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Dent Middle School

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Posted June 3, 2014

Well this school is bleh to me.I've went here for two school years. First, a lot of the teachers here are unsatisfactory and do not know how to do their jobs. Second, the classes are not well structured. And third, you get judged a lot. In Southern states a majority of them talk too much and if your child is not loud and disruptive they will be labeled as "quiet". I've expierenced this way too many times. It's already bad that the students do this. But the teachers as well? I had to get my parents to call my teachers three times to get them to stop commenting on my personality. One teacher would tell me I was quiet everyday and would joke about it. Then after I was done with a presentation, she told me she didn't expect me to do that well. Another teacher told me I was rubbing off on a student because she wasn't talking in class anymore. I just find things like that rude. Let me by my own person. I enjoy keeping to myself. And I am not "quiet", it's called talking to certain people. So I hope nothing like this happens to your child/ren. Tell them to be themselves and to not let that bother them. I wanna point out an excellent teacher, Allison Shields. She's exceptional at her job.


Posted August 13, 2012

Dent is a great school for smarter or more motivated kids who can be challenged in the magnet programs. For the other kids, I get the impression that average kids are not challenges as much, and there's not much parent involvement for them. The campus is really nice, and the principal has been good in dealing with our family. So have the teachers. Very good school for kids who are lucky enough to be smart, driven, curious, and to have involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

I am a 2 academies student in 7th grade the two academies program has on provided me good friends i am not challeged and some teachers arent that great


Posted June 11, 2011

from what i hear, that sounds terrible. im not going there.thank you for submitting terrible reviews. thanks


Posted April 13, 2011

im a student at Dent Middle in TWO Academies in the 8th grade. My years at Dent..well the 6th grade was awesome, probably because everything was new. In 7th grade, there was SO much drama and it did distract me and bring my grades lower than i've ever had. This year, (we have 36 days left!) it has been VERY boring. The teachers are...well not very nice & considering towards the students. They think the child has no life outside of school. I do NOT recommend TWO Academies to ANYONE!


Posted February 9, 2010

My son was in the TWO Academy Program. Although it asppears to be a well structured program, he was challenged in only one of his core curriculum courses. I chose to move him into the honors track and I have been very pleased. His teachers this year feels that he should be in the TLC program so that is what we are pursuing. I would like to see more involvement with the principal. Although he has won many awards for his leadership it appears that many responsibilities are delegated to the assistant principal and i don't see him as being as active as he should be. Overall, Dent is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

Dent's 2 Academy single gender program has been excellent for my son. He has excellnt teachers and the course work has been challenging. He enjoys going to school everday. Overall I am very pleased with Dent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2010

The TLC MAgnet programis outstanding!! It has challenge my child at a level she needed! Great Teachers and Administration. No compliants about school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

Our daughter is finishing up the Dent TWO Single Gender program this year. It has been a wonderful experience for her, just what she needed in middle school. She was previously at Hammond School (fancy private school), where there was a lot of social pressure and conflict. She marveled about Dent, 'Even the mean girls here are nice.' She has learned that she's smart, talented, capable and has grown in confidence. She's challenged but not overwhelmed by the work. She is excelling and has been recognized by Duke and the state as a top student. We got everything we hoped for and more. She is well prepared to stand up for herself in the face of peer pressure in high school, and is ready to take on even more work since she has learned she has what it takes to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

I am in complete agreement with the student below. I also have Mrs.Kilpatrick,Mrs.Beltz, Ms.Gluvan, and MsNelson as teachers I will admit that some people believe dent to be a ghetto school but its really just like any other public school
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2008

Dent Middle School is a fun ,caring and loving school.People say 'Dent is a bad school because some kids shout and be mean but I think its the parents fault for not teaching there children manners.Dont blame Dent Middle School.I thank Ms.Kilpatirck,Ms.Nelson, Ms.Beltz , Ms.Gluvna for teaching me manners and education.Dent is a wonderful school and has a breathtaking campus.SO I suggest you enroll your child at Dent Middle School fast.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2008

As a parent of a student that has faced some challenges I am disappointed in the support I have received at Dent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2008

What people dont realize is that Dent is a great school and i would recommend it for anyone........and the two program is not like a whole other world.....i should know im in it. it's the exact same as a regular class just seperated. we still talk about guys and girls and we still have fights and rumors. And homeschooling will only really work if you have a spouce that can support u with up to at least 10,000 Dollars a year....i know a lot of people who have tried to homeschool with a low income job and or single. they are failing missrably at homeschooling and some of there 15 16 year old kids don't even know multipulcation. So think about that one.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

The main campus of Dent Middle is a joke. The work is laughable. Even once in honors classes my son made straight A's. I thought honors was supposed to be challenging. This year he is moved to the TWO academy at Dent. This is a wonderful program. Its like a whole other world from the main population. If you can get your child into a magnet program go for it. If you can't I'd homeschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2008

