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Aiken Middle School

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Posted March 26, 2014

I have to children in this school they love going there. Yes I believe there should be some changes but over all its a great school. The Principal they have there is awesome not so much the assistant Principal. I personally don't care for her. Also some of the others in the office they are rude that really needs to be handled because if someone walks in they should be nice to everyone not just who they want to. There is also I know of one 8th grade teacher that should not even be teaching there. Maybe with me posting this hope maybe someone can do something about this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

I am a student at Aiken Middle and it is just terrible. The disciplinary system is ineffective at best and many people are acting like wild animals while I'm just trying to learn. My girlfriend has been harassed by someone there for what seems to have been years and nothing has changed since she told Guidance. I wish I was never forced to transfer to the blasted school.


Posted August 15, 2013

At Aiken Middle School, the administrators cannot seem to control the students behavior. The behavior has gotten worse every year. The fact that their school grade has gotten worse appears to be a reflection of the terrible student behavior.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 3, 2013

Teachers aren't any more mature than the kids that attend. Principal seems to care very little for kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2011

I went to Aiken Middle it was great the teachers where nice and I met alot of my best friends there and never had any problems.


Posted June 11, 2009

My son just completed his first year at AMS and I am very pleased. AMS has a caring staff and great teachers. They were very concerned with making the transition from elementary to middle school an easy one. It takes more than just complaining to make changes. Get involved..join the PTO and attend events. We can all do our part and make our school great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

My daughter is just about to complete her 2nd year at Aiken Middle School and we have both enjoyed her being there. The principal is open to suggestions and comments from parents as well as the students. Her 6th grade year was very good. Her teachers were wonderful and very open to parental involvement. I was and still am very pleased to be a part of Aiken Middle School. Both my daughter and I look forward to next year--her last year of middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

My son just completed his first year at AMS. It is a great school and I am very proud of the way the Principal and 6th grade teachers help with the transition of elementary school to middle school. All of the faculty that I have been in contact with this year really seem to care about the students. My son is a honor roll student and very talkative. If there was every a problem, his teachers would email me and/or have my son tell me (this only happened twice). The teachers kept us well informed on up coming test with a monthly email and that I really appreciated. Aiken Middle is a great school and the Administration is willing to listen to all who will get involved with their childs education. That is the key to making a good school---- great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

This is my sons 1st year at AMS and I want it to be his last. I have been in the Principal's office for the 1st 5 weeks of school because my son is being bullied and the school wont protect him. The principal's opinion is that my son is asking for it. I do not like him. He talks down to everyone and I do not feel he is capable in running the school. The teachers do not seem to be able to handle their classes or the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

I have three children in this school. The school on the outside is nice but the principal is rude and demeaning to the parents and students. I am looking into homeschooling until my kids get into highschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2007

I feel that the school could do a lot better. The teachers dont seem to take control of the classroom. There seems to be very little parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

The academics are okay. They have a few excellent teachers. The admisitration leaves something to be desired. They are more interested in protecting the name of the school and the staff than they are interested in helping or protecting the students. The staff is rude to the kids, but kiss up to the parents. There are only a few dedicated parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2004

This was my son's first year at AMS. I have had nothing but great things to say about the teachers and staff. Everyone really seems to care about my child. It is a clean and well maintained facility. There are many activites for all types of interests. I have participated in many events, committees, etc. I am pleased thus far and will continue to support the teachers and administrators in their efforts to provide my child with a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2003

I think there needs to be more parent involvement


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
47%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students54%
Female53%
Male56%
African-American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White63%
Subsidized meals51%
Full-pay meals74%
Disabled25%
Not disabled60%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant54%

Math

All Students45%
Female43%
Male46%
African-American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White52%
Subsidized meals41%
Full-pay meals67%
Disabled14%
Not disabled50%
English language learners46%
Proficient in English45%
Not migrant45%

Science

All Students53%
Female57%
Male48%
African-American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Subsidized meals48%
Full-pay meals79%
Disabled20%
Not disabled57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Not migrant53%

Social Studies

All Students63%
Female58%
Male68%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled44%
Not disabled68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Not migrant63%

Writing

All Students57%
Female60%
Male55%
African-American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White72%
Subsidized meals54%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled13%
Not disabled66%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English57%
Not migrant57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students67%
Female66%
Male67%
African-American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White71%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled24%
Not disabled73%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant67%

Math

All Students50%
Female50%
Male50%
African-American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White65%
Subsidized meals45%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled10%
Not disabled56%
English language learners47%
Proficient in English50%
Not migrant50%

Science

All Students60%
Female61%
Male59%
African-American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White65%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals72%
Disabled10%
Not disabled68%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant60%

Social Studies

All Students52%
Female49%
Male55%
African-American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White56%
Subsidized meals49%
Full-pay meals68%
Disabled14%
Not disabled58%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English49%
Not migrant52%

Writing

All Students69%
Female73%
Male66%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White69%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabled14%
Not disabled78%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students49%
Female56%
Male42%
African-American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White57%
Subsidized meals46%
Full-pay meals61%
Disabled8%
Not disabled55%
English language learners47%
Proficient in English49%
Not migrant49%

Math

All Students61%
Female63%
Male60%
African-American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White65%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals71%
Disabled21%
Not disabled67%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English61%
Not migrant61%

Science

All Students44%
Female47%
Male42%
African-American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White53%
Subsidized meals42%
Full-pay meals53%
Disabled20%
Not disabled48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Not migrant44%

Social Studies

All Students55%
Female53%
Male57%
African-American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Subsidized meals48%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Not migrant55%

Writing

All Students60%
Female69%
Male50%
African-American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White64%
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals74%
Disabled13%
Not disabled66%
English language learners53%
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Applied Biology

The state average for Applied Biology was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
English I

The state average for English I was 77% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

The state average for Mathematics for the Technologies 2 was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 57% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: %D, C, B, A

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school students in Algebra I, Mathematics for the Technologies II, Biology I, English I, US History, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 53%
Black 37% 36%
Hispanic 10% 7%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (803) 641-2578

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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Aiken, SC 29801
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