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STEM Education

What is STEM?

A comprehensive, accelerated honors program focusing on integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction.

What can you expect from the STEM program?
Project Based Learning Opportunities, Research and Internship Experiences, Rigorous and Exciting Classes throughout your 4 years at DFC & DHS
9th Grade:
Hydroponic Greenhouse Research
Field Trips (Clemson School of Engineering, VCOM, Greenwood Genetics Center)
Region III Science Fair 
10th Grade:
Humanities Research
11th Grade:
Research Internship (off campus 50-hour on-site research)
12th Grade:
Graduate with STEM diploma!
Current STEM Students:
You can now access the STEM Course List, Dorman Course Guide, & Internship Information below:
How do I apply for the STEM Program?
Guidance counselors and teachers will talk with 8th grade students about the program and applications will be sent home in February of each year. Applications are due to middle school guidance counselors by the date stated on the application. Students are to sign up for classes as if they are not considering the STEM program. Once accepted into the program, students will be contacted by a DFC counselor to adjust course selections for the upcoming year.
The deadline for submitting a STEM application for the 2019-2020 school year is Friday, March 15th, 2019.
Who are candidates for the STEM program?
  • current 8th graders, highly recommended by their math and science teachers
  • students enrolled in Honor's Algebra I or Honor's Geometry in 8th grade
  • students interested in more challenging math and science classes
  • students with exceptional math and science grades
  • students who like working in a challenging team atmosphere
  • students who enjoy exploration and research
2019-20 STEM Application
You can access the current STEM application below. Applications should be submitted to middle school guidance counselors.
The deadline for submitting a STEM application for the 2019-2020 school year is Friday, March 15th, 2019.
Does the STEM Program Make a Difference?
"What caught me off guard about college is what didn't catch me off guard."  -Cooper Wolfe Class of 2015
"I believe that the internship prepared me for some of the freedom that college gives you. I had to make sure that I had pieces for the robots before they were sent out to the trade shows across the country. I then had to plan my 'schedule' around this, and overcome the issues within a certain time frame. Also, the internship looks great on applications to college. It gives people the upper hand when competing for limited scholarships, so the internship will have hopefully prepared me mentally and somewhat financially for college."   
-Coleman Nichols Class of 2020