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Academic Magnet High School

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Posted August 26, 2014

Academic Magnet is a unique environment that more replicates the college/graduate school experience than a typical high school situation. Students' excellent behavior nets them more latitude with personal privileges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2014

Our son graduated from AMHS this past June. He absolutely loved the community and family feel of the school. People are not expected to fit into any one mold, and being a little weird (or sometimes really weird) is OK. That being said, if your child does not love academics and school work, you might have a struggle on your hands. As the name implies, academics are the main focus. The teachers and administration were wonderful and do support the kids, but they maintain very high expectations, and I think that will only be helpful to our son as he heads into his freshman year in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

I (like the other 8th grader who posted below) was accepted to Academic Magnet and I'm looking forward to it dearly. AMHS looks at your grades from 8th grade (the higher the better) a LONG test (about 3 hours if I recall correctly) teacher recommendations and of course the writing sample. Due to the highly selective process, I believe that AMHS will have a great community and many students with similar interests to my own. I was not very sure on the ACT grading when I received my acceptance letter, but none the less I was very happy I had been accepted. The only sad thing about it was the fact my sister had applied but had been wait listed, and she probably won't get in. Anyways, glad to be going there this fall.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2014

I am in 8th grade, and have just been accepted by Academic Magnet. I go to Buist Academy for Advanced Studies, and have credits for both Spanish and Algebra 1. I have not attended Magnet, of course, so I cannot discuss the community, teachers, or academics. However, I can discuss the requirements of getting in. Magnet looks at your grades in Humanities(Social studies), Math, ELA, and science for the 7th grade; They also look at your first quarter grades for 8th grade. In order to be accepted, you must have an 85 or above in these classes. Academic Magnet also looks at a written essay- You have about 1 hour to complete it, and is taken at either Magnet or your school. They also look at your ACT and teacher recommendations. I have A/Bs in all my classes, my lowest score being an 87, and having most of my scores above a 90. I did not get the results of the essay. My teachers love me(I... think...), so I was pretty confident in that area.). And for my ACT scores, I got a 100 percentile. Also, for my PSAT(Magnet does not look at this) I got 80% in the nation compared to 10th graders. :D When I finally received the letter, I was ecstatic. I wasn't even on the wait list!


Posted March 21, 2011

Right now, I'm only a freshman at AMHS, but I feel like I've been here forever. It is an absolutely amazing school! Even though there is an enormous load of work, teachers really help you through the year. The school has a great support system. I have had the best experience of my life here. If you are the kind of student who likes to be challenged and likes to learn something new every single day, then this is definitely the school for you. I definitely do not regret my choice to come here. I love it greatly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2009

Probably the best school that you could send your child to. It's hard, but in the end its worth it. Magnet feels like family, a weird family, but a family nonetheless. Things go on in this school that would probably never happen at other schools. Eventhough the work can be a HUGE pain, I love the atmosphere of the school and I feel prepared for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

Quite simply, the best thing that has ever happened to me. I would not be the person I am today without the help of the school and the students and faculty within it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2008

As a former student, this is a really great school to be at. At the time I may have thought differently (*smiles*) , but I actually miss the great atmoshere. You'll make friends real easy and not just with your graduating class. Teachers are great and willing to help in any way they can. Sports and numerous clubs are also great and look real good to colleges/unviersities. I completely recommend the Magnet, as long as you're willing to commit to the work. This is defintely not a school for slackers. Go Raptors!!!! Jenn(ifer) Bell, Graduate of 2006


Posted March 7, 2008

As a graduate and four year survivor of the Magnet, I enjoyed every single moment spent there and miss it dearly. One forms personal relationships with the teachers and staff, which results in a richer learning environment. I had a wonderful experience at AMHS, and it is a fantastic school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2008

This school is amazing. The community is small; it feels like family. You can always find support here. The best part is the challenge of working in this kind of environment. Every day you learn new things. We work much harder than the other schools in the area, and study on a much higher level. Students come back and say that after Magnet, college is a breeze.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2007

We are quite blessed that our daughter attends AMHS. She is challenged daily both personally and professionally. Educators having a genuine interest in the students education is rare in this day in age, and it is exemplified by the students who attend. Educators should and can only do so much. Parental involvement is paramount and the lack of it is obvious with crime and poor academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Our daughter is just finishing her first year at the Academic Magnet. By far, this is the best school we have seen and we looked at several (including a local exclusive private where she attended for several years)before choosing the Magnet. What I find at the Magnet that really catches my eye is that I have never seen teachers that are so happy to teach! During this year's parent teacher conference, we had three teachers tell us that they would 'have to be dragged out of this school' before they would leave, this is the best teaching job. All of these teachers were wonderful, challenging, and innovative, and clearly, their attitudes reflect in the attitudes and achievement that our daughter exhibits. I would characterize the workload at the Magnet as just right, challenging, relevant and interesting. An absolutely stellar school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

As a student of Academic Magnet High School I would like to say that it is a wonderful school. The teachers and falculty are very helpful.The school offers 20 Advanced placement and all honors programs. There are so many extracurricular activities to choose from ranging from tennis to swimming to sailing. The students are caring and supportive of eachother. When I first started I made millions of friends instantly including ones from other grades. I have never heard anyone be put down by another student either.The best part of the school is that the setting is very comfortable. Another important part of the school is that everyone wants to learn so classes are not inturupted ever. My sugestion about coming to the school is that you should want to come. If you want to get the best education possible then the Magnet is deffinatly a place you want to be. Peggy, Freshman
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2005

I as an alumni from AMHS feel that there is no comparison of this school to the governors school. AMHS is heads above the governors school in the respect that AMHS gives great extracurricular latitude that most any other magnet school doesnt. In addition, the senior thesis program is much more rigorous and complete than that of the SC governors school. The sports programs at AMHS are also on the rise with boys and girls soccer as well as baseball, softball and many other spring and fall sports.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 25, 2005

The best school ever! With the exception of 1 or 2 teachers, which comes with all schools, this school is academically the best in the state at least. 20 AP classes, motivated and funny and diverse student body, great teachers, everything here is great! There are so many extracurricular activities, and although the sports program isn't the best ever, you can be on any sports team you want! I love it and hope I never leave! There are so many things to get involved with and people to meet! If you're smart and want to prepare for an awesome college, GO HERE!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2004

As a student at the Magnet, I know that I will receive the best education I can get, make long lasting connections, and become a communtiy-involved person. The teachers there are extremely well qualified, fun, and possess a passion for their subject area. Regardless of comparisons, Academic Magnet IS in the top ranked schools in the nation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

As a graduate of the Academic Magnet, I believe that the magnet provides adequate preparation for college. However, I believe the comparison to the Governor's School in Hartsville is ridiculous. I believe that a motivated student attending Wando or James Island can attain a similar or superior education.


Posted May 23, 2003

With the exception of maybe 2 teachers, the Academic Magnet High School is amazing(academically). Unfortunately we are cursed with an authoritarian principal who is 'transferring' 3 of our best teachers(who she coincidently doesn't get along with). But this school by far has the best academic program in the lowcountry and second best in the state(next to some boarding school for juniors and seniors that gets half their students from our school).


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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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

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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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African-Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized mealsn/a
Full-pay meals100%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Non-migrant100%

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African-Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized mealsn/a
Full-pay meals100%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Non-migrant100%
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.

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Applied Biology

The state average for Applied Biology was 55% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 80% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English I

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

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

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Physical Science

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

162 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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U.S. History

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

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U.S. History and Government

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

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 82% 53%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 1%
Black 6% 36%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Two or more races 1% 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 5%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Golf
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