2721 Decker Boulevard
Columbia, SC 29206
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Dent Middle School serves 1,196 students in grades 6-8.
Dent Middle School placed 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%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 34% (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 42% (which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 48%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is equal to the South Carolina state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 86% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 51% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: Magnet School
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 1,196 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 86%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50% in SC
  • Math Proficiency
    : 34% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 42% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

School Overview

Dent Middle School's student population of 1,196 students has stayed relatively flat 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
1,196 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
87 teachers
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School Rankings

Dent Middle School is ranked within the bottom 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 Dent Middle School is 0.58, 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.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (SC)
Overall Testing Rank
#755 out of 1149 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
34%
46%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
42%
48%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
5%
2%
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Hispanic
16%
11%
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Black
61%
33%
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White
14%
49%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
4%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.58
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
60%
59%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
6%
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 percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

34% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 46% 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?

1,196 students attend Dent Middle School.

What is the ethnic breakdown of the student body?

61% of Dent Middle School students are Black, 16% of students are Hispanic, 14% 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 14:1, which is equal to 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).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: Magnet School
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 1,196 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 86%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 34% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 42% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

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