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H. E. McCracken Middle School

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Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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About this school

H. E. McCracken Middle School is a public middle school in Bluffton. The principal of H. E. McCracken Middle School is Phillip Shaw, who can be contacted at 805 children attend H. E. McCracken Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 44% of the 805 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at H. E. McCracken Middle School is 17:1. Hilton Head Preparatory School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% 44%
Hispanic 25% 18%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 35%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 50%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has improved so much since Mr. Warfield took over as Principal. He is engaged with the students and seeks parental involvement. I see a community that supports the extracurricular activities of the school and parents who are willing to get their hands dirty. My child is an A student and his teachers keep us informed.

  • (1 year ago)

    The majority of teachers at this school are great! They want to teach and they do a good job TRYING to do that. However there are quite a few kids at this school that are so disruptive the teachers can't teach and the students cant learn. Seriously!!! I have spent a lot of time at this school and I'm amazed at how unruly the students are. When I ask why these students haven't been reprimanded they say its because nothing is done when they do refer them. A school is only as good as the principal and if the principal doesn't back up the teachers then the school is overrun by thugs. This could be a REALLY GREAT school if they could get rid of kids with major behavior issues! Mr. Shaw did nothing except sit in his office all day. He never returned phone calls or emails. Now maybe the school can turn around now that he's gone! Please get the thugs and disruptive kids out of the school and this will be a great school just like the majority of the students.

  • (2 years ago)

    And how often do you as a parent call the teacher with your concerns? Do you show up for Open House? Do you request homework when your child misses school? Do you volunteer once in awhile so you know the names of your child's classmates? How often do you badmouth a teacher in front of your child? Do you fill her head with "You don't have to listen to those teachers." or "Why did you get so much homework? Can't these teachers do what they should during school time?" Just remember my dear public schools can't turn away students as private schools can. What you call "can't be bothered " might just be "are totally understaffed and overwhelmed with precious little parent support." What have you personally done to help this situation--besides griping--which really doesn't help a thing? I hope your daughter is in private school this year...I'm sure her academic performance will have proved dramatically.

  • (3 years ago)

    I truly think H.E. McCracken is a terrible school my daughter is in the 9th grade the teachers can't be bothered with the children. None of the students know where they stand grade wise until they get their interim reports or report cards. I wished I had enrolled her in a private school when we moved here 2 years ago. I can only hope the high school is much better than this poor middle school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child sufferd hair loss dur to stress that a 6th grade teacher took great pleaseure in putting him through. I encourage you to listen to your children. If they say a teacher dislikes them you should listen and look into it.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a student a mcCracken middle school I love it here ) I'm a straight A's all honors student. Teachers are very strict dress code and disapline and also have very high standerds. Most teachers have a citation on hand every where. All rumors about this school are false before I came here I was worried because of the rumors but soon learned they were all fake. I also later learned that you can NEVER slack off because your grade can drop in an instant. Creative arts classes are outstanding we have journalism (we have a school paper) health P.E band chorus drama and lots more! This school may seem crowded but the only time were all together is before and after school which is only 5-10 minutes long. Over all this school Is outstanding increadable challenging and I recommend this school )

  • (4 years ago)

    I coulnd't be more dissapointed with this school. My mom and I just moved here from Georgia and the school here are far behind the schools there. The only difference between the honors classes and the regular classes is that the honors classes move just a little bit faster. The classes are just as easy. Also the teachers spend more time helping the kids that need more help and leave the kids that need to be challenged behind. If you are thinking of sending you child to this school. I strongly encourage you not to.

  • (5 years ago)

    could not be happier. We pulled our child from Cross after 5 grade i could not be happy with the education at the middle school I would recommend this school ove r the private school down the road no comparison ap classes sports wonderful

  • (5 years ago)

    Very very disappointed but expected it. Our child went from honor roll in private school to c's and b's. The yelling and overcrowding in the classrooms make it impossible to hear or learn. We will not be back.

  • (5 years ago)

    I totally agree with the cold insensitivity toward the parents. I email and go to the school frequently only to be greeted as if I'm an enemy. I find the inconsistantcies impossible to keep up with. This only hurts the children because if the parents don't understand or incapable of following how are we to help our kids? And to the last review about parent involvement??? I can't get cooperation much less a friendly attitude. Why would I want to be involved with teachers and staff that act as if 'we the parents' are pests? Most but not all staff seem as though they are miserable. If you don't enjoy your job get out!!! Find a different career. We want teacher of whom we pay with our tax dollars 'to want to be there' because they love and care therefore want to teach!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very sad to see how many parents have complained about this school. We must remember our schools are only as good as WE ALL make it. I am a parent of 2 middle school sons. (1-8th 1-6th) I do volunteer and am truly disappointed in the lack of public volunteering at this school in general. I see the same parents grandparents and faculty helping students and making them successful. I teach my children by walking my talk...'be the change you want to see in the world!' It starts at home folks! I encourage you to visit the school and observe. All student have the choice to be their best. This school needs more parent involvement - it is clear that those are the students who score very high on all achievement tests! Regardless of the overcrowding & ethnic diversity this school has improved the past 2 years!

  • (6 years ago)

    it is the best school ive ever went we get to have pep rallys and field trips and more!

  • (6 years ago)

    We removed our son from H.E. McCracken and invested in private education this year. He immediately started earning A's as he did before attending McCracken. He is very happy with his teachers who he says take more time with him. He has regained his confidence and is very proud of his accomplishments. He has also been taken off his ADHD meds.

  • (9 years ago)

    The booming community of Bluffton and HHI have caused this school to be limited in space and have larger class sizes. I feel that the teachers are doing a great job on teaching class sizes of 28-35 with varied ability levels within the same class. In my opinion tracking would help this school and the students as far as achieving on all levels. My child likes the school but there are some students who bother her. The discipline isn't as consistent as I think it should be but the parents aren't very good about disciplining their kids either. On numerous occassions I've been at the school to help out and seen other parents arguing with teachers and administrators because their child is smart but failing; the parents totally ommiting the fact that their child isn't doing homework studying and is sleeping in class. Overall good school. Parents shouldbe more accountable.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am not a parent but a past teacher. The administration at this school is not very supportive of new teachers hence I left. I found the school to be far less organized than the school in GA and TN where I have taught for over 15 years. My average class size was 30 and while they have a nicely written discipline code it does not work in practice. Teachers are also responsible for providing many of their own supplies or they can put in a purchase order and do without for 2 months until supplies arrive. They are also short on space. Teachers are in poorly maintianed portable buildings or share classrooms with other teachers. If you have a choice send your child elsewhere. They are also not very supportive of Special Education Parents many have been labled difficult because they care about thier children's education.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have been disappointed with H.E.M.M.S. this year. My child is an advanced student who did extremely well in the challenging classes she had in elementary school. This year seems to be more of a review for her. There is a lack of challenging classes for the advanced students. In general I feel a sense of academic indifference on the part of most teachers there. Another big concern is the lack of security and supervision. Theft is a big problem as well as personal security and supervision. Little concern seems to be shown for the moral and ethical education of the students. Student behavior tends toward the lascivious and crude tendencies of most preteens but there is little effort to control it or teach appropriate behavior. It is unfortunate that we have to send our children into a loose and educationally lacking environment such as this on a daily basis.

  • (11 years ago)

    This is my child's first year at H.E. McCracken Middle School and she loves it. The teachers are good and boost my child's confidence in learning.

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