March 2019

Is Private School the Right Fit for your Child? Beaufort County offers many options

Author: Laura Jacobi

When parents hold their newborn child in their arms, the minds of the newly crowned mom and dad naturally drift off to the kid’s future. “Will my sweet daughter be the first female president?” “Will my son cure cancer or be the NFL MVP?” Then reality sets in. “I’m the one responsible for setting them on the right path. How in the world am I going to do that?”

Parents have this unexplainable desire to give their children everything within their power to succeed in life. That tugging feeling can make parents question every decision they make for their child, no matter how trivial it might seem in the moment. So, when it comes time to send their precious little ones to school, the decision whether to send them to public or private school can be a grueling game of tug-of-war.

After speaking with several parents, their advice on how to pick the best school is to choose the one that fits the family’s priorities, finances and schedules. That sounds simple enough. But even after talking to other parents, teachers and school administrators, touring schools, reading reviews, researching teaching styles and asking for the almighty recommendation on Facebook, parents can feel overwhelmed and confused. Parents like Claudia Peacock of Bluffton say after all that, just take a step back and let it all sink in.

Parents in Beaufort County have a wide variety of schools from which to choose including award-winning public schools, faith-based education and an impressive list of flexible, private schools. For parents able to send to their children to private school, the Lowcountry offers options to fit every family’s schedule, interests and goals.

For Claudia and Rich Peacock, that goal was a Christian-based education. After the couple weighed all their options, the right school choice for their son Stephen became clear; it was Cross Schools in Bluffton.

“We decided, as a Christian family, our most important job is to bring our children up by building a love of Christ and service,” Claudia said. “Once we decided that was our top priority, everything else fell into place.”

Stephen is now in fifth grade and their daughter Emma is in first grade at Cross Schools. Cross serves students in preschool through eighth grade by “intentionally designing opportunities for inquisitive learning and active service all for the glory of God,” according to their website.
Claudia said Cross Schools offers her children small class sizes, individual attention, faith-based studies, weekly chapel and community service opportunities. “We are so blessed … to provide this option for our children.”

According to Gillian Alsko, when she and her husband Mike were searching for the ideal school to send their daughter to kindergarten, they wanted one that was “academically challenging, had small classroom sizes and personalized attention.” They chose Hilton Head Preparatory School for Ella. She is now a junior in the Upper School, and their son, Wynn, is a seventh grader in Prep’s Middle School.

Hilton Head Preparatory School has served the Lowcountry since 1965. The school offers junior kindergarten through twelfth grade with a mission to prepare students in a safe environment for the most selective colleges, while maintaining a challenging curriculum, outstanding faculty and supportive community.

“I love how Prep feels like a family,” Gillian said. The ability to attend the same school from early elementary to high school provides a sense of security, familiarity and trust between the administrators, teachers, parents and students. The relationship she and her kids have with their teachers is invaluable, she said.

According to Gillian, Hilton Head Prep “has an environment where students can both challenge and support each other to do their best—academically, athletically and through the arts.” Gillian also makes a point common among many parents of private-school children. “We value the flexibility that a private school offers.”

John Brighton agrees that flexibility was a huge consideration when choosing the right school for his daughter Abigail. She is a junior at Heritage Academy and a competitive soccer player, which requires a substantial amount of travel. According to John, prior to high school, Abigail was being homeschooled. When he and his wife Bethanie were considering which high school environment was best, Heritage Academy was the “perfect fit” for their needs.

Heritage Academy offers students in sixth through twelfth grade flexible course scheduling and individualized programming to help students who wish to seriously pursue rigorous athletic or artistic opportunities as well as challenging academics.

According to John, Heritage Academy accommodates Abigail’s busy and demanding travel soccer schedule, which sometimes has her out of the country for a week at a time. The teachers are able to customize her academic course load to fit her unconventional schedule, which allows Abigail to balance her academics, athletics and desire to be a typical social teenager with classmates and friends. John said Heritage Academy’s creative approach to education has helped his daughter become more self-motivated and take responsibility for her schedule and commitments. “Abi has learned the importance of time management and prioritizing her responsibilities to allow her to maintain a healthy balance in her life.”

No matter which school a child attends, parents agree school should be a safe, encouraging place where students can grow and succeed. If you are searching for a more specialized school option, below are private school listings in Beaufort County.

Beaufort Private Schools

Beaufort Academy
MAIN CAMPUS
240 Sams Point Road
Beaufort, SC 29907
Phone: (843) 524-3393

PRESCHOOL CAMPUS
7 Fairfield Road, Beaufort, SC 29907
(843) 524-9533
https://www.beaufortacademy.org/
Beaufort Academy is an independent, non-profit, college preparatory school serving children in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.

St Peter’s Catholic School
70 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort SC 29907
(843) 522-2163
https://stpetersbeaufort.org/st-peters-catholic-school

Holy Trinity Classical Christian School
302 Burroughs Ave
Beaufort, SC 29902
(843) 522-0660
http://www.htccs.org
Preschool through twelfth grade
The mission of Holy Trinity Classical Christian School is to be distinctly classical and distinctively Christian.

