School Details

St. James Middle School

9775 St James Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 650-5543
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1100 students 15 students/teacher (SC avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

83%
75%
70%
84%
80%
74%
85%
72%
66%
83%
80%
78%
86%

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Horry 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
76%
71%
81%
77%
72%
86%
82%
75%
83%
73%
69%
87%

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Horry 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
73%
70%
83%
76%
69%
88%
80%
75%
90%
75%
71%
89%
77%
74%

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Horry 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

St. James Middle School is a public middle school in Murrells Inlet. The principal of St. James Middle School is DAVIS BOYKIN and can be contacted at dboykin@sjm.hcs.k12.sc.us. 1,100 students go to St. James Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 50% of the 1,100 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at St. James Middle School is 15:1. St. Michael Catholic School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 65%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 21%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Hispanic 4% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Asian 0.7% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 63%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is no good. All of you only hear about the little amount of good things at this school. Let me start with the teachers although some of them are cool the rest are all rude and lack respect for the students. The principles don't care about anyone and are very judgmental. The kids are the worst part they have no respect for anyone and they could care less about anyone's feelings. The 7th and 8th.graders are out of.control and break the law. Two seventh graders were arrested last year for selling weed in school. And I have witnessed kids do pills and drink in class. I do not rrccomend this school to anyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is horrible! The teachers aren't great the vice principles are power hungry the 8th grade principle in particular. The one real bad part of this school are the academic counselors. They will do next to nothing to help you with what ever your issue may be. One of the counselors is real bad at this. I tried to get changed out of one of my classes and she didn't even have to common courtesy to respond to my requests! And what do I get out of it? I get punished with a referral and 3 days of ISS. All in all do NOT go to this school or you WILL regret it.

  • (1 year ago)

    We just moved here from NJ and we couldn't be happier with the school system. It is leaps and bounds above the NJ school system we left and we lived in an upscale upper middle class neighborhood. Everyone at SJMS is happy friendly and cares. It is well-oiled and disciplined yet still knows how to let the kids have fun and be kids!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Our school is great except for the cheerleaders who get to break the dress code and always get special treatment!!! Everyone says there is a lot of bullying but there is not it is a lot of fun! I had great teachers such as Ms.Stewart (6th) Mr.Warrick (6th) Mrs.Williams (6th) and Mrs. Kerns (6th)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! _Rising 7th grader

  • (4 years ago)

    St. james needs to stop bullying!!!!! i am serious cuz my sister went to that school since 6 grade to 7 grade and all those years people were making fun of her and honestly hurt her feelings !! come one can the principle do something about it...

  • (4 years ago)

    This school will DO NOTHING to stop the BULLYING that takes place here daily ! My son has been in this school for almost 3 years and when I asked 'how was your day' his first reply is So and so kicked me hit me punched me etc...I have brought these issues to the AVP for each grade. STILL NOTHING gets done. They DO NOT ENFORCE nor REMIND kids to keep their hands to themselves. They don't take the bullying seriously at this school at all. Other than the constant bullying being the worst part of my kids daily day the school teacher's are relatively good and do try to do what is best for the students. Improvement is needed is other area's.

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent School from North Jersey (Bergen County) also lived in Brick Twp (Ocean County) I am very happy with this school!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is pretty good overall. There are definetly some changes that could take place. Our sixth grade vice-principal could use a bit of an attitude adjustment she's very harsh towards the students. However the seventh grade vice-principal is off the hook. Some of the teachers need to get real. They overload you with homework! A few of the sixth grade teachers in particular. How are we supposed to get outside if we have homework till eight'o'clock at night and that's only if you start right when you get home. Some of the teachers that really deserve a shout-out are Mrs. Davis Mrs. Onderdonk Mrs. White and Mr. Propst. They really care about their students and will take you aside and talk to you if you are having a bad day. I think that the school goes a bit overboard with sports. Plus the cheerleaders get to break the school dress code.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a very good school and the teachers want to do good that's why they are there. Parents need to be responsible for their children. Too much nowadays parents blame everyone else for things that are their own fault. Parents - get involved take responsibility grow up teach your children by example and then you may appreciate and understand the teacher's challenges. This school is clean and bright the teachers are dedicated alert and happy. They are not miracle workers (although I have seen them perform miracles). The Administration is Excellent and caring.

  • (6 years ago)

    im a student entering the 8th grade and i belive teachers and admistrators succh as Mr.ryan mrs. winnsett mrs. register mrs watkins mrs.arruda and mrs.simmons and then some make the school amazing!

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is the best school in the world. Parents think that it isn't good because people get in trouble but they need to get over it. The teachers are amazing and the administration is even more incredible. The teachers push the students to do their best and the adminstrators are hard on us because they want students to do their best and not have to worry about making trouble throughout the students lives.

  • (9 years ago)

    Teachers students and parents are eager to excel. This school could really shine under a better leadership.

  • (9 years ago)

    Good school overall but the administration is very 'political' with certain groups ($$$) The '2' for Safety/Discipline applies to the discipline only. The school is safe in my eyes

  • (10 years ago)

    Hardworking and dedicated the teachers are amazing. I appreciate the concern time effort and patience given to both my gifted and learning disabled children. Upbeat student-centered atmosphere and great extra-curricular activities. Kudos to special ed department!

  • (10 years ago)

    The teachers are hard working and dedicated. I appreciate the extra mile that they go to better our children. I wish the administration would rise to the challenge.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school offers so much for so many children. The teachers are continually involved in the students activities both in school and out of school. There is a Jazz band TV productions drama club chess club dance club math counts and so many other things offered for the students. The teachers that provide these opportunities are not paid extra they give up their time (& money) to make these things available for the children. There are teachers who help tutor afterschool attend little league games spend their time taking the kids to the mountains or DC. They do all of these things because they love what they do everyday. They love their students and try to provide them with a well- rounded education.

  • (11 years ago)

    There are very few good employees at the school. Mrs.Watkins is the greatest thing that has ever came to this school and she needs more credit than she gets. My personal opinion is Mrs.Watkins brings a cheerful atmosphere everywhere she goes. Mrs.Watkins you are a blessing. The overall attitude of the school needs to remember they are working with children and they are unfinished products that need tender loving care that this school has a lack of. The principal Should Not be around Children he acts like he holds a grudge torge 'The Not So Perfect Child'. No one is perfect!

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 22 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

Nearby

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools