Summerville, SC Chamber

A Compass for the Future

The Dorchester County school system has the county divided into District Two and District Four. District Two serves the entire lower end of Dorchester County and Summerville. District Four serves the upper part of the county.

District Two is one of the leading and fastest growing school districts in the state. It serves over 18,000 students in 17 schools. Nine elementary schools, five middle schools and two high schools currently make up the district school system, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredit all. Due to the exploding growth in the area, the district is in the midst of a construction program that will add two new elementary schools (to open in 2007), a new middle school (to open in 2007), and a new high school (to open in 2008). The district also operates an alternative school program at Givhans School. District test scores continue to be in the top 10 of districts statewide. Approximately 63 percent of high school graduates enroll in post secondary education programs. It is also the home of Coach John McKissick, Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Summerville High School, who holds the national record for most game victories at any level.

102 Green Wave Boulevard, Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 873-2901 (Visit this web site for a listing and contact information for all schools in District Two. This site also includes schools listed by housing subdivisions.)

Dorchester School District Four is located in the northern area of the county and has easy access from Interstates 95 and 26. The school district has boundaries in the towns of St. George, Harleyville, Dorchester, and Ridgeville. Woodland High, St. George and Clay Hill Middle Schools, Williams Memorial and Harleyville-Ridgeville Elementary Schools serve nearly 2,300 students. During the 2005-2006 school year, Dorchester School District Four made the highest gain in SAT scores of any district in the state. The mission of the district is to develop citizens who can function successfully in a changing global society by providing challenging educational experiences, utilizing all available resources, encouraging lifelong learning, and promoting character development in an environment conducive to learning.

500 Ridge Street
St. George, SC 29477
(843) 563-4535 (Visit this web site for a listing and contact information for all schools in the District Four.)

Open since 1974, the school offers career and technology training to district high school students in the following career clusters: Architecture and Construction (building trades/construction, drafting, electricity, and masonry); Business Management and Administration (desktop publishing and computer technology); Health Science; Human Services (fashion/clothing design, cosmetology, culinary arts, and nail technology); Information Technology (computer electronics); Manufacturing (welding) and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (automotive collision repair and automotive technology). Nearly all programs are two-year competency-based.

Main Campus
507 School House Rd, Dorchester
(800) 454-8101

Summerville Campus
449 Old Trolley Road
Summerville 29485


Dorchester Academy (K4 through 12)
Dorchester Academy was founded in 1966 as an educational institution to create rational, articulate, and independent thinkers. The school is a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). Students from Dorchester, Orangeburg, and Colleton Counties attend the school. The school is a college preparatory day school offering a two-track curriculum including college dual credit and AP courses. In the spring of 2004, the school was awarded SCISA Advanced Accreditation.

PO Box 901, 234 Academy Road
St. George, SC 29477
(843) 563-9511 • Fax: (843) 563-4764

Pinewood Preparatory School (K-12)
An independent, college preparatory school, Pinewood Preparatory School is dedicated to the intellectual, physical, ethical, and social development of its students, their families, faculty and staff. Members strive to embrace challenges, cultivate global vision, seek knowledge, and love wisdom.

1114 West Old Orangeburg Road
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 873-1643 • Fax: (843) 821-4257

Summerville Catholic School (K4 through 8)
Summerville Catholic School, founded in 1984, is located on a 12-acre campus in the heart of Summerville, South Carolina. Accredited by the Diocese of Charleston, the school welcomes all who are interested in a Catholic Christian education. Although the majority of students represent four sponsoring parishes in the tri-county area, admission is open to students of all religious backgrounds.

226 Black Oak Boulevard
Summerville, SC 29485
(843) 873-9310 • Fax: (843) 873-5709

The colleges and universities in the region offer excellent, comprehensive educational opportunities with degrees ranging from the medical field to culinary arts and hospitality to various technical fields.

Charleston Cosmetology Institute
Charleston Cosmetology Institute offers the best possible education in the field of cosmetology. Through this education, each student is prepared to not only function as an assistant cosmetologist, nail technician, esthetician, or instructor but also is prepared for the South Carolina State Board examination.

8484 Dorchester Road
North Charleston, SC 29420
(843) 552-3670

Charleston Southern University
Charleston Southern University, founded in 1964, is a fully accredited four-year independent liberal arts university located about 12 miles from Summerville. Charleston Southern is one of South Carolina's largest accredited independent universities, enrolling approximately 3,000 students. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the university's mission is promoting academic excellence to all faiths in a Christian environment.

