8
29 Philip Simmons Elementary School Wando, SC Regular PK-4
30 Knightsville Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
31 James H. Spann Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
32 Bowen's Corner Elementary School Hanahan, SC Other PK-5
33 Summerville Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
34 Newington Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
35 Flowertown Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
36 Cane Bay Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-4
37 Joseph R. Pye Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-5
38 Whitesville Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC Regular PK-5
39 Dr. Eugene Sires Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
40 Alston-Bailey Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
41 Hanahan Elementary School Hanahan, SC Regular PK-5
42 Westview Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular 3-5
43 James Island Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
44 Carolina Voyager Charter School Charleston, SC Charter K-8
45 William Memorial Elementary School St. George, SC Regular PK-5
46 Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
47 Foxbank Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC Other PK-5
48 Oakbrook Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-5
49 Philip Simmons Middle School Wando, SC Regular 5-8
50 Murray LaSaine Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
51 Oakland Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
52 Eagle Nest Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
53 Berkeley Intermediate Moncks Corner, SC Regular PK-5
54 Clay Hill Elementary School Ridgeville, SC Regular PK-5
55 Devon Forest Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
56 Henry E. Bonner Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC Regular PK-5
57 St. Stephen Elementary School St. Stephen, SC Regular PK-5
58 Boulder Bluff Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
59 Sangaree Intermediate Summerville, SC Regular 3-5
60 Lambs Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
61 Meeting Street Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-7
62 Charleston Progressive School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
63 Malcolm C. Hursey Montessori North Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
64 Springfield Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
65 Mt. Zion Elementary School Johns Island, SC Regular PK-5
66 Cross Elementary School Cross, SC Regular PK-6
67 J. K. Gourdin Elementary School Pineville, SC Regular PK-5
68 Angel Oak Elementary School Johns Island, SC Regular PK-5
69 College Park Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-5
70 Sedgefield Intermediate Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
71 N Charleston Crtv Arts Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
72 Harleyville Elementary School Dorchester, SC Regular PK-5
73 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC Charter PK-8
74 Minnie Hughes Elementary School Younges Island, SC Regular PK-5
75 A. C. Corcoran Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
76 Ladson Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-5
77 North Charleston Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
78 Stono Park Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
79 Hunley Park Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
80 James Simons Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
81 Matilda Dunston Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
82 Pinehurst Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular 1-5
83 Goose Creek Primary School Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
84 St. James Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC Regular PK-8
85 Mitchell Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
86 W. B. Goodwin Elementary School , Regular PK-5
87 Cainhoy Elementary School Huger, SC Regular PK-5
Rank School Name City
1 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC
2 Daniel Island School Charleston, SC
3 Mt. Pleasant Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC
4 Ashley River Creative Arts Charleston, SC
5 Belle Hall Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
6 Charles Pinckney Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
7 Beech Hill Elementary School Summerville, SC
8 Buist Academy Charleston, SC
9 Jennie Moore Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
10 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC
11 Fort Dorchester Elementary School Summerville, SC
12 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC
13 Sullivan's Island Elementary School Sullivan's Island, SC
14 Carolina Park Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
15 Harbor View Elementary School Charleston, SC
16 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC
17 Sand Hill Elementary School Summerville, SC
18 Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
19 Marrington Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
20 Stiles Point Elementary School Charleston, SC
21 Howe Hall AIMS Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
22 James B. Edwards Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
23 Drayton Hall Elementary School Charleston, SC
24 Cane Bay Middle School Summerville, SC
25 St. Andrew's School of Math and Science Charleston, SC
26 Nexton Elementary School Summerville, SC
27 William M. Reeves Elementary School Summerville, SC
28 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC
29 Philip Simmons Elementary School Wando, SC
30 Knightsville Elementary School Summerville, SC
31 James H. Spann Elementary School Summerville, SC
32 Bowen's Corner Elementary School Hanahan, SC
33 Summerville Elementary School Summerville, SC
34 Newington Elementary School Summerville, SC
35 Flowertown Elementary School Summerville, SC
36 Cane Bay Elementary School Summerville, SC
37 Joseph R. Pye Elementary School Ladson, SC
38 Whitesville Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC
39 Dr. Eugene Sires Elementary School Summerville, SC
40 Alston-Bailey Elementary School Summerville, SC
41 Hanahan Elementary School Hanahan, SC
42 Westview Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
43 James Island Elementary School Charleston, SC
44 Carolina Voyager Charter School Charleston, SC
45 William Memorial Elementary School St. George, SC
46 Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary North Charleston, SC
47 Foxbank Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC
48 Oakbrook Elementary School Ladson, SC
49 Philip Simmons Middle School Wando, SC
50 Murray LaSaine Elementary School Charleston, SC
51 Oakland Elementary School Charleston, SC
52 Eagle Nest Elementary School North Charleston, SC
53 Berkeley Intermediate Moncks Corner, SC
54 Clay Hill Elementary School Ridgeville, SC
55 Devon Forest Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
56 Henry E. Bonner Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC
57 St. Stephen Elementary School St. Stephen, SC
58 Boulder Bluff Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
59 Sangaree Intermediate Summerville, SC
60 Lambs Elementary School North Charleston, SC
61 Meeting Street Elementary School North Charleston, SC
62 Charleston Progressive School Charleston, SC
63 Malcolm C. Hursey Montessori North Charleston, SC
64 Springfield Elementary School Charleston, SC
65 Mt. Zion Elementary School Johns Island, SC
66 Cross Elementary School Cross, SC
67 J. K. Gourdin Elementary School Pineville, SC
68 Angel Oak Elementary School Johns Island, SC
69 College Park Elementary School Ladson, SC
70 Sedgefield Intermediate Goose Creek, SC
71 N Charleston Crtv Arts Elementary School North Charleston, SC
72 Harleyville Elementary School Dorchester, SC
73 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC
74 Minnie Hughes Elementary School Younges Island, SC
75 A. C. Corcoran Elementary School North Charleston, SC
76 Ladson Elementary School Ladson, SC
77 North Charleston Elementary School North Charleston, SC
78 Stono Park Elementary School Charleston, SC
79 Hunley Park Elementary School North Charleston, SC
80 James Simons Elementary School Charleston, SC
81 Matilda Dunston Elementary School North Charleston, SC
82 Pinehurst Elementary School North Charleston, SC
83 Goose Creek Primary School Goose Creek, SC
84 St. James Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC
85 Mitchell Elementary School Charleston, SC
86 W. B. Goodwin Elementary School ,
87 Cainhoy Elementary School Huger, SC

