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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 Buist Academy, Daniel Island School, Mount Pleasant Academy, and Beech Hill Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including Orange Grove Charter School, East Cooper Montessori Charter School, Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School, and Charleston Develop. 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 Buist Academy Charleston, SC Regular K-8
2 Daniel Island School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
3 Mount Pleasant Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
4 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC Regular 5-8
5 Beech Hill Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
6 Sullivan's Island Elementary School Sullivan's Island, SC Regular PK-5
7 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
8 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC Charter PK-8
9 Charles Pinckney Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular 3-5
10 Ashley River Creative Arts Charleston, SC Regular K-5
11 Jennie Moore Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
12 Belle Hall Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
13 Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
14 Harbor View Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
15 Fort Dorchester Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
16 Howe Hall AIMS Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular K-5
17 Stiles Point Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
18 Marrington Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
19 Sand Hill Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
20 Knightsville Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
21 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC Charter PK-8
22 Hanahan Elementary School Hanahan, SC Regular PK-4
23 William M Reeves Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
24 Flowertown Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
25 James B Edwards Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC Regular PK-5
26 Philip Simmons Middle School Wando, SC Regular 5-8
27 Westview Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular 3-5
28 Hanahan Middle School Hanahan, SC Regular 5-8
29 Newington Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
30 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC Charter PK-8
31 Cane Bay Middle School Summerville, SC Regular 5-8
32 Nexton Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
33 Dr. Eugene Sires Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
34 Summerville Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
35 Cane Bay Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-4
36 James H. Spann Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
37 Drayton Hall Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
38 St. Andrew's School of Math and Science Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
39 Philip Simmons Elementary School Wando, SC Regular PK-4
40 Joseph R Pye Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-5
41 Oakbrook Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-5
42 Oakland Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
43 Eagle Nest Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
44 Williams Memorial Elementary School St. George, SC Regular PK-5
45 Alston-Bailey Elementary School Summerville, SC Regular PK-5
46 Sangaree Intermediate Summerville, SC Regular 3-5
47 James Island Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
48 Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
49 Devon Forest Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
50 Whitesville Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC Regular PK-5
51 Clay Hill Elementary School Ridgeville, SC Regular PK-5
52 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC Charter PK-8
53 Henry E Bonner Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC Regular PK-5
54 Berkeley Intermediate Moncks Corner, SC Regular 3-5
55 Boulder Bluff Elementary School Goose Creek, SC Regular PK-5
56 Meeting St. Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-4
57 North Charleston Arts Creative Arts Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
58 Mount Zion Elementary School Johns Island, SC Regular PK-5
59 College Park Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-5
60 Springfield Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
61 Stono Park Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
62 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-8
63 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC Charter K-12
64 A C Corcoran Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-4
65 Murray LaSaine Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-6
66 J K Gourdin Elementary School Pineville, SC Regular PK-5
67 Carolina Voyager Charter School Charleston, SC Charter K-5
68 Lambs Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
69 Angel Oak Elementary School Johns Island, SC Regular PK-5
70 Sedgefield Intermediate Goose Creek, SC Regular 3-5
71 Mitchell Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
72 Jane Edwards Elementary School Edisto Island, SC Regular PK-5
73 Hunley Park Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
74 Ladson Elementary School Ladson, SC Regular PK-4
75 St Stephen Elementary School St. Stephen, SC Regular PK-5
76 Matilda Dunston Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-3
77 Charleston Progressive School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
