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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 several other dynamic choices, including 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.

  • Countywide magnet
  • Partial magnet
  • Constituent magnet
  • Charter
  • 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, 2017.

School Choice - Frequently Asked Questions

Important Dates

The Charleston County School District (CCSD) School Choice Application process for the 2018-2019 school year will open January 10, 2018.

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

  • January 10 - February 10, 2018 - Online applications available

  • 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. 

  • March 16, 2018 - Notification of acceptance

  • March 16 - March  28, 2018 - Parents confirm acceptance

  • By June 30, 2018 - Residency address confirmations must be received

Online Access

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


Online Registration

Online registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open and will remain open throughout 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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