East Point Academy Named #3 Charter School in SC

October 8, 2018 – East Point Academy was recently named the #3 Best Charter School in South Carolina by Niche – an online platform which evaluates schools nationwide. The rankings and information collected by Niche help students and their families find schools best suited for them. In addition to being ranked #3 Best Charter School in S.C. Niche also gave East Point an overall grade of A and ranked the middle and elementary schools within the top 6% and 7% of all schools in the nation, respectively. These honors are consistent with other awards East Point Academy has received in the past.

Niche rankings are calculated by a team of data scientists, engineers, parents and community members who analyze public data and millions of reviews from students and parents for schools throughout the U.S. These rankings are considered one of the most comprehensive tools to evaluate school culture and performance.

Upon learning of the latest rankings, Head of School Mark Bounds, said, “I am very excited that East Point Academy continues to be recognized as a top school in South Carolina and our nation.  Our teachers, students and parents work very hard everyday to continue our legacy of excellence in academics and language immersion.  Way to go Pandas!”

East Point Academy, founded in 2011, is a Mandarin immersion public charter school in West Columbia, S.C., serving over 650 students in preschool through eighth grade. East Point students at the elementary level receive half of their daily instruction in Mandarin Chinese. Middle school students receive approximately 25% of their daily instruction in Mandarin, with placement from novice to advanced levels. The school is tuition free and open to all students in S.C., regardless of their zoned district.

You can see more about East Point Academy on the Niche website.


East Point Academy has been voted Best Private or Charter School in Columbia by the readers of the Free Times and named a Palmetto Gold School and a South Carolina Public Charter School District School of Distinction.