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Battery Creek High School

Public | 9-12 | 757 students


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Posted September 29, 2014

Battery creek This school is a bad school. My daughter was bullied. I reported it in January 2014 and kept reporting it with evidence till school let out. I even told them I was concerned my daughter might do something to herself. They did nothing. So in August before school started again I went to them with more evidence and concerns. Still nothing happened till the girl approached my daughter at school. I called and yes I yelled but what else am I suppose to do. They gave the girl two days in school suspension. She went right back to bullying my daughter. Well my daughter had enough and took a bunch of pills. The school never call to see how she was nothing. I just went to dis enroll her and the principle diened my acces to walk my child to the class so her teachers can sign off. I just put second call into the district. Waiting. Hoping for a better out come but this is not they way children and parents should be treated.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 16, 2014

Safe, sound and secure. Battery Creek High School has become the high school of choice in the Beaufort Community based on a faculty that encourages students, a great administrative team, and excellent support staff. Students are encouraged to get along with one another, build community, and learn! We are pleased with the well rounded education our child receives and the emphasis on life values and community building rather than test scores.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 29, 2014

We had or pick of which local high school to have our daughter attend. We knew we were going against the trend but we selected Battery Creek. We chose BCHS due to a few factors; 1. We spoke to teachers that we knew from both schools. 2. Smaller class sizes and less crowding. 3. Strenghth of the strings program 4. Witnessing and hearing about the improvements being made. My daughter is now almost finished with her Sophmore year. She is a leader, an all A student in Honors and AP classes, and is playing a sport in addition to flourishing in her musical activities. We are very pleased with BCHS. There are improvements that will take time - test scores and sports records but progress is happening at a good pace. We have had no behavior issues and due to having teacher info from both schools we hear the behavior/fighting/drug issues at the other high school are more common than at BCHS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 15, 2012

I came into this school with a target on me, because of my brothers reputation. I no longer attend this school because of personal problems but I have to say Battery Creek isnt as bad as everyone makes it out to be. There are some teachers who aren't there for the right reasons, such as the chrous teacher who left the day of the concert. There are amazing teachers who care and will do anything to help. People are easy to get along with for the most part, and ROTC runs everything. I do have one complaint. If your not a favorite of the principals they will call you out for everything, unless they've given up on you. I was the sort of kid who speaks her mind all the time, and who ended up in ISS alot. So when I wore tank tops to school they picked their battles. Also, going to this school means everything your school does, or when people who dont go there find out you go to "Creek" they will compare EVERYTHING you do to Beaufort High. Everything,

Posted January 5, 2012

If your reading these reviews, check the date. Our school has really improved over the last few years. At first, I didn't really like it, although during my freshmen year I had GREAT teachers. I had a few rough teachers, but overall they care, and really great with staying after school to help you. It's up to you to enjoy school, once you get involved the school is a lot more fun. By doing student government, you can even make changes. Last year, I wrote a proposal, to clean up the bathrooms, make them more sanitary, and more private. The changes were made immediately. Through sports, student government, plenty of other clubs, and a great MCJROTC program, I learned how to be a leader. And the education you receive depends on the classes you sign up for, and the effort you put in. Battery Creek is also really safe, they have a good security system, and (even though I don't like it) we have uniforms, and the administrators are pretty good about enforcing the rules. . I'm a senior, and I feel like Battery Creek has done a good job preparing me for college, through experiences with AP, IB, and community college classes. I'd recommend BC for anyone.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 20, 2011

my daughter goes to battery creek, i did not like the school it same to me that that some of the teachers dont care. You have kids out of control always fighting. I do like Mr. burnes, he is trying his best at that school. I want her to to go to beaufort high, that school is no better. She will be a junior, this year so I hope they make some changes. Some students want to learn others dont.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2011

i am currently enrolled in Battery Creek High and is going into my third year. the school is great and our principal is wonderful and would do anything in his power to help any student. Creek gets a bad rep from people complaining of violence and drugs, but most of those people turn a blind eye to Beaufort High, who has various gangs and has staff members who deal drugs to the students, i fell safe at Battery Creek and nothing could ever make me want to leave it. Before you say anything bad about it or judge it or listen to any1 else about it, even me check it out yourself its a great school. heck the majority of it is run by their ROTC
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 13, 2011

