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SAIS Featured School: Charleston Day School, Charleston, SC

Tuesday, October 2, 2018  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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Tucked behind the wrought iron gates at 15 Archdale Street is Charleston Day School. Established in 1937, our K-8 campus benefits from being situated in the heart of historic Charleston. This unique location allows CDS students and teachers to move beyond the gates of the school and use the city of Charleston as an extended classroom. Having a student body of just over 250 students allows for each member of the school community, faculty, and students, to personally know one another and build meaningful relationships. Our small classes allow students find their voice, take intellectual risks, develop confidence, and shape their identities as individuals. 


The mission of Charleston Day School is to foster scholarship, integrity, respect, and responsibility in our students. This straightforward mission provides direction for each member of the school community and reminds us that academic development is as important as the formation of character and integrity in our youngest generation. We take our mission seriously and it guides our daily instruction. Our interdisciplinary curriculum and strong partnerships within the Charleston community expose students to modern languages, public speaking, science, technology, and performing/visual arts beginning with our youngest students in kindergarten. Our eighth graders have many options for secondary school placement, including competitive magnet schools, local independent high schools, and nationally ranked boarding schools. 


We are delighted to welcome our new head of school, Judith Foley Arnstein. Judith brings to us her passionate commitment to Charleston Day’s programmatic strengths, as well as a vision to expand the exciting academic offerings and partnerships we have in place. Judith describes our community as a place where “master teachers gently guide and inspire students and parents fiercely believe in and support the mission of the school. CDS is a place where magic happens every day.” 


We invite you to come see us at 15 Archdale Street or visit


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