Questions ?

We will update our Questions and Answers section each week.  We will post your questions and provide answers as soon as possible.  Some questions can be answered quickly and some will need district or even School Board consideration before they can be answered.  In addition, the answers, to some questions, will be dependent upon having a firm idea on the number of students that will be enrolled at Philip Simmons High School.

You may email your questions to:
 Dr. Spencer, Principal at or Cathy Chiasson, Head Secretary, at

Questions and Answers:

Academic Questions:

Question: What STEAM opportunities will be offered; not just the CTE areas but the application aspects such as co-op or apprenticeship, or how students get the experience aspect?
Answer: Most of our CTE Programs will have the opportunity for real-life learning experiences in a particular program with co-op or work-study experiences.  This typically occurs in the fourth year of being in a program.  Other STEAM opportunities will be available, as a result of Extra-Curricular opportunities, like Robotics.

Question: Will the advanced curriculum focus on Honors programs, AP programs, IB programs?
Answer: PSHS will have Honors and AP Classes.  It is too early to list the AP classes at this time, but we would like to have as many as our allocation will allow.

Question: Will a curriculum with Honors and A.P classes provide College credit to most Universities?
Answer: Individual universities establish their own policies and protocols with respect to providing college credits for AP classes in high school.  With this said, most universities offer college credit if the student scores a minimum of 3 on a grading scale of 1-5 on the AP examination at the conclusion of the course.  In addition, we will be looking forward to hosting courses with an affiliation with Trident Technical College, which would offer college credit as well (this would not start until our first class becomes seniors).

Question: Will JROTC be available?
Answer: Yes, as of now we don’t know what service affiliation we will have.

Athletic Questions:
Question: Will there be athletics the first year?
Answer: Yes. Although, it is too early to know what sports we will open with for the 2017-2018 school year with.  

Extra-Curricular Questions:

Question:  Will there be a marching band the first year?
Answer: Yes

Logistical Questions:

Question: What grade level will PSHS open with?
Answer:  PSHS will open with 9th and 10th grade only.

Question:  Will 11th and 12th grade students have the option of coming to PSHS?
Answer: No, only 9th and 10th grade students will be able to attend the first school year.  Upperclassmen will stay at the schools that they are zoned for attending.

Question:  Will we need to register our children?
Answer:  Yes, we will provide more detail in the future to guide you through our registration process.  

Question: Will buses be servicing Daniel Island?
Answer: Yes

Employment Questions:

Question:When will teachers be hired?

Answer: We will post teacher positionsfor employment in March.