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