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1001 Beech Hill Rd
Summerville, SC 29485



Attendance Phone:

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Elementary Bell Schedule:

7:15 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.

Early Dismissal Time:

11 a.m.

Exterior of BHES

About Beech Hill

Beacons SHINE

The beacon is the essential part of the lighthouse. The lighthouse is designed to guide and protect. It is carefully manned by those who know the waters best, but without the beacon, the lighthouse would lose its purpose and meaning. On our campus, a lighthouse beacon shines brightly welcoming all to a safe harbor. Our mission of leading the way to lifelong learning through excellence, leadership, and empowerment navigates our school focus.  With children at the heart of our direction and passion, we set sail each year in search of uncharted territories and new adventures. We cultivate student success through our Lighthouses of Lifelong Learning: CREATE, NURTURE, CONNECT, LIVE, THINK, and DREAM.  Our goals are to have students appreciate the arts (CREATE), act responsibly toward the environment and each other (NURTURE), value themselves and their community (CONNECT), make healthy choices and promote fitness (LIVE), develop and apply a “growth mindset” through meta-cognition and motivation (THINK), and apply technological innovations to cultivate 21st century and soft skills (DREAM).  Like beacons shining in the darkness, our Lighthouses of Learning guide our students to a lifetime of learning. Established in 1992, our school is one of the largest in the Dorchester District Two School System with families from suburban and rural neighborhoods. 

We are honored that you are taking time to learn more about our amazing school.  Beech Hill, a Palmetto’s Finest School since 2012 and a National Blue Ribbon Award Winner in 2018, is a large school (nearly 1,000 students) with a family-sized feeling.  As Beacons, we are currently shedding light on our school mission, vision and goals through a Growth Mindset lens and Personalized Learning. Although we enjoy a strong tradition of academic excellence, our teachers, parents and community stakeholders strive to meet the needs of the whole child. In addition to a rigorous instructional/learning agenda, Beacons explore interests and career options through in-school and after-school clubs, ceremonies and traditions and leadership opportunities with a strong sense of ownership and school pride.