The Charleston County School District (CCSD) is the second largest school system in South Carolina representing a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural schools that span 1,000 square miles of coastal lands. CCSD serves just less than 50,000 students in 85 schools and several specialized programs.  CCSD offers a diverse, expanding portfolio of options—including neighborhood, charter, magnet, IB (international baccalaureate), and Montessori schools—and is divided into elementary and early, middle, and secondary Learning Communities, each led by an associate superintendent. With approximately 6,500 employees district-wide, CCSD is the fourth largest employer in the region.

CCSD is the second largest school district in South Carolina

CCSD is a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural schools and spans 1,000 square miles of coastal lands called the Low Country. Charleston itself is the oldest and largest city in South Carolina and has been recognized nationally and internationally for its rich arts culture, its cuisine, its fashion, and its historic buildings and museums. Charleston’s musical history includes musicians from a variety of genres, and its Gullah population continues to have a strong influence on the language, customs, cuisine, religion, and music in Charleston, particularly in the development of jazz throughout our nation.

The area’s national influence on music includes Porgy and Bess, originating and set in Charleston and considered the great American opera. Dock Street Theatre was the first building in our country devoted exclusively to theatrical performances. In addition, Spoleto Festival USA, one of the country’s major performing arts festivals, takes places over seventeen days each spring and features recognized and new artists in dance, theatre, classical music, jazz, and opera. All of these elements make Charleston both a major tourist destination and a significant arts destination