Guidance: School Profile


          Patrick Henry Academy 

8766 Savannah Highway Estill, South Carolina 29918

Phone: 803·625·2440   Fax: 803·625·3110




The School                         

Founded in 1965, Patrick Henry Academy is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school serving the needs of 180 students in grades 3K through 12. The Board of Directors governs the school and is comprised of nine members including alumni, parents, and community members. Patrick Henry has been awarded Advanced Accreditation from the South Carolina Independent School Association and AdvancED accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS).


Kim Miller, Director of Administration Julia Lucas, Director of Curriculum and Instruction


The Community                                                

Located three miles east of Estill, South Carolina, Patrick Henry serves the needs of students primarily from Hampton and Allendale counties. The school was founded in response to the desire of interested parents and patrons for a school in which students could be well prepared for college through an excellent educational program in their rural community. Lower school students, K3-4, are housed in the new Gateway wing of the school, and upper school students, 5-12, are housed in the original structure of the school built in 1970.



Patrick Henry offers three diplomas: Honors, for which students must follow the Honors course of study and earn at least 27 credits, Advanced, for which students may have a combination of honors and college preparatory courses and earn 25-26 credits, and College Prep, for which students must follow its corresponding course of study and earn at least 24 credits. The following credits are available at Patrick Henry Academy:    




English I, II, III, IV


Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, College Algebra, Statistics


Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Physics

Social Studies

Western Civilization, Economics/Government, U.S. History

Foreign Language

Spanish I, II, III

Physical Education

PE/Health I


Computer I

Fine Arts

Enrichment, Drama, Yearbook


AP English, AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP US History

Dual Enrollment

ENGL 101, ENGL 102, HIST 101, HIST 102, SOCY 101, PHIL 102


 Career and Technology Education, Enrichment, Computer II, Journalism I and II, SAT Prep, Personal Finance, Teacher Cadet

**Honors level courses are available for all English and mathematics courses, and Spanish III is an honors level course.


The student-faculty ratio is 10:1. Our school calendar is based on four semesters.


Grading Scale

Patrick Henry complies with the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale policy. It uses a quality point system to determine grade point averages. College prep courses are computed on a 5.0 scale. Honors courses are computed on a 5.5 scale. AP and dual enrollment classes are computed on a 6.0 scale.


Athletics and Extra-curricular Clubs/Activities

The school holds membership in the South Carolina Independent School Athletic Association which formulates and maintains policies for the athletics program. Students compete across the state in football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, cheerleading, golf, and soccer.


                                                                       Mike McCoy, Athletic Director


Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities and must meet eligibility requirements to do so. Patrick Henry clubs/activities include, but are not limited to: Student Council, Beta Club, Junior Beta Club, Interact Club, Fellowship of Christian Students, Yearbook Staff/Journalism, Science Fair, Robotics, Academic Quiz Bowl, Literary Meet, One-Act Play, Spelling Bee, Math Meet, Drama Festival, and Music Festival.


Admission Requirements

Patrick Henry is a nonprofit, non-discriminatory school that looks at the child when considering admissions. Attention is given to past educational performance, teacher assessment of abilities and attitudes, personal characteristics and talents, the results of standardized testing, and disciplinary records.


Patrick Henry does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, ethnic background, or national origin in the administration of its education programs, admissions policies, employment practices, or other administered programs.


College Acceptance and Class Rank

In a typical class, 100% of the students will apply to and be accepted by either a four-year or two-year postsecondary institution. We rank our students based on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale. Given the size of each class, the overall strength of our student body, and the rigorous curriculum required of each student, we do not consider class rank as a predictor of success in college.


Our graduates from the past four years have been accepted to or enrolled in one of the following institutions to further their education: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Aiken Technical College, Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Chatham University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, Coker College, College of Charleston, Converse College, Embry-riddle Aeronautical University, Florida State University, Furman University, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University, Lander University, Midlands Technical College, NC State University, Newberry College, North Greenville University, Presbyterian College, Southern Wesleyan University, Technical College of the Lowcounty, The Citadel, Tri-County Technical College, University of Alabama, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina, USC Aiken, USC Beaufort, USC Salkehatchie, Winthrop University, Wofford College   


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