Charleston is an area that is rich in both history and unique culture which blends West African, traditional southern American and French elements. Originally built on a peninsula of land that divides the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, the metropolitan area now sprawls into the three counties of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester. The natural beauty of the Greater Charleston area is magnificent with beaches and wonderful county parks to visit and explore.
The city of Charleston itself is known as The Holy City due to the prominence of churches on the low-rise cityscape, particularly the numerous steeples which dot the city’s skyline, and for the fact that it was the only city in the original thirteen colonies to provide religious tolerance to the French Huguenot Church. In fact, it is still the only city in the U.S. with such a church. Yet another draw to the Charleston area is the delightful people and their inviting southern hospitality. America’s most-published etiquette expert, Marjabelle Young Stewart, has recognized the city since 1995 as the “best-mannered” city in the U.S. The city of Charleston has also been voted the best city to visit by Conde Naste multiple times.
Whether you enjoy superb local restaurants and shopping or remarkable cultural events and festivals there is something to offer everyone. The Spoleto festival, for example, is a 17-day annual Charleston cultural event held in the spring which includes everything from musical, theatrical, and dance performances, to incredible art exhibits. There are also the Southeastern Wildlife Expo, Cooper River Bridge Run, and prestigious Family Circle Tennis Tournament to name a few.
Charleston Area School Information:
School Report Cards
Each year the state does reviews of each public school:
The state does not provide school reports for private schools. You may research reviews of Charleston area private schools using the Private School Review website.