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Hillcrest Middle School

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Posted January 30, 2014

I happen to be a student at Hillcrest Middle and I feel that all the teachers are caring and kind and always try to help you do your best however that works 3 ways the student must try, the teachers must help, and the parents must push their kid to do the best that they possibly can. I also happen to be in every single advanced class that is offered to seventh graders. I am taking algebra 1 (a 9th grade high school course) English for the gifted and talented and advanced literature. So right now I have 1 high school credit but by the time I finish the eighth grade I will have 4. Although Hillcrest is lacking in the extra-curricular activities, they are going all they way with academics 100% I believe. I saw on some of the comments that teacher were not communicating to parents that there kid was failing, but you can always ask ANY of the teacher for your grade and there is the parent portal where teachers post all the students grades, and there is a progress report which comes out 4-5 weeks (plenty of time to bring your grade up) before your final grade comes out. Hms is awesome! ~Abby Mendez 7th grader at hms


Posted July 9, 2013

The teachers at Hillcrest Middle School do not communicate very well with the parents. They don't notify the parents about anything and when you email the teachers requesting information, the teachers respond by saying they have talked to the child. Well, that is great, now how about trying to talk to me? I am the parent! This has happened a few times by different teachers, so I am pretty disappointed by the lack of involvement by the teachers with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2012

Hillcrest Middle School is awful. The principal is on autopilot and should have retired yeears ago. In my opinion,the students' test scores are holding the school together. Some of the teachers are resistant to change. If I hear "this is how we've always done it" one more time I'm going to scream. And this is from the young teachers. Some of the policies and procedures are not conducive to middle school students. Example, you cannot take home district test for review of errors, you can't pick up student work until the third day of an absence etc. Hillcrest caterers to the honors tracked student. Thank goodness my child is in advanced classes and in the Beta Club ,however, I'm sure that Hillcrest has many students that are CP. The teachers settle for mediocre. Some do not go above and beyond to help students. With Common Core standards being implemented, the rigor is not apparent. I could give you a gamut of examples, however, my point is be the voice of the underrepresented. My child has one more year and will be fine. But that's not enough. Hillcrest needs to step it up in the 21st Century. I hope Hillcrest Middle is not indicative of what's to come at Hillcrest High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2011

My child started 6th grade at this school in 2011. She received failing grades in two of her classes and neither one of her teachers even bothered to notify me of her failing grades. I e-mailed her teachers and asked for a call and did not receive any response for 3 days; then I called and the principal and had to leave a message. The principal never called me back but got her teachers to right me back. They did not even give my child a chance to bring up her grades and my child has never received a failing grade up until this point!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

My son is in 6th grade. I am so far disappointed with the office staff and teachers. Office staff is not friendly. Teachers allow students to fail and don't bother to talk to them to see why they're failing. They won't even contact the parent to advise them of the student failing. It seems there's no interest in helping students succeed. The principal seems as if it's time to retire but won't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

As a hillcrest student myself, i am envolved in the basketball team and can honastly say that the school is laking in the activities department..Although our school may not have many choices to choose from,the administration is very involved in the students and their well being.Many of the faculty members are very caring,and are heartfull people...Any student capible of saying they went to hillcrest is lucky!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2007

The availability of sports and other extracurricular activities at Hillcrest Middle School is poor in comparison with other local schools who have many more activities for students. Hillcrest Middle School definitely lacks in its offerings to its students when compared to surrounding schools in the district. With some quality instructors and parent resources, I feel there is much that can be improved to provide more activity options for our students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2005

This is my child's last year at Hillcrest. It has been a good experience. Hillcrest has been a blessing considering we came from a school where the administration was really lousy. The teachers are excellent. Band and art classes are great but the sports department needs some work.
—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.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

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

All Students74%
Female78%
Male69%
African-American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial61%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White82%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabled22%
Not disabled81%
English language learners65%
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%

Math

All Students72%
Female75%
Male69%
African-American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial61%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabled7%
Not disabled80%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant72%

Science

All Students71%
Female74%
Male67%
African-American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals72%
Disabled11%
Not disabled78%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant71%

Social Studies

All Students77%
Female80%
Male73%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled27%
Not disabled84%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant77%

Writing

All Students80%
Female84%
Male76%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracial67%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled20%
Not disabled88%
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 Students76%
Female78%
Male76%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled33%
Not disabled81%
English language learners72%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant76%

Math

All Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled30%
Not disabled80%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant75%

Science

All Students73%
Female71%
Male74%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White77%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals79%
Disabled30%
Not disabled77%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant73%

Social Studies

All Students72%
Female70%
Male74%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White75%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals78%
Disabled27%
Not disabled77%
English language learners61%
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant72%

Writing

All Students86%
Female90%
Male83%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals78%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled50%
Not disabled90%
English language learners82%
Proficient in English87%
Non-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 Students76%
Female79%
Male72%
African-American58%
Asian73%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled34%
Not disabled80%
English language learners57%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant76%

Math

All Students78%
Female76%
Male79%
African-American74%
Asian91%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled28%
Not disabled83%
English language learners71%
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%

Science

All Students76%
Female77%
Male74%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled17%
Not disabled80%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant76%

Social Studies

All Students72%
Female67%
Male78%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals79%
Disabled40%
Not disabled77%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant72%

Writing

All Students87%
Female91%
Male81%
African-American76%
Asian90%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled33%
Not disabled92%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English87%
Non-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

Algebra I

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

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

37 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 66% 53%
Black 21% 36%
Hispanic 8% 7%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 35%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

Fax number
  • (864) 355-6120

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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