South Carolina’s worst public schools (2008-09 list)

Each year the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) releases report cards for the public schools and public school districts in South Carolina. Based on the 2008-09 cards we have already observed:

Sadly this is more of the same news we have been receiving from the other indicators in the last two years – if you are poor or black, you are further behind your wealthy or white peers in South Carolina, and if you are lucky enough to live in one of the “good” districts you are still not regionally or nationally competitive

Now, here is a full list of all the public schools which received failing (or, to put it politically, “at-risk”) ratings. The list format is:

District Name:
SCHOOL NAME  (# of students)   (Elem, Middle or High )    (“Persistent” for schools
with 2 or more years on list)

Abbeville:

CALHOUN FALLS HIGH 238 M Persistent

Aiken:

RIDGE SPRING-MONETTA ELEMENTARY 673 M Persistent

LLOYD-KENNEDY CHARTER SCHOOL 31 M Persistent

MIDLAND VALLEY PREPARATORY SCHOOL 166 M

RIDGE SPRING-MONETTA ELEMENTARY 673 E Persistent

A L CORBETT MIDDLE 248 M

Allendale:

ALLENDALE ELEMENTARY 569 E Persistent

FAIRFAX ELEMENTARY 301 E Persistent

ALLENDALE-FAIRFAX HIGH 421 H

ALLENDALE-FAIRFAX MIDDLE 346 M Persistent

Bamberg 2:

DENMARK-OLAR ELEMENTARY 421 E Persistent

DENMARK-OLAR HIGH 256 H

DENMARK-OLAR MIDDLE 224 M Persistent

Barnwell 19:

BLACKVILLE-HILDA JUNIOR HIGH 115 M Persistent

MACEDONIA ELEMENTARY 446 E Persistent

Barnwell 45:

GUINYARD-BUTLER MIDDLE 412 M Persistent

Beaufort:

WHALE BRANCH MIDDLE 305 M Persistent

WHALE BRANCH ELEMENTARY 357 E Persistent

JAMES J DAVIS ELEMENTARY 347 E

ST HELENA ELEMENTARY 532 E Persistent

Berkeley:

CAINHOY ELEMENTARY/ MIDDLE 247 M Persistent

CROSS HIGH 414 M Persistent

ST STEPHEN MIDDLE 268 M Persistent

Charleston:

SUSAN G. BOYKIN ACADEMY 183 E Persistent

HAUT GAP MIDDLE 207 M Persistent

R D SCHRODER MIDDLE 268 M Persistent

NORTH CHARLESTON ELEMENTARY 549 E Persistent

JAMES SIMONS ELEMENTARY 362 E

R B STALL HIGH 901 H Persistent

WEST ASHLEY MIDDLE 385 M Persistent

WILMOT FRASER ELEMENTARY 217 E Persistent

GREG MATHIS CHARTER 83 H Persistent

EDMUND A BURNS ELEMENTARY 476 E Persistent

EDITH L FRIERSON ELEMENTARY 141 E

MILITARY MAGNET ACADEMY 521 M

MIDLAND PARK ELEMENTARY 693 E Persistent

MORNINGSIDE MIDDLE 567 M Persistent

MORNINGSIDE MIDDLE 567 E Persistent

MITCHELL ELEMENTARY 283 E Persistent

NORTH CHARLESTON HIGH 854 H Persistent

ALICE BIRNEY MIDDLE 639 M Persistent

JANE EDWARDS ELEMENTARY 183 M

MATILDA F DUNSTON ELEMENTARY 283 E

MARY FORD ELEMENTARY 460 E Persistent

MALCOLM C HURSEY ELEMENTARY 290 E Persistent

BURKE HIGH 823 M Persistent

CLYDE SANDERS ELEMENTARY 310 M

BRENTWOOD MIDDLE 435 M Persistent

CHARLESTON PROGRESSIVE 291 M Persistent

CLYDE SANDERS ELEMENTARY 310 E

Cherokee:

MARY BRAMLETT ELEMENTARY 290 E Persistent

GAFFNEY MIDDLE SCHOOL 679 M

LUTHER VAUGHAN ELEMENTARY 300 E Persistent

Chester:

CHESTER PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 405 E Persistent

CHESTER MIDDLE 716 M Persistent

THE ACADEMY FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING 287 M Persistent

Chesterfield:

NEW HEIGHTS MIDDLE 579 M Persistent

PAGELAND ELEMENTARY 395 E Persistent

Clarendon 1:

