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3500 Thomas Cario Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

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3 stars
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May 29, 2014
Worse school I have ever seen. They need to get their prioriities straight, have called several times about students bullying and was told they would get to in when they got to me on the list. We came from a state where the schools are rated no. 2 in the nation, where there is a zero tolerance policy for bullies. To those of you who are considering this school, do not be fooled by the 10 rating, look deeper, I wish I had, the younger child who was a straight A student now hates school, has stomach aches, bites her nails and crys every day when she has to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My children have been moved around quite a bit. They have been through many transitions with different schools. My daughter is in 8th grade an says Cario has been her favorite school. My son is in 7 th grade an is in the 504 program. This is the first school he has not had problems with bullies. The teachers have been kind and supportive so far.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
I'm an 8th grader who moved here with my parents from Oregon. I hear a lot of great things about this school. Many said this school is for the students who want to make a difference and succeed. (Please note I am a Straight A student) The first couple of quarters were great, but things started to go downhill. Students back talking and arguing to teachers, fights nearly everyday, abusive teachers who give out punishments like candy, and the worst of all... Bullying. This school is full of bullies, its so bad that some considering committing suicide. Yet the teachers do nothing about it. It gets to a point where you can't tell the teacher on bullies because the punishments aren't enough to make them stop. Unfortunately the 8th grade owes over $3000 in debt for ID tags, over 90 students are failing all classes, and we have the most referrals and suspensions than the 6th and 7th graders. If you're thinking of transferring your child here please reconsider. Most students don't take kindly to strangers. Please do research before you enroll your child here. The only thing I can say is that YOUR child's life will change completely at this school. My grades were A+ to B- and C+

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
Cario is a great school. We moved here from another state and this school exceeded our expectations. The arts programs are wonderful. From orchestra and band which most students have not played an instrument before to art, chorus and the amazing drama/theater program. The productions from drama and shows from chorus have been wonderful. The new year round Drama class has helped my shy child to become confident , proud and make great friends. The academics are right on track. There are teachers that are more involved with parents and kids and some that take a back seat. I have seen a few disrespectful students give their teachers a very hard time, back talk and disrupt classes. Teachers are limited in how to respond to this behavior. Its a great school with an amazing arts component .

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
This school is okay, but there are many major problems. The teachers that I have had have been phenomenal, but there's many teachers who are often complained about by both students and faculty. Many teachers make it seem like grades are everything and if you get a bad grade, you're dumb. Many teachers, though, have positively impacted my grades and time at Cario. PEOPLE GOING TO CARIO: TAKE CHORUS. MR B IS THE BEST! I'm in my second year here, and we've already had 3 principals. Pretty much no one knows who the principal here even is. There are many bullying and peer pressure problems going on here that administrator know about but do nothing to fix. The common core standards they're required to teach us are absolutely horrible, especially in Science and SS! I don't know about the teachers, but the art programs here are wonderful (aside from drama..). They provide students 2 related arts periods a day, which mostly are picked at random. They have band, orchestra, art, PE, computer classses, spanish, robotics, and more. The cafeteria here is nice but way overpriced and pretty unhealthy. But their biggest problem: OVERPOPULATION. Classes are overcrowded and it's hard to concentrate.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2013
We have just relocated here from the Northeast, and I will not hesitate to say that this school is outstanding. From the Administration to the individual teachers, we have been very satisfied with the daily operations. The teachers really care about the kids in a genuine way. They go out of their way to have 'out of the box' lessons and activities to make learning fun! My sons LOVE school here! I couldn't ask for anything more!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
The Fine Arts programs at Cario are excellent. Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Art and Theatre programs far exceed any other middle school in the area in quality, as well as student and parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
The school touts it's status as the "best middle school in South Carolina" (based on state test scoring.. It is, in fact, because of the local demographics: if you are white, affluent, and have no Special Education needs, the school is one of the safer buildings in the District. Academically, it is in fact quite average on the national level. It is incredibly overcrowded because it is "safe". Teachers are overworked, under-appreciated, and receive little support from ambitious administrators, who utilize an oppressive, threatening management style. Do not send your child to this school if they have any type of disability...they are looked upon by administration as a liability to the school's performance (and the impact on the administrators's careers), despite the incredible dedication of the very overworked and dedicated Exceptional Education teaching staff. Teachers stay at Cario because it is the safest place to work in the District...or they leave the District . New aware of this! Consider the great private schools in the area before you choose Cario.

