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St. James High School

Public | 9-12 | 1338 students

 
 

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Posted July 8, 2013

I can't say enough about this high school. The staff and teachers are wonderful - all lead by Mr Vann Pennell. So many of them go above and beyond to ensure these students emulate their shark mascot - sharks always move forward never back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2011

Billy Lee Sr. you should be so very proud of your son. I nearly mistook him as you, has your features but not quote your smirk. Everything happens for a reason!! Tabbatha


Posted October 4, 2010

This is my son's 1st year at SJHS and he ABSOLUTELY LOVES it ! He enjoys learning here and participates in all areas and is part of the JROTC family which is SUPER ! The teachers appear to be caring and the NEW Principle appears to be VERY on top of the latest issues. Whats so great is getting the Automated Phone Calls with the updates and reminders of the schools happening ! So far, fingers crossed, this school is working out wonderfully ! I hope it remains this way ! GREAT JOB SJHS, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK ! It's paying off !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

I go there its not that great... IT depends if your smart then its easy but if your normal they are mean, and its not a fun schoo,l
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2009

The school is great. The break after first block, 10 minutes, is a great way for you to be able to not go through four blocks of class and be completely tired afterwards. The teachers don't give homework because we work hard while we are there. There is an excellent number of classes that you could take to be challenged. The website is also extremely helpful when trying to figure out when a game is, if it hasn't been anounced in the mornings. It has a list of the activities so you would be able to get involved if you wanted. The time between each class is a perfect amount of time to get from one class to another, 5 minutes. I am still having the best time of my life there. And I cannot wait to finish my high school carrer and graduate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2008

This is a great school to go to. I had the best time of my life there. Teachers are really nice and they care about their students and we had so many activities...It is a safe school, also. I loved it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2008

I am pretty discouraged with this school. The work is so easy it's pathetic. Never any homework...zero challenge to the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2007

The school administration-- and school district-- are more interested in image than in genuine teaching. Needless to say students do not feel particularly safe or comfortable. Safety and discipline are not taken seriously here.


Posted March 19, 2007

This school was highly recommended, so I am disappointed to say, it's not as good as it should be. While the school says they encourage parental participation in the students future, they don't. Don't get me wrong. There are a handful of great teachers and administrators, but for the most part the teachers need to learn respect for their students. I had requested a game schedule, and halfway through the season, I still don't have one. The school does have some great programs, if you are lucky enough to find out about them, but there is a definite lack of communication with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2005

The quality of the academic programs are highly successful. The sports and otheer extracurricular activities are very good. Many students are involved. The level of parental involvement on a scale from one to five, i would say is about a four. The parents are very concerned about their child's education.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
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 Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracial94%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals91%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled65%
Not disabled98%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English95%
Not migrant94%

Math

All Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracial94%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals86%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled43%
Not disabled97%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant89%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%
English I

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

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
83%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
Physical Science

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

455 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
76%
U.S. History

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%
U.S. History and Government

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

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
59%
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 86% 53%
Black 6% 36%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
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 44%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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