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Darlington Middle School

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Posted December 3, 2009

The teachers here do not seem to care if the students suceed or not. They do not return calls, they do not answer emails, the only thing I can see they do is attempt to teach the kids without having to actually do anything. When my son starts missing homework assignmens, how about a call? Or even an email, you don't have to talk to us parents, just write me an email...or even answer mine! But I get no communication from the school unless I march myself into the building and demand to talk to someone. Then it's never the person who can help. I am trying to get my son out of this district and into one where the teachers actually care what's going on in the school and with the students. If you can not do the same, my prayers are with your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2005

I must first say that DJH is overcrowded, I'm surprised that we have not had a costly incident. I'm really not sure if the teachers are really concerned with each individual student because of the number of students trying to serve. I know that there is a standard for teacher to student ratio but I'm really puzzled about the quality of instructions at DJH. I really do think that some teachers try to approach parents before it's too late but most of them don't. I am ashamed that we could not play our last football game because of not enough eligable players. School starts in August.... Why does afterschool and before school assistance starts in November. 1 nine weeks late and in the middle of another. Our Music program is great, who knows about the others. We are not up to date with technology, facility, and instructions. Yes, I know we are getting a new school, but if we don't get new techniques we will still be lost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2005

Parents need to carefully consider if this school is right for their child. I did send my children there and wonder if I have made a costly mistake. I watched one child withdraw and fade into the background to survive. My other child survived by taking on the tough attitude of the general population. Both suffered a decline in academics. I am not sure either will ever recover from the lack of educational experiences that they should have received. There was a definite lack of timely communication from teachers. Teachers worked long and hard but seemed more concerned with preparing for PACT testing and covering required materials than with meeting the needs of the child. As a parent of a special needs child, I was especially disappointed in the failure of the classroom teacher to carry out the agreed upon IEP accommodations. Stay involved, initiate communication, and pray daily. Good luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2004

This school is overcrowded, probably because it is the only Junior High in Darlington! Some teachers get back in touch with concerned parents, but most do not. Many of the kids get lost in the shuffle. It is very frustrating trying to stay involved with my son's education without the educator's feedback. I am taking my son out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

First and foremost I would like to say that Mrs. Jeffords the school principal is a wonderful, caring, involved and proactive person at the school. My comments are not to bash the school or its staff but to help bring about change and improvement to the school for everyone. The teachers must be able to identify when a student learns differently than others and give them the necessary tools to be successful as well as have an open line of communication with parents that have made it known at the beginning of the school year that they are concerned, involved parents. Teachers must make parents aware of a students progress as soon as a pattern is shown or on the first offense. For example: missing homework, low scores on classroom/homework, low test scores or anything that may raise a red flag. This information should be shared before Interim Reports are sent home. This approach allows the issue to be addressed immediately. Secondly, someone must find out what is happening to the revenue that needs to be put into the school. I'm sure it's there but, the question is 'what is happening to it?'
—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.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
43%
Social Studies

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

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
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 Students70%
Female72%
Male66%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled39%
Not disabled74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant69%

Math

All Students56%
Female63%
Male48%
African-American48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White68%
Subsidized meals52%
Full-pay meals70%
Disabled16%
Not disabled63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant56%

Science

All Students59%
Female67%
Male49%
African-American48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Subsidized meals53%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabled20%
Not disabled65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Non-migrant59%

Social Studies

All Students66%
Female64%
Male68%
African-American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled53%
Not disabled67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant66%

Writing

All Students64%
Female75%
Male50%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White71%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals79%
Disabled17%
Not disabled70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant64%
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%
Female70%
Male66%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled32%
Not disabled73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant68%

Math

All Students66%
Female65%
Male69%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled32%
Not disabled71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant66%

Science

All Students72%
Female72%
Male72%
African-American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled32%
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant72%

Social Studies

All Students65%
Female62%
Male69%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White77%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled34%
Not disabled69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant65%

Writing

All Students71%
Female74%
Male67%
African-American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled27%
Not disabled76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%
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 Students62%
Female69%
Male55%
African-American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White72%
Subsidized meals57%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabled40%
Not disabled65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant62%

Math

All Students63%
Female66%
Male61%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White71%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals74%
Disabled33%
Not disabled69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant63%

Science

All Students70%
Female67%
Male74%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled52%
Not disabled73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant70%

Social Studies

All Students71%
Female72%
Male69%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled37%
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%

Writing

All Students62%
Female71%
Male54%
African-American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White73%
Subsidized meals57%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled21%
Not disabled70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant62%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
91%
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 62% 36%
White 35% 53%
Hispanic 1% 7%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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 78%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Darlington, SC 29532
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