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Ranked 14th Best High School

STEM Program in the US*

Ranked 25th Best STEM High School by Newsweek. 

The DFHS STEM Honors Academic Magnet Program

Barry Lindler, STEM Coordinator
Phone: (803) 476-3479

Lori Grant, Assistant Principal for Instruction
Phone: (803) 476-3317


MSA School of Distinction

Congratulations, DFHS STEM being named a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America!   


The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Honors Academic program at DFHS is an honors magnet program that accelerates and enriches learning experiences for students who are academically gifted in and have an interest in a STEM related major and career.  Students apply for the program during their 8th grade year.  Acceptance is based on their standardized test scores, middle school teachers’ recommendations, current academic performance, and interest in STEM related fields.  Since 2005, our program has been a local answer to the national STEM initiative.  Presently, there are over 275 students in the program from the ninth through the twelfth grades. 


  •  accelerate traditional curriculum to allow students to take more STEM related courses
  •  promote inquiry style learning across the curriculum
  •  provide unique opportunities in and out of the classroom
  •  develop literacy in STEM disciplines
  •  promote a learning community which extends beyond the school

STEM accelerates learning experiences, enabling students to pursue AP and Honors courses, research, and/or internships in their field(s) of interest.  The curriculum for STEM students is designed to accommodate the interests and abilities of the individual while integrating the STEM principles.  

Upon completion of the STEM program, students are highly qualified for admission into the most rigorous and competitive university programs.  Those students meeting the requirements will be recognized at graduation and receive the STEM program designation for recommendations and applications for colleges and scholarships.