• North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies

  • By the Numbers

  • North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies
    North Charleston CAS - September 2019
  • North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies


    Scope: New 84,000 sf facility to house programs focusing on advanced studies.

    Project Budget: $42.7 Million

    Design completion site: Sept. 2018

    Design completion bldg: Jan 2019

    Construction start site: Nov 2018

    Construction start bldg: March 2019

    Construction completion: Aug 2020

    Square Footage: 84,000 SF

    Site Size: 5 acres

  • North Charleston Programs of Study


    North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies will serve District 4 and offer the following:

    • Arts, AV Technology, and Communications

         o Media Technology

    • Health Science

         o PLTW Biomedical Sciences

         o Health Science Technology

         o Sports Medicine

    • Information Technology

         o Computer Service and Repair

         o Networking Fundamentals

         o Cybersecurity Fundamentals

    • STEM

         o PLTW Pre-Engineering

    • Architecture and Construction

         o Building Construction

    • Manufacturing

         o Mechatronics Integrated Technologies

    • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

         o Automotive Collision Repair Technology

         o Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management

  • Leadership

    Lee Runyon Charleston County School District (CCSD) is excited to announce the selection of Lee Runyon as the principal of the North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies (CAS). In this role, Runyon will drive the development, planning, preparation, and execution of the CAS program in North Charleston. Runyon has served as the principal of West Ashley High School for the last six years.

    As principal of North Charleston’s CAS, Runyon will spearhead the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the CAS, ensuring alignment of the CAS’s development with the district’s strategic plan. Runyon will be responsible for the creation and management of a master schedule which serves all feeder schools including North Charleston High, Garrett Academy,

    R.B. Stall, Military Magnet, and Burke, as well as all communication, public relations, and development of relationships with post-secondary and industry partners. Additionally, he will develop programs of study, recruit and hire highly-qualified staff, and develop professional development for middle and high guidance counselors within the North Charleston CAS zone. Runyon will work to implement work-based learning opportunities, integrate common skills currently in high demand into programming, and establish educational, administrative, and career counseling services at the center. He will also create and manage the CAS’s budget, coordinate all transportation logistics with feeder schools, facilitate CTE Center Accreditation, and oversee the construction of the facility and the safety and security of all students and staff on campus. 

    Before his appointment as principal of West Ashley in 2013, Runyon served as principal of St. John’s High for four years.

    "Lee will do an outstanding job in North Charleston with our CTE department ensuring the new Center for Advanced Studies offers state-of-the-art, robust career technology programs to enable all students to be college, career, and citizenship ready,” said CTE Executive Director Rich Gordon. “We look forward to seeing his vision and leadership infused in this key work.”