About Our School

About Our School


Beaufort Academy is a coeducational independent college preparatory school of 250 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. It is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees of 14, whose members represent the various constituencies of the school, as well as the community.

Beaufort Academy is an independent, non-profit school, which admits students of all races, nationalities, creeds and socioeconomic backgrounds, and is committed to diversity.

The campus sits on 24 acres on Lady’s Island, just east of Beaufort, and on the Intracoastal Waterway 45 miles north of Savannah and 65 miles south of Charleston. Chartered in 1711, Beaufort is the second oldest city in South Carolina. Parris Island, the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, the Marine Corps Air Station, and the Naval Hospital contribute to the stability of the economy. Tourism and the shrimp and oyster industry also make significant contributions.

The school employs 36 professional educators. The average teaching experience of this faculty is 15 years. Average class size is 16 with a student-faculty ratio of 7 to 1. More than 50% of our faculty holds advanced degrees.

The school provides honors level and Advanced Placement courses for students in the Upper School, including AP European History, AP US History, AP English Literature, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Psychology, Physics, British Literature, Pre-Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish III, IV, and V.  A weeklong session in March provides opportunities for 11th and 12th graders to participate in Internships.

In each of the last five years, students have received combined college scholarship offers in excess of $1,500,000 per year, including Heritage Scholars, Rotary Scholarships, Kiwanis Scholarships, Palmetto Fellows and South Carolina LIFE Scholarships. 

Elective course offerings include, but are not limited to: Creative Writing, Philosophy, Music Appreciation, Public Speaking, Art History, Multimedia, Graphic Arts, and Studio Art.

100% of our graduates are accepted by four-year colleges and universities.

Currently, BA graduates are attending American University, Appalachian State, Auburn, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, The Citadel, Clemson, College of Charleston/Honors, Converse, Davidson, Duke, Elon, Flagler, Florida State, Furman, Georgetown University, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Hampden-Sydney, Jacksonville University, Lafayette, Lander, Old Dominion, Pace, Rhodes, Roanoke College, Rose Hulman Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, Sewanee, Texas A&M, Tulane, USCB, USC-Columbia/Honors, University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina/Honors, University of Wisconsin, US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, Virginia Tech, Wake Forrest, Washington and Lee, Winthrop and Wofford among others.


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