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Blythewood Middle School

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Posted March 28, 2014

Our positive experience at BMS has been declining over the past two years. Honors class sizes are large, students use tablets/Chrome Books for learning-actual textbooks are not used in some classes & teaching/learning is only from computer. Honors classes move quickly, sometimes leaving students behind. The Common Core method is being taught & students who are struggling with math (like Algebra) are also struggling to change to the method CC requires. This prevents parents from helping their student b/c they do not know how to work problems the CC way. A tutor who knows CC will be needed. Kids can access computer games & play in class. A teacher told me kids cannot be stopped from playing during class because, "I have 30 kids in class to keep track of". Power Point presentations are sometimes the only material used for teaching. Teacher collects info. from sources, arranges onto slides & the students to teach themselves. Students study for tests off of a PP presentation. Computers should be a supplement for learning. Study skills are not taught. If your elementary school does not do this in 5th grade then help from home! A positive, the TEAMS class has been enjoyable!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

Blythewood Middle School is a top notch educational facility where academics come first! Teachers want their students to succeed and provide many opportunities for that to come to past. They also provide many extra curricular activities such as Student Council, Charger Art, Model UN, and many, many more! They also provide an technology enriched environment with ITEC and iPAC classrooms which provide 1:1 computing. The only con that this school has is that the student to teacher ratios are very varied. For instance, I had a Honors Science class with 20:1 ratio and a Honors ELA class with 31:1 ratio. Other than that, it is a great school!


Posted October 20, 2009

The curriculum is top notch, most of the teachers are exceptional and the administration is wonderfully helpful and organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

Academics are of top priority at Blythewood MIddle. The teachers are very helpful and most are willing to go the extra mile to stay after school to help a struggling student. They offer computer based courses, as well as advanced and Honors classes for students who are advanced. If your child is at the top of the Honors class, I have not seen any further help to keep the student engaged. The administrators are very no nonsense. I thought this was good at first, but I now believe it is to the detriment of the students social development. There is ZERO free time. Lunch is conducted in the cafeteria, and volume is kept low. Choosing where they get to sit is an occasional treat. Immediately following lunch its straight back to work. No standing around, no time to unwind. Inmates have more freedom than these students do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2009

Awesome school. I love how they make the boys tuck in their shirts and have a belt on so that their butts aren't exposed. It makes them look like successful intelligent, gentlemen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

This is one of the best schools in Columbia. The curriculum is challenging, the administration is active and supportive, and the faculty and staff are outstanding. Each child is made to feel special. There is something for everyone here. The PTO presents tons of opportunities for parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

What a great School! The reason we moved to Blythewood was because of the schools. I love the parent envolvment.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students81%
Female81%
Male80%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled48%
Not disabled85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%

Math

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
African-American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled48%
Not disabled84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%

Science

All Students75%
Female77%
Male74%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled43%
Not disabled80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant75%

Social Studies

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled46%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

Writing

All Students84%
Female87%
Male82%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled44%
Not disabled89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%
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 Students80%
Female85%
Male74%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled38%
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant80%

Math

All Students76%
Female79%
Male73%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled17%
Not disabled84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%

Science

All Students84%
Female86%
Male81%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled50%
Not disabled89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%

Social Studies

All Students80%
Female85%
Male75%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled33%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant80%

Writing

All Students83%
Female91%
Male76%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled25%
Not disabled92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%
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 Students77%
Female83%
Male71%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled21%
Not disabled83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant77%

Math

All Students78%
Female80%
Male77%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled32%
Not disabled83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant78%

Science

All Students80%
Female81%
Male80%
African-American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant80%

Social Studies

All Students76%
Female76%
Male76%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals79%
Disabled10%
Not disabled84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%

Writing

All Students86%
Female93%
Male80%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled32%
Not disabled92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%
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.

75 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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 48% 53%
Black 45% 36%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
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 33%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2351 Longtown Rd East
Blythewood, SC 29016
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Phone: (803) 691-6850

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