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Alston Middle School

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4 stars

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Posted February 24, 2014

I voted for the tax increase for DD2 schools for improvements that would be made to schools needing updated facilitys. Alston is long overdue for improvements to its facilities. One that should be a serious concern being the unlocked doors for anyone to enter during school hours having access to the hallways. To my knowledge the doors at the back of the school are the concern. After discussing my concertn with the principal, he explained there was nothing he could do to lock doors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2013

We are Military and move a lot. My son has only attended one year here and that is the eight grade. I can't say one bad thing for this school. My son left a highly rated school and did not do so good, but he came here and the atmosphere excelled his grades and his confidence.I am leaving Summerville with great thanks to all the teachers and staff at Alston. This is a Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Alston Middle School is a excellent place! They also have great classes for the special needs. Go Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

Alston Middle is a awsome place to go ! We have so many programs that other schools dont have . It is going to be hard to leave that school this year ! If you have a choice send your child its here !
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2009

Iam a 6th grade studant and I think the school is great .Miss Prosser rocks and all of the techers are awsome in team 2 . but i think we should have shorter guidance grahms
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2009

Principal Sam Clark has put Alston first every day of his career, he loves the teachers and the children. My daughter loves Alston, and has many friends there. A school is only as good as the people in it and who support it, and here in Summerville we have a lot of supportive parents and teachers who want the best for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Alston is a great place to work!!! Great staff, great students, great people!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 20, 2009

My daughter goes to Alston and it has made a big change since last year. She tansfered last year and her grade shot up. Awesome school and awesome teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

This school is as good as Rollings but you dont try out. You can do many things here. The teachers work really hard and are nice. We have band, chorus, dance, guitar, writing, keyboard, art, spanish, piano, orchestra-strings, academic classes. if you have the chance, send your child here, you will be happy and relax
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2009

this is a students point of view: i am not a big fan of alston bacause of some reasons. the principle won't always help u when needed and when u need to talk to them they say 'i'm busy i'll call you up later to my office'..but they never will..well i got to go so that is just one story
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2008

I go to Alston. It is pretty good. I think it would be really cool if we had someway to tell what we think is wrong with the school so that it can improve even more. Like maybe a suggestion box or something.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2008

My daughter is attending Alston this year after attending another DD2 middle school last year. What a difference! She loves it! The principal is AMAZING and so is the arts program! We are moving this summer and are having a hard time finding schools that can meet the standards of Alston. If your child has the chance to attend Alston, consider yourself blessed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2008

A wonderful place to work. Excellent principal leadership combined with knowledgeable, caring teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 15, 2008

This school is very creative in activites & chore (extracurricular) activities, but needs some work on student grades.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2007

This is my school I think that it is great and the faculty does wonderful things for us.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

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

The state average for English/Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled42%
Not disabled89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%

Math

All Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial85%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled46%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%

Science

All Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled25%
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%

Social Studies

All Students90%
Female87%
Male92%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals85%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled79%
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%

Writing

All Students83%
Female89%
Male77%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial77%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled38%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male72%
African-American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled47%
Not disabled78%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant75%

Math

All Students68%
Female71%
Male65%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals79%
Disabled31%
Not disabled72%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant68%

Science

All Students76%
Female82%
Male70%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled41%
Not disabled80%
English language learners75%
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%

Social Studies

All Students70%
Female69%
Male71%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White78%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals78%
Disabled38%
Not disabled74%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant70%

Writing

All Students78%
Female87%
Male69%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled31%
Not disabled83%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%
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%
Female73%
Male72%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled24%
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant73%

Math

All Students71%
Female70%
Male72%
African-American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White82%
Subsidized meals57%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled36%
Not disabled76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%

Science

All Students76%
Female79%
Male73%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled30%
Not disabled84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%

Social Studies

All Students70%
Female61%
Male78%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled31%
Not disabled74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant70%

Writing

All Students81%
Female86%
Male77%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled36%
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%
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.

46 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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

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 55% 53%
Black 38% 36%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 49%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 Bryan St
Summerville, SC 29483
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Phone: (843) 873-3890

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