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Chester Senior High School

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Posted July 12, 2013

My siblings and I all graduated from this school. We all had college scholarships and we very active in high school activities. The number one issue at this school is lack of parental involvement. There are some very caring teachers and smart kids in Chester. Education has to start at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

This school is getting better and better every year. Principal is really a good leader and wants to make difference but need more support of teachers and teaching skill. Parents involvement is necessary. I believe that teachers should be tested more frequently about their knowledge of content and teaching method. If this school has bad review, it is not because of principal or teachers but it is, because some parents do not care about their children at all. I wonder if they know what grade are their children in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2007

There are some good teachers, as well as bad teachers at this school. The unfortunate side is that it is all revolves around community morale. There is lack of parental involvement until there is a problem. At that point it is sometimes, too late. Education is not valued by students and some just come to school to socialize. Life skills should be focused on as much as academics. There should be more programs to address the needs of the individual students. Counselors should be in place to counsel the students and not just focus on testing. The system at this school needs to be revamped soon because these same students will be a part of the community's workforce; where does that leave us?
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 8, 2004

Chester High has always been a nightmare for me as a parent. Alot of the teachers are not qualified to teach our children. Some are racist & they worry more about the paycheck then our children their safety & their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2004

Chester High has been a very good school in the past. In the last few years, things have taken a downturn. However, a good education is there for those who want it. There are excellent teachers who always go the extra mile for any student. Chester High has many graduates any school would be proud to claim as their own. However, some changes need to be made - enforcement of discipline and the dress code top the list.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2004

The teachers at this school have the best interest of the students in mind. The problem in this school is the students do not value education. It does not matter to the students if they fail - they do not want to be in school. Students bide their time until they become old enough to drop out and there is nothing the teachers or principals can do about it. The education is there - the students need to take advantage of it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 26, 2003

You would be better off transporting your children to the private education sector. Of all the schools I attended, this one was the biggest disappointment.
—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.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
African-American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled32%
Not disabled92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant85%

Math

All Students75%
Female75%
Male75%
African-American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled32%
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant75%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
40%
English I

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

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
51%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%
Physical Science

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
50%
U.S. History

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

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

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

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
44%
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 59% 36%
White 40% 53%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 7%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1330 J A Cochran Bypass
Chester, SC 29706
Phone: (803) 377-3161

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