Fort Dorchester High School is in the City of North Charleston. We opened our doors in 1992 and have been home to approximately 2,300 students for the last few years. Our mission is to prepare all students for college and careers by providing a world class educational experience. We are helping all students develop the world class skills found within the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by promoting a safe, caring, positive learning environment. The academic program of studies at Fort Dorchester High School is designed to meet the needs of each student who enters our doors. Our academic offerings include College Prep Courses, Early College Credit, Honors Courses, AP Studies, ECPI, CTE, and Credit Recovery. Students are allowed the opportunity to earn transferable college credits and earn employment certifications. Fort Dorchester High School prepares all students for college and careers.
Our focus on world class knowledge is a key to our students’ success. Our school was the first in South Carolina to receive the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) grant for our extensive Advanced Placement program and continues to have a strong enrollment in these rigorous courses. Our Early College program provides students the opportunity to earn a two-year Associate of Arts degree while still in high school through our partnership with Trident Technical College. A focus on learning is achieved through our Freshman High School 101 course and our advisement program, which involves all students. Fort Dorchester High School prepares our college-bound students to excel!
Not only do we offer rigorous opportunities for students to prepare for college, but as a comprehensive high school, we meld our academic, career, and technical courses together to prepare students for future employment and to make learning relevant. Students benefit from opportunities in engineering, biomedical science, robotics, sports medicine, and culinary arts. Fort Dorchester High School offers students an extensive selection in the arts to include art, photography, 3D art, media arts, piano, chorus, band, orchestra, theater, dance, and steel drums. Our school is on the cutting edge of outstanding educational practices. Fort Dorchester High School prepares our career-focused students to excel!
We are proud of our students and the way that they represent and serve our school community. Many of our students choose to serve through Beta Club, Interact, Habitat for Humanity, HOSA, and the National Honor Society. Our athletic teams are among the best in the state and compete for state titles each year. Our JROTC program is expanding and growing future leaders of our Armed Services. The State Air Force Association has recognized our program as the top Air Force JROTC unit in South Carolina. As a Capturing Kids Hearts and a Renaissance School, we provide multiple school-wide incentives to recognize all students and faculty for demonstrating Patriot PRIDE (perseverance, respect, integrity, dependability, and excellence). Fort Dorchester High School is breaking barriers to allow all students to excel!
Our students have shown growth in academics, responsibility, and school spirit, and they continue to make us proud. The professional learning community of Fort Dorchester High School is committed to continued growth and success. We plan to capitalize on our successes while progressing on the path to world class status in the coming school year.