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    Ranked 14th Best High School

    STEM Program in the US*

    Ranked 25th Best STEM High School by Newsweek* 

  • STEM Applications open Nov 9, 2023 - Jan 23, 2024

    Available through the district's website, choose the Magnet and Choice Application & Timeline.

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    The DFHS STEM Honors Academic Magnet Program


      MSA School of Distinction

    Congratulations, DFHS STEM being named a National Magnet School of Distinction

    by Magnet Schools of America!   



    Open to rising 9th graders currently in Honors English and Math, or able to move into Honors their 9th grade year, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Honors Academic program at DFHS is an honors magnet program that accelerates and enriches learning experiences for students who are academically gifted in and have an interest in a STEM related major and career.  Students apply for the program during their 8th grade year.  Acceptance is based on their standardized test scores, middle school teachers’ recommendations, current academic performance, and interest in STEM related fields.  Since 2005, our program has been a local answer to the national STEM initiative.  Presently, there are over 275 students in the program from the ninth through the twelfth grades. 

    DFHS STEM Honors Academic Magnet Program offers a complete high school experience!

    • Ranked 25th in the nation by Newsweek*
    • Smaller honors learning community within DFHS
    • Highest number of National Merit Scholarship finalists and semi-finalists
    • 98% AP test passage rate
    • 1420 average SAT score
    • Over 175 million dollars offered in scholarships
    • Cognia accreditation
    • Full Electives and extra-curricular options such as orchestra, band, athletics, robotics, computer science, RC Cars, sports medicine, health occupations, dance, and more!


    •  accelerate traditional curriculum to allow students to take more STEM related courses
    •  promote inquiry style learning across the curriculum
    •  provide unique opportunities in and out of the classroom
    •  develop literacy in STEM disciplines
    •  promote a learning community which extends beyond the school

    STEM accelerates learning experiences, enabling students to pursue AP and Honors courses, research, and/or internships in their field(s) of interest.  The curriculum for STEM students is designed to accommodate the interests and abilities of the individual while integrating the STEM principles.  

    Upon completion of the STEM program, students are highly qualified for admission into the most rigorous and competitive university programs.  Those students meeting the requirements will be recognized at graduation and receive the STEM program designation for recommendations and applications for colleges and scholarships.

    Contact info:

    Barry Lindler, STEM Coordinator
    Phone: (803) 476-3479
    Email:  blindler@lexrich5.org 


    Lori Grant, Assistant Principal for Instruction
    Phone: (803) 476-3317
    Email: lcgrant@lexrich5.org


    *2020, updates in 2025