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Southside Middle School

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Posted March 17, 2010

that's a lie about the school's facutly being poor. i was a student at that school and the teachers were excellent. the faculty great and it wasn't overcrowed. and some people that said something bad about this school first need to spell right. then they can say all they want.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2009

My son just finished SSMS and is heading to South Florence. He really enjoyed his 2 years there and was involved in many academic activities as well as social and athletic groups/teams. The teachers are willing to work with students and parents if you just put some effort into it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2007

My twin daughters will be advancing to High School in Aug. 2007 and will be sad to be leaving Southside Middle. I can't say enough good things about this school or its faculty. When Dr. Erik Lowrey was promoted to a district position and left as school principal, I didn't think that a new principal could come close to doing as good of a job as he. However, Mr. Craig Washington has stepped in and done a phenominal job this past year with the school and the students. There may be students who decribe his leadership as strict, but I feel that strong leadership leads students to staying out of trouble and helps keep them on the right track. I also like the fact that Mr. Washington is very visable around the school and very accessible to parents. Cindy Hatfield
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2007

I am a student at Wilson High School this year. I am a freshman. I went to Southside Middle School my 7th and 8th grade years. I loved that school. It was so much fun. All of the teachers helped me as much as I needed. I wish I never had to leave that school but they taught me everything that I know now and I know that it will help me throughout my life. I hope that everyone that works at Southside Middle will read this and know how much I do care about what they have done for me and my life. Mrs. Sandra Brewer was my favorite teacher.She was my Basic Home Life Skills teacher for TWO years. Well I wish you all the best of luck and I hope ya'll will continue to do the best for everyone like you did for me.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 27, 2006

I have received a call each time my son was not in school by a recording and some when he was there.Also I had to sign him in if he was late the day before.I have not had any problems with drugs,there was talk of gangs and colors.Sooo,you as a parent keep your child out of this.We have been to the school several times and didnt see the children running around in gang groups.Hopefully my son will be going to the sister South Florence this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2004

I was very disturbed when i stumpled upon this website and read the only review posted which was one of negativity. I have a child who has been at southside middle school for 2 years now. We have encountered a few difficult times, however, mr. Lowry and the former asst. Principal, mr. Gary, handled every one of the matters with great professionalism and care. Every citcumstance was a situation where my child was the victim. However, I was very satisfied with the outcome of each situation. I don't know who wrote the other e-mail, but i strongly disagree. Southside has been a very pleasant place for my child tyo learn and all of the staff have shown great concern and professionalism with regard to my child and her safety while in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2004

This school is either overvrowded or has a poor faculty. Kids are constantly exchanging drugs, using prfanity, wearing gang realted clothing and nothing is done. Several students appeared before the school board for expulsion more than 3 times before they were finally told enough. Children can be absent from school for days at a time and no one questions whether they should be. It is assumed that parents just don't care, when most of the time they have no idea things are that bad. For those parents who just don't care, the scholl makes no effort to follow up in truancy. Kids can be sent home for out of school suspension (OSS) with a slip stating 'parent conferene required' but then the student is allowed to return without a conference and without follow-up contact to question why the conference was not scheduled. I know parents have responsibility...but you need to be aware that there is something going on that needs your attention.
—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 71% in 2013.

452 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

452 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

452 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students69%
Female72%
Male66%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial79%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White76%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals81%
Disabled38%
Not disabled75%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant69%

Math

All Students67%
Female72%
Male62%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracial72%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White75%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled26%
Not disabled74%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant67%

Science

All Students78%
Female80%
Male76%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial79%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled48%
Not disabled84%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%

Social Studies

All Students70%
Female71%
Male69%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial79%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled41%
Not disabled75%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant70%

Writing

All Students76%
Female85%
Male68%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial85%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled32%
Not disabled85%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%
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 Students61%
Female65%
Male59%
African-American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White73%
Subsidized meals52%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabled19%
Not disabled69%
English language learners82%
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant61%

Math

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
African-American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled21%
Not disabled77%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant69%

Science

All Students69%
Female70%
Male69%
African-American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabled21%
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant69%

Social Studies

All Students71%
Female76%
Male68%
African-American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled28%
Not disabled78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%

Writing

All Students77%
Female86%
Male68%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled35%
Not disabled84%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant77%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
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
White 49% 53%
Black 46% 36%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
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 65%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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