SCOTT’S BRANCH MIDDLE 191 M Persistent

Clarendon 2:

MANNING JUNIOR HIGH 493 M

Colleton:

FOREST CIRCLE MIDDLE 626 M Persistent

HENDERSONVILLE ELEMENTARY 483 E Persistent

BLACK STREET ELEMENTARY 439 E Persistent

BELLS ELEMENTARY 346 E Persistent

COLLETON MIDDLE 482 M Persistent

COLLETON COUNTY HIGH 1728 H Persistent

Darlington:

ROSENWALD ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE 210 M Persistent

ROSENWALD ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE 210 E Persistent

BRUNSON-DARGAN ELEMENTARY 257 E

CHOICES 42 M Persistent

SPAULDING MIDDLE 231 M

Dillon 1:

LAKE VIEW MIDDLE 218 M Persistent

Dillon 2:

J V MARTIN JUNIOR HIGH 536 M Persistent

Dillon 3:

LATTA MIDDLE 401 M

Dorchester 4:

ST GEORGE MIDDLE 358 M Persistent

CLAY HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL 134 M Persistent

Fairfield:

FAIRFIELD MIDDLE 505 M Persistent

FAIRFIELD PRIMARY 531 E

FAIRFIELD INTERMEDIATE 422 E Persistent

Florence 1:

PALMETTO YOUTH ACADEMY 62 E Persistent

NORTH VISTA ELEMENTARY 624 E

Florence 2:

HANNAH-PAMPLICO ELEMENTARY/MID 881 M

Florence 3:

LAKE CITY ELEMENTARY 494 E Persistent

RONALD E MCNAIR MIDDLE 431 M Persistent

MAIN STREET ELEMENTARY 454 E Persistent

Florence 4:

JOHNSON MIDDLE 210 M Persistent

BROCKINGTON ELEMENTARY 489 E Persistent

Greenville:

WOHALI ACADEMY 72 E Persistent

LAKEVIEW MIDDLE 464 M Persistent

WOHALI ACADEMY 72 M Persistent

WOHALI ACADEMY 72 H Persistent

ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY 381 E Persistent

TANGLEWOOD MIDDLE 614 M

GROVE ELEMENTARY 664 E

FULLER NORMAL ADVANCED TECHNICAL 161 E Persistent

CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL AND ACADEMY 726 H Persistent

Greenwood 51:

WARE SHOALS HIGH 524 M

Hampton 2:

ESTILL ELEMENTARY 539 E Persistent

ESTILL HIGH 420 H Persistent

ESTILL MIDDLE 261 M Persistent

Jasper:

HARDEEVILLE ELEMENTARY N/A E Persistent

HARDEEVILLE MIDDLE/HIGH N/A M N/A

RIDGELAND ELEMENTARY 1185 E Persistent

RIDGELAND MIDDLE 468 M Persistent

Kershaw:

JACKSON SCHOOL 416 E Persistent

Lancaster:

CLINTON ELEMENTARY 385 E

Laurens 55:

SANDERS MIDDLE 315 M

Laurens 56:

BELL STREET MIDDLE 524 M

Lee:

M L DINKINS HIGHER LEARNING ACEDMY 93 M Persistent

BISHOPVILLE PRIMARY 545 E

WEST LEE ELEMENTARY 193 E Persistent

DENNIS MIDDLE 404 M Persistent

DENNIS INTERMEDIATE 184 E Persistent

LOWER LEE ELEMENTARY 299 E Persistent

M L DINKINS HIGHER LEARNING ACEDEMY 93 E Persistent

MOUNT PLEASANT MIDDLE 129 M Persistent

Marion 1:

JOHNAKIN MIDDLE 701 M Persistent

MARION INTERMEDIATE 415 E Persistent

Marion 2:

PALMETTO MIDDLE N/A M Persistent

Marion 7:

BRITTON’S NECK ELEMENTARY 514 E Persistent

CREEK BRIDGE HIGH 436 M Persistent

Marlboro:

CLIO ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE 348 E Persistent

WALLACE ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE 348 M Persistent

BLENHEIM ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE 352 M Persistent

CLIO ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE 239 M Persistent

BLENHEIM ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE 428 E Persistent

BENNETTSVILLE MIDDLE 440 M Persistent

MCCOLL ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE 717 M Persistent

BENNETTSVILLE ELEMENTARY 717 E

McCormick:

MCCORMICK MIDDLE 220 M

Newberry:

NEWBERRY MIDDLE 617 M Persistent

Orangeburg 3:

