Charleston South Carolina Education Attainment Charts
This section of charts contains education data for Charleston South Carolina based mainly on the latest year 2021 American Community Survey census data but also the survey from Common Core Data available for Public Elementary through Secondary Schools. In Figure 1, the percent of all people aged 25 years or older, who have either graduated from high school or completed the Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or some equivalent certification/credential. Charleston depicts it has a High School Grad or higher of 95% which is in the mid range of other places in the local area. The city with the highest percent high school graduates or better in the area is Sullivans Island which depicts a high school graduates of 100% (only about 4.8% larger).
In Figure 2, the percentage of people aged 25 years or older who have graduated from college/university with at least a bachelor's degree is provided. Note that the bachelor's degree is also called a four-year degree because it normally takes four years of full-time study to finish the course curriculum required to obtain the degree. This chart portrays the proportion of the population in this region who are college graduates with at least a bachelor degree or higher. In many ways, this analysis alongside the prior chart are very quick measures of the level of education in any particular area. Charleston depicts it has a Bachelors Degree or higher of 54% which is in the mid range of other places in the greater region. The city with the highest percent with a bachelors degree or higher in the area is Sullivans Island which depicts a percent with a bachelors degree of 85% (55.6% larger).
Figure 4 shows the percentage of people 25 years of age or older who either have no schooling at all or dropped out of school before being able to complete high school. Additionally, these are people who also do not have a Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or some other high school level type credential/student achievement. This analysis, along with the last two charts, provides another high level review and comparative data on the Charleston South Carolina educational level. Charleston depicts it has a School Dropout Rate of 5% which is in the center range of other places in the local area. The city with the highest percent who dropped out of school in the area is North Charleston which depicts a percent who dropped out of school of 15% (approximately 3.2 times bigger).
The next chart shows a break down of people who have received a bachelor's degree or higher advanced degree generally in a campus learning environment. In particular, Figure 6, provides the proportional breakdown of all the people who have received a postsecondary education along with what the level of advanced degree that was obtained. Note that these categories do not include any type professional development type activities such as those related to maintaining professional credentials in workshop lessons. Note Professional Degree includes medical, dental, lawyers, etc. Charleston has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with a bachelors degree at 21% of the total and is ranked #2. The only larger city being Mount Pleasant with 22%. Second, it has the largest proportion of percent of people with a professional school degree at 4% of the total and is ranked #1.
The chart in Figure 7 shows the broad area of academic concentration or the discipline for people who have received a bachelors degree. This high level classification is essentially the field of study for which a degree was obtained. Charleston has the percentage of percent of people with an arts, humanities, or other degree less than most other places in the local area at 19.4% of the total.
The next chart (Figure 8) provides a more detailed deep dive on the category of major degree obtained for people aged 25 years or older who earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Specifically, this frequency distribution details out what the major field of study was the degree obtained. Charleston has the largest proportion of percent of people with a degree in computers, mathematics and statistics at 9.6% of the total and is ranked #1. Second, it has the largest proportion of percent of people with a degree in physical and related sciences at 5.0% of the total and is ranked #1. Third, it has less than most other places in the greater region in order of percent of people with a degree in science and engineering related fields at 19.4% of the total. Also, it has the largest proportion of percent of people with a degree in visual and performing arts at 4.4% of the total and is ranked #1. The next exhibit (Figure 11) provides detailed cross tabulation analysis that provides education success data broken out or cross tabulated by age group. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.
Figure 12 is a cross tabulation analysis that shows large educational success categories and is broken out or cross tabulated by racial group. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.The final cross tabulation analysis is provided in Figure 13 and shows education success broken out by gender. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.
Charleston South Carolina School Enrollment Charts
The next section of chart resources look at school enrollment by a variety of educational institutions and are categorized into a number of other groupings. Figure 14 provides the overall school enrollment by broad range of school age/level groupings. Charleston has the percentage of percent of children in kindergarten less than most other places in the local area at 15.5% of the total. Second, it has the smallest proportion of percent of children in grade 1 to 4 at 12.9% of the total. Third, it has the second smallest in order of percent of children in kindergarten of all the other places in the metro area as measured by percent of children in grades 5 to 8 at 14.5% of the total. Also, it has the largest proportion of percent of children in grades 9 to 12 at 39.5% of the total and is ranked #1.
