Charter school set to open in Charleston in 2020

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Charleston, SC (WCBD) – A new charter school is set to open in Charleston in 2020.

The South Carolina Public Charter School District Board of Trustrees approved two schools on Tuesday in Columbia: Compass Collegiate Academy in Charleston and Butler Academy in Hartsville.

Compass Collegiate Academy will be a PK-8 school. It will open with 100 stuents in kindergarten through first grade then grow each year to include 720 students through 8th grade.

We are told the property will be located somewhere in Charleston County. School leaders are looking at property downtown and near interstate 526 in North Charleston.

Compass Collegiate chairman, Hunter Schimpff, said the goal is to offer families with high-quality school options.

“We have listened to the needs from neighborhoods and communities in Charleston, it is evident that many families are anxiously seeking high-quality public school options given that kids only have one shot at a K-12 education,” said Schimpff.

The SCPCSD oversees 34 public charter schools across the state.  

“I am so inspired by community and education leaders who are stepping up to create high quality, innovative charter schools in South Carolina,” said SCPCSD superintendent Elliot Smalley.

To receive more information about Compass Collegiate Academy click here.

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