Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina

By supporting our member schools, we work to inspire innovative, high quality, public education across South Carolina.

What does the Alliance do? Our work focuses on transforming public education by advancing the missions of SC’s public charter schools. •Advocacy •Professional Development •New School Development

Charter Institute at Erskine

Thankful to be selected as the charter school authorizer representative for South Carolina at the Education Freedom Roundtable with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Governor Henry McMaster, and State Superintendent of Education Molly Mitchell Spearman. #MoveTheNeedle Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina South Carolina Department of Education Cameron Runyan Carol Aust

#MyCharterSC #ChartersWork

How much do you know about public charter schools?

Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Because they are public schools, they are:

• Open to all children;

• Do not charge tuition; and

• Do not have special entrance requirements.

The core of the charter school model is the belief that public schools should be held accountable for student learning. In exchange for this accountability, school leaders should be given freedom to do whatever it takes to help students achieve and should share what works with the broader public school system so that all students benefit.

In the early 1990s, a small group of educators and policymakers came together to develop the charter school model. Minnesota’s legislature passed the first charter law in 1991, and the first charter school opened in 1992.

Meet the only High School racing principal and his crew full of students - SC Weekend

Did you know South Carolina is home to the only motorsports high school in the nation? #MYCharterSC #ChartersWork #CharterFacts #NASCAR #Racing

PALM Charter High School
Horry County Schools PALM Charter High School in Conway, South Carolina is the first and only motorsports high school in the nation. In an effort to learn with his students, Principal Avery Moore has taken up the sport of racing. His crew? The students, of course. The Myrtle Beach Speedway serves as another classroom wh...

A Different Approach to Earning Your High School Degree

#ICYMI: Charleston Acceleration Academy was on FOX 24 Charleston this week! #mychartersc #charterswork Achieving the High School diploma in a non-traditional way at Acceleration Academies

We are now accepting breakout session proposals for SC's 19th Annual Charter School Conference. #SCCSC19 For more info visit:

Thank you to all of our member schools who participated in our Summer Leader’s Meeting today.

The Post and Courier

Congratulations to the first graduating class of Allegro Charter School of Music!

Charleston County School District
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

The school was created in 2015 to inspire students through music and creative thinking in a diverse school environment.

Charter Institute at Erskine

The Class of 2019 is certainly full of #WednesdayWisdom! Our schools begin graduation ceremonies tomorrow with Royal Live Oaks Academy of The Arts and Sciences. For a full schedule, visit here: #MoveTheNeedle

Calhoun Falls Charter School
Coastal Leadership Academy
Cyber Academy of South Carolina
Gray Collegiate Academy
Oceanside Collegiate Academy
Odyssey Online Learning
South Carolina Virtual Charter School at K12
South Carolina Department of Education
Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina

Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina

Plan on joining us at #NCSC19 as we reimagine education? Don’t delay-rates increase at midnight! REGISTER NOW:

Congratulations to SC's own Representative Joe Wilson on being named a Federal Charter Champion by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools! #CharterSchoolsWeek

Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina's cover photo

South Carolina Department of Education

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed May 12-18 as Charter School Week in South Carolina!

There are 77 charter schools operating in our state in local school districts, the Charter Institute at Erskine, or the South Carolina Public Charter School District with a combined enrollment of 35,000.

Thank you Governor McMaster for honoring the accomplishments and contributions of charter schools to public education in the Palmetto State!

It's #CharterSchoolsWeek in South Carolina!
Henry McMaster | South Carolina Public Charter School District | Charter Institute at Erskine | Charleston County School District | Horry County Schools | Beaufort County School District | Aiken County Public School District | Greenville County Schools | Rock Hill Schools | Orangeburg School District 5 | Richland County School District One | Richland School District Two | Chester County School District | Florence Public School District One | Anderson County School District 5 | Lancaster County School District | Clarendon School District Two | South Carolina Department of Education

Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Make one of these your profile picture for #CharterSchoolsWeek starting tomorrow!

How will your school be celebrating National Charter Schools Week? Share with our charter school community by using #CharterSchoolsWeek

Congratulations are in order for Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School!

Have you seen who won the 2019 Charter School Honor Roll awards? Find out if your school made the cut here: #WeLoveCharterSchools

Spartanburg Preparatory School

This act of kindness shows how strong and wonderful our charter school family is. Thank you, Tomikia Glenn Whitmire. You are a true leader.

Tonight’s reading is dedicated to the Rubenzer family. This was one of Ethan’s favorite books, and when Patti asked if Mrs. Whitmire if she would read it one night during story time, she was eager to oblige. Enjoy the story!

Charter Institute at Erskine

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

Take a look at how is changing the life of a student at Royal Live Oaks Academy of The Arts and Sciences!


2019 Leadership Summit

What an incredible event this was! Thank you to all who attended including our keynote speakers Greg Hembree, Molly Mitchell Spearman, our panelists, and also to Governor Henry McMaster for making time in his busy schedule to speak. Lastly, we'd like to thank all of our sponsors who made the Leadership Summit possible. It couldn't be done without you!

Excited to have Sen. Greg Hembree as a speaker for the 2019 Leadership Summit! For more info visit:

Charter Institute at Erskine
South Carolina Public Charter School District

Excited to have Molly Spearman as a keynote speaker for the 2019 Annual Leadership Summit! For more info visit:

South Carolina Public Charter School District
Charter Institute at Erskine

Despite low marks, some students succeeding in cyber school

Online charter schools positively changing students lives
Cyber Academy of South Carolina South Carolina Virtual Charter School at K12 South Carolina Connections Academy SC Whitmore School Odyssey Online Learning GRAY COURT, S.C. (WSPA) - Some Upstate families are leaving traditional classrooms and entering virtual school.

