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William J. Clark Middle School

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3 stars

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Posted April 29, 2014

This is a HORRIBLE school! The teachers display a don't care attitude and everything is based on favoritism. The children are not learning properly and it is evident. Once they find a target on a child they do not care if the child is innocent they will always be guilty in their eyes. I am currently looking for another school for my child to go to so he will not have to deal with the foolishness he dealt with this year the past two years that he has at this school. The principal is non-existent. When you call and leave her a message she never returns the calls. The only time the teachers call is for simple stuff like a student leaving a badge or talking in class. They have converted over to the Common Core curriculum and half of the teachers do not know how to teach it. It is sad and unfortunately it will not get any better anytime soon until district 5 do some revamping.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

My son goes to Clark Middle School now and it is got some of the best teachers, but the kids are disrespectful and hard headed... So parents with kids at Clark Middle need to go to the school and see how their kids are do every once and a while....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

This school is horrible. My children went to this school before and now she's in private school. The students are disrespectful and mean. The teachers don't really even care about anything. And I'm glad my kids don't go here anymore. my child would wake up in the mornings terrified to go to school. And that's something no child should have to go through with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2013

This school Is horrible! The students are awful! The test scores are low! I really don't like my child at this school! The teachers are disrespectful an very fake! The principal an ast. Principal are very disrespectful an have no control at all! There where rat traps in the kitchen and my child was scared to eat! This school needs to be shut down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2011

I am so glad I no longer teach there. There was a lack of respect by higher level administrators was very unprofessional. The students lack of discipline or manners made teaching very difficult. There were fights everyday, discipline problems in the classroom constantly. It did not matter if an administrator was in the room or not no amount of training by Wong would have made a difference, most of these children lacked little or any sense of proper conduct in a school setting. When I would contact parents about academic issues the response was always the same, I will talk to him/her tonight. But if the call was about a cell phone or personal property, the parent could not get to school fast enough. The grade level administrators did what they could under the circumstances faced at Clark. They received little help and for the most part, their hands were tied on making decisions by the upper level. Their are very good teachers at Clark, but they are unable to preform their at best due to the lack of discipline and school ethics. The failure to enforce discipline and a code of ethics, and to encourage advancement without accountability is the failure here, not the teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 23, 2011

My child had a horrible experience trying to attend this school.The fights, no discipline and lack of authority is outrageous. Everyday I picked her up from school she was in tears. I had to withdraw her and now she goes to school online. Orangeburg Co schools in district 5 are a disaster!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2009

This is the best school in the world and I really enjoy the magnet program that I'm a part of.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2007

Thank god my child is in the honors program. She does not have to intermingle with the general population of children that distract others due to misbehaviors of not wanting to learn and not wanting to be there. If feel sorry for those that are in the general population who don't meet that criteria but are stuck because of their academic weakness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

My child attended Clark last year and my child came home every telling us about the fights at the school. It seemed as though the adults had no control of the children. I feel that children misbehaving should be sent home and let their parents deal with them. When children are acting up all day, how can anyone learn ? The school administration should contact the parents of these children, after missing time from work I bet the parents will get their children in check.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2007

I feel that the school has improved greatly over the last two years. You can tell that the school has a sense of purpose and more direction! If you truly want to know what kind of school W. J.Clark is you should ask the current student body. They seem to be happier about the kinds of things occurring at Clark!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

The one thing about clark that I do not like is that there really is not a sense of love there. The teachers really dont know each other, and there is no support for each other. How can the teachers love their students when they dont love each other?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

I am currently a student at clark middle school it is an awful place. When you walk in there is no feeling of love there. Everyday there is somthing negative happening. Clark is not a place for a child.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2005

It is my 4th year as a student at Clark and I personally do not find it very appealing. I feel that there are not a diverse group of extracurricular activities, and the principal has practically no involvment with the students. I have been in the Magnet prgoram for my entire attendance at Clark, and it can be very stressful at times. I feel that the teachers give an obscene amount of work all at once. I was also exposed to a mass amount of violence and profanity. If you are looking for a good school for your child, I do not suggest William J. Clark Middle School!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2003

I went here. I was a part of the Magnet Program. That has been the best school I've gone too. Because I went to that school I became more involved with school and am now going to the Arkansas School of Mathematics and Sciences, a residential school for high school students.


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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.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
57%
Social Studies

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
42%
Writing

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
53%
Social Studies

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
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 Students66%
Female73%
Male60%
African-American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabled26%
Not disabled73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant66%

Math

All Students55%
Female62%
Male49%
African-American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Subsidized meals50%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled23%
Not disabled61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Non-migrant55%

Science

All Students59%
Female65%
Male53%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled0%
Not disabled71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Non-migrant59%

Social Studies

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled40%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant84%

Writing

All Students72%
Female77%
Male67%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled18%
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant72%
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 Students67%
Female70%
Male64%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled38%
Not disabled70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant67%

Math

All Students48%
Female51%
Male45%
African-American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White75%
Subsidized meals40%
Full-pay meals72%
Disabled21%
Not disabled50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Non-migrant48%

Science

All Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled25%
Not disabled78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant73%

Social Studies

All Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled29%
Not disabled84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant79%

Writing

All Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled24%
Not disabled80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%
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%
Female67%
Male58%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals71%
Disabled25%
Not disabled66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant62%

Math

All Students74%
Female80%
Male68%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled30%
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%

Science

All Students63%
Female75%
Male52%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals74%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant63%

Social Studies

All Students78%
Female75%
Male80%
African-American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled42%
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%

Writing

All Students71%
Female79%
Male63%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled17%
Not disabled76%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
91%
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
Black 93% 36%
White 5% 53%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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