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St. James Middle School

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Posted February 9, 2014

This school is no good. All of you only hear about the little amount of good things at this school. Let me start with the teachers, although some of them are cool the rest are all rude and lack respect for the students. The principles don't care about anyone and are very judgmental. The kids are the worst part, they have no respect for anyone and they could care less about anyone's feelings. The 7th and 8th.graders are out of.control and break the law. Two seventh graders were arrested last year for selling weed in school. And I have witnessed kids do pills and drink in class. I do not rrccomend this school to anyone.


Posted January 10, 2014

This school is horrible! The teachers aren't great, the vice principles are power hungry, the 8th grade principle in particular. The one real bad part of this school are the academic counselors. They will do next to nothing to help you with what ever your issue may be. One of the counselors is real bad at this. I tried to get changed out of one of my classes, and she didn't even have to common courtesy to respond to my requests! And what do I get out of it? I get punished with a referral and 3 days of ISS. All in all, do NOT go to this school, or you WILL regret it.


Posted October 24, 2013

We just moved here from NJ and we couldn't be happier with the school system. It is leaps and bounds above the NJ school system we left, and we lived in an upscale, upper middle class neighborhood. Everyone at SJMS is happy, friendly and cares. It is well-oiled, and disciplined, yet still knows how to let the kids have fun and be kids!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

Our school is great except for the cheerleaders who get to break the dress code and always get special treatment!!! Everyone says there is a lot of bullying but there is not it is a lot of fun! I had great teachers such as Ms.Stewart (6th), Mr.Warrick (6th), Mrs.Williams (6th), and Mrs. Kerns (6th)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! _Rising 7th grader


Posted August 3, 2010

St. james needs to stop bullying!!!!! i am serious cuz my sister went to that school since 6 grade to 7 grade and all those years people were making fun of her and honestly hurt her feelings !! come one can the principle do something about it...


Posted March 11, 2010

This school will DO NOTHING to stop the BULLYING that takes place here daily ! My son has been in this school for almost 3 years and when I asked 'how was your day' his first reply is So and so, kicked me, hit me, punched me etc...I have brought these issues to the AVP for each grade. STILL NOTHING gets done. They DO NOT ENFORCE nor REMIND kids to keep their hands to themselves. They don't take the bullying seriously at this school at all. Other than the constant bullying being the worst part of my kids daily day, the school teacher's are relatively good and do try to do what is best for the students. Improvement is needed is other area's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

Excellent School, from North Jersey (Bergen County) also lived in Brick Twp (Ocean County) I am very happy with this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2009

The school is pretty good overall. There are definetly some changes that could take place. Our sixth grade vice-principal could use a bit of an attitude adjustment, she's very harsh towards the students. However, the seventh grade vice-principal is off the hook. Some of the teachers need to get real. They overload you with homework! A few of the sixth grade teachers in particular. How are we supposed to get outside if we have homework till eight'o'clock at night, and that's only if you start right when you get home. Some of the teachers that really deserve a shout-out are Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Onderdonk, Mrs. White, and Mr. Propst. They really care about their students, and will take you aside and talk to you if you are having a bad day. I think that the school goes a bit overboard with sports. Plus, the cheerleaders get to break the school dress code.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

This is a very good school and the teachers want to do good, that's why they are there. Parents need to be responsible for their children. Too much nowadays parents blame everyone else for things that are their own fault. Parents - get involved, take responsibility, grow up, teach your children by example and then you may appreciate and understand the teacher's challenges. This school is clean and bright, the teachers are dedicated, alert and happy. They are not miracle workers (although I have seen them perform miracles). The Administration is Excellent and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2008

im a student entering the 8th grade and i belive teachers and admistrators succh as: Mr.ryan, mrs. winnsett, mrs. register, mrs watkins, mrs.arruda, and mrs.simmons and then some make the school amazing!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2007

This school is the best school in the world. Parents think that it isn't good because people get in trouble but they need to get over it. The teachers are amazing and the administration is even more incredible. The teachers push the students to do their best and the adminstrators are hard on us because they want students to do their best and not have to worry about making trouble throughout the students lives.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2005

Teachers, students and parents are eager to excel. This school could really shine under a better leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2005

Good school overall, but the administration is very 'political' with certain groups ($$$) The '2' for Safety/Discipline applies to the discipline only. The school is safe in my eyes
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2004

Hardworking and dedicated, the teachers are amazing. I appreciate the concern, time, effort, and patience given to both my gifted and learning disabled children. Upbeat student-centered atmosphere and great extra-curricular activities. Kudos to special ed department!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2004

The teachers are hard working and dedicated. I appreciate the extra mile that they go to better our children. I wish the administration would rise to the challenge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2004

This school offers so much for so many children. The teachers are continually involved in the students activities both in school and out of school. There is a Jazz band, TV productions, drama club, chess club, dance club, math counts and so many other things offered for the students. The teachers that provide these opportunities are not paid extra, they give up their time (& money) to make these things available for the children. There are teachers who help tutor afterschool, attend little league games, spend their time taking the kids to the mountains, or DC. They do all of these things because they love what they do everyday. They love their students and try to provide them with a well- rounded education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2003

There are very few good employees at the school. Mrs.Watkins is the greatest thing that has ever came to this school,and she needs more credit than she gets. My personal opinion is Mrs.Watkins brings a cheerful atmosphere everywhere she goes. Mrs.Watkins you are a blessing. The overall attitude of the school needs to remember they are working with children and they are unfinished products that need tender loving care that this school has a lack of. The principal Should Not be around Children, he acts like he holds a grudge torge 'The Not So Perfect Child'. No one is perfect!


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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.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students83%
Female88%
Male79%
African-American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled49%
Not disabled88%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant83%

Math

All Students84%
Female86%
Male83%
African-American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled43%
Not disabled90%
English language learners78%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%

Science

All Students85%
Female86%
Male84%
African-American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial90%
White86%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled52%
Not disabled89%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%

Social Studies

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracial93%
White83%
Subsidized meals78%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled57%
Not disabled87%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant83%

Writing

All Students86%
Female91%
Male80%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled41%
Not disabled92%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant86%
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 Students85%
Female89%
Male80%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracial65%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled46%
Not disabled91%
English language learners75%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%

Math

All Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracial59%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled38%
Not disabled88%
English language learners92%
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%

Science

All Students86%
Female90%
Male83%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracial82%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled58%
Not disabled91%
English language learners92%
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%

Social Studies

All Students83%
Female82%
Male83%
African-American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracial71%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled52%
Not disabled88%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%

Writing

All Students87%
Female94%
Male80%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracial65%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled55%
Not disabled93%
English language learners92%
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%
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 Students81%
Female88%
Male74%
African-American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial55%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Subsidized meals72%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled36%
Not disabled88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%

Math

All Students83%
Female89%
Male78%
African-American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial64%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled38%
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%

Science

All Students88%
Female94%
Male82%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled52%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%

Social Studies

All Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
African-American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled77%
Not disabled92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant90%

Writing

All Students89%
Female94%
Male84%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracial70%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled49%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%
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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 83% 53%
Black 7% 36%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 4% 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 50%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9775 St James Rd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
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