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Welcome to The Bright School

The Bright School was founded in 1913 by local educator Miss Mary G. Bright, who was head of the school until 1961. With an enrollment of more than 300 students in grades junior pre-kindergarten through fifth, Bright School seeks motivated students, offers a child-centered curriculum and develops in children a lifelong love of learning and a sense of responsibility that provides a critical foundation for their future endeavors.

The Bright School Way

Makerspace, design thinking and STEM? Yes, we've had them for 100 years!


Expanded Spanish 

Our two teachers are native speakers and experienced educators.

Welcome New Teachers

Five new classroom teachers are starting their Bright School tenures.

Alumni Awards 

We are proud of our alumni of all ages and enjoy hearing their stories.

Today, 1:03 PM ET
Congratulations to the cross country team! The girls won the Independent School Conference tournament yesterday. Five runners placed in the top five in boys and girls: Ava Greer Allan (2nd place for 5th grade girls), Ellie Bickerstaff (5th place for 5th grade girls), Nehemiah Coleman (4th place for 4th grade boys), Soleigh Kueter (2nd place for 3rd grade girls) and Zain Rifai (4th place for 3rd grade boys). Great job by all the runners!
Yesterday, 4:07 PM ET
The big bear was in Mr. Morgan's office today. He is looking for a home. Sell Charleston Wrap to claim him!
Yesterday, 8:50 AM ET
It's the first week for the Bright Post to be in action. These third graders were learning their pickup route this morning. Later this week, the Bright Post workers will sort and deliver letters.
Yesterday, 8:44 AM ET
Chomper is visiting Isabella and Miss Satterfield's fourth grade class for Charleston Wrap. Last week to sell! Turn in all orders and tickets by next Monday.
September 25, 6:00 PM ET
Welcome back Class of 2016! They were at school Sunday afternoon for the annual Sixth Grade Yearbook Party. A great turnout, and it looks like they have grown so much since May. Best wishes in middle school! You are always welcome at Bright School!
September 23, 10:37 AM ET
One of the most endearing traditions at Bright School is the fifth grade-kindergarten buddies. The students met each other today, and the fifth graders "interviewed" the kindergartners to find out more about them. Overheard in the hallway were comments by fifth graders like "My buddy is awesome!" "My buddy reads at a second grade level already!" "My buddy has a girlfriend!" It is fun to see the fifth graders take on their roles as leaders in the school!
September 23, 10:30 AM ET
Great job by all of our students who ran yesterday in the Ironkids race! Fifth grader Ava Greer placed first for girls with a blistering mile in 6 minutes and 15 seconds.
September 23, 10:19 AM ET
Campbell in fifth grade is the first recipient of Chomper, who gets passed around the school during Charleston Wrap sales. Check out our website to learn more about how you can shop early for Christmas and support Bright School:
September 22, 3:33 PM ET
Congratulations to our alumni award recipients at today's Founder's Day luncheon: the family of Lucy Bright Thatcher and to Franklin McCallie '52. Our alumni of all ages have such wonderful memories of their time at Bright School, and we love to hear their stories. Read more about today's event on our blog:
September 22, 8:34 AM ET
Turn in your Charleston Wrap sales tickets that were included in the packets each time your child reaches a sales level and receive one of these pop-eyed monsters! For more about Charleston Wrap and all the great gift wrap and gift ideas for the holidays, visit