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5201 Old Glory Lane
Summerville, SC 29485




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Elementary Bell Schedule:

7:15 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Early Dismissal Time:

11 a.m.

Exterior of FDES

About Us 

Fort Dorchester Elementary School (FDES) opened its doors in 2002.  

We are a community of educators helping all students develop the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by taking the 2022-2023 school year by the TAIL…TAILS from the Lowcountry to be exact.

Our school motto encompasses everything our students need to be successful life-long learners. TAILS stands for Teamwork, Achievement, Integrity, Leadership, and Service. Our students strive to build a community of learners through teamwork with peers, teachers, parents, and community members.  

Our students and families come from numerous countries and speak a multitude of different languages. These diverse student backgrounds provide for unique opportunities for Teamwork! Along with our community members, we work together as a school family to create data-driven decisions to enhance student achievement.  

FDES became a prestigious Palmetto’s Finest school in 2012-2013 and served just under 900 “gators” in our pond last school year. 

Fort Dorchester Elementary School is committed to guiding and challenging each student to succeed in life.

All students will be engaged in the learning process and challenged to meet their highest potential.