School Choice in

South Carolina

South Carolina offers K–12 students and their families several types of school choice, including two private school choice programs, charter schools, magnet schools, home schooling and inter-district public school choice via open enrollment.

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Private School Choice

South Carolina has two private school choice programs, a tax-credit scholarship and a refundable tax credit. These programs help families send their children to participating private schools.

Public School Choice

South Carolina has inter-district public school choice, which allows students to transfer to traditional public schools outside their district. South Carolina also has magnet schools.

Charter Schools

South Carolina has some charter schools. Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are free of many of the regulations that restrict traditional public schools.


Parents have to follow certain laws in South Carolina when homeschooling their children.