78 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC Regular PK-8
79 Cross Elementary School Cross, SC Regular PK-6
80 Deer Park Middle School North Charleston, SC Regular 5-7
81 Harleyville Elementary School Dorchester, SC Regular PK-5
82 W B Goodwin Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
83 Pinehurst Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular 1-5
84 Pepperhill Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
85 Edith L Frierson Elementary School Wadmalaw Island, SC Regular PK-5
86 Memminger Elementary School Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
87 E.B. Ellington Elementary School Ravenel, SC Regular PK-5
88 North Charleston Elementary School North Charleston, SC Regular PK-5
89 Minnie Hughes Elementary School Younges Island , SC Regular PK-5
90 Cainhoy Elementary School Huger, SC Regular PK-5
Rank School Name City
1 Buist Academy Charleston, SC
2 Daniel Island School Charleston, SC
3 Mount Pleasant Academy Mt. Pleasant, SC
4 Haut Gap Middle School John's Island, SC
5 Beech Hill Elementary School Summerville, SC
6 Sullivan's Island Elementary School Sullivan's Island, SC
7 Montessori Community School Charleston, SC
8 Orange Grove Charter School Charleston, SC
9 Charles Pinckney Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
10 Ashley River Creative Arts Charleston, SC
11 Jennie Moore Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
12 Belle Hall Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
13 Mamie Whitesides Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
14 Harbor View Elementary School Charleston, SC
15 Fort Dorchester Elementary School Summerville, SC
16 Howe Hall AIMS Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
17 Stiles Point Elementary School Charleston, SC
18 Marrington Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
19 Sand Hill Elementary School Summerville, SC
20 Knightsville Elementary School Summerville, SC
21 Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School McClellanville, SC
22 Hanahan Elementary School Hanahan, SC
23 William M Reeves Elementary School Summerville, SC
24 Flowertown Elementary School Summerville, SC
25 James B Edwards Elementary School Mt. Pleasant, SC
26 Philip Simmons Middle School Wando, SC
27 Westview Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
28 Hanahan Middle School Hanahan, SC
29 Newington Elementary School Summerville, SC
30 East Cooper Montessori Charter School Mt. Pleasant, SC
31 Cane Bay Middle School Summerville, SC
32 Nexton Elementary School Summerville, SC
33 Dr. Eugene Sires Elementary School Summerville, SC
34 Summerville Elementary School Summerville, SC
35 Cane Bay Elementary School Summerville, SC
36 James H. Spann Elementary School Summerville, SC
37 Drayton Hall Elementary School Charleston, SC
38 St. Andrew's School of Math and Science Charleston, SC
39 Philip Simmons Elementary School Wando, SC
40 Joseph R Pye Elementary School Ladson, SC
41 Oakbrook Elementary School Ladson, SC
42 Oakland Elementary School Charleston, SC
43 Eagle Nest Elementary School North Charleston, SC
44 Williams Memorial Elementary School St. George, SC
45 Alston-Bailey Elementary School Summerville, SC
46 Sangaree Intermediate Summerville, SC
47 James Island Elementary School Charleston, SC
48 Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary North Charleston, SC
49 Devon Forest Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
50 Whitesville Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC
51 Clay Hill Elementary School Ridgeville, SC
52 Charleston Develop. Charter School Charleston, SC
53 Henry E Bonner Elementary School Moncks Corner, SC
54 Berkeley Intermediate Moncks Corner, SC
55 Boulder Bluff Elementary School Goose Creek, SC
56 Meeting St. Elementary School North Charleston, SC
57 North Charleston Arts Creative Arts Elementary School North Charleston, SC
58 Mount Zion Elementary School Johns Island, SC
59 College Park Elementary School Ladson, SC
60 Springfield Elementary School Charleston, SC
61 Stono Park Elementary School Charleston, SC
62 Malcolm C Hursey Elementary School North Charleston, SC
63 Lowcountry Leadership Charter School Hollywood, SC
64 A C Corcoran Elementary School North Charleston, SC
65 Murray LaSaine Elementary School Charleston, SC
66 J K Gourdin Elementary School Pineville, SC
67 Carolina Voyager Charter School Charleston, SC
68 Lambs Elementary School North Charleston, SC
69 Angel Oak Elementary School Johns Island, SC
70 Sedgefield Intermediate Goose Creek, SC
71 Mitchell Elementary School Charleston, SC
72 Jane Edwards Elementary School Edisto Island, SC
73 Hunley Park Elementary School North Charleston, SC
74 Ladson Elementary School Ladson, SC
75 St Stephen Elementary School St. Stephen, SC
76 Matilda Dunston Elementary School North Charleston, SC
77 Charleston Progressive School Charleston, SC
78 St James-Santee Elementary School McClellanville, SC
79 Cross Elementary School Cross, SC
80 Deer Park Middle School North Charleston, SC
81 Harleyville Elementary School Dorchester, SC
82 W B Goodwin Elementary School North Charleston, SC
83 Pinehurst Elementary School North Charleston, SC
84 Pepperhill Elementary School North Charleston, SC
85 Edith L Frierson Elementary School Wadmalaw Island, SC
86 Memminger Elementary School Charleston, SC
87 E.B. Ellington Elementary School Ravenel, SC
88 North Charleston Elementary School North Charleston, SC
89 Minnie Hughes Elementary School Younges Island , SC
90 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.

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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: