Educational Opportunities in Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the Beaufort County area

 Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are important to the Beaufort County School District, which is among the 500 largest school districts in the nation.  The district is governed by a citizen school board of 11 elected members and a superintendent. Student population is approximately 19,000 from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, enrolled at 4 early childhood education centers, 20 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 6 high schools and 1 public charter school. On Hilton Head Island, parents, teachers, school administrators and students join forces to promote and enhance the learning process.  In addition to parent teacher organizations, every school sponsors an individual School Improvement Council which advises the principal on issues related to school improvement.

The Hilton Head Island Bluffton area as well as Beaufort County is home to two educational institutions of higher learning:  the University of South Carolina Beaufort-campuses in Beaufort and Bluffton ( and the Technical College of the Lowcountry-campuses in Beaufort and  Bluffton ( 

The University of South Carolina Beaufort dates back to 1795 and has been part of the University of South Carolina system for over fifty years. USCB students pursue baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. The University has two campuses, located on 200 acres in Bluffton and on the waterfront in historic downtown Beaufort, serving a diverse student body. 

The Technical College of the Lowcountry offers programs in some of the Lowcountry’s and the nation’s fastest growing career fields. Approximately 2,800 students are enrolled in the College’s credit programs. The college awards Associate in Arts or Sciences degrees, which may be transferred in full to any four year public college or university in South Carolina.

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