Upstate – Opening Fall 2025

Ascent Classical Academies plans to open a campus in the Upstate area in Fall 2025 after receiving approval from our authorizer Charter Institute at Erskine. To Help the ACA team identify the Upstate communities who most desire a high-quality classical education, please submit a nonbinding, confidential expression of interest.

Please note, Ascent Classical Academy will open in Fall 2024 in Fort Mill and Irmo, and in Fall 2025 serving the Charleston metro area. To apply or join the interest list for these community, please visit those respective websites.

Expression of Interest

Information and Volunteer Meetings

Ascent Classical Academies hosts public information meetings for parents and community members interested in learning more about our efforts to bring tuition-free, classical charter schools to South Carolina. Families are encouraged to explore our website ahead of time and come with questions. We look forward to the opportunity to partner with you in the education of your children!

Click here for details on upcoming parent and volunteer meetings.

Click below to view a recent information meeting discussing the highlights of our academic model and updates on our South Carolina campus openings.

We are pleased to offer future Ascent Classical families the opportunity to earn Founding Family status prior to the school opening its doors in August 2025. Children of a Founding Family receive the highest priority in the enrollment lottery held each year, guaranteeing future students a seat when demand is highest.

Q: What does it take to become a Founding Family?
A: This priority can be earned by completing 30 volunteer hours, earning 15 student referrals, or a combination of both volunteering and referrals.
Q: How do I track and submit volunteer hours and referrals?
A: Download the Founding Family worksheet to track your efforts and email the completed form to before the first day of school to guarantee your status.
Q: My child is not school-aged; can I still earn Founding Family status?
A: Yes, as long as the requirements are met prior to the school’s opening on, you can earn Founding Family status for your future Ascent Classical students.
Q: How long does Founding Family status last?
A: Once earned, your status will be honored for all future students.
Q: What is the deadline for earning Founding Family status?
A: To ensure your child receives priority placement for the enrollment lottery, you must fulfill the requirements prior to the lottery in February 2025. If the lottery has passed and you would like to guarantee priority placement for future students, you must fulfill the requirements prior to the first day of school.
Q: If we missed the lottery, why should we consider becoming a Founding Family?
A: This status is applicable in all future enrollment lotteries for all future students. While staff and sibling priorities are also considered, this may benefit your family long-term and your efforts to support our campus are invaluable.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email for a list of current opportunities and to be added to our volunteer email list. Thank you for your support and partnership!

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