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Dutch Fork High School

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Posted July 14, 2011

Dutch Fork offers more AP classes than some nearby schools. It has a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program available for students who qualify for this rigorous course of study. They have excellent teachers and a wonderful Silver Spirit Band. We are thoroughly pleased with the education our son is getting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2010

Dutch Fork High continues a tradition of excellence in academics, leadership and athletics. The last few years under the direction of Principal Morton, the school's graduates have gained more scholarship money, hired wonderful staff for key positions on campus. I look forward to my boys receiving a quality education through Dutch Fork High!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

As a whole, South Carolina schools are almost always ranked towards the bottom. There are various reasons for this, but I would gladly compare Dutch Fork against any school in the country, public or private. The class selections are wonderful. There is something for everyone and they strive to prepare the students not only for college but also career choices after wards. Most of the teachers my child has had have been wonderful, her AP English teacher in particular. There have been a few, however, that I wasn't as pleased with. But I imagine this sort of thing will occur in just about any school. Overall, if you're moving to the area, you won't be disappointed with Dutch Fork. Your child will receive a top notch education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Dutch Fork High is clearly a great school preparing its' students well for future endevors. This is clearly seen at any major university in South Carolina where DFHS graduates are at the top of their classes. Though these elements that continue to rank DF as the top school in South Carolina have obvious beneficiaries, there are drawbacks that can have a very negative affect on a DF student even after graduation. Because of DF's 'standards of excellence,' the competitve nature of the school is extremley intense and at times can result in a student's poor self- image. Furthermore and an even bigger issue stems from the socio- economic status of the students that attend DFHS. As the school serves a very affluent area of Columbia, diversity (racially and economically) is very minimal. This being said, graduates have such a 'skewed view on reality.' As a graduate, I have seen both sides.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2008

I went to college well-prepared.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2008

this school is one of the greatest schools Ive ever attended
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2007

My child hates this school. I understand why! The teachers are unmotivating and the students are disrespectful! My daughter cannot wait to graduate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2007

This is an amazing school. The teachers are great, the students are great, the staff is amazing, this school is just amazing in general.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2007

Dutch Fork is one of the best schools in the state hands down. Offering a faculty that cares about the student and plenty of challenging courses, Dutch Fork does an excellent job preparing the motivated student for college. Through its extensive AP program, students have the possibility of entering college as a sophomore or even a junior. The majority of teachers are concerned about each individual student and will do their best to help prepare them for the AP exam or a test, be it staying late after school or scheduling a study group session at B&N. In addition to academics, Dutch Fork has extracurricular activities that everyone can get involved in. As a former student, I cannot be happier with Dutch Fork and the opportunities the school offered for me to get a head start with college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2006

The parental involvement is adequate, the music and sports are more involved. Academic programs are adequate preparation for college level courses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

This is a response to the previous review. As a senior in 2004, I took both Spanish IV and Honors Physics. The students in my physics class were given the opportunity to take the AP Physics exam at the end of the year, and several jumped at the opportunity. The only reason some AP classes are not offered certain years is because there is not enough student interest: the smallest class size allowable by the state is somewhere around 8 students. If the minimum number of students do not register for a course, it will not be offered. As in the situation I described with my physics class, administration will work with students individually to meet goals and actuate plans. I deeply enjoyed my Spanish IV class and my AP English teacher was better than any I've had so far at Furman University!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 3, 2005

Opportunities for study are limited at DFHS, due to its emphasis on test scores. Teachers teach to the test. Be aware that many courses listed in the catalog (among them AP Physics and Spanish IV) have never been and will not be offered. Dual enrollment is also near impossible, as the school prefers to keep students in AP courses, even when a student has taken most AP courses offered. At this school, scores matter, not students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2005

Dutch Fork excels in every aspect of education. The support staff is always helping parents and students attend to their needs. The principal and all the administrators truly care about the students and making sure every student receives special attention while in high school. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in extracurricular activities and sports. The clubs at Dutch Fork provide outstanding contributions to both the school and the community. Although at times, like many other schools, Dutch Fork may get caught in the race for the highest test scores, it seems to overcome that glitch because of the hlep of wonderful, caring, and hardworking terachers. This school provides more opportunity for success than any other high school around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2004

Upon registering my sophomore for the '04-'05 yr, our school fees totalled $270.+ All of a sudden, now that drivers ed is required by all insurance companies, the fee for drivers ed has gone from $5. to $200. The sarcastic secretary's response for this necessity is someone's got to pay for gas and vehicles. As if up until the past 2 yrs, driver's ed students have been riding on air? Just another example of 'milking' the parents even more, as if the taxes we pay to live in this district aren't enough to cover the course expenses. We're paying for athletic participation, so why not charge add'l everywhere there's the opportunity! So what happens to the student whose parents cant cover this charge. I guess the student goes without driving privileges?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2004

DF is famous for its wealthy students and high test scores from outside the classroom, but as an actual student at the school I've noticed it's bathed in neoconservative values, poor budget management, and an often self-harming obsession with its own image. I am in all AP classes and am thankful for the school's resources; however, outside of academics and sports, the art department is routinely shafted. Of course that doesn't keep the principal from sending his broken coffee mugs for us to glue back together, though. All in all, DF is a great school and, although neglected, we do have the best art teachers (and other teachers) in the state. Go Foxes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2003

This school was the Blue Ribbion School 2001-2002. The school has received other accomplishments with the academics, sports, and just simply the involvement with the students. The teachers truly care about the students and are always there to help.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2003

Children exiting the school in their cars need guidance by the proper authorities. I watched nervously yesterday when picking up my daughter while young children whisked their cars out past blind spots(blocked by congestion) nearly being slammed by other students speeding along the main road. Is it not in budget to hire a traffic director for that one hour? Perhaps not, just as it has not been in budget for new school buses?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

A great environment and curriculum for students to reach their highest potential.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

521 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

522 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
African-American91%
Asian85%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals90%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled67%
Not disabled98%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant96%

Math

All Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
African-American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals89%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled69%
Not disabled96%
English language learners90%
Proficient in English95%
Not migrant95%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Applied Biology

The state average for Applied Biology was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 80% in 2013.

526 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%
English I

The state average for English I was 77% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

The state average for Mathematics for the Technologies 2 was 67% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 60% in 2011.

532 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 95% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 57% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: %D, C, B, A

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school students in Algebra I, Mathematics for the Technologies II, Biology I, English I, US History, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 53%
Black 31% 36%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25
School end time
  • 3:45
School Leader's name
  • Gregg Morton
Fax number
  • (803) 732-8064

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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