I have a child that is in the 8th grade TLC program and another that will be starting the TLC program next year. I wanted my son in the program because it is segregated from the general school population. It is like a school within a school and that is great for a child that wants to be in a big environment but does not need it. The TLC program offers the children an environment that they are expected to excell in and have the opportunities and challenges to do so. Dent has the most up to day technology and TLC teachers encourage the children to think and be creative. The orchestra in most unimpressive and I would not tell anyone to expect very much until they get another teacher for that. The TLC after school program is great too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2007

I receive phone calls, notes, emails, etc... I also go to the school at least once per week and sit in on most classes. Yes, I have changed classes with my son. He is now a rising 7th grader who makes excellent grades. He has received tremendous support from Ms. Rose, Ms. Jonesand most all his teachers. Dr. Henry is a wonderful person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2007

I am an 8th grade TLC student at Dent Middle School and I think that this school has alot of opportunities to offer middle school Kids. We are supported my many different programs which includes Fame, that supports the arts, TLC, which is an academic magnet program for highly achieved students, and Single Gender which seperated different genders into different classes. Like I said before, we have alot of great programs here and it's just a great experience for everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2006

My nephew is in the single gender program at Dent Middle School. This is his first year and he is having a wonderful experience. He loves his teachers and classes. His mother worked the school's picture day and said she was impressed with how well the children behaved. I think the parent that is complaining about Dent should get involved with the school like my sister-in-law. To really know a school and the students you need to be up there working with them as much as possible. Anyone with a student at the school can join the PTO. I believe a diverse school is more realistic of life. I am proud my nephew goes to Dent.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 6, 2005

I don't think that Dent Middle School is all what it cracks up to be. My children come home every night talking about how the children curse in the school and fight. They also express to me how the teachers are always yelling at the students. I have only had one teacher to call my home since my children have been enrolled there. I have had no teacher call about how good they are doing and what we as parents can continue to do to ensure that are children stays at their best. I think thats sad, considering that our children are with these teachers 5 days a week and 8 hours a day. I personally have been thinking about sending my children to catholic school. Dent Middle School isn't a good school at all for children who truly wants to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2004

I went to Dent about 8 years ago. I was in a magnet program for advanced students, which let me take classes for high school credit; it is the only such program in the district. Dent is also the only MS that offers Latin in Richland School District 2. The teachers are fabulous; I believe I got the best education possible at Dent. I've now graduated from Furman University and my teachers at Dent remain some of the most memorable I've ever had.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 70% in 2013.

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

399 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
63%
Social Studies

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

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

470 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

470 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students71%
Female74%
Male67%
African-American62%
Asian100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial80%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled26%
Not disabled76%
English language learners75%
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%

Math

All Students62%
Female66%
Male57%
African-American50%
Asian93%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial70%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals48%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled8%
Not disabled68%
English language learners72%
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant62%

Science

All Students64%
Female66%
Male61%
African-American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Subsidized meals54%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabled12%
Not disabled69%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant64%

Social Studies

All Students74%
Female75%
Male72%
African-American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled32%
Not disabled79%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%

Writing

All Students78%
Female84%
Male72%
African-American71%
Asian100%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled20%
Not disabled84%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%
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%
Female73%
Male62%
African-American55%
Asian100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals55%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled20%
Not disabled73%
English language learners65%
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant68%

Math

All Students62%
Female63%
Male61%
African-American46%
Asian100%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals48%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabled9%
Not disabled68%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant62%

Science

All Students75%
Female75%
Male74%
African-American63%
Asian95%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled26%
Not disabled80%
English language learners78%
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant75%

Social Studies

All Students66%
Female67%
Male64%
African-American54%
Asian100%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals51%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled17%
Not disabled71%
English language learners61%
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant66%

Writing

All Students73%
Female80%
Male67%
African-American62%
Asian100%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial77%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled26%
Not disabled78%
English language learners78%
Proficient in English73%
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

English/Language Arts

All Students59%
Female64%
Male54%
African-American46%
Asian96%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals41%
Full-pay meals79%
Disabled5%
Not disabled65%
English language learners44%
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant59%

Math

All Students62%
Female66%
Male58%
African-American49%
Asian100%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals45%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled7%
Not disabled68%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant62%

Science

All Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
African-American54%
Asian100%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Subsidized meals54%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled9%
Not disabled75%
English language learners82%
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant68%

Social Studies

All Students63%
Female64%
Male61%
African-American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Subsidized meals47%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled10%
Not disabled68%
English language learners47%
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant63%

Writing

All Students73%
Female79%
Male68%
African-American65%
Asian100%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled19%
Not disabled79%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English74%
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.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

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

 
 
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Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

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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 61% 36%
White 23% 53%
Hispanic 7% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Two or more races 3% 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 58%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Columbia, SC 29206
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