1551 Billings Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
2/
10
Bottom 50%
South Middle School serves 619 students in grades 6-8.
South 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 19% (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 34% (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 70% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 51% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 619 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 70%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50% in SC
  • Math Proficiency
    : 19% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 34% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

School Overview

South Middle School's student population of 619 students has grown by 16% over five school years.
The teacher population of 43 teachers has grown by 7% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 6-8
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
619 students
This chart display total students of South Middle School by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Gender %
This chart display gender of South Middle School
Total Classroom Teachers
43 teachers
This chart display the total teachers of South Middle School by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Students by Grade
This chart display the students of South Middle School by grade.

School Rankings

South 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 South Middle School is 0.65, which is equal to 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
#986 out of 1149 schools
(Bottom 50%)
This chart display the overall school rank of South Middle School, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
19%
46%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of South Middle School 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 2018-19 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
34%
48%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of South 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 2018-19 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
14:1
This chart display the student teacher ratio of South Middle School and the public school average student teacher ratio of South Carolina by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
n/a
2%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in South Middle School and the percentage of Asian public school students in South Carolina by year, with the latest 2011-12 school year data.
Hispanic
19%
11%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in South Middle School and the percentage of Hispanic public school students in South Carolina by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Black
48%
33%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in South Middle School and the percentage of Black public school students in South Carolina by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
White
30%
49%
This chart display the percentage of White students in South Middle School and the percentage of White public school students in South Carolina by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
3%
5%
This chart display the percentage of students of two or more races in South Middle School and the percentage of public school students of two or more races in South Carolina by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
All Ethnic Groups
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in South Middle School.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in SC.
Diversity Score
0.65
This chart display the diversity score of South Middle School and the public school average diversity score of South Carolina by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
75%
59%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in South Middle School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in South Carolina by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
3%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in South 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: 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?

19% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 46% SC state average), while 34% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 48% SC state average).

How many students attend South Middle School?

619 students attend South Middle School.

What is the ethnic breakdown of the student body?

48% of South Middle School students are Black, 30% of students are White, 19% of students are Hispanic, and 3% of students are Two or more races.

What is the student:teacher ratio of South Middle School?

South Middle School has a student ration of 14:1, which is equal to the South Carolina state average of 14:1.

What grades does South Middle School offer ?

South Middle School offers enrollment in grades 6-8 (offers virtual instruction).

School Reviews

Review South Middle School. Reviews should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
Rate this school:

Recent Articles

Should Public Schools Provide Students with Vocational Opportunities?
Learn about the benefits associated with vocational education at public high schools, including high-demand career opportunities and improved learning for kinetic and active students.
Will Your Child Fail in a Larger Class?
Learn about how budget cuts are forcing public schools to cut teaching positions, which lead to larger class sizes. Make sure your child is prepared to face the changes of a different class size.
Prevent Suicide
Prevent Suicide
988 is the suicide and crisis lifeline. Parents, teachers, and students can help prevent suicide once they know the warning signs.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 619 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 70%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 19% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 34% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

Quick Links