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Posted July 24, 2014

My child received the best education I could have asked for. The teachers and administration were always enthusiastic willing to provide extra help. My child developed life-long friendships and dedicates much of her success to the education she received from Hand. I loved that Hand offered family reading and math nights to keep parents involved. My daughter even was able to stay after school for archery lessons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2014

This school is sharply divided between black and white. It can be really hard for kids who are more normal and open minded about race. While schools are not solely responsible for social issues, this one seems to be way worse than others in the Columbia region. And no one tries to address it. In fact, There are some divisive programs and policies that feed into it . It's really too bad and academically distracting. So disturbing and difficult for parents, kids and teachers zi imagine. You would think there would be some sort of attempt to remedy the situation. Lots of fighting over it too. Leadership is blind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2013

Hand Middle School is a wonderful school! My child is happy to go to school everyday! The principal and the teachers are the best we have ever experienced. Every time I enter the doorway I am greeted with a smile from all of the staff. My child is challenged with rigorous classroom experiences. I was thrilled that they offer Chinese as a language elective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2013

My sweet AP sixth grader started out a bright eyed, enthusiastic kid at Hand only to become academically and socially frustrated, having been subjected to rampant bullying, nasty racial comments from kids and sexist ridicule from teachers. Violent fights occur on a regular basis as do highly inappropriate conversations--all in class! Yes, a few truly outstanding teachers, but serious issues erupt right under the school's nose with no responsible administrative response. The school specializes in maintaining a clean public profile while keeping parents in the dark. In my experience the real story is one of an unresponsive, phony institution that failed our child. Given the formative importance of the middle school years, I find the lack of any real honest leadership at Hand to be deplorable and these glowing reviews to be naive. One guidance counselor for every 300 students in a school with over 900?--no surprise they prefer to sweep problems under the rug. We will be dealing with the discouragement Hand caused our child for quite some time. If you are considering another option, do so with a view of the real Hand Middle, not its image. Trust me, there is an elephant in the room!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Faculty experience and credentials. School size Academic Programs and Activities Child enjoyment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

I am continually impressed with the high standards and dedication of the teachers and especially the principal. They strive to create a safe and focused environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Such a great school, my child is learning so much there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

They give my daughter the special attention she needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

Hand continues to hire quality teachers and stress the importance of a quality education. They support the community and care for about the well-being of each child. I highly recommend they be voted 'America's Favorite School!' Pam Marino Meacham


Posted October 14, 2009

Hand Middle school have the best teachers and really care about teaching their students and making sure they learn
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

My favorite thing about Hand Middle School is everyone seems happy to be there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Our family now has four generations of Hand students. My Dad (age 90) was in the first class at Hand. I attended Hand, my daughters attended Hand, and now two of my grandchildren are students at Hand. The faces of the teachers have changed, but the quality of education remains the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

the school has very experienced teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2009

We have the best staff around!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Hand Middle School has always had an outstanding reputation for academics and the arts. It is an outstanding school in an otherwise problematic school district and the state as a whole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

They are the best bot academic and the arts the produce our future leaders
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

hand is the best middle school I have every been to in my life. Every thing is so clean and they have the best staff in the entire world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2009

My daughter is in the 7th grade at Hand. It is one of the best schools in Columbia. It is one of only 2 racially diverse middle schools in Richland One which is very sad. She has had many opportunities at Hand. Communication with the faculty is great. She stays busy with homework, afterschool activities includeing sports. The principal is awesome. The kids are well behaved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

I go to Hand and love it so much. The performing arts programs are the best. I take Dance and Drama and our teachers are the best. I love Hand Middle School!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2006

Our daughter has had a wonderful experience at Hand. She especially enjoys the dance program and Latin. Her 6th grade world history and English teacher was outstanding.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
56%
Social Studies

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

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

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 71% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
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 Students76%
Female80%
Male71%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled42%
Not disabled80%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%

Math

All Students78%
Female83%
Male74%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled33%
Not disabled84%
English language learners92%
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%

Science

All Students73%
Female74%
Male72%
African-American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled36%
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant73%

Social Studies

All Students79%
Female84%
Male72%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled58%
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant79%

Writing

All Students80%
Female86%
Male73%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled36%
Not disabled85%
English language learners77%
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant80%
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 Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial77%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled47%
Not disabled83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%

Math

All Students69%
Female67%
Male70%
African-American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial65%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals54%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled21%
Not disabled76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant69%

Science

All Students80%
Female82%
Male78%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial82%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled58%
Not disabled83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant80%

Social Studies

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial65%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled40%
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant74%

Writing

All Students80%
Female86%
Male73%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial88%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled42%
Not disabled85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant80%
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 Students68%
Female72%
Male63%
African-American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals49%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled14%
Not disabled74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant68%

Math

All Students68%
Female71%
Male64%
African-American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals53%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled0%
Not disabled75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant68%

Science

All Students74%
Female73%
Male75%
African-American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled15%
Not disabled80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant74%

Social Studies

All Students69%
Female75%
Male62%
African-American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled20%
Not disabled75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant69%

Writing

All Students73%
Female75%
Male71%
African-American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial86%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled24%
Not disabled78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant73%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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
Black 52% 36%
White 36% 53%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 5% 7%
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 48%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
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School basics

Fax number
  • (803) 733-6173

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
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2600 Wheat St
Columbia, SC 29205
Phone: (803) 343-2947

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