April 26, 2023 • Columbia, South Carolina
The Charter Institute at Erskine Governing Board voted unanimously to approve Ascent Classical Academies’ applications for four new charter schools in Fort Mill, Irmo/Chapin, the Charleston metro area, and the Upstate South Carolina area during its regular board meeting on Wednesday, April 19.
This approval marks the start of a new relationship for the experienced charter management organization that currently operates schools in Colorado. Ascent Classical Academies, led by Executive Director and South Carolina native Derec Shuler, has been working alongside parents in South Carolina since early 2022 to identify communities with a strong desire for a high-quality classical education option for their children.
“Our children attended Ascent Classical for two years before we moved from Colorado and we experienced firsthand the positive impact of a classical education,” said Steve Trubiano, a resident of Fort Mill. “We are thrilled to work with Ascent to help bring this top-notch education to our new community.”
The Fort Mill and Irmo/Chapin schools are planned to open in Fall 2024. As tuition-free, public charter schools, Ascent Classical Academies welcome all students and will begin enrolling in early 2024. The school offers an American classical education, utilizing a content-rich curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue.
“As a mom with three young children, I have been so encouraged to learn about Ascent Classical and their curriculum and teaching methods,” said Sarah King, a resident of Irmo. “I want to have options available for my children and their education, and I think a lot of families will benefit from having this school in our community.”
To learn more about Ascent Classical Academies of South Carolina, visit southcarolina.ascentclassical.org. Families interested in bringing an Ascent Classical Academy to their community are encouraged to submit an expression of interest online. These confidential submissions will be included in the upcoming enrollment lotteries and ensure families receive the latest updates.