Welcome to Mason Prep School — an independent, non-profit, co-ed school for students in grades K-8. We partner with families across the Charleston, SC, area to provide their children with excellent academics, exciting activities, and a close-knit community in which to learn and grow.

Our lower school (K-4) is a place where students build strong foundations across the core subject areas that set the stage for all future learning. In intermediate school (grades 5-6), students develop as critical thinkers, strong collaborators, and good citizens. When they move on to middle school (grades 7-8), they are ready to embrace their unique passions, explore leadership roles, and take on more challenging academics in preparation for high school and college. We are a K-8 school by design and see incredible benefits from this model.

The mason prep story

Mason Prep School was founded by Nancy D. Hawk. Mrs. Hawk envisioned a school that would understand and serve the needs of each individual student and maintain the highest standards of education. To help in this endeavor, she tapped Miss Harriett Mason as Headmistress and named the school “Miss Mason’s School.” In 1984, Miss Mason’s merged with College Prep, a school for grades 7 and 8, to form Mason Preparatory School.

Harriett Mason taught in the Charleston public schools for 34 years. She was appointed to the first Governor's Committee on Higher Education in 1959, was named the first Charleston County Teacher of the Year in 1960, and was elected president of the South Carolina Education Association in 1961. She left the public school system to become head of the untried Miss Mason's School because, "all my life I've wanted to run a school the way I thought it should be run." Miss Mason's way was to give a child a firm foundation in basics and to instill in each child respect, responsibility, and a love for learning. She strived to offer the best elementary education geared to the needs and ability of each child. Today, we continue that tradition.


“A visit to our school will show you what sets Mason Prep apart. You will see happy, engaged students learning from exceptional teachers who have a passion for their profession and a love for their students. You will see a right-sized environment - small enough that children are known and loved as individuals, but large enough that they are exposed to a variety of educational opportunities that may not be available in a smaller school. Mason Prep’s emphasis on respect, integrity, and personal responsibility creates a unique atmosphere that permeates everything that we do.” – Erik Kreutner, Head of School



If Mason Prep School sounds like the right learning environment for your child, we invite you to schedule a tour. Visiting campus allows you to explore our facilities, meet with faculty, and discover why families love calling our school home.


Mason Preparatory School
56 Halsey Blvd Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-0664 (843) 723-1104