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Goose Creek High School

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Posted August 28, 2013

My daughter is currently a student at gchs. I've had no problems at all!! Of she needs help on something, all her teachers are more than willing to help with whatever she may need. She is a junior now, and has never been in any trouble, and will literally have to be on her deathbed to stay home!! I'm very grateful to GCHS for making it a place my daughter loves to be!! Yes, I know most of it is social, but if a school really don't care, the students know, and really don't want to be there. Her grades are fantastic, and any student who tries, these teachers will bend over backwards for!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

I am a former student. I graduated class of 2000. I can say I still look back at my time at GCHS fondly. There are teachers and faculty that I will never forget. I learned not only how to be a good student, but a person who can contribute something to society. Thanks to these teachers I had a great foundation and was prepared for college. I remeber also that the guidance counselor was always there to help.


Posted July 28, 2013

Goose Creek High School has integrity and its staff is dedicated to the students and their families. The parents that have taken to writing negative comments in here have really only made themselves look like poor parents. If you don't want to talk to your child's teacher after school hours then you don't really care about your child's well being or education.


Posted July 19, 2013

I have one kid that graduated from GCHS and one that is a senior now. The staff has been very helpful and my kids have not had any problems there. It has that family feel and I'm glad my kids had the opportunity to go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2013

At least they care enough about the students to call. I am with one of the other posters, aren't they to be with the students during school hours. And many parents work anyways so they wouldn't even be reachable during normal school hours. Most high school teachers dont even care enough to call parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2012

My daughter traveled out of her school zone to attend GCHS because she got accepted into the Berkeley County Arts program. She was suppose to attend Stratford High(usually considered a better school). I was initially concerned with safety, etc. but she really wanted to be in the creative writing program and you have to go to GCHS to be in BCA. I have found the school to be very good . Maybe more AP classes, but the teachers and the administration go out of their way to help. If your child has a 504 plan then they will go above and beyond to come up with strategies to help. The BCA program itself is one of the only in the entire Charleston area and your child can audition for any the sections. They have creative writing, band, voice, dance, drama, strings, art. It's a wonderful program and a school within a school. They will get a special diploma. It just started 4 years ago. Mr. Geary in the Creative writing teacher is an awesome. My daughter has learned so much and accomplished a lot with her writing skills. Mr. Gaskins is the best too! I feel really lucky that my daughter has attended this school and had such a positive experience. The teachers and staff really care!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

I don't have a review to write at this time, I am enquiring about Goose Creek High School as my son may attend the school in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The principal and staff go to extraordinary lengths to make sure the school enviroment is safe and condusive to learning. The demographics of the school are varied with most being below the poverty level. Everyone comes together with great pride because of the efforts of the school, despite lack of funding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2009

I am a GCHS graduate. I have always been glad I went to Goose Creek because of the amazing teachers and staff. Any problems I had, or bad grades, were all my own fault. I believe it is a common trait in many teenagers, to have the attitude that education is not a personal responsibility. Any student who chooses to dedicate him/herself to learning at GCHS will receive a thorough education from many wonderful teachers. --As for parents being upset about being called after school hours, do you really expect teachers to call during school hours, while they are supposed to be teaching?? Really?? I think that's a bit absurd.


Posted November 7, 2008

This is in response to 'Fran Marie', a parent from NY taht is upset with GCHS. As an educator here, I take exception to the negative perception that we are 'stuck in time' with the Civil War, far from it. Our Global Studies and World History classes are exceptional. Perhaps the reason her son had to repeat the course was due to an inadeqacy from his experience in NY. As far as putting a stamp on a letter or charging for lockers, this is no different from hundreds of school districts around the nation. We are all in tough financial time and must maintain our facilities in unique ways. If her son is on home bound and she is dissatisfied with the quality of education her son is recieving at GCHS, then perhaps she should consider home schooling since she gained more knowledge 'up North'.


