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Thomas C. Cario Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 800 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 5, 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


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.

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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 70% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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 71% in 2013.

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

456 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

487 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

488 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
African-American87%
Asian93%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled54%
Not disabled97%
English language learners90%
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%

Math

All Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
African-American79%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled50%
Not disabled97%
English language learners100%
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%

Science

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
African-American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled54%
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%

Social Studies

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
African-American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled64%
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Non-migrant96%

Writing

All Students92%
Female96%
Male88%
African-American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled46%
Not disabled95%
English language learners100%
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%
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 Students95%
Female93%
Male96%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled70%
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%

Math

All Students92%
Female91%
Male94%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled57%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%

Science

All Students96%
Female95%
Male96%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled70%
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Non-migrant96%

Social Studies

All Students94%
Female92%
Male96%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled70%
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant94%

Writing

All Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled62%
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%
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 Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
African-American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial90%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled30%
Not disabled93%
English language learners82%
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

Math

All Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial90%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled44%
Not disabled95%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%

Science

All Students91%
Female93%
Male90%
African-American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled32%
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%

Social Studies

All Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
African-American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals85%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled67%
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%

Writing

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial90%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled35%
Not disabled97%
English language learners91%
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant93%
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.

206 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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 80% 53%
Black 13% 36%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 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 18%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Music teacher(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Fax number
  • (843) 856-4599

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Present special topics during curricular units
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3500 Thomas Cario Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
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Phone: (843) 856-4595

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