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6-8
Public
Summerville, SC
Students enrolled: 660

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815 South Main St
Summerville, SC 29483

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(843) 873-3610
(843) 821-3985
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December 09, 2013
I attended Rollings from 2002-2005 and despite basic middle school drama (cliques, bullying, etc.), I loved it. My core was Creative Writing (back when it was still a core!), but the teachers always encouraged us to explore all areas of the arts. Because of this school, I have breezed through writing all of my papers in high school and college, I have had several pieces published, I have cultivated a love for dance, and I am a professional actress. I would say my experience is unique, but my friends who attended here (many of whom I am still friends with!) have had professional success in what were their core areas--some are journalists, some are professional artists, and some are teachers. I now attend the University of South Carolina and STILL spot people wearing Rollings t-shirts around campus every now and then--that's always a conversation starter! Attending Rollings gives people a permanent bond because it is such a unique experience. I would not have traded it for anything. Do whatever you can to get your child into this school, because it will literally change the course of their life.

- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2013
My cousin and I are joining rolling and auditions are in January so give us luck!!!

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2013
I was a student at Rollings Middle School about 8 years ago in the Theatre Arts program. I remember hearing horror stories about middle school and being so worried about what was in store for me. All i have to say is thank god I was accepted and went to Rollings for my three years of middle school because all those worries were immediately washed away. I'm currently in my 20's and can say that my three years at Rollings are still the best years of my life. I made my best friends there who have stayed by my side up to this point in my college life.. Going to a school that encouraged free thinking, open mindedness, and creativity has been the best thing for my future. Rollings student's are the kids out in the world today making great grades at distinguishable universities in rigorous majors. If you're a parent with a child in a Dorchester District 2 elementary school it would be in your best interest to do everything in your power to ensure your child attends Rollings Middle School of the Arts assuming you're worried about their future. It's an eight hour investment now that will more than likely pay off eight fold in the future not to mention they're bound to love every minute

- submitted by a community member
May 10, 2012
My son is finishing his first year there, we live this school. To the parent who wrote they hate this school because of a locker, really you need to grow up. A locker, is the reason you hate something you need to really need to see what the school is about because it's clear you don't. A locker, really, get a life.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2011
I have a rising eigth grader and a rising sixth grader attending RMSA. It's not a perfect school, but my children are proud of attending their school. For the older child, attending RMSA has been a life-changing experience. There are wonderful, talented and committed teachers but also average or slightly below average teachers too. The atmosphere of the school is exciting and focused on academics and arts. Very positive place overall!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
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- submitted by a student
April 12, 2010
I hate this school it's very annoying my son was so unhappy about not having lockers thatwas the only thing he wasexcited for and he didn't get to do it we are very unhappy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2009
I just graduated from Rollings, and am headed on to high school. I have to say, this is an awesome school. The teachers are all very helpful, and so is the rest of the staff. Since it a a relatively smaller school, they really get to know all of the students. The students are great too. There were absolutely NO fights or anything major to go one in the years I went there. Sure, the kids will act the same; you will have your cliques and so on and so forth, but there aren't any major problems. The sports teams are getting better and better, and the coaches are great! I was on a lot of the sports teams, so I would know :) Anyways, this school has a great atmosphere and I encourage everybody to try out!

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2009
this school is a really fun school, and most of the teachers are awsome. since its an art school you can miss a few classes every now an then to watch a play or dance performance, which i'm sure every student would like. there is never any fights in this school, but there are lots of cliques.more than half the girls at the school are mean, and will make fun of you because of what you look like or, what you wear,or who you hang out with.

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 13, 2008
Rollings is by far a great experience for any middler schooler. I have had 2 children at the school. The pricipals, teachers, and students are like a family. The curriculm is quite challenging especially the GATE classes, but the students gain so much from them. If there is a problem teachers are easily reached and the conferences reach resolution quickly. Student are there because they want to be there. They work hard and it pays off. It has been a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2008
I am currently a 7th grader at this school and my experience has been extraordinary. You really feel welcome when you walk through the doors. Academics aren't the only things that excell at rollings, the sports are great too. i encourage anyone to try out.

