1315 Boston Avenue
West Columbia, SC 29170
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
7/
10
Top 50%
Airport High School serves 1,337 students in grades 9-12.
Airport High School placed in the top 50% of all schools in South Carolina for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 44% (which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 46%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 71% (which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 48%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the South Carolina state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 54% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 51% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,337 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 54%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 77% (Btm 50% in SC)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 44% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 71% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Airport High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in South Carolina for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Airport High School's student population of 1,337 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 75 teachers has declined by 10% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
1,337 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
75 teachers
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School Rankings

Airport High School is ranked within the top 50% of all 1,149 schools in South Carolina (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Airport High School is 0.66, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (SC)
Overall Testing Rank
#370 out of 1149 schools
(Top 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
44%
46%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
71%
48%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
1%
2%
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Hispanic
15%
11%
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Black
33%
33%
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White
46%
49%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
5%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.66
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Graduation Rate
77%
84%
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
52%
59%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
3%
3%
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School District Name
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Airport High School's ranking?

Airport High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in South Carolina for: Highest reading/language arts proficiency (Top 20%).

What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

44% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 46% SC state average), while 71% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 48% SC state average).

What is the graduation rate of Airport High School?

The graduation rate of Airport High School is 77%, which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 84%.

How many students attend Airport High School?

1,337 students attend Airport High School.

What is the ethnic breakdown of the student body?

46% of Airport High School students are White, 33% of students are Black, 15% of students are Hispanic, 5% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are Asian.

What is the student:teacher ratio of Airport High School?

Airport High School has a student ration of 18:1, which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 14:1.

What grades does Airport High School offer ?

Airport High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12 (offers virtual instruction).

School Reviews

5   3/14/2014
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 - dotdo
5   10/24/2009
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 - luvbr
2   4/25/2009
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 - alksd

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,337 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 54%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 77% (Btm 50%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 44% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 71% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

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