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Lower Richland High School

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Posted April 2, 2014

I am a parent of Lower Richland High. My eldest daughter graduated in 2012 and currently attends college. She left ready and equipped for the nursing program, already certified. I now have a freshman there and she is doing great. Teachers are on task and the children are learning. I am so glad my child has this awesome experience at a school that is genuinely concerned about educating all children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I am a proud graduate of Lower Richland High School! My oldest child graduated in 2012 and is currently attending college. The principal is friendly and really cares about the kids at the school and those in the community. I volunteer at the school often and try to encourage other parents to the do the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2013

I am currently a junior at this school and I absolutely love it. We do have our down days but overall this is a good school. I think we may need to get uniforms for next year though. The students here are smart but not smart enough to know what they should and shouldn't wear. I think the principal needs to know that. This school is like another home for me and the teachers, staff, and administration are very supportive and occasionally funny. This is a good school to send your child.


Posted May 10, 2013

This school is great. I was hestiate because of the reviews but I was impressed with the overall school. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2012

I am a graduate of Lower Richland High School and I am having a very successful career. I believe students whom want to have a successful high school career; they can. Students can get anywhere from here. Choose success and you will achieve success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

I am a Junior at Lower Richland and it really isn't a bad school. I'll admit that it wasn't great when I arrived there my Freshman year but it wasn't as bad as everyone made it seem. In the past year we've improved our HSAP scores and our EOC scores. We've also improved a lot of other things with the new staff. I'm tired of everyone looking in the past! LR is moving on to bigger and better things and we've come a long way. I would change schools for anything. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2010

I am a gratuate of Lower Richland 1960. We had a reunion with a tour of the school Sat sept 18 2010. we attended the football game friday night, and was happy to see they won one for the class of 1960. 21- 7 over Eau Claire. We were even escorted to mid field and introduced. I thank the Principal for this task. We toured the school Sat morning, and I am very impressed with the curriculem the students are using. Keep up the good work, and I know the graduates will be the Best


Posted April 3, 2010

I have a teenager going to this school and considering the fact that we have moved from another high school in the state and previously another high school in Richland County District 1, I can honestly and truly say that this school is horrible. The children are very unruly, teenage pregnancy rate is high, the staff including the principals are ineffective and just there to get a check. They are really not proactive at all. This is speaking from dealing with them firsthand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

I am so proud that my children are a part of this school. The teachers are great and the prinicipal and staff really care about the future of 'each' student. I was really happy to hear that the school received a Palmetto Silver Award. This school has had major changes for the better and that says a lot about the community. I am so proud of this school. If you live in this community you would really be impressed with the structure of this school and it's performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

Im a student here at Lower Richland High. It really isnt a bad school, but there are always the ignorant few that stand out. Obviously, thats what the people want to hear, and that's whats going to be displayed in news. Some of the staff here was and still is slack. Things have improved from what was, though. Recently, the school has taken many steps to improve including: construction, extra-curricular activities, tutoring, and school-wide reading. We are an International Bacclaurate school. The Hosa and FBLA recently went to competition and brought back awards. The gospel choir went to New York and brought back an award. The step teams continue to deliver in competition, also. Our principal Mr.Byers is very active in the school He's cool, but at the same time, he's all for the rules. A student's experience at this school just depends on how they use the opportunity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2006

As a freshmen at Lower Richland HS, I have to say it is nothing like what people said it was. I have first hand experience of how the school really is. Most people say that it's a bad schol because of the students that attened the school like 10 or 20 years ago. People just don't want to take the time to try and reanaylizy the school now. The school has great extracurricular activites that students can participate in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2006

Well anyone who has ever attended or even visited this campus for an extended period of time can see that we aren't
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 23, 2006