- submitted by a student
January 28, 2008
RMSA has such a unique learning environment. When I walked in the front door today, the vocal class was singing beautifully. And kids were visible on the stage of the auditorium receiving instruction from their teacher. Classical music is often playing throughout the school. It puts me in mind of the school Hillary Duff's character attended in the movie 'Raise your Voice.' My daughter is a Visual Arts student and she loves her experience at Rollings. They are top notch and a recipient of Palmetto's Finest last year!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
Rollings is without a doubt the best school in the state. The teachers are absolutely top-notch, and they create a 'family' atmosphere where kids are challenged, encouraged and respected. Parents are welcomed, and kept informed. My 6th grader is excited about learning and wants to go to school every day. She feels confident and accepted. While the district continues to sacrifice quality in Dorchester II schools for growth and place emphasis on athletics vs, arts and academics, Rollings remains a safe, supportive, nurturing, fun environment for those students who are fortunate enough to attend. Do whatever it takes to get your child to the audition!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
I have two children at this school. I feel fortunate to live in a school district that places such a high value on arts education in addition to academic excellence. This school has to be one of the best in the country.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2007
This is a great school. I feel safe and blessed to be sending my child here. There is not a better school in Summerville.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
I was a student at rollings a couple of years ago and I just happened to stumble across this page. This is one of the best schools in the nation. The stairs are'nt that hard to climb, the teachers are not mean. School security and discispline are very good. And the school may be old but how can you reverse time. The school is kept clean the bathrooms arent the best but the school is over 80 years old! This school is highly highly recomended.

- submitted by a former student
April 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 20, 2007
I am currently a student at RMSA. I am in the 7th grade. Most of my teachers are nice. My older sister went to Rollings when it was an elementary school and middle school, she loved it. Rollings is not a privet school but just a school with core areas The top four problems for me are the stairs, no lockers, having to go to another school on a bus and then change buses to get home, and only having two minutes to get in between classes. The education here is great even though we do get a lot of homework. Rollings is one of the top three schools in SC. I recommend your child audition for Rollings because they will have great opportunities here.

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2006
I am a student at this school, and it is horrible! I can't stand this school. I want to go to DuBose but my parents won't let me. I advise any students who are thinking of going here to not go! The students are mean, the teachers are mean, and the school is a wreck!

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2006
This is the most wonderful school. It is an environment where most of the kids are there because they want to be, and their academics are very important to them. This school has taught my 3 children self discipline, organization, and how to be independent learners. They enjoy their school environment, and learning is fun! My children have loved most all of their teachers over their 3 years there, and most of their teachers have made a great impact on their lives. In my opinion, the academic programs are second to none. There are numerous forms of art and music that your child can choose to learn. Your child has the opportunity to play nearly any sport any other school offers, and like academics, Rollings sports teams excel as well. Parent envolvement is tremendous. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
I go to Rollings. This will be my last year here. i have enjoyed singing(because i am in the vocal), seing the dancers, the visual arts and all the other cores perform. I have learned so much in the past three years. I don't think I would want to go to school anywhere else!

- submitted by a student
May 01, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 17, 2006
I am currently at Rollings Middle School of the Arts. The classes are usually great. I usually have a good time in all my classes. Some teachers will get on your nerves but youll just have to get over it. You ave to be tough. Principals and teachers at the school will team up even if there wrong. They will respnd differently arond students by the themselves and when there patents are there. dont be afraid to shine. Dont try to be popular stand out on the dfirst day of school and have a good popular year. I feel welcome when I walk in to the door. If your a sixtrh grader and you get pickied on by some people who think that they are popular. That will end near the middle of eight grade. Most of the teachers will probably make you made but just beat them at there game!

