Dent Middle School

2721 Decker Boulevard
Columbia, SC 29206
(School attendance zone shown in map)
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Serving 1,133 students in grades 6-8, Dent Middle School ranks in the bottom 50% of all schools in South Carolina for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%).
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 25% (which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 39%). The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 42% (which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 48%).
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the South Carolina state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 85% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 52% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Magnet School
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 1,133 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 85%
  • : Bottom 50% in SC
  • : 25% (Btm 50%)
  • : 42% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Dent Middle School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in South Carolina for:

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School Overview

Dent Middle School's student population of 1,133 students has declined by 10% over five school years.
The teacher population of 87 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
School Type
Grades Offered
Grades 6-8
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
1,133 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
87 teachers
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School Rankings

Dent Middle School ranks within the bottom 50% of all 1,095 schools in South Carolina (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data).
The diversity score of Dent Middle School is 0.60, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
This School
State Level (SC)
#702 out of 1095 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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25%
39%
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42%
48%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Dent Middle School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of South Carolina by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
5%
2%
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Hispanic
17%
12%
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Black
59%
32%
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White
15%
48%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
4%
6%
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All Ethnic Groups
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0.60
This chart display the diversity score of Dent Middle School and the public school average diversity score of South Carolina by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
100%
60%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (20-21)
6%
3%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Dent Middle School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in South Carolina by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
School District Name
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dent Middle School's ranking?
Dent Middle School is ranked #702 out of 1,095 schools, which ranks it among the bottom 50% of public schools in South Carolina.
What schools are Dent Middle School often compared to?
Dent Middle Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Blythewood Middle School, Hand Middle School, E. L. Wright Middle School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
25% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 39% SC state average), while 42% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 48% SC state average).
How many students attend Dent Middle School?
1,133 students attend Dent Middle School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
59% of Dent Middle School students are Black, 17% of students are Hispanic, 15% of students are White, 5% of students are Asian, and 4% of students are Two or more races.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Dent Middle School?
Dent Middle School has a student ration of 13:1, which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 14:1.
What grades does Dent Middle School offer ?
Dent Middle School offers enrollment in grades 6-8 (offers virtual instruction).
What school district is Dent Middle School part of?
Dent Middle School is part of Richland 02 School District.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Magnet School
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 1,133 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 85%
  • : Bottom 50%
  • : 25% (Btm 50%)
  • : 42% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

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