Posted February 24, 2008

My son is a Sophomore at GCHS and active in JROTC and the Raider team. He is becoming the young man I always dreamed he would. He's strong and motivated. I credit his school activities for both. His grades are good and he's happy in school. We're a Navy family and will be leaving the area this summer and are sad to leave GCHS. I appreciate all that my son has gained while a student at this school. I wish he could graduate here with his friends in 2010!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2008

I'm a Gator graduate... Class of 2004 and I think the teachers and staff were great my four years there, even with all the trouble and phone calls my parents got. (sometimes after school hours).
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2007

Im a graduate from class '06 I participated in The awesome JROTC Program that they have there and I love my alma mater. They prepared me for college in fact i didnt even want to go to college until teachers motivated me to do something with my life now im at cadet at the best military school in the country The Citadel. For those who complain about this school. I agree nothing is perfect but I will say There is not a better place for a good learning environment and caring teachers. It all depends on the student what they take from it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 27, 2006

I am a 1996 Graduate of Goose Creek High School, and I just wanted to say I attended both Stratford and Goose Creek. I feel that I was given a chance at Goose Creek. I went from a failing student in danger of not graduating when I left Stratford to and A/B student at Goose Creek High. I am very proud to have attended and I am proud that I was able to graduate high school. When I attended Stratford it was alot of fighting and drugs, students did not respect the staff. It was not like that when I attended Goose Creek.... WAY TO GO GATORS!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 26, 2006

I have a daughter in the 9th grade at GCHS,I am shocked with the way everything is handled there. That is not why we send our children to school, we send our children to school to learn, no wonder alot of parents HomeSchool their child. Teachers seem affraid to contact the parents, some teachers call parents after school hours with comments on their childs grades, how would the teachers like it if we call them at home after school hours. I wish I hadn't sent my daughter there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

I graduated from GCHS in 2000 and I am very grateful for the way that they helped to prepare me for the future. I am currently finishing up my masters degree. I am in college in Texas and I feel like have been much more prepared than my fellow classmates.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 5, 2005

I moved from Long Island, NY and dropped my son about 3 grade levels by putting him in Goose Creek High School. They taught the Civil War two more times after he learned about it once in Jr High in NY. Let it go already! Unless you're 'someone' in the community there is no reason to be involved in Goose Creek. They major on punitive and minor on the reasonable. My step-son is being pushed through without a real education. He is on home bound and half the time the teacher is sick. They don't care one way or the other if he's getting educated because he's neither a brain or a jock! Plus, they can't even bother to put a stamp on an envelope to mail your kid his/her schedule and they charge for lockers AND to graduate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

I have read the reviews and am looking at this from 3 angles - as a '90 grad of GCHS, a parent of a student in 7th grade, and as a part-time driver's aide on a special needs school bus. I am glad to see that most comments were positive, but the one I wanted to address was the parent who said that the teachers need to quit complaining about 'parental involvement'. WRONG! If anything, there needs to be more parental involvement! I see kids who have gotten in trouble and we never see either parent! Or kids who have school events and parents only drop their kids at the door! These are the same parents who never attend field trips or parent conferences! Parenting is not a part-time job, nor does working a full-time job exempt you from being involved in what your child does in school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 7, 2005

I am a graduate of GCHS c/o 02'. I would like to say I never had a problem at Goose Creek. The teachers are all supportive and help you get to the goal you want, especially me since I participated in many extracurricular activities. I was in AP and Honors all 4 years of high school. The only problem I had was stretching myself too thin, and the teachers told me I needed to calm down with activities because I was getting stressed out. They really care and want your children to succeed. So Thank You Goose Creek, I am living on my own and making it from your help. Quit complaining parents its your fault if there is a problem because you don't talk to your child. Get involved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 17, 2004

I'm tired of hearing teachers complain about 'lack of parental support'. Typically Parents WORK outside the school system, most often long hours to support their families. We didn't choose a job as a public servant where we get lots of vacation time and a paycheck created by taxpayer dollars. I was in the military for 10 years, and you never hear the troops complain that there's a lack of public support when they're out there defending the country. My son attends Goose Creek High. Today, the administrator called my house up out of the blue and left a message on my answering machine that my son has 7 tardies to his 4th period class and is getting a day of Out of School Suspension, starting tomorrow. Less than 24 hours notice for me! And what an absurd policy! All a child has to do to get suspended is be tardy.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
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%
Female94%
Male93%
African-American93%
Asian91%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals91%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled61%
Not disabled97%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English95%
Not migrant93%

Math

All Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
African-American76%
Asian91%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled49%
Not disabled89%
English language learners78%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%
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.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

492 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%
English I

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

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%
Physical Science

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

459 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
58%
U.S. History

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

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
51%
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 42% 36%
White 39% 53%
Hispanic 9% 7%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1137 Redbank Rd
Goose Creek, SC 29445
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