Homes have been built, and people have come to Summerville, in great numbers!
With the rise in population, more children have needed to be admitted to the school system and the Dorchester District II School system has been working overtime to accommodate the additional students.
The largest addition to Dorchester II is the new high school, Ashley Ridge High. Due to open its doors to ninth and tenth graders next year (August 2008), it will become the third high school for Dorchester District Two, following Summerville High and Fort Dorchester. I have been looking into this lately and have found some interesting information and details…
Stats on Ashley Ridge High: (Taken from Post & Courier, Dorchester District II)
School District:Dorchester District 2.
Location: S.C. Highway 165, just south of the Legend Oaks subdivision off S.C. Highway 61.
Total Square feet: 235,000.
Projected 2008 enrollment: 850 to 900 ninth- and 10th-graders.
Building capacity: 1,800 students.
Project budget: $55.4 million.
One of the concerns surrounding Ashley Ridge High has been the sports program. Just this month, school board members approved the decision to begin the high school with a varsity sports program in Region 6-AA. At this point, the Junior Varsity program will not be in place.“District officials said they hope the decision on varsity status would satisfy some families zoned for Ashley Ridge who are upset their children won’t get a chance to play on tradition-rich Summerville High and Fort Dorchester High athletic teams. Instead of waiting their turn at those schools, Ashley Ridge students can participate immediately in varsity sports.” (Post & Courier, October 16, 2007)
When it opens its doors, Ashley Ridge High will serve ninth and tenth graders and plans on adding a grade each subsequent year. Current eighth graders that are zoned to go to Ashley Ridge will enter the ninth grade next year at the new school. However, current ninth graders at Summerville High School and Fort Dorchester are going to be given a choice to stay where they are, or go to Ashley Ridge. Officials are hoping that most students will be open to changing schools. This will relieve the large numbers found at the two high schools.
Kudos goes to Dorchester District II for working overtime to accomodate all of the great kids in our community.