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.
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!
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.
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.
My child hates this school. I understand why! The teachers are unmotivating and the students are disrespectful! My daughter cannot wait to graduate!
This is an amazing school. The teachers are great, the students are great, the staff is amazing, this school is just amazing in general.
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.
The parental involvement is adequate, the music and sports are more involved. Academic programs are adequate preparation for college level courses.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
A great environment and curriculum for students to reach their highest potential.
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