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About Us

Buist Students ReadingCharleston 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 more than 49,000 students in 86 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.

Our Mission

The mission of CCSD, a dynamic system of challenging educational choices, is to increase student achievement overall and close the achievement gaps in order to prepare all students to compete in a global economy and make a positive contribution to our community and nation.

Our Vision

Every child will graduate from CCSD with the critical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college and the 21st Century global workforce.


Charleston Achieving Excellence: Vision 2016

Students from Academic Magnet proudly display the trophies they won in a national debate tournament.CCSD’s strategic plan, “Charleston Achieving Excellence,” centers on four priorities:  Literacy Improvement, Effective Teaching and Leadership, World-Class Schools & Systems, and Strategic Partnerships.  CCSD has three goals: 

  1. Close the achievement gap.
  2. Elevate achievement overall.
  3. Raise the graduation rate. 

Last year, CCSD launched a new phase of the strategic plan—“Charleston Achieving Excellence: Vision 2016”—which strengthens the district’s emphasis on literacy improvement and teacher effectiveness and creates bold annual performance targets for all students.