LLCS is accredited by the State Department of Education and by SACS through AdvancEd.
LLCS serves students eligible to attend SC Public Schools for grades K5 - 12th. Space limitation is the only barrier to entry. There are no tests or entrance exams to apply.
WELCOME TO our school
Based on the school-wide curriculum goals that reflect the mission statement, a uniquely designed innovative curriculum framework provides the structure upon which meaningful and engaging lessons and activities are based for every grade. This framework is balanced with quarterly focuses and supporting Project Based Learning (PBL) activities, all aligned with the SC Academic Standards. Quarterly focuses include Lowcountry Regional Awareness, Environmental Issues and Stewardship, the Arts, and Debate/Collaborate/Negotiate, each of which is taught through three PBL projects reflecting a specific theme.
A natural benefit of K through 12 learning is seamless education. Seamless education provides students with a predictable learning environment where school-wide policies and programs are strategically modified to maintain efficiency and effectiveness for all grade levels. Age appropriate expectations, consequences, and rewards are tailored for elementary, middle, and high school students.
The mission of Lowcountry Leadership Charter School is to provide a safe, exceptional academic environment that cultivates independent learning, character enrichment, and regional awareness while developing accountable leaders, community stewards, and diverse thinkers through project-based experiences.
The vision of Lowcountry Leadership Charter School is to develop an intrinsic desire and purpose within our students, that will nurture confidence for authentic leadership opportunities to investigate, collaborate, and resolve issues of inquiry, involving all academic disciplines and extracurricular and athletic activities, within an atmosphere of encouragement steeped in high expectations and natural rewards, thereby yielding healthy, well-rounded, moral, accountable, and compassionate advocates of human rights, national resources, independent means, and civic responsibility.
Our commitment to accomplish this vision is based on the following beliefs:
- Like-Minded Goals
- Academic Excellence
- Moral Excellence
- Project Based Instruction
- Teachers as Facilitators
- Students as Mentors
- Community and business support and involvement
The focus of Lowcountry Leadership Charter is developing leaders through project-based experiences.
Authorized by the State Department of Education and sponsored by the SC Public Charter School District (SCPCSD), LLCS was founded on June 25, 2012 and opened one year later for the 2013-2014 school year to 400 students in grades K5 - 9. Inaugural year 9th graders matriculated up and were the first graduating class of LLCS in 2017, at which time, enrollment had increased to the maximum capacity of 520 students in grades K5 – 12. As a state charter school, enrollment is open to the entire state, thus eliminating the barrier of neighborhood and county school zoning restrictions. Per SC Charter Law, the only barrier to entry is space limitation.
LLCS provides educational services to all student populations including those with special needs, English Learners, Gifted and Talented (academically and artistically), high achieving (through Advanced Placement and Dual Credit programs), and those identified through the State as needing academic assistance. Additionally, LLCS has been a Title I school since its first year, with at least 40% of students qualifying for Free or Reduced Meals.
LLCS is located on a 10+ acre campus in rural southern Charleston County. Initially in the Town of Hollywood, LLCS was later annexed in 2018 into the Town of Meggett. As the sole public school in Meggett, LLCS reaps 100% of grant awards submitted by the Town of Meggett for education and educational site improvements.
In 2016, LLCS acquired a 9+ acre site adjacent to the existing campus with plans to develop a sports complex supporting student athletes participating on recreational and High School League teams. LLCS was the first school in the SCPCSD to offer sports in the opening year, and became a member of the SC High School League in 2016 after being an at-large member for two years. LLCS now offers 20 sports teams with 170 participating student athletes. Also in 2016, LLCS launched its first Career & Technology Education (CATE) Program through the Agriculture Pathway which now incorporates a fully functioning farm on site. Since 2016, LLCS had added two additional CATE Pathways including Hospitality & Tourism and Computer Programming.
In 2015, LLCS launched the Student Targeted for Artistic Education (STAGE) Program. Through the STAGE program, LLCS was the first school in the SCPCSD to identify and serve students that are artistically gifted & talented. The STAGE program began with middle and high school students demonstrating gifted potential in the areas of visual arts, drama, and instrumental music and now also includes areas of dance and choral performance as well.
LLCS was created based on strong and overwhelming evidence that a school of choice offering a different experience was greatly needed in the rural Charleston county area. Since the opening year of 2013-2014, LLCS has maintained student enrollment in grades K5 - 12 while increasing student diversity. Currently, LLCS is outperforming surrounding local schools. Each year more families opt for their children to attend a smaller, less traditional educational environment with a strong emphasis on student safety.