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Rollings Middle School Of The Arts

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Posted December 9, 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.


Posted November 17, 2013

My cousin and I are joining rolling and auditions are in January so give us luck!!!


Posted June 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted July 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2011

 
 
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97%
Writing

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Social Studies

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students97%
Female99%
Male94%
African-American95%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals92%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-migrant97%

Math

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
African-American91%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals94%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-migrant97%

Science

All Students95%
Female96%
Male94%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female99%
Male94%
African-American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Subsidized meals90%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-migrant97%

Writing

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
African-American100%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Subsidized meals100%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Non-migrant99%
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 Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
African-American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals92%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-migrant97%

Math

All Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
African-American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals94%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Non-migrant98%

Science

All Students98%
Female99%
Male95%
African-American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals95%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Non-migrant98%

Social Studies

All Students93%
Female94%
Male93%
African-American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals89%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant93%

Writing

All Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
African-American97%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals97%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Non-migrant98%
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 Students92%
Female95%
Male87%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%

Math

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
African-American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-migrant97%

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
African-American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-migrant97%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female99%
Male95%
African-American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Subsidized meals85%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-migrant97%

Writing

All Students98%
Female100%
Male95%
African-American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Subsidized meals92%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Non-migrant98%
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.

106 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

 
 
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Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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English I

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

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

2013

 
 
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Physical Science

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

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U.S. History

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

2013

 
 
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U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 57% 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 74% 53%
Black 15% 36%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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