9200 University Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 863-7000 • Toll-Free Number: (800) 947-7474

The Citadel
The Citadel is a state-supported comprehensive military college. Males and females are admitted to the undergraduate residential Corps of Cadets. In addition to the day program, undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) in the evening. Together, the Corps of Cadets and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies enroll approximately 4,000 students. The South Carolina Commission recognizes The Citadel on Higher Education as the only specialized four-year college in the state. Founded in 1842, The Citadel is a coeducational military college with a rich and storied history. Located in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina, the institution offers a classic military education for young men and women who seek a college experience that is intense, meaningful and academically strong.

171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409
(843) 225-3294

The College of Charleston
The College of Charleston is a state supported comprehensive institution providing a high quality education in the arts and sciences, education and business. Located in the heart of historic Charleston, it strives to meet the growing educational demands primarily of the Lowcountry and the state and, secondarily, of the Southeast. A superior quality undergraduate program, enrolling 8,000 to 9,000 students, is central to the mission of the College.

In addition to offering a broad range of baccalaureate degree programs, the College currently provides an increasing number of masters degree programs. Additionally, the College provides an extensive credit and non-credit continuing education program and cultural activities for residents of the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
(843) 805-5507

Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary
Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary is a non-profit private institution. The program leads to two-four year degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and first professional degrees.

705 S Main St.
Summerville, South Carolina 29483
(843) 873-3451

Trident Technical College
Trident Technical College is a public, two-year, multi campus institution which provides quality education and promotes economic development in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. TTC is a member of the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education system.

Each semester approximately 12,000 credit students enroll in programs leading to college transfer associate degrees and technical associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. The curriculum includes programs in Allied Health Sciences; Business Technology; Community, Family and Child Studies; Culinary Institute of Charleston; Film, Media and Visual Arts; Humanities and Social Sciences; Industrial and Engineering Technology; Law-Related Studies; Nursing; and Science and Mathematics. To foster student success, TTC provides developmental education and comprehensive student services.

7000 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 574-6111
Toll Free: (877) 349-7184

The Medical University of South Carolina
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has served the citizens of South Carolina since 1824. MUSC has expanded from a small private college for the training of physicians to a state university with a medical center and six colleges for the education of a broad range of health professionals, biomedical scientists and other health related personnel.

171 Ashley Avenue
Charleston SC 29425
(843) 792-2300

University of South Carolina at Salkehatchie
USC Salkehatchie was established in 1965 as a regional center of the University of South Carolina. The Salkehatchie Regional Campus offers the Associate in Arts degree and the Associate in Science degree as well as coursework applicable to a baccalaureate degree awarded by other institutions.

West Campus
PO Box 617
Allendale SC 29810
(803) 584-3446

East Campus
PO Box 1337
Walterboro SC 29488
(843) 549-6314

Limestone College
Extended Campus Program
Limestone College offers a flexible alternative to traditional on-campus college education for students who have families and/or full time jobs. Through the Extended Campus Program classroom format, courses are offered for adult students in the evening — a traditional curriculum on your schedule.

The Extended Campus classroom format divides a calendar year into two 6-month semesters: Fall and Spring. Normally, the Extended Campus classroom format offers 11 sessions, each lasting four weeks. One three-credit hour course is studied intensively and completed in each four-week session. This allows the student to complete up to 33 credit hours per year. A student can complete a degree in the traditional timeframe of four years for a Bachelor's degree or two years for an Associate's degree.

4500 Leeds Ave Ste 208
N. Charleston SC 29405
(843) 745-4500

Webster University
Webster University, a branch of the St. Louis, Missouri-based college, has provided outstanding graduate education to South Carolina since the mid-1970s. The stimulating and rigorous learning environment at the Charleston Metropolitan Campus is ideally suited to working professionals from area businesses, industries, and government organizations. It features modern classrooms, resource facilities, and a state-of-the-art computer lab, and offers the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees. Webster's M.B.A. provides a strategic integration of key qualitative and quantitative components necessary for the creation and management of businesses worldwide. It is offered as a 36-credit-hour program or a 48-credit-hour option.

5300 International Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 760-1324


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