Charleston Day School

Charleston Day School

Distinctively Charleston Day

What Distinguishes Us?

Tucked behind the gates at 15 Archdale Street, sits Charleston Day School, a vibrant learning community with established educational partnerships throughout Charleston. Our faculty is known for its commitment to academic rigor and student success and our curriculum is rooted in more than 85 years of tradition yet committed to remaining at the forefront of education.

Love of Learning

Here, we make time. Time to be curious, to discover and to build friendships. In a world that moves at lightning speed, Charleston Day is a school where children can love learning and grow into the best versions of themselves.

Preparing Students for Success

Our graduates often comment about the smooth transition to high school and college. The study skills, organizational habits, and public speaking lay a foundation for success after 8th grade. Our students shake hands, look you in the eye, and contribute to a broader conversation.

Come and See

VISIT our campus during a school day to see our teachers and students in action. CONTACT the Admission Office. Attend an ADMISSION EVENT. You will find a place that is welcoming, engaging and energizing. Welcome to Charleston Day.

Charleston Day School teacher and student

Historic Campus

Our downtown campus is a little over one acre. The main entrance on Archdale is bookended by three historic homes, which we use for administrative offices, learning services, and our kitchen facility.

Our Founder’s Wing is the hub of campus and leads to our full-size gym. We have an interior playground that is tucked behind the three-story brick addition. Inside the new building, you can visit our media center, two dedicated science labs, and 6th and 7th grade classrooms. Pass through the historic Philip Simmons gates and walk down our bricked Alumni Walk to visit kindergarten and 8th grade classrooms.

We recently acquired THE FIELDING PROPERTY and are in the early phases of an exciting campus expansion.

Beyond the classroom, with Charleston as our backdrop, our students benefit from an interactive relationship with the city. We are within blocks of City Hall, the Gibbes Museum of Art, and other places that challenge our assumptions and open our minds.

Our neighborhood programs extend our community, enhance our academic offerings, and build social awareness. Additionally, our partnerships and service projects instill a strong ethical foundation and leadership ability in each student.

Charleston Day School: Fielding Campus Expansion
Personal Attention

Here at Charleston Day, we build relationships. Teachers ask questions; they know student interests and strengths. Coaches listen closely, and we attend games to cheer on students. With small classes, no one gets lost, and everybody can find a voice.  Small class sizes and exceptional teacher-student ratios enable our educators to help students take intellectual risks, develop confidence in their abilities, and shape their identities as individuals.

Mission Centered

Charleston Day School is defined by its mission of developing the qualities of scholarship, integrity, respect and responsibility in our students. In our halls, we choose kindness.
“Make the right choice.”
“Include everyone.”
“Treat others with respect.”
These are the rules we live by.

Charleston Day School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, tuition assistance programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

Charleston Day Spanish class

8th Grade Leaders

Ending their time at Charleston Day School in the eighth grade creates opportunities for our oldest students to lead and mentor. Eighth graders, with the guidance of their advisors, identify their strengths, interests and goals as they move through the HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING PROCESS. Learn more about the ADVANTAGES OF A K-8 SCHOOL.

Our Mission

The school’s mission statement drives everything we do.

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Middle school students are role models.

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Public Speaking

Students leave CDS as confident public speakers.

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A Current Parent

CDS is an amazing combination of a little school where staff and teachers go above and beyond to help the students in all aspects and a big family where all staff call the students by name.

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