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School Choice in Charleston County

Each school-aged child in Charleston County is assigned to a neighborhood school based on grade level and home address. In addition, CCSD offers specialized programs, magnets, and charter schools.

Learn more about the types of choice options within CCSD by exploring this link where you will find information about each school, including a link to the individual school website.

  1. Countywide magnet
  2. Partial magnet
  3. Constituent magnet
  4. Charter
  5. Montessori programs

Please note: Child Development applications for non-Montessori schools are not available online. Applications for Child Development will be available at schools and online beginning March 1, 2018.

School Choice - Frequently Asked Questions (revised 2/5/18)

Online Access & Application

  • To access the site's parent dashboard, please visit the CCSD Smart Choice website and click on "login" (in the top right corner) or enter your login information in the "Already Applied?" box.

Important Dates

The Charleston County School District (CCSD) School Choice Application process for the 2018-2019 school year is now closed.

The timeline below includes the dates, deadlines, and events related to this annual application process. 

  • January 10, 2018 - Online applications open at 12 p.m. 

  • January 20, 2018 - Choice Fair: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at 4 locations:

1. Burke High School, 244 President Street, Charleston SC
2. C.E. Williams Middle School, 640 Butte Street, Charleston SC
3. North Charleston High School, 1087 East Montague Avenue, North Charleston SC
4. St. John's High School, 1518 Main Road, Johns Island, SC 

Please visit the location closest to your residence to learn about your available school options. 

  • February 10, 2018 - Online applications close at 11:59 p.m.

  • March 16, 2018 - Families will be notified of acceptance after 4:00 p.m.

  • April 12, 2018 - As of this day, a seat offered must be accepted or declined within five business days of an acceptance notification.

  • By June 28, 2018 - Residency address confirmations must be received


Online Registration

Online registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now open for choice schools ONLY (this includes participating charter schools). Applicants who have accepted a choice seat can now proceed to registration. Please visit the registration page for all registration updates.

Online registration for the 2017-2018 school year remains open until the end of the school year.

If you have questions concerning the online process, please contact the school for which you plan to register.


Contact Information

For general questions about School Choice, call 843-937-6406 or 843-937-6582.

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