The Charis Mission

Serving Grades 3 - 12

Our Mission
The Charis Academy mission is to provide an exceptional, multi-sensory, academic environment that is student centered, family focused, and resource rich. Charis is designed to meet the specific educational needs of the different learner including but, not limited to, children living with Mild Autism, ADHD,  or other similar educational challenges.

Our Philosophy
The Charis Academy School equips young people and their families to participate actively in the process of shaping the future of the world they will inherit. Charis is a collaborative educational environment, which embraces diversity and optimizes strengths through an intentional academic program specifically designed for children on the spectrum. Our teacher’s focus is to unlock each individual’s academic, creative, and social potential through ABA principles and individualized multi-sensory curriculum.

Please Note:

Charis Academy is not able to meet the needs of students who are below average intelligence or have severe emotional and/or behavioral needs. 

All students are accepted to Charis Academy on a probationary period. 

Program Overview

Student Centered Academics – Individualized instruction promoting the optimal holistic growth of each child.
·       1:8 Ratio
·       Multi-sensory approach/Direct Instruction Model
·       Sensory sensitive environment
·       Highly qualified instruction
·       Social-emotional functional growth
·       Self-advocacy
·       OT/PT/Speech and ABA Therapy referral onsite

Family Focused Education – Family focused education, supporting an integrated learning environment.
·       Triple P Positive Parenting Program
·       Applied Behavioral Analysis Guided Principles (ABA)
·       Parent support group
·       Individualized parent coaching 

Resource & Collaboration – Bridging resources to meet student specific needs.
·       MUSC Project REX
·       Dorchester County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs
·       Collaborative community resource referrals

Program Detail

Student Centered Academics:
Charis Academy provides individualized instruction promoting the optimal holistic growth of each child for students on the autism spectrum or similar challenges whose educational needs are not fully met by their existing school programs, to include:

  • High staff-to-student ration with one to one or small groups, allowing us to build customized programs for each student.

  • Comprehensive approach that targets multiple areas of development-language, cognition, social behavior, motor an self-help skills-creating the best opportunities for success.

We offer a high degree of flexibility to meet unique and changing educational needs, aligning our work with a student’s particular learning style. Continuous assessment of student’s progress is integral to the program.

  • A child’s day unfolds in a carefully structured and supportive environment, with frequent one-on-one interaction with trained staff:

  • Academics (from basic cognitive skills to reading, writing, composition and math)

  • Play and social skills

  • Small class student-teacher ratio

  • Sensory appropriate environment

  • Highly qualified instructions

  • Social-emotional functional growth

Family Focused Education/Resource Collaboration:
Charis Academy provides family focused education, supporting an integrated learning environment, to include:

  • Monthly Family Focus Night providing educational breakout sessions, collaborating with MUSC, Beyond Basic, and SUMC.

  • ABA guided principles

  • Parent support group

  • Group and individualize parent coaching

  • Triple P-Positive Parenting Program


The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent-as well as treat-behavioral and emotional problems in children and teenagers. Triple P’s 17 parenting strategies focus on developing positive relationships, attitudes and conduct. It aims to prevent problems in the family, school and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realize their potential.

Triple P draws on social learning, cognitive behavioral and developmental theory as well as research into risk factors associated with the development of social and behavioral problems in children. It aims to equip parents with the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient and to be able to manage family issues with and without ongoing support.

Please Note:

Charis Academy is not able to meet the needs of students who are below average intelligence or have severe emotional and/or behavioral needs. 

All students are accepted to Charis Academy on a probationary period. 

Charis Academy is a program of Nuevos Caminos Mission

A registered 501(C)3 Non-Profit