About Our School

About Beaufort Academy

The School      Beaufort Academy is a coeducational independent college preparatory school of 302 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. It is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees of 12, whose members represent the various constituencies of the school, as well as the community. Beaufort Academy is an independent and non-profit organization which admits students of all races, nationalities, creeds and socioeconomic backgrounds, and is committed to diversity.


The Area        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 Corp Air Station, and the Naval Hospital contribute to the stability of the economy.  Tourism and the shrimp and oyster industry also make significant contributions.


Faculty           The school employs 44 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.


Curriculum    The school offers eight Advanced Placement courses: AP European History, AP US History, AP English Literature, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Studio Art, AP Psychology, and AP History of Art.  Honors level classes are also offered in the following subjects: English I, II, III, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre Calculus, Government/Economy, Latin I, II, and Spanish I, II, III, IV, V. Beginning in the 8th grade, students are required to take the following leadership curriculum credit bearing courses: International Studies and Leadership, Fundamentals of Communication and Leadership, Leadership through the Study of Leaders, and Models of Community Leadership.  A weeklong session in the Spring provides opportunities for 11th and 12th graders to participate in Internships.


Electives        Elective course offerings include, but are not limited to: Leadership, History of Philosophy, Physical Conditioning, Chorus, Physical Education, Yearbook, Robotics, Drama, China Studies, History of Art, and Studio Art.


Core Values   Beaufort Academy upholds five core values: Intellect, Respect, Integrity, Leadership, and Pride. Students are recognized monthly for their contributions toward promoting core values.  All Beaufort Academy students sign an honor pledge to uphold academic honesty.


Athletics        95% of students in Grades 8-12 participate in athletics. 70% of those students participate in more than one sport. Recent athletics accomplishments include state championships in football, boys tennis, girls tennis, and boys golf. Athletic teams compete in archery (co-ed), basketball (boys and girls), bowling (co-ed), cheer (girls), cross country (co-ed), football (boys), golf (co-ed), soccer (boys and girls), softball (girls), swimming (co-ed), tennis (boys and girls), and volleyball (girls).


Testing Profile

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Diploma Requirements (to include 20 core courses)

  • English – four credits, plus demonstration of competency in grammar and composition skills
  • History – three credits, including U.S. History and Government/Economics
  • Mathematics – four credits including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry
  • Science – a minimum of three credits, including: Biology, Chemistry, and a third lab course
  • Foreign Language – a minimum of three credits
  • Computer Programming – one credit recommended
  • Arts – one credit recommended
  • Core subject area or AP course – three additional credits
  • Internship completion

Class Rank and Marking Period

Beginning in the 9th grade, all Upper School students are ranked at the end of each year.  Beaufort Academy operates on an A/B Day full year block schedule during the academic school year.


Accreditations and Memberships

                        National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Southern Association of Independent
Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Palmetto Association of Independent Schools, the South Carolina Independent School Association, the National Spanish Language Honor Society, the Latin Honor Society, and the National Honor Society.


College Acceptance - 100% of our graduates are accepted to 4-year colleges and universities.     

Students in the classes of 2015-2019 were admitted to the following colleges and universities

     BOLD indicates colleges or universities attended


  • certification that a school meets all formal official requirements of academic excellence, curriculum, facilities, etc.
SAIS accreditation:
  • verification that a school understands its past, present, and future and is absolutely committed to its mission and its growth mindset.