Figure 15 provides a simple high level comparison of the proportion of students that are enrolled in public schools versus students enrolled in private schools in the Charleston South Carolina region. Charleston shows percent enrolled in public schools approximately 4.3 times bigger as the percent enrolled in private schools.
The next comparison provided in Figure 16 shows the proportion of students enrolled in private schools versus students enrolled public schools for students enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade (grade 8) or (K through 8). Charleston depicts percent of children enrolled in public k-8 grades approximately 4.9 times bigger as the percent of children enrolled in private k-8 grades.
Figure 17 provides a comparative analysis all students enrolled in a public high school versus those students who are enrolled in private high school schools. Charleston indicates percent enrolled in a public high school approximately 3.0 times bigger as the percent enrolled in a private high school.
The next chart (Figure 18) provides a similar analysis to the last chart but provides the data for public post secondary education versus private higher education colleges. Charleston shows percent enrolled in a public college very much bigger as the percent enrolled in a private college.
Figure 19 shows another view of students enrolled in public or private schools-postsecondary schools or colleges/universities. This analysis shows the proportion for all graduate and professional schools (such as law or medical school) and whether those students are enrolled in private or public institutions. Charleston depicts percent enrolled in a public gradudate or professional school approximately 3.2 times bigger as the percent enrolled in a private gradudate or professional school.
The next chart in this series of resources shown in Figure 20 looks at the total number of students enrolled in any educational institution for each place in the greater Charleston region. (Total enrollment in this case includes all students from preschool all the way through students enrolled in graduate school.) Charleston depicts it has a Total Enrolled of 32,610 which is is the uppermost of the places in the greater Charleston region. Comparing total population enrolled in school to the United States average of 80,497,960, Charleston is only about 0.0% the size. Also, measured against the state of South Carolina, total population enrolled in school of 1,187,922, Charleston is only about 2.7% the size.
The final chart in this series is Figure 22 and provides analysis data for the school year shown. The chart shows the proportion of kids/children that are enrolled in a pre-school public district versus those kids/children who are enrolled in a private pre-school oriented tuition institution (private salary/superintendent/etc.) Charleston South Carolina has the percentage of public preschool enrollment less than most other places in the greater region at 61% of the total.
Charleston South Carolina Area Schools Charts
Figure 23 lists all the schools in the area along with the school district, county location and other program information/credential such as if they are a public charter school or private charter school or magnet school. Some of the Area Schools are: Charleston Charter School For Math And Science, Burke High, Sanders-Clyde Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, and Charleston Development Academy. The next illustration in Figure 24 shows the total child school enrollment for all grades (through 12th grade) at the school shown using NCES data (Common Core of Data, Public Elementary-Secondary School Universe Survey.) Looking at Enrollment for Area Schools we find that Daniel Island School ranks the largest with a value of 1,309 enrolled students. The next largest values are for: Orange Grove Elementary Charter (786), Sanders-Clyde Elementary (534), Burke High (509), and Edmund A. Burns Elementary (467). The difference between the highest value (Daniel Island School) and the next highest (Orange Grove Elementary Charter) is that the enrolled students is about 66.5% larger.
Figure 25 show the ratio of the number of students to the number of teachers in the classroom. A good student to teacher ratio should be low because it indicates that there are less students for any one teacher to educate in a class and generally a better learning environment, better success and optimal teaching excellence. Teachers includes all educational staff such as special education teachers and any other educator. Note that distance learning (online learning/remote learning) is not included in these values. Looking at Student to Teacher Ratio for Area Schools we find that Burke High ranks the largest with a value of 7.9 student to teacher ratio. The next largest values are for: James Simons Elementary (9.6), Memminger Elementary (9.9), Mary Ford Elementary (10.2), and Military Magnet Academy (11.0). The difference between the lowest value (Burke High) and the next lowest (James Simons Elementary) is that the student to teacher ratio is 21.7% larger.
The next chart, Figure 26, shows the racial mix of students at each location in this district of the state of South Carolina department of education.
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