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James F. Byrnes High School

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Posted November 1, 2009

Byrnes has some amazing teachers, though as to be expected there are some not so good teachers also. So many of the teachers are so very dedicated to their students. There are plenty of extraciricular ativities. The marching band and football team is one of if not the best in the state. And there is a large beta club, jr. civitan, and leadership clubs. I think that even the bad teachers are outweighed by the good. :) I would reccommend this school because it's large enough to have all the opportunities that you need, but not huge enough that you are overlooked.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2009

This is a great school with an awesome marching band...a tradition at Byrnes. Unfortunately, the school and districe acts as though if you are not on the football team, you are not important enough to receive recongnition or funding. This school has some excellent teachers, who will go the extra mile to help you in any way that they can. Although some of the guidance counselors are the best around, a few of them might as well not even be there...as they are not helpful at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2009

I am truly in love with Byrnes, and strongly believe that it is one of the best public schools in the country! It not only has an amazing athletic program, but also a fantastic AFJROTC program! In my opinion, there couldn't be a better place for anyone to enjoy their high school career.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2009

I am a student here and i absolutely love it. Our sports teams and band are amazing and the teachers are awesome. They give you help when you need it and free tutoring is offered monday thru thursday after school. I would choos to go no where else and would rufuse to leave if my parents moved. It is an awesome school and i have no problems with it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2008

I am a 4th generation Byrnes alumni! I would not send my kids anywhere else. Love the community and the schools are awsome. Go Rebels!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

This school overall has a very good program, especially witht he sports and award winning band. But it has some serious issues when it comes to education. Some of the teachers do not even explain the topics. Some teachers do not even help when asked for help. I once asked my teacher for help and she said 'I'm sorry, I can't waste my time.' She then proceeded to go to the back of the room and use her cellphone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2008

My brother has mental disabilities, and although he had struggles at Byrnes, that is to be expected. But the faculty and staff at Byrnes stuck beside him through it all. I also go to Byrnes and love it. I don't think there's a better small town school around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2007

This school is the bomb i love going here i really love the nixon nuts and how crazy the are the football team is wonderful and most of the players are sweet. thanks for being so kind, Angela Krass
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2007

Byrnes has a very strong football team and the Rebel Regiment has went to state several times. Overall it is a good school in a tiny community that stands behind it 100%.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2005

This school has an excellent music program and a very stron football program. Unfortunately, this is the only good thing going for it. It is a small school, situated in a very small community that is not very welcoming to newcomers. They also have NO programs that really address the learning disabled students and the administration has a low tolerence for these students. They are singled out and other students are allowed to bully these students without repraisal. I would only recommend this school if no other option was available.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 91% in 2013.

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

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%
Female96%
Male91%
African-American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals89%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled64%
Not disabled97%
English language learners78%
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant93%

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
African-American79%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled44%
Not disabled93%
English language learners81%
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
Applied Biology

The state average for Applied Biology was 55% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 80% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%
English I

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

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
39%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%
Physical Science

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
56%
U.S. History

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

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

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

516 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
53%
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
White 64% 53%
Black 24% 36%
Hispanic 7% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 2% 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 47%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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