Fort Dorchester Elementary

Public PK, KG-5

 5201 Old Glory Ln
       Summerville, SC  29485


 (843) 832-5550

District: Dorchester 02

SchoolDigger Rank:
60th of 639 South Carolina Elementary Schools


Student/Teacher Ratio:  17.9
Number of students:  1,166

Racial breakdown:

White:
53.9%
African American:
23.8%
Hispanic:
8.7%
Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients:  27.0%

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Updated Friday, October 23, 2015, based on the 2014-15 school year test scores.

Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2015, Fort Dorchester Elementary ranked better than 90.6% of elementary schools in South Carolina. It also ranked 2nd among 12 ranked elementary schools in the Dorchester 02 School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2015 the calculated Average Standard Score was 85.27. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (53.9%), African American (23.8%), Hispanic (8.7%). (See more...)
Compare Details 27% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Dorchester 02 School District. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Fort Dorchester Elementary is 17.9, which is the highest among 12 elementary schools in the Dorchester 02 School District! (See more...)
Compare Fort Dorchester Elementary employs 65 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2015 Rankings:

Fort Dorchester Elementary:

SchoolDigger Ranks Fort Dorchester Elementary 60th of 639 South Carolina public elementary schools. (See Fort Dorchester Elementary in the ranking list.)

Dorchester 02:

SchoolDigger ranks Dorchester 02 6th of 85 South Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Fort Dorchester Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 76.75 112th 537 79.1% 4 star ranking
2004 77.20 109th 544 80.0% 4 star ranking
2005 76.62 104th 549 81.1% 4 star ranking
2006 76.13 108th 551 80.4% 4 star ranking
2007 70.58 156th 558 72.0% 4 star ranking
2008 78.56 92nd 567 83.8% 4 star ranking
2009 84.57 54th 570 90.5% 5 star ranking
2010 85.19 52nd 578 91.0% 5 star ranking
2011 85.78 42nd 586 92.8% 5 star ranking
2012 84.39 51st 584 91.3% 5 star ranking
2013 87.88 28th 590 95.3% 5 star ranking
2014 83.23 63rd 619 89.8% 4 star ranking
2015 85.27 60th 639 90.6% 5 star ranking

Test score data source: test scores: South Carolina Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Fort Dorchester Elementary Test Scores

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Test score data source: South Carolina Department of Education

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by a citizen
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Open Quote My grandaughter, who lives with me, has been at FDES for five years and will be entering fifth grade in August. We could not be more pleased with the education she is receiving. The teachers care about their students and truly want them to learn. I come from a family of educators and am delighted with the education that is provided, both academic and social. The administration knows the students by name and seems to support the teachers. It is a shame that SC does not financially value their teachers, who work very hard and use their own money in many cases, for the students' benefit. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Open Quote If you are like most involved parents you are reading this because you are new to the area or considering the area. This school like other schools these days are pushing for high state test scores. They have completely lost sight of a good curriculum with innovative staff. But if you were underpaid and left without support of your principal how much would you do? If you don't mind your children treated like cattle and ignored when bullied or don't mind being ignored as a concerned parent then this is the school for you! If you want genuine concerned staff teaching your child and want a school full of opportunity and true parent involvement and consideration then you should RUN THE OTHER WAY! On a side note you should cringe at the thought of sending your child here if they have ANY SPECIAL NEEDS! FORGET IT! You will be disappointed and frustrated at the very least! Close Quote


Enrollment information for Fort Dorchester Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 480 240 29 16 1 n/a n/a 6 772
2003 480 240 29 16 1 n/a n/a 6 772
2004 548 250 38 21 1 n/a n/a 7 865
2005 727 305 54 29 4 n/a n/a 9 1128
2006 864 351 77 63 5 n/a n/a 8 1368
2007 942 404 78 95 5 n/a n/a 0 1524
2008 665 236 86 57 2 n/a n/a 0 1046
2009 658 253 95 68 2 n/a n/a 0 1076
2010 690 295 103 103 5 n/a n/a 0 1196
2011 757 293 87 141 8 12 14 0 1312
2012 624 235 69 100 2 9 65 0 1104
2013 629 263 64 102 1 7 70 0 1136
2014 628 278 73 102 0 7 78 0 1166

Test score data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Fort Dorchester Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 772 50.0 15.4 26.4
2003 772 50.0 15.4 26.4
2004 865 56.0 15.4 24.6
2005 1128 67.0 16.8 23.0
2006 1368 82.0 16.7 23.8
2007 1524 114.5 13.3 27.5
2008 1046 67.0 15.6 18.6
2009 1076 75.0 14.3 22.3
2010 1196 69.0 17.3 26.4
2011 1312 75.5 17.3 25.2
2012 1104 66.0 16.7 24.0
2013 1136 65.6 17.3 26.8
2014 1166 65.0 17.9 27.0

Test score data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the FRAC Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Fort Dorchester Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 772 50.0 15.4 26.4
2003 772 50.0 15.4 26.4
2004 865 56.0 15.4 24.6
2005 1128 67.0 16.8 23.0
2006 1368 82.0 16.7 23.8
2007 1524 114.5 13.3 27.5
2008 1046 67.0 15.6 18.6
2009 1076 75.0 14.3 22.3
2010 1196 69.0 17.3 26.4
2011 1312 75.5 17.3 25.2
2012 1104 66.0 16.7 24.0
2013 1136 65.6 17.3 26.8
2014 1166 65.0 17.9 27.0

Test score data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the South Carolina Department of Education.

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