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9-12
Public
North Charleston, SC
Students enrolled: 2,088
 

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8500 Patriot Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29420

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(843) 760-4450
(843) 760-4852
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May 16, 2014
FDHS has allowed for violence and fighting to become the norm. Due to the location of the school the diversity of the students is not taken into consideration. You have a high % of students with no support at home concerning their education or behavioral issues and the minority of students with an excellent support system. This diversity is not handled well by the Administration. New Administration with fresh eyes is needed to re-structure how this school functions. A lot a potential is falling by the way side. (both students & teachers)

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2012
Fort Dorchester is one of the best schools around!!! The teachers are actually helpful and make class enjoyable to learn. Sure it may be a little crowded in the halls, but thats the sacrifice for going to suchja great school!!!!

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2011
Fort Dorchester may be slightly overcrowded and uncomfortable, but after about the first month everyone seems to learn their way around the hallways. The academic programs that FDHS offers are highly advanced and in some cases can even count as a free college credit. Such programs in the AP and IB programs, along with Honors. Although violence, fighting, is a some what normal occurance, the administration deals with the students accordingly. Fort has many positive programs such as academic awards, pep rallies, homecoming, and patriot pride referrals. Although Fort can be a somewhat tough school to adjust to if coming from a small school or private school, the faculty and staff are a generous group of people that want to help students succeed.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2010
A high school that shows more than 25 full length movies, such as GI Joe, Transformers and Gladiator has to be asked how serious they are about educating the students of their school. Teachers that routinely scream at them and call them idiots and have melt downs in the class is not my idea of educating our future generations.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2010
Fort Dorchester isn't a bad school at all. It's a normal school compared to charleston county school So what if the teachers aren't the best but they try there hardest to teach. It's just hard for them to teach when there is rowdy students. Principals don't do there job to stop the rowdy kids so the teachers don't teach. It's nobody fault but there own. I love FDHS:)

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2010
I find that Fort Dorchester is the worst school in DD2 county. The administrative consequences are far too harsh for such petty troubles. They do not discipline you on what you've done but on how many write ups you've had. The teachers don't want to teach. Majority of them throw tempers, and are very biased on discipline. I'm a student and Fort Dorchester is wack

- submitted by a student
no rating November 16, 2009
I find the violence (fights) very disturbing. I worry about our daughters safety. She is very unhappy at this school but it is the one we are zoned for. We have hopes of relocating her next year for Ashley Ridge.I feel the school worries more about not having any lunch charges then about her ability to learn. Let's not get started on the pushing and shoving in the halls just to get to class. At 4'11' and 90 pounds she gets pushed around a lot.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2009
I absolutely love Fort, I'm pretty sure that this is the only high school I would want to go to. There is some violence but it's only bad if you involve yourself in it. Overall the Fort is a great place to send your kids. I'll admit that some teachers seem like they don't want to be there, but the others can change your lives for the better.

- submitted by a student
September 08, 2009
Fort Rocks, I just graduated from there and whoever 'a student' is does not understand that they just split the high school and are now in a transition, with a relatively new principal and has about one forth of its teachers only being there for there second year, and this is because the new school that just opened 1 year ago needed many new and competent teachers to add to their faculty. ;) ok there 'a student'.

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June 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 01, 2009
I dont think Fort Dorchester deserves to be rated as a great school. Its a very rough transition, and the teachers genuinely do not want to be there. That said, there are great teachers there, but the majority are anything but. This past year, Fort has seen an increase in violence, and the school is becoming out of control population wise. If you have a choice of where to go to school, or where to send your kids, try to avoid Fort Dorchester.

