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Lancaster High School

Public | 9-12 | 1789 students

 

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Posted September 8, 2009

I am a parent and have been thoroughly disappointed with the lack of interest in the academic and social success of my student by the teachers and administrators. At Lancaster High, students ask for an ACT packet or SAT packet and are told to fill out a form and schedule an appointment to get a packet. That is unnecessary. Also, Seniors are not being informed about scholarships. I am disgusted with the guidance staff because any request that is made is met with contempt. Also, when trying to get information from the guidance director, you receive the run-around.....excuses....excuses. Another thing that has puzzled me is the way some students are given preferential treatment with regard to scheduling some 'sought after' classes. My student has been taking AP, Honors, and CP since 8th grade; however, many of her requests for certain classes have gone ignored. Admin. ignores many things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

Lancaster Has bee a very good school to me. Everyday I meet new people. The Teacher are great you learn a lot and you are smarter that ever when you leave their class. If you want quality you should try Lancaster High School. There are many extracurricular activities and it is by far the best school I've been to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2005

Lancaster High School has been a very good school for my children. I have had 2 children go thourgh: 1 son and 1 daughter. My son played on the football team and helped tutor some of the not as smart football players (at the coaches request). He helped some players increase their grade by a full letter grade and was rewarded by the coach. He was also in the top 25 in his class. My daughter was in the Beta Club and was very active at the school, participating in the band. There are several excellent teachers at the school. There are a few discipline problems but these have been decreased by the hiring of two additional school resource officers. I would recommend Lancaster High to anyone moving to the area. Both of my children have said that they loved Lancaster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2004

I have been very disappointed in Lancaster High School. I have had 2 children in this school, neither one was ever in trouble and makes average and above average grades. The discipline of this school, however, is poor and I felt that children were discouraged to advance in certain areas. The football players had very poor grades and were still allowed to play on the team. The language was not monitored at all in the halls or on campus. Some very good teachers there but very poor administration.
—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.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
African-American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled50%
Not disabled90%
English language learners58%
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant85%

Math

All Students76%
Female74%
Male78%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled37%
Not disabled81%
English language learners75%
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%
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.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
49%
English I

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

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%
Physical Science

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

392 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
41%
U.S. History

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

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%
U.S. History and Government

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

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
29%
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 48% 36%
White 44% 53%
Hispanic 6% 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

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school A. R. Rucker Middle School
South Middle School
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Palmetto Gold Award (2004)
  • Palmetto Gold Award (2005)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25
School end time
  • 3:30
School Leader's name
  • Joseph C. Keenan
Fax number
  • (803) 286-6962

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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South Middle School
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617 Normandy Rd
Lancaster, SC 29720
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Phone: (803) 283-2001

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