Charleston school information

IndexCharlestonSouth CarolinaNational
Average Test Scores48%46%49%
Student/Teacher ratio14:116:116:1
Total public schools3893279,221
Total private schools2636924,874
Total post-secondary schools11967,963
The Charleston, SC educational system consists of 38 public schools, 26 private schools and 11 post-secondary schools. Charleston public schools have average test scores of 48% which is 4% higher than than the South Carolina average and 2% lower than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Charleston public schools is 14:1, compared to 16:1 in South Carolina and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 92.7% of students have completed 8th grade, 92.2% have completed high school, 50.2% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 6.9% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Charleston are 2% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 38 public schools in Charleston.
  • 92.7% of people in Charleston have completed 8th grade.
  • 92.2% of people in Charleston have completed high school.
  • 50.2% of people in Charleston have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Charleston

IndexCharlestonSouth CarolinaNational
Completed 8th grade92.7%83.0%84.3%
Completed high school92.2%81.6%83.0%
Completed some college76.7%56.6%59.4%
Completed associate degree58.2%35.6%38.5%
Completed bachelors50.2%26.5%30.3%
Completed masters18.8%9.6%11.5%
Completed professional degree6.9%2.5%3.3%
Completed doctorate2.3%1.1%1.3%

Highest level of education achieved in Charleston (high school & post-secondary)

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Mount Pleasant, SC77,90769%41%
Sullivan's Island, SC2,04967%35%
Hanahan, SC20,71064%29%
Goose Creek, SC40,55352%6%
North Charleston, SC106,11341%16%
Charleston, SC129,88848%2%

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Cedar Rapids, IA129,53772%46%
New Haven, CT130,40523%53%
Carrollton, TX129,26680%63%
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Waco, TX130,65961%24%
Charleston, SC129,88848%2%
Source: The Charleston, SC education data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and from the National Center for Education Statistics. The average school test scores are based on all schools that completed test scores within the state. Average test scores are conducted by each state independently and the type of tests may change from one state to another. Test scores were not available for all schools within the state, but were available for the vast majority.