Fort Dorchester High School

8500 Patriot Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29420 | (843) 760-4450
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Student Enrollment: 2,337
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3 out of 5 | 7 Reviews
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School Description

School Summary and Highlights
Additional Contact Information
  • Mailing Address: 8500 Patriot Blvd., N. Charleston, SC 29420
  • Principal or Admin: Jim Atkinson
  • Fax: (843) 760-4852
  • Website:
School District Details

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 2,337
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 112.5
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 20.8
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 1,231 (52.7%)
  • Females: 1,106 (47.3%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 149 (6.4%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 534 (22.8%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 683 (29.2%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Fort Dorchester High School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian70.3%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Fort Dorchester High School
  Number Percent
9th Grade57424.6%
10th Grade58625.1%
11th Grade62826.9%
12th Grade54923.5%
Faculty Educational Background (2006-07)
  • Teachers with a Bachelor's Degree: 43%
  • Teachers with a Master's Degree or Higher:57%
Faculty Salary and Experience (2006-2007)
  • Average Teaching Experience: 14 Years
  • Average Salary: $42,551
Teacher Experience by Number of Years
Fort Dorchester High School Teacher Experience in Years
  Salary Percent
1-5 Years of Teaching Experience$29,07624%
More Than 5 Years of Teaching Experience$46,86376%
Source: SC Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

School Ratings and Reviews

Overall Rating: 3

3 out of 5 | 7 Reviews
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7 reviews for Fort Dorchester High School

  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 03, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Wonderful teachers, great sports, terrific atmosphere, AMAZING school spirit!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on June 12, 2009
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • i think that Fort Dorchester can be unorganized and if your child has learning disabilities you as a parent must stay on top and be a advocate for your child , the teachers are not always there for them or keep you informed until grades are in the lows and there is no way out. what happened to the concept in helping our children be successful , providing encouragement to them . i did not always find that concept at the fort , infact i felt like it was all in my lap and it was pulling teeth to get help.
  • Reviewed by Student on May 01, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Fort Dorchester is quite a rough transition if you dont know what your heading into. Many students who went there thoroughly enjoyed the experience but I was not one of them. Its very hard to meet people, and some of the teachers do not care about their students in the least bit. There are far worse schools than this, but if you have a choice regarding this school, I would say to choose somewhere else.
  • Reviewed by Student on March 17, 2009
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Terribly under financed, unorganized, and disgusting. Diserves no pride.
  • Reviewed by Student on January 18, 2008
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • this is the best school in the whole entire world !
  • Reviewed by Student on June 01, 2007
  • Rating: 3 (3 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I think that Fort Dorchester is a good high school to go to.

Test Scores and Performance Information

Overall School Rating

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How is this determined?
The overall school rating shows that Fort Dorchester High School performed on average better than many other schools across the state on HSAP state exams in the following subjects:
  • English Language Arts
  • Math

HSAP - Test Proficiency by Grade and Subject

Grade 10 - % of students at or above proficiency

English Language Arts Test
Math Test
Source: SC Department of Education 2009-2010

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