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Paul Knox Middle School

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Posted August 5, 2013

Superficial, phony, insincere and obnoxious. School only cares about smart, advanced students and children of Aiken Co. employees. All other students are third class and treated completely different. No teacher's child ever gets in any trouble. They don't have to stand outside in the cold, rainy mornings, they freely roam around the school's halls, they never get failing grades, never repeat a grade and never attend summer school and are never suspended or expelled. The school is repulsed and aggravated concerning having to deal with the handicapped, special education students and the ones who struggle in school each day. The school is extremely irritated about continuing each year as a school in need with low test scores. They harbor serious hard feelings toward the students whose scores are low which causes the school to be tagged with undesirable labels. V
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

The vast majority of this faculty are extremely well prepared and caring individuals. Students are well prepared for high school when they leave if they take advantage of the education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2007

My child has attended this school now for 2years and 1/2 his 6th grade year. I really like it, the teachers are really good and stays in contact with you with your child anytime you have a question and gets back by email really quick. The only thing I don't like is their website. They don't have enough information, I wish there were more on the website about the school. For instance when you click on calendars there is nothing there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2007

I think this school is great,my grandchild doesn't have any problem at all.she loves all her teachers and she is really enjoying herself.this is her first year at paul knox and she's happy there.


Posted July 20, 2007

I have now attended this school for one year and I do not think there is not as much of a bullying problem as some parents have said. As for 'playing favorites', its more along the lines of, if you behave correctly you'll get on the 'good' side of the teacher they will appricate you more. I think Paul Knox is a great school for anyone to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2006

I am a former teacher at Paul Knox. No, the school is not perfect. No school is. Teachers cannot work miracles. Only with teachers, parents, and administrators working together can we see our students educated and ready to take their places in society. As a whole I didn't see the favoritism that I read about in the comments. I had a great year. I am glad that I had the opportunity to teach there. I had some wonderful students and I wish them the best in 8th grade.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 19, 2006

I've done great at this school and I have made friends and not just bad riends but firend i can keep forever this is a great school that everyone needs to go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2006

'However, I witnessed that the discipline is very inconsistent. Also, there are teachers and assistant principals who play favorites with the students. Actually, the new principal is very helpful and supportive. The attendance office is very helpful. There are some very good teachers at this school but the morale is very low.' I couldn't agree more. Brenda Smith, the Principal, is outstanding in every way. (Most) of the Teachers are dedicated. Bullying is rampant and no Teacher does anything about it. Brenda Smith must be apprised of something like that, or nothing gets resolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

The principal has brought little to no leadership to this school. Discipline is very poor. Bullying is not addressed and is a significant problem. I removed one of my children from this school after making all F's and one D for the year and was promoted to the next grade. Now he is on the honor roll. My other child is an honor roll student and it is amazing the favoritism given. If I could afford it the second child would also be removed. There are good teachers but poor leadership and support from administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2004

I had one child go through this school. Luckily, my child did not have any problems. However, I witnessed that the discipline is very inconsistent. Also, there are teachers and assistant principals who play favorites with the students. Actually, the new principal is very helpful and supportive. The attendance office is very helpful. There are some very good teachers at this school but the morale is very low. I will not send my other children to this school, if I have a choice, unless there is a change in personnel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2004

Inconsistencies exist in how discipline and safety issues are handled. For these reasons teacher morale and school climate are poor. The school does not have measurable goals for improving academic performance. Parental involvement and communication is not seen as important to the success of the school.
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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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%
Writing

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students74%
Female79%
Male68%
African-American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled24%
Not disabled78%
English language learners71%
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%

Math

All Students64%
Female71%
Male57%
African-American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White74%
Subsidized meals50%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled6%
Not disabled69%
English language learners57%
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant64%

Science

All Students78%
Female80%
Male75%
African-American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%

Social Studies

All Students76%
Female79%
Male72%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled20%
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%

Writing

All Students80%
Female90%
Male69%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled13%
Not disabled85%
English language learners71%
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant80%
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 Students69%
Female76%
Male63%
African-American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled15%
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant69%

Math

All Students66%
Female73%
Male61%
African-American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals78%
Disabled7%
Not disabled75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant66%

Science

All Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
African-American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled15%
Not disabled83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant74%

Social Studies

All Students58%
Female60%
Male56%
African-American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White72%
Subsidized meals43%
Full-pay meals74%
Disabled11%
Not disabled65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Non-migrant58%

Writing

All Students71%
Female81%
Male62%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled8%
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%
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 Students62%
Female69%
Male55%
African-American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White77%
Subsidized meals45%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabled10%
Not disabled68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant62%

Math

All Students63%
Female66%
Male59%
African-American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White75%
Subsidized meals50%
Full-pay meals74%
Disabled5%
Not disabled69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant63%

Science

All Students76%
Female78%
Male73%
African-American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant76%

Social Studies

All Students64%
Female74%
Male55%
African-American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Subsidized meals45%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled7%
Not disabled74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant64%

Writing

All Students75%
Female85%
Male65%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled9%
Not disabled83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant75%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

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 60% 53%
Black 35% 36%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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 54%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (803) 442-6302

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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