South Carolina Science Academy
- 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 Type||Charter School|
|Grades Offered||Grades 6-11|
|Total Students||149 students|
|Total Classroom Teachers||12 teachers|
|Students by Grade|
- South Carolina Science Academy's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 14:1 over five school years.
|Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year Data||This School||State Level (SC)|
|Overall School Rank||#888 out of 1,130 schools|
|Math Test Scores (% Proficient)||15-19%|
|Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)||20-24%|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||12:1||16:1|
|Two or more races|
|All Ethnic Groups|
|Eligible for Free Lunch|
|Eligible for Reduced Lunch|
|School Statewide Testing||View Education Department Test Scores|
|School District Name||SC Public Charter School District|
|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
- 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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I like the school. But I don't love it. Honestly the school seems better from a parent's point of view.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Student #89
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.
- Posted by Parent - George P.
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!
- Posted by Parent - Michael C.
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.
- Posted by Parent - Concerned
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.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - alexl
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