- submitted by a teacher
January 17, 2012
This schools biggest problem is the size. The large classes and pods make classroom management a huge problem. A lot of the students there have no respect for other students' property. Theft is a big problem but the biggest is the lack of respect for fellow students and teachers. If the school was smaller, it would be easier to manage and have less problems. The administration does little to curtail that behavior.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
We are having a horrible experience with bullying - my daughter comes home in tears and begs to transfer to another school. While the principal tries to implement change, he can't control the day to day actions of all of the students.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2010
Cario has a new "fix it" principal. Since the beginning of the year, he's made some great changes. If you've heard bad things, stay tuned.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Cario has a big problem with discrimination and lack of tolerence of differences. The teachers lack knoweledge and enthusiasm for their subjects and the Principal has shows room for improvement. We actually had a student tell our child that grades do not matter! This is after we have been in their faces all year long about how to help our son improve his grades. Very frusterating, bullying and peer pressure are out of control with no improvment in the last two years despite numerous complaints. if you can, choose to send your child elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Hello everyone, Cario is a great school in a great location. Please don t judge this school. It is a great place to learn. The Cario does prepare the child for the next grade but like any public school it needs the parents support. Teacher can only do so much, parents must demand more. If anyone has seen the schools orchestra (called the ECO) they would see how hard the teachers and the kids work together. These children work hard on their grades and instruments and the orchestra has won many awards. The school does need help with general support, but this support needs to come from parents. Remember this is a Charleston County school, and the district in general is having problems. Peer pressure and teacher accountability is tied hand in hand. The schools need more parent involvement, the more parents the less problems and the less bulling. Most schools in the south have a black and white issue. This stems from the family and how families see each other. Cario is located in a white area of Mt. Pleasant, in an upper middle class community. So many kids see for the first time how the other side lives.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
There is a lot of disrespect and peer pressure, I also think that the teachers don't really care all to much unless your really outgoing. I never even knew who the principle was until the middle of my second year here. also they have to many rules that dont really prepare you for high school, like lining up for lunch, sitting in your pod in the morning until the bell rings, and having to sit in assigned tables at lunch. I don't really like the curriculum either. There is also a slight drug problem going on, mainly with pot/weed. Also I noticed a lot of racism from both sides (white and black) which I think is not okay at all. There is some major race issues but I don't think its one race I think its how they all communicate together.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
Cario Middle has great teachers who care so much about the kids!! This school also offers the most unbelievable clubs and groups. There is something for everyone!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 23, 2009
I agree we never had problems with our son until he started this school now he has a smart mouth and disrepects us like never before. The peer pressure is a serious problem as well. Teachers do not keep in touch by email as they say they will.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 16, 2009
A lot of parents who never get a notification that their child is failing should blame the student, not the teachers. They send home regular printout with grades on them. The problem isn't the teachers, it's the things that Charleston County makes them teach.

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2009
This school has serious problems and it needs a lot of work, but the teachers try hard

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
the teachers are perfect because of the way they help we students learn the curriculum is also challenging so it's not too easy

- submitted by a community member
November 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
Teacher parent communication is really bad. These teachers do not talk to each other or seem to know what a phone is used for. Twice this year I requested conferences if needed and was called the last day of school to tell me by Two teachers that my child was failing.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2008
We are very disappointed in this school. Maybe it's the age of the students and maybe it's universal in middle schools, but Cario has a problem with bullying! There seems to be no punishment for cruel remarks and behaviors by students. The administration may have an anti-bullying program in place but seem to do nothing about the actions of its students. Plus, the busses are horribly overcrowded and the bus drivers may be good at driving but are lousy with children.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 21, 2007
The student/teacher ratio listed is not accurate. There are 25+ students in most classes. The majority of teachers are excellent, but discipline is a problem. the administration will often give in to the parents that whine/complain the most. They are not supportive of the teachers. Also, they started an accelerated math program for high ability students. The students were allowed to start Algebra 1 for high school credit in 7th grade. Then, the decided that they could not get credit for the class towards the end of the third quarter. Now, in 8th grade, the students are taking the same class over again. Students are repeateing lessons or making them up themselves and teaching the class. There is not a true curriculum. However, my son has a fabulous ELA teacher.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2004
Many of the teachers at Cario do not care about a student's success. There are few and treasured teachers who make a difference. The few teachers that made a difference in my middle school years were: Mr. Scott Brunson, Mrs. Albrect, and Mr.Stallings. These teachers should be more regognized for their hard work and dedication to the academic success of their students. Also, many of the minority students treated the white kids with disrespect, and were not repremended. But when the situation was the other way around, white kids were blamed for rascism when they were only trying to stand up for themselves. The administration should understand that not all conflicts that occur between different races involve rascism. They are usually merely conflicts between students with different opinions and should be handeled as so.

- submitted by a former student
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Thomas C. Cario Middle School
3500 Thomas Cario Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC  29466
(843) 856-4595
Last modified Thomas C. Cario Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thomas C. Cario Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews.