SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The summer is over for many South Carolina students including those in Dorchester County, which opened its school doors Monday.
Parents and school buses dropped children off at Dorchester County District 2 and 4 schools as well as Williamsburg and Beaufort County schools.A
Administrators stressed the importance of having students in class on the first day and all of the first week because a lot of school funding and free lunch program funding is determined by attendance on that first week.
At Fort Dorchester Elementary School teachers are expecting 1,290 students.
There are high expectations for student achievement in Dorchester County District 2 this year after some impressive scores on last year's PASS test.
On average, students in District 2 scored about 10-percentage points higher than the state average on every test subject and every grade.
Superintendent Joe Pye said that he and the school board expect even higher scores this coming school year so they are setting the bar high.