Airport High School

1315 Boston Ave,

West Columbia, SC, 29170-2125

Tel: (803)822-5600
Grades: 9-12

1,333 students

Airport High School serves 1,333 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is equal to the SC average of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 48%.
Airport High School operates within the Lexington 02 School District.
The school district's 67% graduation rate is higher than the SC state average of 66%.

Overview

The student population of 1333 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 83 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,333 students
Airport High School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 49% Male / 51%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 83 teachers
Airport High School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade Airport High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has increased from 15:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.57 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (SC) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1 16:1
Airport High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
n/a
1%
Airport High School Asian (1994-2012)
Hispanic
4%
7%
Airport High School Hispanic (1992-2012)
Black
34%
37%
Airport High School Black (1988-2012)
White
56%
52%
Airport High School White (1988-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Airport High School Sch Ethnicity Airport High School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.57 0.70
Airport High School Diversity Score (1988-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
47%
51%
Airport High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1991-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
7%
7%
Airport High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 8,854 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 67% has decreased from 96% over five years.
School District Name Lexington 02 School District
Number of Schools
Managed
15
7
Number of Students Managed 8,854 4,051
Lexington 02 School District Number of Students Managed (1988-2012)
Graduation Rate 67% 66%
Lexington 02 School District Graduation Rate (2001-2009)
District Total Revenue $89 MM $37 MM
Lexington 02 School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $92 MM $43 MM
Lexington 02 School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $9,949 $9,170
Lexington 02 School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $10,302 $10,604
Lexington 02 School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, SC Dept. of Education

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Brookland-cayce Senior High School (3.5 miles away).
The nearest middle school is R. H. Fulmer Middle School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Springdale Elementary School (1.5 miles away)
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School Reviews

  • Recommended March 14, 2014 - I graduated from Airport High in 1966 and am very proud that of that. I was a cheerleader of the basketball and football teams. Those years were the best times of my life. - Posted by Student/Alumni
  • Recommended October 24, 2009 - I am proud to be a graduate of Airport High School. The faculty and staff hold students to high standards and encourage every student to strive to do above what they consider their "best". There are a multitude of activities for the students to be involved in from fine arts, to student government, to ROTC, to athletics. The ROTC Drill Team places nationally at competitions, the fine arts programs win numerous awards at competitions, and the athletic teams are consistently making it to the state playoffs and contending for region titles. I recently read that Airport received the Palmetto Gold Award and are an exemplary writing school. The same article also stated that the 2009 graduating class received a record amount of scholarship money--$6.9 Million. Airport also offers Career and Technology classes that the students can become licensed or certified in such as cosmetology and automotive technology. The facilities are much improved since I was there. They have a new basketball arena, media center, cafeteria, and auditorium. The inside of the building has also been renovated. I personally feel that unless you have 100% of parental involvement then you always need to improve. I don't know of any school that doesn't need to improve in that area. - Posted by Student/Alumni
  • Recommended April 25, 2009 - Quality of academic programs are poor, teachers simply give assignments with no direction and there are so many poor performers in the classroom that they are distractions to others. Teachers ignore struggling students and chalk it up to not studying rather than simply not understanding the concepts. Music, art, and sports programs are great and are almost all Airport faculty members as well as students care about. Athletic awards, great. Academic awards, not so great. Facilities are great, just been renovated and the classrooms are new as well as bathrooms. Level of parent involvement would be none at all unless your child is on a sports team. - Posted by Student/Alumni

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West Columbia, SC public schools have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.58, which is higher than the South Carolina average of 0.42. The most diverse school in West Columbia is Brookland Cayce No. 1 Elementary School. Read more about public school diversity statistics in South Carolina or national school diversity statistics.