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2006
I have been at Rollings for three year and I always feel welcomed when coming into the door. Since I am a student here at Rollings I do know alot about teacher and parent involvement. All teachers that I have had or my friend's have had are very nice and teach you what is needed,at certain schools teachers will just talk and make you write things down here you get involved with learning parents always have a chance to be involved thanks to Intouch and teacher parent conferences whenever needed. Sports that we have at Rollings are extraordinary but we donot have a great selection, I would love to see more sports added especially for the female population. Principals are very superb and have been awesome leaders and helpers thourghout my years at Rollings. Rollings is a great experience. Rollings great atmosphere will also stun you so please come visit.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 21, 2005
This school is the greatest! I only wish my younger son would have gotten in too! The teachers are great at communicating & letting you know if your child's grades or conduct are slipping. My only other regret is that my son is in 8th grade & I wish Rollings went to 12th. I have nightmares knowing my other son has to go to another middle school next year which already at parent orientation has been giving 'excuses' for not having things like teachers websites and mygradebook.com which has been invaluable to the students/parents at Rollings. They're in the same school district...why not?

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2005
This school is a school of the ART'S and yes you have 80 minutes a day in you art core. This school is not what it is made out to be. I was a very active parent at this school and saw everything good and bad and I saw a lot of bad. students smoking in the bathrooms Bullying, sexual harrassment, sexism and nothing but a slap on the hand. Yes, there is a police officer in the school at all times and still nothing happens to these children. Let us please not forget these are children ages 11-13 and nobody thinks these children should be punished for these things.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2004
I think I'm more excited than my 6th grader about being at this school. It has been a great experience so far. The teachers are very helpful and show a deep concern for their students' education. This is the school that my mother went to in high school, so that makes it special too. It is unfortunate that the kids don't have lockers, but they are issued two sets of books so that they don't have to carry them in their bookbags. One set is for school and one is for home. I'm looking forward to the first report card to see how my child is doing. We've had an A-B honor roll since the 2nd grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2004
We have had 3 children attend this school. New Principal this year,so some changes.Teachers give %110 all the time.Teachers work longer then necc.hours on ext.cir acctivies.Stundents, parents,staff and teachers work together. Orginally the Distrist promised to add grades,so it would be from Kindergarden to 12th grade, not now, this was changed 3-4years ago,no space,money,room,or District intrest.Our stage is always used for other func.for other schools,not allways RMSA related.We do not areas where Theater and Dance students can change,store or make costumes.Makeshift rooms for art,strings. Libary is very old and small and desperatly needs books that go with the cores the students study. Oldest building in dist., no lockers. School is ruled by SummmerevillHighSchool football games-that ALLWAYS comes first in this Dist. Most students really love this school,alumni students return as volunteers/student teachers.Partent volunters are warmly encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2004
Nationally recognized school of the arts. Gifted program classes surpassed district public or private schools hands down. Experienced,highly-educated staff are motivated and enthusiastic about learning and challenging the students. Top 5 in the USA for school of the arts in 2003-2004. RMSA PTA won countless state awards for parent involvement, programs,participation, and Outstanding Principal. Well-rounded student body. Students at RMSA are there because they want to be. Best learning environment. I look forward to two more years of this school - wish it could be more.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2004
I am pleased with every aspect of this school and the extra curricular activities it offers. Teacher commitment is unsurpassed. Best school in Dorchester. Very competitive to get in but worth the anxiety of tryouts. All cores are excellent and Principal and VP are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2003
You couldn't get a better school for your kids. We are so fortunate! This is truly a unique learning environment, where everyone is strongly encouraged to reach their potential both academically and artistically.

- submitted by a parent
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Rollings Middle School Of The Arts
815 South Main St, Summerville, SC  29483
(843) 873-3610
Last modified Rollings Middle School Of The Arts is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rollings Middle School Of The Arts Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top