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Marlboro County High School

Public | 9-12 | 1185 students

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Posted May 30, 2013

Marlboro county is the third school i have been to in my life. I have been to one of the top 10 best schools in South Carolina. And Marlboro is one of the most funnest and social school i have ever been at. The teachers are cool and they really don't make school boring, like most schools. I like the students and most of the teachers. this school can improve by cracking down on the students studies. Other then that if you want your child to have a REAL high school experience then this is a good school to teach them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2011

Most of the review here that have a five stars, they much be someone in that school wrote it, sure they might got a "great" football program, WHO CARES. The things that it need to focus on is the students greats not how we can beat the other football team. And let's be real here not everyone that plays football will get a scholarship, school should prepare the student for the future and I feel that this school is totally fail to do so. Most of the staff that working there is not even a qualify teacher, and those that they are qualify are very few. And the reason that they don't have many qualify teacher is the kids run them out of here, with their bad manners and don't show any respect for their teacher. But until the parents and the school can work together to try to get the kids to act straight. Marbolo county school is not going to come out of the bottom.


Posted March 30, 2011

Marlboro County High School is a great school. They have a wonderful principal in Mr. Bowen. He cares about the students and wants to see succeed in life. Teachers are great also and I think the school system would be crazy to do any changes at this school.


Posted January 14, 2011

Sports does appear to take precedence over academics in the county; however, it is the fans who are parents of MCHS students supporting athletics. Parents should be just as involved in their children education as they they are in following athletic teams across the state. I have been involved in my child's education since beginning Pre-K in the county who is now a senior. With the school doing what they can, (which is not everything ), me picking up where they left off, my child has excelled and has a promising future with the scores to prove it. grades alone is not enough. Improved integrity and commitment on the parts of both students and educators would be most beneficial, in my opinion, to the perception of MCHS. I have had the opportunity to partner with some great ambassadors in the education of my child. The flip side of that is... Education is not everyone's calling. And finally, all organization sponsors should assure that the behavior and actions of their group does not defame the school in any way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

I think the athletic department is very good. Many of the teams have won championships. The coaches do an excellent job teaching character and discipline
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

I have read many of the reviews on this site. I disagree with many about the direction of the school. There are many good things happening in this school. The athletic program and the JROTC program are the strongest programs in the school. The reason they are so strong is because of the leadership in these programs. The JROTC and the athletic program have both won many awards and championships. The football team alone has produced over 85 athletic scholarships in the last 10 years. I would say that is more than the rest of the student body during the same time. All the sports have won championships and had many playoff appearances. I hope the school continues to row and move forward
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2009

Marlboro County High School has made great improvements over the past three years under the new administration. The school is focused on the needs of all students. There is now a greater emphasis on empowering students, improving technology, increasing the number of college classes offered, and preparing students for life after high school. I see this school being one of the best in the next three years.


Posted October 16, 2009

I think that Marlboro County High is a great school to go to. Only sometimes the students might get out of controll at sometime. But u have to realize that some students cant be like others.Because for one some students doesnt have as much focus as other students do. There might be a 60% chance that some students cant learn as fast as others can. So its best not for people to judge students just because they not as smart as others. They might be smart in 2 or 3 subjects. And they might be week in some subjects.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2009

This school is terrible! The school is !00% about sports(mainly football). I would say less than 10 teachers actually seem qualified. I seriously think I would be able to teach students more than they do! I'm so worried about being accepted into a good university considering the fact that I come from one of the worst schools in the country! I moved here from GA and its like going from high school to pre-school. This school is horrible!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2009

I think this school has alot of parential for our young generation.But this school like so many others can still offer more to our childrens education.And for those that want to go for an education and to begin in the workforce.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

And also to add on to my other review, Marlboro County is quite advanced. Once I moved to Columbia I was slowed by their system. I think the reason why our scores are low her is because we are so advanced. Yes, I was an honor student here and I was so far ahead they had to move me to a higher grade and the work is still easier. I was proud to say that my school was more advanced than Spring Valley. Even though Spring Valley is palmetto's finest, the students are no where near as intelligent as our students from Marlboro County. Like I said before Marlboro County is a wonderful school just upgrade on the teachers and the scores should truly improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2007

The other post are crazy. The JROTC is great, but how many students participate in that department out of the school enrollment. The educational scores speak for themselves. The scores are low and the education from this school will only harm the potiental for further education (college). There are a few great teachers but overall the courses don't challenge the students and the school is only built around sports programs. Good luck finding opportunites from a community that doesn't want to improve itself much less it's school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2006

Many teachers leave a lot to be desired and those overshadow the handful of excellent teachers. Administration appears to want the best for the school, but I have yet to see the fruits of any labor. With the exception of JROTC, academic programs and extracurricular programs leave our children unprepared for higher education. Football seems to be the biggest concern. This school has so much potential, but until the right people get motivated and involved, the students and community will continue to suffer.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 14, 2004

Marlboro County High School has made GREAT strides over the past 2-3 threes with regard to providing students with educational opportunities. As with most organizations, leadership is the key and the Marlboro District seems to have the proper people now in place for continued improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2004

The Army JROTC Department at Marlboro County High School has been designated as one of the best in the nation being named an Honor Unit with Distinction for the past 9 years. For the past few years, 600 students out of 1500 enrolled in the school have had the opportunity to participate in one of the nation's best proven citizenship, leaderhsip, and character producing programs. Over the past few years, two of the JROTC instructors have been selected as MCHS Teachers of the Year and last year the Senior Army Instructor has been selected as the National JROTC Instructor of the year. The skills that the cadets learn are deemed 'Training for Life' skills. As a result of JROTC service learning projects in voter registration, Managing Pressures Before Marriage, and American Red Coss Blood Drives, MCHS has won three national character education awards during the past three years.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 24, 2004

Unmeasurable learning potential available at Marlboro County High School. One of the best schools in the area. Providing the skills for all students to excel in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 91% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students79%
Female85%
Male73%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native72%
White86%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled51%
Not disabled85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant79%

Math

All Students64%
Female71%
Male58%
African-American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native43%
White72%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled24%
Not disabled72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant64%
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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
40%
English I

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

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

296 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
31%
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.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
17%
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 63% 36%
White 29% 53%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 0%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Hispanic 1% 7%
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 77%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school McColl Elementary Middle School
Blenheim Elementary Middle School
Clio Elementary Middle School
Colleges most students attend after graduation Coastal Carolina University
University of South Carolina
Francis Marion University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Japanese
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Palmetto Silver Award (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Marching band
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
School Leader's name
  • Walter Mitch Baker
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (843) 479-5916

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Technology
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Rotary Club
  • Economic Development Board
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Company
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • DECA
  • Drama club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • JROTC
  • Marching band
  • National Beta Club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Coastal Carolina University
University of South Carolina
Francis Marion University
College preparation / awareness offered
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College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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951 Fayetteville Ave Extens
Bennettsville, SC 29512
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Phone: (843) 479-5900

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