I love BCHS. The teachers are great, the administration is good, and it's easy to make friends. Turn a blind eye to the minority of students who don't participate and you'll do absolutely great. Mr. Burnes is great and really cares about his students and his school. I have great teachers who care about my education and future as much as I do. Plenty of extracurriculars from FBLA to sports to an outstanding MCJROTC unit. This is a GREAT school, you just have to make it that way yourself. Participation and caring about your classwork will really get you a long way here. The school is great and many parts of our school are fun and educational at the same time. Teachers care and are great. This school has really improved. This great school gets better every day. Students here have soooooo much potential, but don't use it; that explains the low scores. If a student here truly cares about his work, she/he will go very far.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 31, 2010

I am currently a senior at Battery Creek High School. Students in the Battery Creek school zone are very fortunate to have the oppurtunity to attend a school such as this. I miss a lot of school due to my infirmity. Battery Creek staff is helpful with getting my up to date with my work. They assign me a teacher who comes out to my home and teaches me all of my missed assignments. I am shocked by the reviews that claim that the teachers and Principal are uncaring. those statements are far from the truth. Principal Burns sincerly cares for the success and future of his students. I am glad that I attended Battery Creek High School. I am sure that my high school career has prepped me for college and overall life and its entirety.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 16, 2010

My oldest daughter went to BCHS for her junior year, and I did everything in my power to make sure she didn't go back for her senior year. The teachers spend more time trying to maintain chaos than actually teaching. The administration turns a blind eye to the drug problem, gang problem, sexual harrassment problem, and every other issue. Many parents are using a friend/relative's address to get their kids enrolled in other schools in the area. DO NOT send your children to this school!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 19, 2009

this is the worst school i have ever been to.the teacher do not care enough about the students who do come to class and want 2 learn but focus more on the students who want to fool around and not do the work.the principal does not try to solve any of the vadalism issue the drug usage on campus its rediculous.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 28, 2008

I loved this school! I came in as a freshman. I found that it all depends on the classes you take. I took all honors classes and had no problems. I was also in MCJROTC and I have to say that this program was amazing and fun! You learn a lot about military and discipline and you get scholarships and your P.E. credits by taking this class. Mr. Burnes was very dedicated to making the school look good.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 6, 2008

I rate this school a 1. I really do not think the principal and his staff cares about these kids. There are only a few teachers that may care and be really dedicated to doing a good job with teaching your kids. I am looking and hoping to pull my son from this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 19, 2007

I read the explanation of each category in Parents: Rate this school. In all honesty, I could not rate Battery Creek High School higher than a 2. Principal: My interaction him reveals little vision for the school. Teacher: My experience: One out of four teachers are really interested in teaching. I am hoping to move my child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 5, 2005

Our daughter never felt safe in this school. Learning environment was hostile; many of her teachers spent more time babysitting then they did teaching. The Principal (no longer with the school) was a control freak who found in necessary to make announcements first thing in the morning and again at the end of the school day. Discipline was unfair, as students that were late to class (with an excuse) were not permitted to enter the classroom. I am sorry to have subjected my daughter to this reformatory.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 24, 2005

This is a typical school for the area. Heavy focus on sports, but diminished focus on the arts. The Marching Band has 40 members. This school went to quad 4 scheduling, where one quarter equals a semester, and it screwed up year round programs like Band. There is an undercurrent of racism which is followed closely. The school itself is large and institutional, but clean and free of vandalism. Most kids are bussed, some from as far as an hour out. The teachers for the most part are motivated and keep in contact with parents if the parents seek them out first.
—Submitted by a parent

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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 91% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests

In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP 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 proficiency level 2.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students91%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Subsidized meals87%
Full-pay meals96%
Not disabled92%
English language learners63%
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant91%


All Students82%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals93%
Not disabled86%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant82%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests

In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP 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 proficiency level 2.

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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Applied Biology

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


Biology I

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

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.






English I

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

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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


Physical Science

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

196 students were tested at this school in 2011.




U.S. History

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

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.


U.S. History and Government

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

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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
Black 50% 36%
White 38% 53%
Hispanic 9% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 56%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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