From 2008-2011, under the leadership of superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley and the Board of Trustees, the Charleston County School District (“CCSD”) saw tremendous progress under its Charleston Achieving Excellence plan. Literacy academies boosted reading levels and narrowed achievement gaps in the early grades. Our high school students out-performed their state-wide peers on English, Algebra and Science courses, and the overall graduation rate increased.
In 2011, CCSD earned its best state report card in history, with a “Good” absolute rating and “Excellent” growth rating. Empowered with a diverse and expanding portfolio of school options, parents bought back into the public schools. CCSD’s enrollment increased for four straight years between 2008 and 2011 following ten years of previous decline. In 2014, the district earned its first “Excellent” absolute rating in history.