HOLLY HILL-ROBERTS MIDDLE 508 M Persistent

ELLOREE ELEMENTARY 468 M Persistent

VANCE-PROVIDENCE ELEMENTARY 348 E Persistent

HOLLY HILL ELEMENTARY 522 E

Orangeburg 4:

HUNTER-KINARD-TYLER HIGH 327 M Persistent

CARVER-EDISTO MIDDLE 601 M Persistent

HUNTER-KINARD-TYLER ELEMENTARY 373 E Persistent

Orangeburg 5:

ROBERT E HOWARD MIDDLE 461 M Persistent

WILLIAM J CLARK MIDDLE 701 M

BETHUNE-BOWMAN MIDDLE HIGH 380 M

Richland 1:

GIBBES MIDDLE 380 M Persistent

ARDEN ELEMENTARY 338 E

WEBBER ELEMENTARY 337 E Persistent

JOHN P THOMAS ELEMENTARY 407 E Persistent

ST ANDREWS MIDDLE N/A M Persistent

W A PERRY MIDDLE 308 M Persistent

FOREST HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY 442 E

W G SANDERS MIDDLE 433 M Persistent

HALL INSTITUTE 70 H Persistent

HOPKINS MIDDLE 444 M Persistent

MILL CREEK ELEMENTARY 340 E

MIDLANDS MATH & BUSINESS ACADE 138 E

LOGAN ELEMENTARY 284 E Persistent

HYATT PARK ELEMENTARY 529 E Persistent

HALL INSTITUTE 70 M N/A

CARVER-LYON ELEMENTARY 344 E Persistent

EAU CLAIRE HIGH 805 H Persistent

MIDLANDS MATH & BUSINESS ACADEMY 138 M Persistent

BRADLEY ELEMENTARY 375 E

ALCORN MIDDLE 390 M Persistent

Richland 2:

JOSEPH KEELS ELEMENTARY 599 E

WINDSOR ELEMENTARY 615 E

Spartanburg 7:

MCCARTHY/TESZLER LEARNING CENTER 230 E Persistent

PARK HILLS ELEMENTARY 423 E Persistent

MCCARTHY/TESZLER LEARNING CENTER 230 M Persistent

CARVER JUNIOR HIGH 646 M

CLEVELAND ELEMENTARY 471 E Persistent

MYLES W WHITLOCK JUNIOR HIGH 361 M Persistent

Sumter 17:

CHESTNUT OAKS MIDDLE 333 M Persistent

CROSSWELL DRIVE ELEMENTARY 361 E

Sumter 2:

MAYEWOOD MIDDLE 181 M Persistent

FURMAN MIDDLE 925 M

R E DAVIS ELEMENTARY 523 E Persistent

Union:

JONESVILLE MIDDLE 128 M Persistent

Williamsburg:

GREELEYVILLE ELEMENTARY 355 E

HEMINGWAY HIGH 643 M Persistent

KINGSTREE SENIOR HIGH 862 H

C E MURRAY HIGH 513 M Persistent

D P COOPER ELEMENTARY 183 E

YOUTH ACADEMY CHARTER 22 H N/A

KINGSTREE ELEMENTARY 470 E

KINGSTREE JUNIOR HIGH 468 M Persistent

York 1:

YORK JUNIOR HIGH 800 M

York 3:

CHILDREN’S ATTENTION HOME 20 M Persistent

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2 responses to “South Carolina’s worst public schools (2008-09 list)

  1. For two years one of my kids attended one of the Greenville schools on this list. I’d describe myself & my wife (Master’s degree each, if that matters) as involved in our kids’ education. I’m not surprised by the failing grade, but I do not believe it has to with the school, per se, but the the kids’ socioeconomic circumstances (my daughter was an exception). I believe the teachers and administration there are as motivated and capable as any I’ve seen in other public & private schools my 5 children have attended. Unfortuately, there doesn’t seem to be a reliable mechanism to account for the the home circumstance of the student body, and to give out an unqualified F only serves to dicourage both the teachers and the students.

    Re school choice, as a taxpayer I believe in paying for all children to be educated, but I do not care where it happens. My kids have attended public, private, and Charter schools, and given that my first responsibility is to my kids, I’d’ve preferred that my tax money go where I decided they’d be best educated, not just to the government’s plantation schools.

  2. I knew I’d see Carolina High on this list. People portray us as a “dumb” school, but there are actually many intellectual students there. Including myself lol :)

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