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Castle Heights Middle School

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Posted November 20, 2013

I believe that there is a great deal of teacher talent and a desire to help children with learning disabilities at the school, however the reason for the 2 stars has to do with a district level issue. The SpEd department is administrated very poorly and there is no desire to update interventions or to advocate for the students with disabilities. The only way to get what a child needs is to be a fierce advocate and to use outside resources such as an Advocate to attend meetings, and private OT/PT/SLP. Services are inappropriate and ineffective at the school and there is no desire to add interventions in the area of sensory integration, dyslexia or dyscalculia or dysgraphia. It is a parent's persistent advocacy that gets the child what s/he needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

I could not disagree with the last review more. CHMS is not progressive other than it is a new building equipt with technology. The Principal is an excelent statistics game player and that is what wins state awards. The classes are poorly taught, particularly language arts. THese kids can't distiguish an adjective from an adverb! The Band has consistently been at the bottom of the district in competitions, and the sports teams are poorly coached and the most losing in the league. The building sure is pretty, but what goes on inside, not so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2012

The Castle Heights of old is long gone. The current Castle Heights is a progressive, save and enjoyable place for students to learn. I have never seen such caring, knowledgeble teachers. Ms. Kane is one of the finest principals in the Southeastern United States. Expect your child to prosper under her leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

The negative reviews this school is getting is absurd. SHOW me a perfect middle school! My daughter attended Castle Heights and had a great middle school experience. She encountered none of this bullying that is being discussed and was challenged in advanced classes by top notch teachers. She is now in high school and is excelling thanks to the wonderful education she has received there. Middle school is a tough age. Yes, there are going to be some issues with that age group but the principal runs a tight ship and is on top of any problem that arrises. Dont let the reviews of some disgruntled parents fool you. My experience through the years has been that the parents that give these types of reviews are the parents of kids who have gotten in trouble with their behavior or have not been able to cut it with good grades and they need someone to blame other than themselves or their children. Give the school a chance. Go meet the administration and teachers and you will see how well it is run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

This school is about as bad as it gets. Yes the outside is nice looking but the inside is far from good. Kids are teased and bullied without intervention until it is to late. Then even the kid that is bullied is suspended because of being pushed to far and finally taking up for themself. Teachers can not control the class and they think telling a kid to ignore anothers insults and bullying is "helping". All I have to say is that the prisoners are running that prison.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2009

this school is an good school i let mii child go here becasue i like the teachers they alaways have a smile on their face when i come in they help me get things done and they make sure what they say is done is done.......great school!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2009

The so-called advanced classes were on the same level as the slow classes in third grade! Bad curriculum. The uniform is a very extraneous and unexplained as being useful to anybody. Lunch is very late in the day and too short to eat anything. It feels like a jail, with way to strict punishments. The teachers do nothing to stop harassment even if they are looking right at the student being harassed. They also scoff at these claims and say nothing is wrong when asked by parents. Left after only a few months, highly disappointed. Do not be fooled by the new exterior and the act of friendliness, as all is not as it seems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2006

This school has sports that you will love.football,backtball and all kinds. the math is easy to all. all the classes is easy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2006

We love this school! I have two children attending Castle Heights and we love it here! The teachers are top notch and the administration is always there for you. No school is perfect, but this one comes pretty close.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2005

Pitiful! Just plain pitiful! Having just moved here from another part of the country, it is apparent that Castle Heights Middle School is better serviced as a crowd control facility. The 8th grade honors science and english programs are lacking in productive learning. There is no homework or graded test results that I have seen in 5 months of school. Classrooms are disruptive to the point of where my previous 'A' student has no pleasure in her academic studies. Sincerely, review this school before moving in the area. The campus is impressive, but the learning is sub-standard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2004

school has some serious issues. Even besides the dress code that is enforced selectively and additional Gym dress clothes that they spring on you in the middle of the year, the teachers do not do a very good job of keeping the children from hurting each other. My child seems to come back almost every day with another story of how someone hit her or someone was beating up on someone else. I am not impressed, and I will find a different school ASAP. The curriculum seems weak to me...very little mathmatics homework is assigned, and when it is it seems the concepts are not explained to the students beforehand. I have seen very little in the way of science/geography/history/spelling/english homework, not even spelling words...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2004

This school has a dress code that they are hard pressed to enforce. They can't even enforce the policy of keeping hands off others. Granted the new building is great, but the policies towards the students make the school seem more of a prison than a place of education. The students are only given 35 minutes for lunch, and when they are late getting back to class are put on a work detail as punishment. When my daughter was assaulted there was no notification or incident report. You have to buy a PE uniform as well. After half a school year I'm already looking for a different school for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

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

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

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

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students72%
Female81%
Male63%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native50%
White73%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled26%
Not disabled80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant72%

Math

All Students70%
Female72%
Male67%
African-American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native69%
White71%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled26%
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant70%

Science

All Students63%
Female63%
Male62%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals73%
Disabled20%
Not disabled74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant63%

Social Studies

All Students84%
Female88%
Male81%
African-American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled60%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%

Writing

All Students71%
Female80%
Male63%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native69%
White72%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled14%
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Not 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 Students73%
Female74%
Male72%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native78%
White78%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled36%
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant73%

Math

All Students74%
Female74%
Male75%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native72%
White81%
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled27%
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant74%

Science

All Students81%
Female81%
Male80%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native72%
White83%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled49%
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant81%

Social Studies

All Students66%
Female61%
Male73%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native61%
White68%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals68%
Disabled33%
Not disabled72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant66%

Writing

All Students71%
Female80%
Male63%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native72%
White76%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabled24%
Not disabled78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Not 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 Students71%
Female78%
Male64%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native54%
White78%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled32%
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant71%

Math

All Students76%
Female85%
Male68%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native54%
White81%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled31%
Not disabled84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant76%

Science

All Students74%
Female73%
Male75%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled40%
Not disabled80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant74%

Social Studies

All Students73%
Female75%
Male71%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled21%
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant73%

Writing

All Students75%
Female83%
Male67%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native54%
White77%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled35%
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not 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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
99%
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 63% 53%
Black 25% 36%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 0%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 60%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (803) 981-1430

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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