Ascent Classical Receives Unanimous Approval for Three Additional Campuses in South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina • May 3, 2024

Ascent Classical Academies (ACA) received unanimous approval to open three new schools in South Carolina on April 17 during The Charter Institute at Erskine’s regular board meeting. This approval expands ACA’s presence in South Carolina with two campuses opening in Fall 2024, ACA Fort Mill and ACA Irmo, and two additional campuses slated to open in Charleston and Upstate in 2025. The most recent approvals will tentatively serve the Upstate, Midlands, and Lowcountry communities.

When asked about receiving three additional approvals for schools, Ascent Classical Academies Founder and CEO, Derec Shuler, said, “We are honored and thankful to continue our partnership with the Charter Institute at Erskine as we all work to improve education options and bring an American classical education to children and their families across the state. Ascent Classical charter schools work with parents to offer a time-tested, traditional approach to the formation of young people, to prepare them to flourish in life”

Ascent Classical Academies, an established organization in the educational sphere, successfully opened four campuses in Colorado. The organization’s proven successful academic model, which joins instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue to develop the minds, heart, and body, will be implemented in its South Carolina schools. For students and their families located in Fort Mill, Irmo, Charleston, and Upstate, ACA will be the first K-12 tuition-free classical school option to open and serve their communities, helping bring to fruition Ascent Classical’s mission to guide students to become virtuous citizens who are prepared to flourish in life.

To express interest in bringing an Ascent Classical Academy to your community or join the interest list for the upcoming campuses in Irmo, Rock Hill, Upstate, and Charleston, visit