South Carolina Science Academy

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  • South Carolina Science Academy serves 149 students in grades 6-11.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 15-19% (which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 44%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 20-24% (which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 43%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the South Carolina state level of 16:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 80% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 49%.

School Overview

  • South Carolina Science Academy's student population of 149 students has declined by 24% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 12 teachers has declined by 14% over five school years.
School TypeCharter School
Grades OfferedGrades 6-11
Total Students149 students
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Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
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Students by GradeThis chart display the students of South Carolina Science Academy by grade.

School Comparison

  • South Carolina Science Academy's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 14:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of South Carolina Science Academy is 0.43, which is equal to the diversity score at state average of 0.43. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (SC)
Overall School Rank#888 out of 1,130 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)15-19%
44%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of South Carolina Science Academy and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in South Carolina by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)20-24%
43%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of South Carolina Science Academy 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 2016-17 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio12:116:1
This chart display the student teacher ratio of South Carolina Science Academy and the public school average student teacher ratio of South Carolina by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Hispanic
6%
9%
Black
73%
34%
White
20%
51%
Two or more races
1%
4%
All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in South Carolina Science Academy.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in SC.
Diversity Score0.430.43
This chart display the diversity score of South Carolina Science Academy and the public school average diversity score of South Carolina by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunch
30%
64%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in South Carolina Science Academy and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in South Carolina by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
5%
3%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in South Carolina Science Academy and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in South Carolina by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameSC Public Charter School District

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Adopt a Highway, Beta Club, Chorus, Dance, Gaming Club, Honor Society, Junior Beta Club, National Honor Society, Prom Committee, Red Ribbon Committee, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Choi
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, SC Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • The South Carolina Science Academy (SCSA) is a publicly funded school and learning laboratory that focuses on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM). This is an academically rigorous middle and high school that serves over 150 students from across the state of South Carolina in grades 6-12.SCSA`s vision to achieve academic excellence by providing a 21st century, STEM-centric education began with a passionate, committed group of educators, community leaders, and parents who believed in public school choice for all students.Observing the lack of focus on STEM education and project-based learning in the traditional school setting, SCSA`s leaders created a school that specifically addresses these issues. In creating SCSA the leaders focused on what a modern student would need to be successful in an ever-changing academic as well as employment landscape. In addition to receiving South Carolina public funding for initiatives, these trend-setters have garnered a half a million dollars to plan and implement the school. Additionally the SCSA has received a ten-year charter, has been approved the by the South Carolina Department of Education, and authorized by the South Carolina Public Charter School District in 2011. The inaugural year for the South Carolina Science Academy was 2014-2015.In accordance with the charter school model, an annually elected Board of Directors comprised of local business leaders, educators and parents will govern the school.MISSIONThe South Carolina Science Academy`s mission is to develop innovative leaders by providing to a diverse student body a world-class education designed with a science focus within the core academic courses through emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).We hope to be an integral part of your child`s educational future!To discuss our approach to STEM education further please email Info@scscienceacademy.org 

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  3.20 out of 5  (5 reviews)
3  
I like the school. But I don't love it. Honestly the school seems better from a parent's point of view.
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5  
I feel very lucky to have found this school. My wife and I enrolled our daughter at SCSA in the Fall of 2015. Ever since then we've seen her grades go up and her test scores skyrocket. Previously, she was a C to B student, but with the level of individual attention that teachers have paid her (I've never seen a school with a better student-to-teacher ratio) she has truly excelled. While the administration of the school has changed hands a couple of times since we joined SCSA, the educational experience has not. I highly recommend SCSA to any parent who feels that a traditional public school environment isn't right for their children.
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5  
My husband and I have 2 children (son & daughter) who both attend SCSA. We've been very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this school. The level of attention paid to children that require different styles of learning (such as high functioning autistic children) is second to none when compared to ANY other tuition free schools in South Carolina. I can say this from experience. Despite the struggles our children were born with, I feel confident that both of them - who their former doctor claimed would be unable to complete high school - will graduate this year with the knowledge and ability to earn their bachelor degrees. On behalf of our family, thank you SCSA!
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1  
There is no advocacy for students. No conflict resolution team. No counselor or social worker. Parents are never allowed to observe any class. Large amounts of teaching time is used to calm and refocus special education students which apparently make up a large part of the classes.The noise level is high and constant, apparently due to cramped spaces. Food choices do not exist . Fast food is delivered. Only one option per day.Fresh air is also at a premium.. The staff appeares tense and apathetic most of the time.
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2  
SCSA is very disorganized. Behavioural problems occupy most of the administrations' time, and a large number of teachers have left between or during the school year. The upper-classes are so sparse that advanced and remedial students all take the same classes together. Few teachers are certified, and core classes are taught online to certain grade levels because of the lack of staff.
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