School Report Cards Reveal Stark Differences Among Predominantly Black, Predominantly White High Schools

By Barney Blakeney

Last month, the S.C. Department of Education released its 2018-2019 School Report Cards.

Charleston County School District Secondary Learning Community (high schools) mission statement: “The Secondary Learning Community (SLC) in Charleston County School District believes in the connection between a positive and supportive CULTURE/CLIMATE, COLLABORATION across schools and districts, and rigorous, data-analyzed CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION to ensure students are ready for whatever they chose to do upon graduation, whether that is going directly to full-time work, into the Armed Services, to college, or any combination of these.”

These are the reports for high schools in Charleston County:

Rate score out of possible 100 maximum:

Baptist Hill – below average (47) 519 enrolled in grades 6-12

Burke – below average (43) 378 enrolled in grades 9-12

School for Math and Science – excellent (73) 561 enrolled in grades  6-12

Garrett Academy of Technology – average (58)  304 enrolled in grades 9-12

North Charleston – below average (41) 659 enrolled in grades 9-12

Military Magnet – good (62) 462 enrolled in grades 6-12

R.B. Stall – below average (40) 1,520 enrolled in grades 9-12

St. John’s – below average (47) 340 enrolled in grades 9-12

West Ashley – average (56) 1,701 enrolled in grades 9-12

Ratings lowest to highest:

Stall, 40; N.Chas.; 41; Burke, 43; Baptist Hill, 47; West Ashley, 56; Garrett, 58; Military Magnet, 62; school Math and Science, 73

Academic Magnet – excellent (97) 655 enrolled in grades 9-12

Charleston County School of the Arts – excellent (87)  1,110 enrolled in grades 6-12

Wando – excellent (78) 3,953 enrolled in grades 9-12

James Island Charter – excellent (73) 1,570 enrolled in grades 9-12

Contrast James Island/Stall:

James Island Charter – excellent (73) 1,570 enrolled in grades 9-12

R.B. Stall – below average (40) 1,520 enrolled in grades 9-12

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