Agape Christian Academy
P.O. Box 719
42 Keans Neck Rd.
Lobeco, SC 29931
(843) 846-4835 ext. 2
http://www.agapechristianacademysc.com
Agape Christian Academy offers an academically accelerated Christian curriculum for grades K/-5 through 12.

Bluffton Private Schools

Cross Schools
495 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton, SC
(843) 706-2000
https://www.crossschools.org
Cross serves students in preschool through eighth grade by intentionally designing opportunities for inquisitive learning and active service all for the glory of God.

May River Montessori
60 Calhoun Street, Bluffton SC 29910
P.O. Box 2557, Bluffton SC 29910
(843) 757-2312
http://www.mayrivermontessori.com
Serves students ages 24 months to 12 years through the implementation of the Montessori method and philosophy.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School
38 Saint Gregory Drive
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-9988
https://www.sggcs.org
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School serves students in preschool through sixth grade and is dedicated to the spiritual, cultural, social, moral and intellectual development of students of all faiths.

John Paul II Catholic School
4211 N Okatie Highway
Ridgeland SC 29936
(843) 645-3838
https://www.johnpaul2school.org
Serves students in seventh through twelfth grades with intellectual, physical and spiritual programs while fostering discipleship according to the traditions of the Catholic Faith.

Hilton Head Island Private Schools

Heritage Academy
11 New Orleans Rd.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-8600
http://www.heritagehhi.com
Heritage Academy is offers students in sixth through twelfth grade flexible course scheduling and individualized programming to help students who wish to seriously pursue rigorous athletic or artistic opportunities as well as challenging academics.

Hilton Head Island Christian Academy
55 Gardner Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 681-2878
https://www.hhca.org/page
Hilton Head Christian Academy is a Christ-centered college preparatory school serving grades kindergarten through 12.

Hilton Head Preparatory School
8 Fox Grape Road,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 671-2286
www.hhprep.org
HH Prep serves students in junior kindergarten through twelfth grade with a mission to prepare students in a safe environment for the most selective colleges, while maintaining a challenging curriculum, outstanding faculty and supportive community.

St Francis Catholic School
45 Beach City Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 681-6501
https://www.sfcshhi.com
Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade
Nurture students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade spiritually and intellectually in an authentically Catholic community committed to academic excellence.

Sea Pines Montessori Academy
9 Fox Grape Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-2534
http://seapinesmontessori.com
Serving children 12 months to eighth grade by developing the whole child—socially, emotionally and academically.

BEAUFORT COUNTY DAYCARES

All Saints Preschool
3001 Meeting St.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 681-8671
http://www.allsaints-hhi.org/preschool.html

Amazing Creations
4464 Bluffton Park Crescent West
PO Box 2690
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 837-KIDS (5437)
http://amazing-creations.net

Beaufort Academy Preschool
7 Fairfield Road
Beaufort, SC 29907
(843) 524-9533
https://www.beaufortacademy.org

Carolina Kids Cove
437 Paris Island Gateway
Beaufort, SC 29902
(843) 525-5437
https://www.facebook.com/Carolinakidscove

Child Enrichment Center
600 Charles St, Beaufort, SC
(843) 524-4428
http://bcobfamily.org/content.cfm?id=9044

Christ Lutheran Church and Preschool
829 William Hilton Pkwy.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-5560
https://clchhi.org/preschool

Cross Schools Preschool
495 Buckwalter Parkway
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 706-2000
https://www.crossschools.org

Hobbit Hill Preschools
5 Rue du Bois
Beaufort, South Carolina
(843) 986-1090

Honey Tree Preschool
2202 1st Blvd, Beaufort, SC
(843) 524-9610
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Honeytree-Preschool/156187384421003

Island Lutheran PreSchool
4400 Main St.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 342-2500
https://www.islandlutheranpreschool.org

Kids College
17 Goethe Rd.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-9150
http://kidscollegellc.com

Little Island Preschool
77 Arrow Rd.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 686-4500
www.theislandpreschool.com

Little Steps Preschool
35 Pinckney Colony Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-3276
Or
10 Oak Park Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 681-3276
http://bilinguallittlesteps.com

Lowcountry Day School
357 Red Cedar St.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-2271
Or
285 Red Cedar St.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-2273
http://lowcountryday.com

May River Montessori
60 Calhoun Street
Bluffton SC 29910
P.O. Box 2557
Bluffton SC 29910
(843) 757-2312
http://www.mayrivermontessori.com

Our Children 24 Hour Daycare & Learning Center
15 Stanley Rd.
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 846-9676
www.daycarebeaufort.com

Riverside Children’s Academy
303 & 304, 11 Mallett Way
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-6650
https://www.riversidechildrensacademy.com

Sea Pines Montessori Academy
9 Fox Grape Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-2534
http://seapinesmontessori.com

St Luke’s Preschool
50 Pope Ave.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-8650
http://www.stlukeshhi.org/st-lukes-preschool.html

The Children’s Center
8 Natures Way
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 681-2739
https://thechildrenscentersc.org

The Little Brown School
802 15th Street
Port Royal, SC
(843) 521-4888
https://www.thelittlebrownschool.com

Wee Care Child Development Center
641 Parris Island Gateway
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 525-9344
http://www.weecarechilddev.com

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