Charleston Collegiate School

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Charleston Collegiate School
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2024 Academy Drive

Johns Island, South Carolina 29455
Type Independent, non-sectarian
Established 1970
Headmaster Hacker Burr
Faculty 55
Grades PS-12
Enrollment 300
Campus 36 acres
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Mascot Sun Devil
Accreditations SAIS Southern Association of Independent Schools, SACS Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, NAIS National Association of Independent Schools

Charleston Collegiate School (formerly Sea Island Academy) is a co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school in Johns Island, South Carolina.


The school was originally organized in 1970[1] as Sea Island Academy.[2] When the school first opened classes were held in a local Episcopal church. In 1971 Sea Island Academy merged with Sea Island Baptist School, founded in 1966 by the First Baptist Church of John's Island.[3]

The school was renamed Charleston Collegiate School in 2002[4] and presently occupies a 30-acre (120,000 m2) campus, built in 1972.[1]


CCS integrates environmental awareness across different disciplines in its curriculum. This integration includes programs that use the forest which surrounds the school as well as a school garden run on permaculture principles.

Charleston Collegiate School’s mission is to inspire students to become passionate, lifelong learners by empowering them with knowledge, creativity, curiosity and confidence to mindfully embrace the opportunities of tomorrow.

Charleston Collegiate's philosophy for educating well-rounded citizens is to actively engage them in experiences to prepare them for success in today's world.[2]


Charleston Collegiate School participates in the South Carolina Independent School Association athletics program. It offers basketball, cheerleading, cross country running, football, tennis, archery, baseball, soccer, and volleyball.

Student body[edit]

In 2000, Sea Island Academy started a 90% scholarship program in order to increase minority enrollment.[5] As of 2013 its student body consisted of about 30% minorities.[2] As of 2013, one hundred percent of CCS's graduates were accepted at postsecondary institutions.[2]


Charleston Collegiate School is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It belongs to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the South Carolina Independent Schools Association, the Palmetto Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), the National Center for Independent School Renewal (NCISR), the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), and the Education Records Bureau (ERB).[6]


  1. ^ a b "Sea Island Academy Still Growing As It Turns 20 Years Old". The News and Courier. October 25, 1990. 
  2. ^ a b c d David Quick (November 5, 2013). "Charleston Collegiate weaves outdoors into curricula". Post and Courier. And unlike many private schools, Collegiate’s student body is diverse, with about 30 percent being minorities. That fact bears noting because the school, which originated as Sea Island Academy, was among a wave of low-cost, rural 'segregation academies' that emerged in the South during the 1970s as a reaction to desegregation. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Connie Walpole Haynie (2007). John's Island. Arcadia Publishing. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-7385-4346-8. 
  4. ^ Allison Bruce (January 8, 2002). "Sea Island Academy goals bring praise, name change brings tides of opposition". The Post and Courier. 
  5. ^ Allison Bruce (September 18, 2001). "Community Spirit Stressed". The Post and Courier. 
  6. ^ "Charleston Collegiate About". 

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Coordinates: 32°42′39″N 80°3′53″W / 32.71083°N 80.06472°W / 32.71083; -80.06472