Fort Dorchester Elementary is
Palmetto’s Finest !
Fort Dorchester Elementary School Awards
Palmetto Gold Award (2011-12)
For the second time in the last two years, FDES was honored with two Palmetto Gold Awards: one for Overall Achievement and for Closing the Gap.These awards recognize the hard work of the students, teachers, parents, and the community to ensure the success of the students at Ft. Dorchester Elementary School.
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program was established by the
Education Accountability Act of 1998. As an important part of the education
accountability system in South Carolina, the Awards program is designed to
recognize and reward “schools for attaining high levels of absolute performance
and schools for attaining high rates of improvement.”
Each spring since 1978, SCASA has recognized a few schools which offer excellent instruction and outstanding leaders, augmented by strong family and community involvement and a supportive business community.
The selection process includes a comprehensive review of a school's program, focusing on the key question: "What impact is this school making on the lives of students and the community, and is it deserving of the Carolina First Palmetto's Finest Award?"
PBIS Banner School (2009)
Fort Dorchester Elementary School has been recognized by the State for implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). Our school has met specific criteria and has demonstrated creative and innovative ways to implement and sustain PBIS in the building.
Jump Rope for Heart(2009)
Number One Money Raiser in the State (again!!)
Red Carpet Award(2006 and 2009)
A Red Carpet School does an outstanding job of creating a family-friendly school environment and providing excellent customer service, according to the State Department of Education.
The Red Carpet Schools initiative was one of only two programs in the nation to receive a Distinguished Single Project Award from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) in 2003. The program has also been featured in NSPRA's monthly newsletter as well as the monthly newsletter of the National Elementary Principals Association.
SACS Accreditation (2008)