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A. C. Flora High School

Public | 9-12 | 1241 students

 

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Posted March 24, 2014

My oldest daughter is finishing up her freshman year at A.C. Flora and we have been very impressed with the school. As an honors student, she's continued to be challenged and excel. The IB and theatre arts programs are outstanding. This is a top public high school in a great neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

A. C. Flora high school is a great school that offers a balanced education for all students. I am most proud of the way the current principal, Richard McClure strives to focus on all students not just those in AP/IB programs. I am especially proud of their Falcons in Flight program which mentor and tutor students at risk of failing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2010

I have a son who was at this school for his Freshmen and Sophomore year. I heard mix reviews prior to him attending. We were very disappointed and moved him into District Two schools. My son who was a an Honors student was constantly harasses in the halls. Discipline is awful. The Principal doesn't seem to have a clue to the chaos going on in the halls. The school caters to a few kids, who's parents seem to run the school. Kids and teachers seem to be flocking out of the school on a yearly basis. Several parents expressed our concerns to the Principal but he was clueless. The teachers seem to care and several are quite good but the learning environment and the safety of kids is not addressed. Stay away!!!! Should be a 0 for the Principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

I graduated from Flora and my daughter did as well. Both of us received an excellent education from dedicated, smart teachers. Flora continues to rank high in the scores of its current students on various national tests. It's a great school!


Posted March 30, 2009

Our daugher has nearly finished 9th grade at Flora, and we have been largely disappointed. She has several excellent teachers, and the IB program is reputedly a good option for juniors and seniors. Unfortunately, the school seems quite disorganized. Safety is an issue and basic communication to parents/students is poor. Many of the basic classes are overcrowded or full--for instance, my daughter was stuck in a 'High School 101' elective that's a complete waste of time, because there were no available seats in any other elective or academic course. While we entered this IB high school with high hopes, we are applying to transfer her to a different high school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2007

This is aevante and I am rating this school because of how hard working the teachers are and how the principal is spectacular at demanding the teachers,also the school is in perfect shape.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2006

Thank God ....We now have a new principal ! Hopefully, the old principal was not able to drive away all the wonderful teachers at A C Flora. I only hope the new principal can fix all the damage. The IB program at Flora is the best! The parent involvement and the athletes at Flora are great !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

It is really sad the school district just sat and let this school age the way it did. So now our kids are having to sit in over crowded portables while they renovate the school. If you have poor facilites you have poor attendance, low test scores, inadequate teachers, etc...it is a domino effect!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

Teachers typically cannot keep students inline, unless they are involved in honors or IB programs. In those cases, children are in very capable hands and will be well prepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

This is a wonderful school, with the exception of a very poor principal and administration. Shame on the school board for taking an excellent school with top-quality teachers, and putting it in the hands of an incapable woman. However, the benefits far prevail. I sent my son to A.C. Flora, and I would not hesitate to call it the number one high school in SC, what with the great teachers, and superb International Baccalaureate Program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2006

Bw careful! With the new adminstration that Richland One has put in place at Flora, the school is going downhill fast. The dedicated and wonderful teachers are no longer happy teaching there, nor are the students or parents happy with the school. No discipline or consequences. School is out of control. Phone and email problems have not been fixed. Some teachers don't respond to parents. Don't let the school adminstration use new construction as the excuse. Nice, polite, good students have walked out of class due to the inept newer teachers this adminstration has hired. IB program will soon become a joke once the dedicated teachers retire. Teacher quality rated low because of the newly hired teachers, not the ones that were already there and soon to reach retirement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2005

AC Flora High School is an outstanding school and provides wonderful opportunities for every student, whether it be sports, music, etc. The academic program at AC Flora is unsurpassed with dedicated teachers and staff members. I do not believe that any other school in South Carolina has as high parent involvement as Flora does. AC Flora is the place to be!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2005

This high school has something for everyone. Academics are a top priority and graduating students attend Yale, Georgetown, and other prestigious schools. Athletics are well supported and last spring both the tennis and golf teams were state champions. The arts are widely recognized as being superior; several former students act in Hollywood and New York. There is a sense of community at Flora with a very strong parent group. The teachers are excellent and caring, and a large percentage of them are National Board certified.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 6, 2004

I am proud of the fact that my children have attended AC Flora High. This school isn't the place for everyone, but for those who are in school to improve themselves,it is a great place to be. There is something for everyone. The international baccalaureate program, the first in Columbia, has been highly successful in bringing academics to a new level. Students may participate in a variety of sports. There are many outstanding athletes. The nationally certified teachers assure credibility to a Flora education. Flora's teachers can teach anyone who is willing to try to help themselves! Thanks for all that you do for our children. Lastly, I doubt that there is a stronger or more active high school parent organization in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2004

Excellent school! Aiming high...working hard. There are plenty of outstanding teachers and dedicated staff members. Our principal is new this year but I feel she deserves the benefit of any doubt and the support of the staff, student body and parents. Go FLORA!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2004

The only thing you need to do is look at the first review that was posted about this institution, to understand the poor education that A.C.Flora provides. The teachers (most at least) at this school should not be allowed to teach.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

I didn't there there would ever be a public high school with such high quality as AC Flora.
—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.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
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%
Female94%
Male88%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled45%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

Math

All Students79%
Female82%
Male76%
African-American62%
Asian80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals55%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled32%
Not disabled83%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant79%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
79%
English I

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

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

348 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
52%
U.S. History

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
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

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
33%
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 51% 53%
Black 40% 36%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 32%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
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School basics

Fax number
  • (803) 738-7307

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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