We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. 

Is MSA Right for Your Child?

MSA offers a life-changing opportunity to its students and their families. The program is rigorous and requires intensive participation of the students’ families as we recognize the family as a partner in the education of each child. As part of the admissions process, parents/caregivers must sign a partnership agreement which outlines how Meeting Street Academy and its families partner with each other to provide the best educational opportunity for the students.

If you have questions about the admissions process, please contact us at MSA-Charleston: (843) 735-7102

Why send your child to MSA?

We offer children the opportunity to experience a world-class education, on par with the most elite private schools, at a cost that is affordable for families of all income levels.

Who can attend MSA?

Grade Level

Preschool (ages 3 and 4) through 5th Grade.


PreK-3 students must turn 3 by September 1st; PreK-4 students must turn 4 by September 1st; and Kindergarten students must turn 5 by September 1st of the current year.

Income Level

Families who qualify for Free or Reduced Rate Lunch are given preference; however, all families should apply. We have an economically diverse community.


We do not have a residency requirement. Students may apply regardless of where they live. Families are required to transport their children to and from school.

School Zone

Students zoned to attend schools that are rated At Risk, Below Average, or Below Average by the South Carolina Department of Education are given preference; however, others may also apply.  To check the rating of your public school online, go to ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/.


We value a diverse educational community. Families of all races and nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Academic Requirements

MSA’s program is designed to help children of varying academic abilities succeed.  Prior to acceptance, we conduct family and child interviews to determine the child’s potential for success in our program.  For details on our application process, go to How to Apply

What is the cost?

How much is the tuition?

Families who qualify for Free or Reduced Rate Lunch pay approximately $2 per day ($400 per year) tuition.

Families who do not qualify for Free or Reduced Rate Lunch pay additional tuition based upon their income level.  For more information, go to Tuition and Fees.

Our optional Extended Day Program costs approximately $1 per day ($200 per year) in addition to the regular tuition.

How are we able to offer a great education at such a low cost?

Our affordable tuition levels are made possible through the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundations. The actual cost to educate each MSA student is approximately $14,500 per year.

Are uniforms required?

Yes, our students wear uniforms to foster an optimal learning environment.  Each family receives an annual credit towards uniform purchases.

Where is MSA?

MSA-Charleston is located in the heart of the upper Charleston peninsula, at 642 Meeting Street. We are conveniently situated near the I-26 and US-17 Interchange.

Transportation: Families are required to transport their children to and from school.

How is MSA different from other schools?

Longer School Year

Students at MSA benefit from an extended school year, providing more time for learning. We start in mid-July and end in early June.

Longer School Day

Students also benefit from an extended school day, beginning at 8:00 am and ending at 6:00 pm. We have an optional early pickup at 3:30 pm for children not participating in our Extended Day Program.

Optional Breakfast

Our doors open at 7:30 am so that students may enjoy a nutritious breakfast before they start their school day. (7:30-7:55)

Extended Day Program

Almost all of our students participate MSA’s vibrant and exciting Extended Day Program from 3:30pm - 6pm, where they experience many enriching cultural, athletic and academic activities.

We Start Young

We start our students at age 3 and 4 with a literacy-based program designed to teach children to read before entering first grade.

We Provide Excellent Academics

Our challenging academic program is specifically designed to teach students the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.  Not only do students learn to excel in their core subjects of Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish; but they are also enriched through a broad range of coursework in Music, Art, Technology, Drama and Athletics.

We Teach the “Path to Success”

We focus on the development of 8 positive behaviors proven to increase children’s success in school, work and relationships. These 8 behaviors are: grit, gratitude, optimism, empathy, citizenship, integrity, self-control, and curiosity. For more information on our Path to Success curriculum, go to Path to Success.

We Emphasize Healthy Living

We offer special programs designed to help educate our students and their families about healthy lifestyle choices such as getting proper nutrition, adequate rest and plenty of exercise.  We also help meet the physical and developmental needs of our students by providing annual vision, hearing, speech and dental screenings.

We Are All About Family

We recognize the crucial importance of parents and caregivers in a child’s education.  Our families play a vital and active role in the educational experience at MSA.

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Please check back in October when we open applications for the 2019-2020 school year.