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Summerville High School

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 25, 2014

This school is a joke and the principal should be fired for calling the police on a 9th grader for writing a fiction story on guns. Are you kidding me! I would never in a million years send my school this bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted April 20, 2014

As a current student about to graduate, the good qualties are the honors and AP classes, however the cp classes have been terrible. There is a major lack of control and dont l learn anything over the course of the year. The faculty has both amazing teachers and horrible teachers. I've had to go back to my 9th and 10th grade teacher when current teachers are not helpful. My guidance counselor however has been amazing and very supportive 10-12th grade. The last thing is the school has way too many students and not enough control.


Posted November 8, 2013

I had 3 sons go through this school and although all graduated the fighting, bullying, lack of motivated teachers (a few i doubt were no more than full time subs), and overcrowding was a nightmare. School bus beatdowns happened frequently also which I witnessed personally while driving behind a school bus. The school is just too plain small for a student body of over 3,000 students and they have GOT TO HIRE MORE QUALIFIED GUIDANCE COUNSELORS!! There just are not enough for the amount of student per ratio. THE TOWN KEEPS ALLOWING MORE & MORE SUBDIVISIONS TO BE BUILT WITH ZERO THOUGHT AS TO WHERE THESE KIDS ARE GOING TO BE SCHOOLED!! Its gone BEYOND RIDICULOUS!! AGAIN!! BUILD MORE HIGH SCHOOLS!! ASHLEY RIDGE WAS NO MORE THAN A BAND AID!! That school is minuscule to SHS!!! Do SOMETHING WITH ALL THE TAX MONEY THOSE NEW HOUSES ARE BRINGING IN AND BUILD MORE HIGH SCHOOLS!! WHERE IS ALL THE TAX MONEY GOING IN THIS TOWN??!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

Summerville high school is a joke! While some can its great, I've seen otherwise! Between 2-4 fights on a regular basis with some starting as early as breakfast! Kids disrespecting staff, staff kissing up to students whose parents have money, students being subjected to endless racial slurs and taunts, bullying and not so kind administators to both parents and students! I heard how great this school is, but I got a first hand account that everything that glitters is not gold!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 6, 2013

This schools administration does not care about the teachers, much less the students. The assistant principal Lynne' Reeves Assistant Principal, Master Scheduler punishes the teachers for wanting to be more influential to the kids. She personally makes sure the classroom is a non learning environment. What a disgrace. She just wants to push non educated students out because they are "insignificant". Horrible.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 8, 2012

This school is far too large to be effective in teaching our children. At 3100+ enrolled students the school becomes a small city when in session. There are multiple full time police officers assigned to the school. Due to it's location the school often goes on lockdown when violent crime is reported in the adjacent neighborhood. I do have to say, however, that the new principal seems to be very effective and has a great background. Our son really enjoyed his time there and had many great friends. Academically the schools offerings are diverse and challenging. DD2 needs to keep up with it's booming population and build another high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2011

I received an excellent education at Summerville High. The Honors and AP courses I took were challenging, and I learned a great deal. I scored well on the SAT and ACT and graduated from with honors from Furman University. My teachers at SHS genuinely cared about their students' well-being and success. I remember fondly my time at Summerville and know each student can receive a high-quality education there if they put forth their best effort.


Posted October 10, 2011

My son excelled at SHS. Their math, science, and counseling staff include military veterans who, along with JROTC, are helping my son make successful applications for the Naval and Air Force Academies. My daughter had a very negative experience her freshman year. Teachers assigned to freshman academy acted more like college buddies than professionals, then struggled to contain personal feelings when they later tried to regain authority. Overall, student population is too large for the facility. Ashley Ridge should be considered when buying. The new principal (2011) is outstanding, renewing professionalism in staff dress code, staff conduct, and student leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2011

