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Spring Valley High School

Public | 9-12 | 2128 students

 

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Posted May 8, 2014

Best school in the state as far as I am concerned. My last two children graduated from SV and I could not be more pleased with their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

The behavior of the Spring Valley parents was appaling during the recent High School rezoning during which they hijacked the process and secured an unequal advantage for themselves at the expense of others.


Posted October 30, 2012

Spring Valley is a place that I will fondly remember for the rest of my life. The teachers and staff are incredible people and I could not have been more prepared for college or for adulthood. Being a student at SVHS taught me how to be responsible for myself and my actions, how to work hard and how to earn success. In comparison to Spring Valley, looking at the educations that teenagers I know are receiving from other schools in the area is appalling. SVHS is one of the best educations any child can get anywhere in the country.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2011

There is a reason why everyone wants to send their children to Spring Valley. High academic standards, excellent teachers, great principal,involved parents, and happy and productive students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

I have had two children graduate from Spring Valley. Great principal and leadership team. Teachers are well prepared and outstanding. I would not have sent my children to any other high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Spring Valley High School has always been a great school for academics. They have always had an awesome band with exceptional band directors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My kids school has great programs, and a high level of adademic excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

i'm a freshman at spring valley but i know im going to have a great four years here:) the teachers are amazing and the kids are too! i'm proud to be a spring valley Viking:D
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2009

Our son will be a senior this fall (2009) and has been in the Discovery magnet program since his freshman year. He also plays sports. He has encountered a few mediocre teachers, but most of them have been absolutely outstanding. The administration is solid and now that they are in the new building, the facilities are top-notch. It's a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

Spring Valley is such a wonderful school to attend for you high school career. The teachers are wonderful, the students are willing to learn, and it is Palmetto's FINEST! i am a junior this year and i wouldnt have any other high school on my transcript. This school rocks! :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2007

the best school ever no school can beat it down! I have been here now for about 3 years... love the way teachers interact and all. Go Vikings
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 31, 2007

I think Spring Valley offers alot of good things to its students, staff members, and parents. I will be a senior this year and I have to say I've had a great highschool expierience. I'm in the Explorations Magnet program and I have enjoyed many of the things it has offered me. I think Spring Valley has some great teachers and faculty members and I can honestly say I am proud to be a Viking!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2006

It is the first school that I have worked at, where the Adults ran the school. The students are in small classes, with a mix of block and traditional classes. The students have sense of pride in the school. The community and school district support the school. It is a great place to teach or learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 17, 2005

Very pleased with their staff and the ability to work with them long distance prior to our move. Incredibly organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2005

The Academic programs are stellar, school administration is helpful and interested in the success of every student. Graduates attend top schools as a result of rigorous academics and a wide variety of AP scores. There is a reason that Redbook named Spring Valley as the best high school in South Carolina -- it is first rate in every respect, academics, athletics and organizations. The student body is highly diverse and well integrated and enjoys opportunities galore. The school also has an extensive service learning program that builds community and service minded graduates. I have had two students graduate from Spring Valley and could not be happier or more impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2005

A great public high school. The teachers are well prepared and hold students to high academic standards. The administraton is fair and provides a safe environment. There is a strong core of parent volunteers who provide opportunities not otherwise covered by the district. I had two sons graduate from SV and they both were well prepared for college. They made friends that will probably last a lifetime.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

I am currently a student at Spring Valley High School. I absolutely love it and I am a student! For the most part there are outstanding teachers and caring faculty. I am a member of the magnet program and our teachers bend over backwards for us. I am also very active in many ex.co. act. such as: Jr. Civitan, Beta club, Jazz band, Mock trial, Viking band, and I have run cross country. The staff is commented to exellence and strive outstanding reputation. Our academics as well as our atheletics are superb. Spring Valley High School is the best school there is. Go Vikings!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

529 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

526 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
African-American90%
Asian95%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals92%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled64%
Not disabled97%
English language learners89%
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant93%

Math

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
African-American81%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled53%
Not disabled93%
English language learners95%
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%
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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

490 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
English I

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

496 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
Physical Science

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

524 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
U.S. History

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
U.S. History and Government

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

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
59%
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 54% 36%
White 34% 53%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 38%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Swimming pool
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  • (803) 699-3541

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

School facilities
  • Swimming pool
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  • Swimming

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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