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C. A. Johnson High School

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Posted July 14, 2009

C.A. Johnson has been the best thing ever for my child. No school offers more support and individual attention. The parent involvement has really increased because the principal there makes us feel welcome and like she wants us to be a part of our child's education and involved at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

C.A. Johnson is a great school to attend. Yes there are many up and downs. Yes there are problems but what school don't have problems. Johnson is a small school which allows everyone to know each other by name. Its like a family at CAJPA. People who speak bad on the school never really been in the school to see what goes on. The displine is very good and the school is very productive. Everyone gets along and they all help make the school safe. C.A. Johnson is on the rise. Just a little more help from the community and parents the school could be much better. I recommend the school to anyone who wants to be known for who they are, want to be respected and who is looking to be successful and productive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

C.A. johnson is a great school for almost any child to attend, we have the resources, the personality, and school spirit that. but because of the negativity publicity that we get it makes it very hard to become successfull. when the community, the media, and the Administration are seemingly against you how is a 15 year old kid supposed to respond? yes i aggree the test scores are low but if you can make it through C.A. Johnson you will be one of the stronger people of society. CAJ is on the down side but we as students feel as if we are fighting this battle alone. Most of us do not have the parental support that you would see at a Irmo or a Dreher because the income that most families recieve..so there is no system of checks and balances, the teachers do what they want and so do the administrators
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2007

this school has change for the worst and i would not recommend no child to attend. they need to close this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2006

We selected C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy as the school for our daughter after our research indicted that enrollment in the school was down. This meant that the student to teacher ratio would be very low. Although we were discouraged by local educators, including teachers at the school, we purchased a home in the neighborhood and enrolled our daughter in CAJPA. She had an absolutely amazing experience and enrolled in a very competitive university. A dedicated group of parents and members of a proud community fight to ensure that the legacy of one of the last historically Black high schools in South Carolina is maintained. This school needs other parents and community members who will hold educators to the high standards that will ensure that all students are provided with a high quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2006

CA Johnson is a great school. It is underappreciated because of the area it is located. What people fail to realize is that outside of the location and slight pull backs, they have a higher grading scale (in which A honor roll students must have a minimum of 4.0 and Principle's list must have a minimum of 4.6). There ROTC participates in events with USC and many other highly accredited schools. Colonels, Stage Comedians (BET), Musical Artists, and Astronauts are only a few great lifes that they have produced. If the media would pay closer attention on academic excellence over sports and community they would see that C.A. Johnson is one of the better schools in downtown Columbia.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2006

C.A. Johnson is a beautiful school with a great principal who knows his students very well. I would recomend it to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

I think Johnson is a very nice school. When most people think or hear about Johnson they think of a bunch of underachievers and bad kids. But what they fail to realize is they are our future and we have to be behind them 100%.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2005

My child attends C.A Johnson and she is doing a great job there. Personally I believe that Johnson is a great black school and kids who attend it will go far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2005

C.A. Johnson is a horrific school filled with underachievers.
—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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students67%
Female75%
Male62%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals68%
Disabled27%
Not disabled78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant67%

Math

All Students58%
Female71%
Male51%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals59%
Disabled18%
Not disabled69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant58%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
19%
English I

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

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
56%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
Physical Science

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
19%
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 94% 36%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2219 Barhamville Rd
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 253-7092

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