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March 23, 2009
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October 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2008
My husband serves in the USAF, and we choose to live off base so that our children can attend the better schools in DD2! FDHS has a lot of courses and will prepare your child for a future right out of hich school. It is also offers the IB program, which is very important to me. Knowing that this school offers higher quality education is great. The low crime rate is an added plus.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
I attend FDHS and it is great. Everyone is so nice & all of the teachers try their best to teach you. Principal Atkins works very hard to keep everything under control & he does a fine job of it. You should definitely send your kids here.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 25, 2008
This is a good school that is truly becoming an excellent school. I had one child graduate from this school under a different administration team. It was an okay school with bright spots at that time. However, under the leadership of Mr. Jim Adkinson, it is becoming an educational force to be reckoned with! His compassion for students is beginning to be reflected in the improved attitudes of the faculty. Faculty members such as Richard davis, Lori Rowsey, Dr. james Hinson, and Daniel Barron are showing students how much they care about them as people as well as students. I am really impressed with the changes. kepp up the great work!

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July 09, 2008
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July 09, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2008
In my opinion I don't think it is a great school to go to. I currently attend Fort Dorchester High School. The violence and drug issues have increased very rapidly.

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February 12, 2008
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January 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 27, 2007
As an alumnus of the school, I thought it was a great place to go to high school. The teachers cared about us, and the honors classes were excellent preparation for college. I went on to do well in college and have earned an MBA and JD since leaving the Fort. I would definitely send my kids there if I lived in the area.

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October 25, 2007
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September 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 06, 2007
If you are moving into the area, this is a very difficult school for the kids to get acclimiated to. The counselors, teachers and principals were awful. We ended up moving our kids to a different school. I will say if you are in the gifted program (IB program/advanced) your chances at a good education are much better. However, if you are not, you will quickly find that they cater to the lower end as they try to make sure 'that there is no child left behind'. Hence, the middle of the road kids are the ones that get 'left behind.'

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 01, 2006
I was a freshman the 05-06 year and it was one of the worst years i have ever had in school. This school has too many problems.

- submitted by a student
June 04, 2006
I have been at Fort for a year now I will be a Freshman/Sophmore next year. The school is great they had an excellent tutoring system. For FREE. I had an awsome time at Fort my freshman year. The pep rallys and football games were great I went to evry single football game. But school isnt always about fun its about getting the education you need . Fort is the best place to get your education.

- submitted by a student
May 29, 2005
I have been at fort for a year now and I love it! I am an Pre-IB Student and the education quality is excellent. I feel that I will be ready for college in no time and I am only a Sophomore. The only thing I have to complain about is that Dorchester District 2 does not have a real good discipline policy unfortunately. Other than that, Fort is an EXCELLENT SCHOOL!

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2005
Fort Dorchester High School is far and away the best high school in the greater Charleston/Summerville area. We moved into the area just for this school. Its IB (International Baccalaureate) program is rigorous and highly rated. Its completion almost guarantees a full ride with many SC universities. The well rounded approach to academics, sports, music, and community programs is first rate, and the staff are professional and highly approachable. The number of national, state and regional award and scholarship recipients is very extraordinary - particularly given the southeast US's tolerance for third rate public schools generally. I would encourage any one to check out this school carefully before committing to any other school or school district in the greater Charleston area.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2004
My son's learning experience at fort dorchester was not a very good one. He needed more hands on learning and did not seem to grasp the 'block schedule' concept. The school was also too large and he needed smaller class sizes. He was getting lost in the shuffle in other words. The music program did not offer him a chance to continue with playing the bass since it did not offer strings. I opted for a private school further down the road. Generals academy with smaller class sizes & hands on. He now has a 3.2 Gpa and hopefully is on his way to duke!!! we could never have accomplished that at fort dorchester. If you like frills and thrills then fort is for you. However, for this rising senior - we could'nt take the chance on his education so that he could be 1 of 1936 students. No thanks.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
The school (student body) has grown so much over the last few years that the quality of the class size and teachers has really gone down. Not a lot of options for Special Needs or Gifted students. The discipline methods in District @ is awful overall, and the children who break rules are often right back to bully or break the rules again! Dorchester 2 needs to build additional schools and/or hire additional teachers to lower class size. Still it beats Charleston County Schools by leaps and bounds.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
I think that Fort Dorchester is a great school for everyone. I've only been here for one year, but I can already tell that I'm going to love it.

- submitted by a community member
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Fort Dorchester High School
8500 Patriot Blvd, North Charleston, SC  29420
(843) 760-4450
Last modified Fort Dorchester High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fort Dorchester High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top