SC Treasurer Awards First Loan from South Carolina Charter School Facility Revolving Loan Fund

Congratulations to Lakes & Bridges Charter School on being awarded the first loan from the SC Charter School Facility Revolving Loan Fund by the Office of South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis.

South Carolina Public Charter School District
South Carolina Department of Education Local Communities   Aiken   Charleston   Florence   Greenville   Hilton Head   Grand Strand   Spartanburg   Sumter   York County  

Congratulations to both Gray Collegiate and High Point Academy for taking the state championship in their divisions.

Charter Institute at Erskine

Today, Ethan Rubenzer would have turned 12 years old. The Institute team is honoring him by wearing pink, his favorite color. Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina

Please be sure to join us at this great upcoming event! #minimallyadequate

Berkeley County School District
Dorchester School District Two
Charleston County School District
Charleston Southern University
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Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement
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Riverwalk Academy

Wonderful news for an inspiring young lady who attends member school, Riverwalk Academy!

Congratulations to Jazmine "Jazzy" Sepulveda, 7th grade student, for being named a top youth volunteer of 2019 by the The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Thank you Prudential and National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) for your recognition and support of outstanding youth volunteers like Jazzy. #PowerOfThePride

Charter Institute at Erskine

#FinsUp 🦈

Happy Friday! Learn more about Oceanside Collegiate Academy in this carpool karaoke with Principal Brenda Corley and students! #MoveTheNeedle #InstituteKaraoke

SC is fired up about school choice at the National School Choice Week Rally. Thank you to My SC Education for putting together a great event. The Alliance staff loved seeing so many of our charter schools rallying for choice.

We are excited for tomorrow’s My SC Education Rally! How are you supporting school choice this week in your school?

Upstate Leader’s met this morning at Greenville Tech Charter High School to share best practices and ideas. Great collaboration! Thank you to Mary Nell Anthony for hosting.

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Newsome, Principal of Gray Collegiate Academy, on his appointment by Gov. Henry McMaster to the Education Oversight Committee! #movetheneedle

Minimally Adequate Education Series

Join the conversation. The Post and Courier will host a series of events to ignite conversation and ideas and bring the community together to discuss the challenges of a minimally adequate education and the direct impact it has on the workforce. To register click on the link below. Three Great Pubilcations... One Perfect Partnership. We are excited to announce the partnership of PALMETTO magazine, AZALEA magazine, and the Post and Courier.

Congratulations to Charleston Charter School for Math and Science’s Mary Carmichael on winning a pair of 2019 Charter School Socks!

Congratulations to Mary Carmichael of the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, you've won a pair of our new 2019 socks from our drawing (we'll contact you to get your mailing information)! Thank you to all who voted! The winning design showcases brightly colored school icons on a black background with our #WeLoveCharterSchools logo. Look for the socks at select upcoming charter school conferences. Check our where we'll be next,

My South Carolina Education

Please join us in Columbia for the annual 2019 school choice rally.

Register for this event at

Charter Institute at Erskine

Erskine College announces $100,000 scholarship program for high school seniors with the Charter Institute at Erskine schools!

Charter School Capital

Help Charter School Capital decide their 2019 sock design by voting!


The Charter School Capital “We Love Charter Schools” Socks were such a hit in 2018, that we've partnered with SockClub @sockclub on a new design for 2019 Charter School conferences. But we can’t decide between two great designs.

Select the design you like best here on our page.

After you vote, follow us on Facebook for a chance to have a pair sent directly to you! A voter will be selected at random after the poll ends and sent a pair of the 2019 Charter School Socks.

#welovecharterschools #2019charterschoolsocks

(No purchase necessary; we’ll follow up directly with the selected voter for address information.)

Charter Institute at Erskine

Thank you to Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina for an incredible conference! #MoveTheNeedle

Charter Institute at Erskine

Incredible opportunity for charter schools across SC to attend a panel discussion featuring PowerSchool CEO Hardeep Gulati! Thank you Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina. #MoveTheNeedle

Charter Institute at Erskine

Congratulations to South Carolina Virtual Charter School at K12’s Jason Jones who was crowned 2018 SC Charter School Champion by Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina! This guy is a PowerSchool warrior. #MoveTheNeedle

Proud to announce Charleston County School District as the SC Charter School Sponsor (Authorizer) of the year! #sccsc18

High Point Academy Spartanburg

Familiar faces on the cover photo for this week's Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina conference guide. A great way for all #SC #charterschool leaders to collaborate for students. #HPAS #BestYearYet #SchoolChoice #CharterABetterSC South Carolina Public Charter School District

Oceanside Collegiate Academy

Check out our member school Oceanside Collegiate Academy, located in Mount Pleasanr!

Welcome to Oceanside Collegiate Academy, a tuition-free public charter high school in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Oceanside is known for its rigorous dual-enrollment curriculum and elite athletics.

Oceanside opened in the fall of 2016. In just three short years, it has more than doubled it's enrollment and is now completely full with a waiting list.

In 2017-18, Oceanside's students' PSAT scores were, on average,
over 20% higher than their South Carolina counterparts, and our students earned over 3,000 college credits (and thus could stand to save over 3 million dollars in tuition, textbooks and technology costs.) Our senior class was offered 3.5 million dollars in academic and athletic scholarships.

Our athletic teams have done exceedingly well, too. In three years, Oceanside has won back-to-back State Championships in 2017 and 2018 in Women's Golf, State Championship in 2018 in Men's Lacrosse, 2018 Lower State Championship in Volleyball, and 2018 Lower State Championship for Girls Tennis.

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Chad Grier, sets the bar high for all teams at Oceanside and encourages personal integrity, hard work, and accountability. The athletes and teams of Oceanside are flourishing under his leadership.

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