The academics at SHS if mobilized would be substantial. Our children would have purpose,vision,responsibility,opportunity and be successful members of our communities or other places they live. Our elementary schools put so much time ,energy,compassion,devotion,love and an awesome foundation of education into our children.The communicaton between parent and teacher gets lost in middle school. At SHS you have to make sure your chidren are taking the proper courses for thier desired education goals.SHS does have many chidren left by the wayside.As parents its our responsibility to instill love,morals values,beliefs,responsibiliyt, accountability,experience and goals in thier lives.Hopefully no more students with high academic achievements and community involvement won't be left behind. I feel The PTA should not worry so much about fundrasing, and more about communication from teacher to parent. and to help diminish SHS high drop out rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

The school itself was an awesome experience for myself. The school is huge but its not big enough for the overpopulation of students attending. Coming from someone who has moved around their entire life i feel like Summerville High offered the most opportunities for young adults. The cons are that with it being so BIG and with 3500 + students there is not enough supervision. I had never gotten into any trouble in my life until i graduated to a freshman and summerville high made it so easy to mess up. But overall i loved the school.!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 28, 2009

I loved going to Summerville. I can't say that I agree with all the things that the school does, but I had a lot of fun and enjoyed being a part of the green wave community.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2009

they put the children first!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

Summerville High School is the largest school in the state and has great kids and great teachers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

I am a former student and graduate of SHS and the four years I spent there were great. The teachers are very helpful and concerned with their students.


Posted February 21, 2009

First of all, Summerville High School has an extremely large student body. Many of the teachers are either not interested or overwhelmed or just bad teachers in general. I am an honor student who always had at least a 95 average in English, but when I moved, I began classes at Summerville, my grades slipped to barely passing. It was nothing on my part, the teacher was lazy and simply didn't teach. There are some really great teachers who put their all into what they do, but most (esspecially with cp classes) don't help their students to excell. The guidence counselors are impossible to get intouch with! As a senior, I think that was one of my biggest disadvantages here. The school tends to obsess over little things such as IDs and dress code violations, which in the end results in the lack of intimacy in the classroom.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2008

this school has way more advantages than others and has a willing of doing good to the students that go to this school!! great job and keep it up


Posted November 7, 2008

Summerville High has been a great high school for my three children. One graduated and is now in college. I also have a sophomore and senior attending the school. Yes, it is over crowded, but it is the size of a small college campus. I feel it will help prepare my children for the college experience. Parents need to be involved with their children. Supporting, following-up and most of all communicating with the teachers. This goes for ANY high school. Like most things in life, you get out of it what you put into it. I am pleased with the education my children have received in Dorchester District Two, thus far. They are not perfect, but do a great job, overall. With the increasing amount of discipline problems with children now days, and lack of action a teachers is able to take....I don't know how they do it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

I love Summerville High School. I attended Summerville for 2 1/2 years, and loved every minute of it. I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys not only the academic part of school, but the social aspect as well. Most of the teachers are fun and well qualified in the Honors or AP programs, but CP is rather hit or miss. If your child is well disciplined and understands what it takes to perform well in school, I recommend Summerville High. If they need a teacher all over them all the time about keeping up with school work, I recommend Pinewood.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2008

Overall it is a good school. Over crowding is a major problem (3500+ students) and with continued influx of folks to Dorchester II it will continue that way for sometime. The kids and the parents are the ones who are responsible for making sure a good education is received. If there are problems with teachers not being quailfied then they should be reported.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

Summerville is a great school. opportunities are endless and the environment is terrific. It is basically based around athletics, but you don't have to be an amazing athlete to be someone. Alsowhoever says you have to have lived here your entire life to be known is wrong. I run on the track team and all the coaches know my name. I moved here a year ago. everyone has a possitive attitude and anyone who goes there should love it.
—Submitted by a student


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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 91% in 2013.

692 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

685 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP 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 proficiency level 2.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students94%
Female94%
Male93%
African-American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals89%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled66%
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%

Math

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled43%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP 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 proficiency level 2.

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.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

704 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%
English I

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

580 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%
Physical Science

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

735 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%
U.S. History

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

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 57% in 2013.

581 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
59%
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 28% 36%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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

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1101 Boone Hill Rd
Summerville, SC 29483
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Phone: (843) 873-6460

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