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Northside Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 573 students

 
 

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Posted July 31, 2013

Northside Middle School is lacking when it comes to challenging course work. No foreign languages. All non sport extracurricular activities have been eliminated. No clubs are offered. The no backpack rule for the school is awful. Both of my students have lost numerous books, folders etc. In my opinion the school is on the decline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2012

The best school ever! I love it tooooo death! I love all the staff in the school!


Posted April 5, 2012

I currently have a child in the 7th grade at Northside and have had a child at this school for the past 5 years. The principal and assistant principal are responsive and highly involved with the students. I think there is a good atmosphere for learning in the school and good positive parent involvement. That being said, I do think the school could offer more challenging coursework and a wider array of elective subjects, but much of that is due to the school district Northside is in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

This school continues to slip in the ratings. It's a "6" now. I plan to move before I send my next child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

I went to Northside Middle School, my child is going there now and Northside is where I began my passion in writing poetry!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

I am really shocked by the type of teachers they allow in schools these days. It would be a stretch to think that any of my childs teachers like children in any way. This is a school that does not challenge their minds and when a child is interested and questions things for learning sake they are disciplined. A simple failure to raise your hand in class lands your child in detention and the label of a problem child. Part of teaching for these age groups includes a bit of baby sitting and if a teacher can not handle the fact that kids occassionally talk out of turn then they should be teaching college students not primary and middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

I have been an NMS parent for 5 years and the experience has been excellent. My children have definitely been challenged academically and the teachers have been wonderful. I have found Northside to be a positive environment in all aspects. I would encourage you to speak with one of the administrators at the school if you have specific concerns so that the issue can be addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

We are very pleased with the curriculum, leadership, teachers and entire environment at Northside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

I love Northside it's the best School i've ever went to. The students and teachers are great. I recommend this shool to any newcomers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2007

I'm a student at Northside Middle School and I'm glad that I go there to get a good education. The teachers at this school are awesome
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2007

I am a proud student of Northside middle school, and I think it is great! All the extracurricular activity's are really good. For example, they have a sculpture class that is very fun for students because we get to handle clay. The teacher's are really nice and supportive of their students. The teacher's want to help make the kids the best they can be, and they are doing it! Over all, Northside is a great school, and a any kid who goes their is having a great experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2005

Amen, to the person who posted the crititism of Northside's principal, Ronnie Thompkins leaves a lot to be desired! We have had much the same experience at Northside. Poor communication, bad attitudes. Poor or no response from the District. I thought this school was supposed to be 'the best' Middle School in the District. If it is, we are all in trouble. Palmetto's Finest! What a joke!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2005

Northside is the best school I could ask for. My daughter has lots of friends and wonderful teachers. The sports teams are great and the other extra curricular activities are LOTS of fun! I love Northside and my daughter does too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2004

This school's guidance counselors and principal are obstacles to the parents being involved with their child's academic and overall development. I have experience with many other schools in and out of South Carolina and I have never known any parent to have as much difficulty communicating with staff and teachers as I have at Northside. Their inaction is a direct violation of SC Law. I expressed my concerns to the District and State Superintendents to no avail. Northside Middle School is a perfect example of why SC ranks last in SAT scores in the US. I regret my child is there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2003

The staff and teachers are always willing to take the time to talk to you and spend extra time with the kids to make sure they are being taught not pushed to pass the PACT exam. We are proud to be a part of this school!
—Submitted by a parent


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.

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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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
59%
Social Studies

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Writing

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

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

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

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled33%
Not disabled84%
English language learners52%
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant77%

Math

All Students57%
Female55%
Male58%
African-American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White71%
Subsidized meals36%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabled0%
Not disabled66%
English language learners35%
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant57%

Science

All Students71%
Female65%
Male78%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled33%
Not disabled78%
English language learners60%
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant71%

Social Studies

All Students87%
Female84%
Male90%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled58%
Not disabled92%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant87%

Writing

All Students79%
Female76%
Male82%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled30%
Not disabled87%
English language learners58%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant79%
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 Students84%
Female92%
Male77%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled39%
Not disabled91%
English language learners79%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%

Math

All Students71%
Female73%
Male69%
African-American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled35%
Not disabled76%
English language learners71%
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant71%

Science

All Students80%
Female88%
Male72%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled35%
Not disabled86%
English language learners63%
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant80%

Social Studies

All Students76%
Female80%
Male71%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled26%
Not disabled83%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant76%

Writing

All Students85%
Female93%
Male77%
African-American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled39%
Not disabled93%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant85%
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%
Female80%
Male67%
African-American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled30%
Not disabled81%
English language learners75%
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%

Math

All Students70%
Female71%
Male68%
African-American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Subsidized meals57%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled26%
Not disabled77%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant70%

Science

All Students77%
Female76%
Male78%
African-American48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled30%
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant77%

Social Studies

All Students75%
Female72%
Male78%
African-American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled41%
Not disabled83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant75%

Writing

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled41%
Not disabled90%
English language learners82%
Proficient in English83%
Not 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

72 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.

100 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

 
 
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 53% 53%
Black 31% 36%
Hispanic 12% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 3%
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 60%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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