Beaufort High School

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Beaufort High School
84 Sea Island Pkwy
Beaufort, SC 29907

United States
Coordinates 32°24′55″N 80°39′38″W / 32.41528°N 80.66056°W / 32.41528; -80.66056Coordinates: 32°24′55″N 80°39′38″W / 32.41528°N 80.66056°W / 32.41528; -80.66056
Type Public high school
School district Beaufort County
Superintendent Jeffrey Moss
Principal Corey Murphy
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,462 (as of 2011–12)
Campus size 40 acres (16 ha)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)          Green and white
Mascot Eagle
Feeder schools Beaufort Middle
Lady's Island Middle
Beaufort Elementary
Coosa Elementary
Lady's Island Elementary
Port Royal Elementary
St. Helena Elementary
Bolden Middle School

Beaufort High School is a public high school within the Beaufort County School District, located in Beaufort, South Carolina, USA, on Lady's Island. The high school serves students in downtown areas of Beaufort and Port Royal in addition to students living on Lady's Island and St. Helena Island. The school served 1,328 students in the 2013-2014 school year [1] down from a reported 1,462 students in the 2011-2012 school year.


According to data released by the South Carolina Department of Education, Beaufort High School earned a "B" letter grade for the 2012-2013 school year, exceeding academic expectations put forth by the state in standardized testing and graduation accomplishment.[2] The school previously earned a "C" for the 2011-2012 school year.

Beaufort High School received "excellent" scores on the Absolute Rating and Growth Rating metrics on its 2012 state report card. In 2012, 94.3% of students passed the state-mandated High School Assessment Program (HSAP). The four-year graduation rate was 75.6% in 2012, an increase from 71.1% in 2011. The teacher retention rate was 86.0%. Based on 2011 financial data, the dollars spent per student was $7,060.

In 2012, the average student-teacher ratio in core subjects was 26.7 students for every 1 teacher. In total, 25.2% of students were enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and 56.3% of students were enrolled in career/technology courses. Beaufort High School is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[3]

The school has seen tangible academic improvements over the past five years due in part to a variety of initiatives. In 2010, the "small schools" concept was adopted by Beaufort High School, in which learning academies were created to help foster students into their career paths. The school is split into four academies: Freshman Academy, International Studies, Arts, Communications, and Technologies, and Health Professions. In 2011, the "Everyday Math" and "Everyday English" programs were set in place for incoming freshmen students who scored in the lower third of their middle school competency exams.


Beaufort High competes at the Class AAA level in the South Carolina High School League. The school fields teams for boys in football, wrestling, basketball, swimming, cross country, track & field, tennis, and golf; and for girls in cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, swimming, cross country, track & field, tennis, and golf.

Beaufort's rival is cross-town Battery Creek High School, but due to relegation of Battery Creek to Class AA (as a result of declining enrollment), the schools do not play each other at the same frequency as before. With the elevation of Bluffton High School to Class AAAA, it is anticipated that the proximity of the schools will help foster a future rivalry.

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