Colleton Preparatory Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades K-1 through 12, serving Walterboro, Colleton County, and surrounding areas. The school opened in 1966 (as John C. Calhoun Academy) and graduated its first senior class in 1968. In 1990, the name changed to Colleton Preparatory.


Colleton Preparatory Academy seeks to provide a challenging and traditional college preparatory curriculum that prepares students to meet the academic demands of post-secondary education as well as to become responsible, productive citizens. Emphasis is placed on rigorous academics, fine arts, interscholastic athletics, technology, and a commitment to service and leadership. Students are encouraged to develop and achieve their full potential in all areas of intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual growth.


As Colleton County-Walterboro area grows in population and develops economically, local leadership is essential. Colleton Preparatory Academy provides students the skills to become local as well as state and national leaders in government service and business, as well as the sciences and arts.


  • Founded: 1966
  • Current enrollment: 360 (K1 - 12)
  • 35 faculty members: average 15 years of experience; 30% have advanced degrees
  • 6 additional support staff
  • Average SAT (CR & Math) for top 25% (Class of 2016): 1190; top 50% is 1150
  • WiFi campus with 3 computer labs
  • Smart Boards in every core class
  • Scholarship/Financial Assistance available


Colleton Preparatory Academy is accredited at the Advanced level, the highest evaluation given, by the South Carolina Independent School Association and has maintained that distinction since it was first offered. In 2014 CPA has earned the distinction of becoming an AdvancED school, through the SACS. The Academy has also been a member of the Palmetto Association of Independent Schools, and through that organization has been affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools.