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Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool in Charleston, South Carolina. We believe in making the most of your child’s first educational experiences, so we continually balance the development of academic, social-emotional, and physical skill. We offer full-time daycare services for infants and toddlers and full day and half day preschool programs that are proven to get your child excited and ready for the transition into kindergarten!

Our preschool campus has three shaded playgrounds where students regularly participate in outdoor activities, a garden area where the children grow vegetables and flowers, and a shaded picnic area where we all enjoy Charleston’s beautiful weather. And, as elementary schools are altering schedules, we are here to serve your needs and the needs of your school-aged children with enhanced programs to help with virtual learning sessions and more.

Preschool Programs

Ascend Curriculum

Ascend Curriculum LogoThe Ascend Curriculum takes a unique skill-based approach to early education that you won’t find outside our family of schools. Most preschool curricula are either all play or overly rigid and scheduled. Our curriculum meets in the middle by having a flexible framework that continually builds valuable skill sets while still leaving lots of room for fun and play.

Our teachers focus on specific skills within nine subjects every month. We often move at a challenging pace, but we encourage our teachers to modify activities to match the needs, interests, and current skill level of each student so that these first educational experiences are engaging and fun!

Our School Age Programs

Cadence Academy Preschool, Charleston has a number of excellent programs for kindergarten and elementary school students from 5 to 12 years old. We offer before and after school care for students at three elementary schools during the school year and a full day program over school breaks and during Summer Camp.

We provide transportation to and from Drayton Hall Elementary School, Oakland Elementary School, and Springfield Elementary School. Spots are limited, so please contact us to confirm availability. And, as elementary schools are altering schedules, we are here to serve your needs and the needs of your school-aged children with enhanced programs to help with virtual learning sessions and more.

Reviews from Parents

4.4 Rating based on 81 Reviews Leave A Review
Jacqueline Koger • Google
Olivia Jobes • Google
Cadence/Gateway Academy was such a good experience for our family while we lived in Charleston. I cannot say enough good things about our daughter's experience in the infant room over this last year (2017/2018 school year). The teachers (shout outs to Ms. Carolyn, Ms. Starr, and Ms. Lucinda!) were the most caring, calm ladies I've met. They all have worked at the school for 10+ years, they are grandmothers, and they treated our baby girl like one of their own grandchildren. Since they've worked together at this school for so long, they have the room organized and clean, and all the babies on schedules - these ladies know what they are doing and are professionals. They also would send photos and updates via an app for your phone so that you can see every time the baby ate, drank, had a diaper change, and napped. Our baby girl thrived here! I highly recommend this school, especially for folks who are new to CHS/West Ashley and are just learning about the area. These ladies made Gateway feel like home for our baby girl. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT GATEWAY THIS LAST YEAR AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Edmund Alston • Google
I moved back home in 2014 and lost my wife to cancer in 2015. Ms T, and the Gateway family took me and my kids in and have treated us like family ever since. It takes a village to raise children and they are definitely apart of the village that has taken care of us
Thank you for the progress of my daughter Gabriela Valencia Mejia in the Gateway Academy. I sincerely appreciate the kindness of your people and the taught on your academy. Althouth my child currently attends three days per week, in only two months her progress is really noticeable. She identifies shapes, colors, numbers (in english and in spanish). I want to acknoledge the work of the teacher Jakahia Brewer who does an excellent job.

Cadence Academy Preschool

Charleston, SC

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Preparing Your Child to THRIVE

Your child is unique, and we are happy to provide an educational, fun and nurturing environment where each child can develop and thrive in order to build a bright future with unlimited possibilities.