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Dorchester Academy, a co-educational day school offering academic instruction in preschool through grade twelve, is an institution fully accredited by COGNIA/SACS CASI (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Council on Accreditation and School Improvement). As an accredited institution of the COGNIA/SACS network, we are one of over 32,000 schools and systems in more than 70 countries that are committed to continuous quality improvement through accreditation.  In addition, Dorchester Academy is a member of SCISA (South Carolina Independent School Association). As a member of SCISA, Dorchester Academy adheres to its standards for academic and athletic programs. 


The vision of Dorchester Academy is to maximize the potential of our students to be productive, responsible citizens through academic, athletic, spiritual, and leadership opportunities. 

Honor Code

A Dorchester Academy student will not lie, cheat, steal, show disrespect, or tolerate those who do. 


As determined by the Board of Directors, the objectives of the school are: 

-to provide a challenging college preparatory curriculum as a background which develops the academic potential of each student;

-to create an environment which encourages creativity, an appreciation for learning and diversity;

-to create rational, independent and articulate thinkers;

-to encourage responsibility, self-discipline, commitment to environmental stewardship and respect within the school community;

-to promote physical fitness and encourage good sportsmanship through a competitive athletic program;

-to encourage moral and spiritual growth.