Rankings for the best elementary schools in the Charleston area were created independently by Carolina School Hub. The test data for this site was derived from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and South Carolina Department of Education.

You can click on a specific school name above for more information on elementary school test scores, student data and more.

Elementary Schools in Charleston SC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing an Elementary School in the Charleston Area

When comparing regular Charleston-area elementary schools to charter and magnet schools, one should keep in mind the differences between charter schools, magnet schools and traditional public schools.

Magnet schools are in most cases alternative public schools that offer a specialized curriculum. At the highest level, North and South Carolina magnet schools and traditional elementary schools tend to be managed by the same entity - the county school superintendent's office. Magnet schools normally can accept students from anywhere in the county in which they are located, and often limit the acceptance pool through a lottery system.

Charter schools, on the other hand, are each independently managed. They tend to accept students not only from the county in which they're located, but surrounding counties as well. Like magnets, charters tend to use a lottery-based acceptance method.

Regular elementary schools are sometimes called "zoned schools," "neighborhood schools" or "zip code schools." This is because they accept students from a limited geographical area - such as a town or a specific set of subdivisions. Regular schools do not tend to use a lottery system. Regular elementary schools are the most common kinds of schools in North and South Carolina.

Which Elementary Schools are Covered in the Charleston Area

We hope you find the ratings and other information on elementary schools in the Charleston area to be useful. Elementary Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties: