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About Us

Robert Smalls International Academy is an award-winning Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade school of excellence. At RSIA, we empower our students to make positive, effective and responsible choices by exhibiting Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

As one of only two PK-8 public schools in Beaufort, RSIA is able to provide students with a strong academic foundation that will prepare them as they transition to high school.

During the 2021-22 school year, RSIA launched its first courses in partnership with Cambridge International Academy. Students in 6th through 8th grades participate in Global Perspectives coursework, in addition to their state social studies curriculum. This partnership will allow students to develop the skills needed to become lifelong learners.

True to the name of the school, RSIA helps students develop an international mindset. By exploring and embracing the diversity of the school community, students gain an appreciation of cultural differences and prepare to successfully participate in a global society.

“Great things happen here!”


Our Vision

Robert Smalls International Academy is an award-winning school of excellence where all students achieve and others want to emulate.


Every student and teacher achieves by seeing, feeling, teaching and living the seven habits.

Leader In Me

Leader in Me is aligned with the best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. LIM provides our school with the vision and language to lead the school in a way that addresses all areas of development.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People help support school success and improve student performance by fostering the qualities of independence (goal-setting, organization, time management and planning: interdependence (teamwork, conflict management, creativity and analytical skills); and renewal (engagement, desire to learn and ownership of learning). The 7 Habits have also been proven to improve academics, discipline and attendance by strengthening individual work habits and improving social interactions.

Core Beliefs

  • Everyone can be a leader.
  • Everyone has a genius
  • Change starts with me.
  • Educators empower students to lead their own learning.
  • Develop the whole person.

Please visit the Leader in Me and Programs pages for more information about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students.