From the Principal

Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA) offers students rich and intensive instruction in eight art majors in a unique sixth through twelfth grade setting.  Students may apply and audition for two areas, and once accepted into a major, spend one-fourth of their day with dynamic teachers in that art area. Art majors include instrumental band, creative writing, dance, piano, string orchestra, theater, visual art and vocal music.  SOA’s students excel at the local, state and national level, earning awards, scholarships, and the respect of audience members, peers, and patrons of the arts.


Students also participate in an appropriately challenging academic curriculum that includes college preparatory, honors, and Advanced Placement courses. Clubs, community service, and unique school events tailored to meet the interests of young artists, provide additional opportunities for expression and involvement. We want our students to maximize their potential and then find out how their art can impact the world around them. At SOA we believe art makes a difference!


Shannon Cook

Our office hours are 7:30-4:30 (during the school year)
Office number is 843-529-4990. FAX 843-529-4991.


The SOA Spring Showcase is the School of the Arts’ annual event to showcase all of the arts taught at the school.  This year’s event will be held Friday, May 9th, from 5:30-8:30.  Beginning with a reception in the Pegasus Garden for seniors, their parents, and faculty members at 5:30, the evening will include continuously staggered performances at 20 sites throughout the campus from 6:15 to 8:30.  Students, siblings, parents, grandparents, and community members can enjoy vocal music, band and orchestra music, classical and jazz piano music, short theatrical performances, dance exhibitions, creative writing readings, and exhibitions of visual art.  Food trucks will be on site from 5:30 to 8:30.  Tickets are $5 for children, $10 for adults, and $25 for families.  SOA students are admitted for free.  To purchase tickets, please visit the SOA website at http://soa.ccsdschools.comThis event is sponsored by the Friends of SOA Foundation.





U.S. News and World Report has listed SOA as the  # 2 Best High School in South Carolina!