School Details

Camden High School

1022 Ehrenclou Dr, Camden, SC 29020
(803) 425-8930

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 938 students 15 students/teacher (SC avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade


High School Assessment Program (HSAP)

In 2013-2014 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP 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 proficiency level 2.
  • This school in 2014
  • Kershaw 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP)

In 2013-2014 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school students in Algebra I, Mathematics for the Technologies II, Biology I, English I, US History, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, 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 a C or above.
  • This school in 2014
  • Kershaw 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Camden High School is a public high school in Camden. The principal of Camden High School is Edward Dean, whose e-mail is 938 students attend Camden High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 52% of the 938 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Camden High School is 15:1. Applied Technology Education Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 52% 65%
Black, non-Hispanic 43% 28%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Multiracial 0.6% 2%
Asian 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 52%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Camden High School is the best high school. It has give me the necessary tools to compete at Claflin University. The great teachers that I have had at Camden definitely set me on a pace to go above and beyond. Thank you CHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    Camden is one of three high schools in the Kershaw County School District. It is the second biggest Lugoff Elgin being the first. Well bigger is not always better. The buildings at Camden are kept up except for the cafeteria which is being redone this year. Camden offers many AP classes and laptops to all students. The laptops give students experience with the technology that they will be using for the rest of their lives. I am a senior at CHS and I think that it is probably the best school in our district.

  • (9 years ago)

    While Camden High academics may be better than schools in surrounding counties I have to agree with the assessment about cliques. In fact it extends to parents as well.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a parent of a former Lee County student and another that now attends Camden High. I spent 6 yrs. volenteering in a Lee County Elementry School and have come to realize something very important the quality of the schools depends a very lot on parent involvement. If a child is failing then the parent needs to look at how involved they are and not blame the teachers. I am not saying it is all the parents fault but their involvement does matter. Now for other issues if people would look at surrounding counties they may find Camden High is a much superior school. Complain about laptops? Look around the world is now being run on computers I think it is wonderful that Camden is preparing our children to be among the more knowledgeable users. Thank you to the Camden Staff.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am not and never have been a student at CHS I am a former student from Lee County. My younger sister goes to CHS and I can tell anybody that the two schools LCHS and CHS are two totally different worlds. My sister seems to be learning more than I ever could have in Lee County. I am truly thankful that my father moved to send my sister CHS instead of Lee County schools. Maybe my sister will be prepared to suceed in her life as so many Lee County students have tried but failed to do. It seems as though my sister has more opportunities as CHS than I could have dreamed of in Lee County. Granted CHS is not a perfect school but tell me a school that is.

  • (9 years ago)

    Camden High School has replaced teaching with laptop computers. These high school students want to surf the internet instant message and email friends all day. This district is teaching in a way that is such a tremendous burden on the students and parents. Parents are responsible for these computers and are required to take out insurance at a cost of $50.00. Giving high school students access to the internet all day long during school is a major problem. This method does not teach writing skills and will only deteroriate. The new SAT has writing and these students will be even less prepared for the new test. Students and parents have to worry about their computer getting damaged and/or stolen. Our school board should not have approved this method of teaching. It is not helpful and it's causing my child to fail. Teachers are using laptops to teach for them. UNFAIR!

  • (10 years ago)

    Camden High is the best school in the county. It has a history of commitment and excellence. The teachers are wonderful at adjusting to a student's level. The administrator's involvement is remarkable. Their presence helps to keep violence under control. Their rigorous courses allow the students to be well prepared when entering college. I definitely am proud to call myself a Bulldog.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is the best high school in the county but that does not make it a nationwide competitor of excellence. The principal seems to genuiely care but is restrained by the environment of a small town. Study's show that students who are exposed to more rigorous classes improve test scores tremendously and after changing schools my child improved test score by 200 points in one year. The few higher classes offered were always filled and there were 'no' exceptions. Principal would not help to get more kids in higher classes. Fights were all too common. Guidance counselors were not the least helpful. Too much emphasis is placed on sports rather than quality academics. There are some excellent teachers at CHS but really have no say-so in making the needed improvements.

  • (10 years ago)

    After graduating from CHS I got to college and I realized just how unprepared I was. I had a 3.8 GPA in high school and soon found out I needed remedial classes. We did have a State Championship in Football and even had autograph signing at a local fast food resturant...that was awesome. I did not do well on the SAT but only 39% of us took the test so I guess that I was above avg. by trying. CHS is a great little school if you plan to stay in the local area. It is slow paced which allows more time for friends and sports. I enjoyed my four years at CHS and Coach Neal is the best but I did have a tough time academically when I tried college. Go Bulldogs!

  • (10 years ago)

    It can certainly be said that Camden High School is among the most excellent high schools in South Carolina. Not only is the school well known throughout the state for its athletic program and both its award winning marching band and JROTC but also for its students superior academic performance. This level of success is possible due to the determination of the students teachers and administrators. Granted there are fewer honors and advanced placement classes but this simply means that there weren't as many students who qualified or who requested to take these classes. Yes it is true not all students are recommended for honors or AP classes based on past performance; the administration wants each student to be challenged and successful not overwhelmed. As a result of much effort Camden High School is a highly accomplished community of which any person should be proud to be a member.

  • (11 years ago)

    Well kept grounds projects pride in school. Sports are given high priority at this school. Academics are weak social environment is cliques. Advanced classes are always filled and very limited to 'who' is allowed to take the few classes that are offered. Students/parents have no say-so in what classes their children take it is basically what administration wants your child to have. Guidance counselors are not helpful and you have to request a meeting in writing as a student or parent to speak with one. Administration does interact in hallways during class changes which is unusual for this district and reduces violence.

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