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School

Address:

5201 Old Glory Lane
Summerville, SC 29485

Phone: 

843-832-5550

Attendance:

Visit our Attendance page

Fax:

843-832-5553

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. 

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

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