James Byrnes Freshman Academy

100 Rowe St, Duncan, SC 29334
(864) 949-2320

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9 567 students 17 students/teacher (SC avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade


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
  • Spartanburg 05 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James Byrnes Freshman Academy is a public high school in Lyman. The principal of James Byrnes Freshman Academy is Todd Hardy, who can be contacted at todd.hardy@spart5.net. 567 students attend James Byrnes Freshman Academy and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 52% of the 567 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at James Byrnes Freshman Academy is 17:1. James F. Byrnes High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 68% 68%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 20% 20%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 51%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a very good school that is extremely responsive to concerns and individual needs. They have some very dedicated and caring teachers. The principal is motivated and supportive of students staff and parents. There is a population of students that do not take their education seriously and should probably be in an alternative school called " I don't care about my future". Overall it is a great school!

  • (6 years ago)

    I don't like the freshman being separated form the high school. The freshman academy is supposed to help us get used to high school. I still felt like I was in middle school and we were still treated like we were in middle school. It's a big wake-up call when I moved to big Byrnes. I am actually treated as a high schooler now but it was a big suprise coming from still being treated like a middle schooler.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a very good school that helps alot of young people to reach their goals

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended this school for the 06-07 school year. The school focuses a great amount on teaching the curriculum but doesn't get involve with any of the schoolwide events(like pep rallies and fund raisers). During the time that I attended BFA they had only 3 pep rallies. The academy was supposed to decrease the amount of students that fail the 9th grade by keeping them away from the influence of higher grade students. I don't think that would make much of a difference because now I am a sophmore at BHS and Its just like being a freshman again. By moving the 9th graders to a seperate school they're not decreasing the amount of high school drop outs they're just delaying it until their sophmore year. other than that i love BFA almost as much as I love BHS!!! This is a great school that gives you many choices and great opportunities.

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