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Northwest Middle School

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Posted January 30, 2013

My daughter is at this school and I'm glad it is her last year there. There is no discipline in the school. Terrible things happen and they are covered up by the administration. The teachers I've talked to say that they are no longer allowed to discipline students in any way and that the administration doesn't either. All they do is call parents. There are fights there on a weekly basis. The kids are stressed, the scores are dropping, and the teachers are jumping ship. Something needs to change. It used to be a good school. Also, from reading some of these reviews I can't help but think they are not by real parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2012

My child just finished her 8th grade year at Northwest Middle. She has enjoyed her time there, and we have been pleased. The school offers several extracurricular activities/sports and a rigorous curriculum. The teachers are extremely welcoming and helpful. They offer many opportunities for extra help or enrichment. The PTA has a large group of volunteers and their presence is welcome from the faculty and administration. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

we need achange high up at nortwest our kids or stuck in aclass room all day wothout any fisical activity most of our kids are obese and our school does not care they will not let your kids go to the restroom when they need to either. I promise you they are doing a job they do not care one thing about your child my child was not aloud to go to the restroom even the guy at the school district started laughing when I told him somebody needed to looose thier job for making my 12 yearold son stand outside and go in his pants
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2010

I had three sons go through NW and all did well. The school does the best with what it is given and truly seeks to leave no child behind. Dedicated teachers and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

The school has excellent leadership in principal Lee Givens. He is a 'strong presence' with students, expecting appropriate behavior. With me as a parent, he was very respectful and attempted to help me with my problem. The school's atmosphere is warm, with visible discipline--perfect for middle schoolers! When at the end of the year I went to his office to thank him for a good year, he nearly fainted! He said that this almost never happens. Parents, we need to do more to encourage those who are doing an exceptional job. When my son was in 6th grade, a new police officer was hired for Northwest. I asked the officer how his year was going, and he said that he had nothing to do! He raved that it was a night and day difference (a paraphrase) compared to the last school where he worked. A huge fan of Northwest
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2008

my daughter goes to northwest middle and is living in a mess, the school has no control at all over anything that goes on there or on the bus. I think I am gona home school her next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2008

Northweat is a great school! All the teachers are really great and very nice, at least as much as the next teacher. The band is the best in the nation too, literally.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2007

Over all,I would have to say the our experience at Northwest Middle has been a positive one. For the most part, the teachers my daughter has had have been excellent teachers and very caring teachers. They take a personal interest in the students who are trying hard and taking school seriously. Like most other schools, I have seen, the teachers are overwhelmed with extra curricular activities, committees, and rediculous requirements put on them by the State Dept. The teachers are under a great deal of stress to get objectives taught within the state time frame. I'm not sure how Northwest compares to other middle schools, but we have been pleased and have been happy with our child's level of progress.
—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.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
50%
Social Studies

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

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

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

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
41%
Writing

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%
Social Studies

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

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students71%
Female73%
Male69%
African-American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White77%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals81%
Disabled26%
Not disabled79%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant71%

Math

All Students71%
Female75%
Male66%
African-American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White75%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled21%
Not disabled80%
English language learners55%
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant71%

Science

All Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
African-American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled11%
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant68%

Social Studies

All Students64%
Female62%
Male66%
African-American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals75%
Disabled25%
Not disabled72%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant64%

Writing

All Students73%
Female80%
Male66%
African-American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White77%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled25%
Not disabled82%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant73%
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%
Female75%
Male70%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White73%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled31%
Not disabled82%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%

Math

All Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled37%
Not disabled89%
English language learners82%
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant79%

Science

All Students71%
Female69%
Male73%
African-American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White71%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled35%
Not disabled80%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant71%

Social Studies

All Students66%
Female64%
Male68%
African-American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White68%
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled29%
Not disabled75%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant66%

Writing

All Students70%
Female81%
Male59%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White71%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled18%
Not disabled83%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant70%
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 Students62%
Female67%
Male57%
African-American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White64%
Subsidized meals53%
Full-pay meals73%
Disabled22%
Not disabled72%
English language learners57%
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant62%

Math

All Students60%
Female66%
Male54%
African-American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White62%
Subsidized meals51%
Full-pay meals70%
Disabled18%
Not disabled70%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant60%

Science

All Students62%
Female70%
Male54%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Subsidized meals53%
Full-pay meals73%
Disabled14%
Not disabled73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant62%

Social Studies

All Students65%
Female66%
Male65%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals68%
Disabled27%
Not disabled75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant65%

Writing

All Students68%
Female77%
Male59%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White70%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabled25%
Not disabled77%
English language learners71%
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant68%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

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.

63 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 83% 53%
Black 8% 36%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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 56%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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

Fax number
  • (864) 355-6920

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Travelers Rest, SC 29690
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