I am a Rising Senior at Lower Richland. I am tired of all the negative things that are being said about my school. People say that our school is bad it is a typical high school. We have many advantages at our school. We gave out over a million schloarships for our class of 2006 to attend college. i am involve in my school and I hatre for people to put the school that i atten down because it is what you make of the school. And not what you hear. We have problems, but all schools do. Our administration is very slack, They seem as though they don't have any control, because some of them act like teenagers themselves.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2006

I am currently a student at LR and trust me it is not that bad. Although, our school has good qualities that we are not recognized for! For example my current GPA is a 4.0 and I take all honors classes. Now that is something our school should be recognized for.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2005

I am a 2001 graduat from LR and I must say that my hugh school years were the worst. The teachers did not care either way whether you pass or fail because they were still going to get their paycheck. The administration ir horrific. My younger brother now attends there and I hate the idea. The school is so unruly that they have to have a sub-station on campus for control. Does that sound safe to anyone else ? I know that that school has to have the highest drop-out rate. How do you expect your children to care when the teachers and other staff members are not motivating the students to care about themselves or their education.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 23, 2005

I attended Lower Richland High (LR) and it was terrible. The administration was not very good at keeping order in the school. At one point in time there were 5 riots in 1 DAY! The school was a mad-house. There were a select few teachers that did a good job but that was it. Sure its nice to have a good teacher, but what good is it when you cant learn because of the classmates. Kids would get kicked out of the school but later would be allowed to re-enter. THAT WAS A DUMB THING!! The only thing that school did right was pep assemblies which were still bad. Mr.Drennon was the best thing that could have happend to LR, too bad he left. THANKFULLY, I am gone now so it doesnt bother me, but I do wish people would stop being so ignorant and see the school is BAD!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 30, 2005

Am a 2005 graud. at lower richland high school. lower richland is not all that bad of a school people think it is. I mean yes we have problems sometimes , but every school does. yall be trying to make L.R as the badest school in the world, but what yall fail to look at is the good things lower richland high has does. so um for the people putting negative things on here about L.R go head but remember we always going to shine .
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 9, 2005

Lower Richland is a horrible school. The administration is terrible and disorganized. The administration is not the only problem, most of the students here don't care about their education and have bad behavior. It is next to impossible to keep new teachers at this school because of the way students behave. Most of the academic programs are bad, and there are only a select few quality teachers. This school is very bad and I can't wait to get my child out of there. She has been complaining about the school since the beginning of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2005

Lower Richland is not ultimately a bad school. However, students will do what the administration allows them to do. So, students at LR appear to be out of control because our administration is lackadaisical. The whole administration staff is a big joke to the students because they act like children as well. I'm currently a sophomore at LR and it makes me sick to hear all of the negative talk that's going on about my school. But I guarantee that if you spent one week in our world you'll see that it's really not the kids it's the poor administration that lets us roam around. I love LR, we have a lot of good students, and I'm one of them. I have a 3.8 GPA and I'm currently apart of National Honor Society, Student Council, and FBLA!!!! So it's not the kids trust me I know!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2005

I was a 1988 graduate of LR and it was a great school. I totally agree with some of the students concerning the staff at the school. I think the situation there has gotten to the point that the parents don't care either. For one thing, it's very overcrowded. They continue to build subdivisions in the area but no high school to eliminate the overflow. My daughter is a 9th grader there and at first I was very concerned, but she seems to like it. If you talk to your kids and tell them to be careful who they hang around I think they'll be fine. If I could afford private school I would send my daughters to one just because of they way things are at the school now. I love my old school, but things just has changed so much since I graduated.
—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.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students79%
Female85%
Male73%
African-American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial86%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals78%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled36%
Not disabled88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant79%

Math

All Students66%
Female71%
Male62%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial79%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals73%
Disabled19%
Not disabled75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant66%
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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%
English I

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

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
33%
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.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
26%
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 88% 36%
White 8% 53%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Hispanic 1% 7%
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 70%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • (803) 695-3062

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  • French
  • Spanish

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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Performing arts
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2615 Lower Richland Blvd
Hopkins, SC 29061
Phone: (803) 695-3000

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