School Details

Summerville Catholic School

226 Black Oak Boulevard, Summerville, SC 29485
(843) 873-9310

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 155 students 11 students/teacher (SC avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Summerville Catholic School is a private middle school in Summerville. The principal of Summerville Catholic School is Lisa Tanner, who can be contacted at 155 children attend Summerville Catholic School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The ratio of students to teachers at Summerville Catholic School is 11:1. The Oaks Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 80% %
Multiracial 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    We left SCS this year and went to public school instead. My middle schooler still asks me if something is a city or a state or a country? I heard that history teaching was a problem but he always got good grades so I didn't question it. Now he can't even identify basic places on a US map. My other two children just LOVE the public school. My middle child dreaded going to school each day to the point of tears sometimes. Now each day we ask how school was he says AWESOME! I can tell that not only is he getting good grades but he is LEARNING and his teachers are responsive to parental questions and concerns. Bullying is the last thing on our minds in the Dorchester elementary schools whereas we had SEVERAL reported problems at SCS with no resolution. Yes they pray at SCS and preach Catholic values. However they fail to live them. My children all saw the hypocrisy and we discussed it over dinner several times. I can get my religion for free at church and a better education elsewhere. We have never been happier in our decision to leave. More than the cost of the school we regret having exposed our children to such a place during their formative years.

  • (5 months ago)

    Some parents or students may not like adherence to the uniform policy. There's no drama about what to wear each morning; just choose what's appropriate for the weather. The kids are less interested in what the others are wearing and are more focused on their instruction. The uniforms are purchased through Lands End and the dress code can easily be viewed that way. There is a wide variety of winter and summer clothes to choose from. Take a look at the miniskirts see-trough items and typed messages on things kids wear to other schools if you need a comparison.

  • (6 months ago)

    SCS is certainly a school where faith and knowledge meet! I am thrilled the children get to experience activities like the All Saints Day Mass & Parade and the Living Saints Museum. The experiments that have taken place in the science lab are amazing!

  • (6 months ago)

    We are new to SCS this year. Three months into school we still find ourselves DAILY praising this institution. The teachers offer the students individualized instruction and are amazingly supportive and caring to both the students and the parents. Our Catholic faith is reflected in everything the school does. Each morning the children assemble together for prayer student recognition and song. Academics are rigorous and teacher expectations are high assuring us that our daughter will be ready for future academic challenges. The principal is highly visible around the school and is open to ideas and suggestions. Further the PSA is creative in the MANY activities they plan to bring the school community together; we truly feel part of a big family at SCS. We feel so blessed to have found this school!

  • (7 months ago)

    After having our child attend public school for the last couple of years in Dorchester II we decided to send her to SCS this year and wow what a difference. The academic standards are so much higher than public school. She's getting way more attention in her small class size - with lots of individual time. She's not "lost in the shuffle". The staff goes out of their way for the kids. This is the happiest I've seen her. I've had lunch with her at school to see her in the environment and noted how involved the principal is with all the kids too. I'm so impressed.

  • (8 months ago)

    This school seems to allow bullying. And the education is terrible. The staff and students here are extremely mean.

  • (8 months ago)

    If you would like your child to receive a poor education experience this place sure is the place to send them. This school used to be great until the 2008 - 2009 school year. Since then it seems as if the staff has been getting worse and worse lacking basic teaching skills. In Spanish they teach you the same thing each year. Social studies is flat out terrible you don't even learn basic US history. Music is a disgrace considering that I'm in marching band they don't even have a band program what a shame! Bullying has also been a major issue here and the staff has never stepped in to correct the behavior of the student body I thought this was a Catholic school! Another word of advice The staff treats the middle school kids as if they are back in the elementary level. This school is so bad I don't know what else to say. Once again I ask that anyone looking for a K4-8th school in the Summerville area should avoid this school. Save your money!

  • (8 months ago)

    This will be our 13th year at SCS one child has graduated and one is now in Jr. High. I've just read some of the previous reviews and don't recognize the school they're talking about. Each morning after prayer the students recite the Pledge of Allegiance. World and US History are taught it's part of the curriculum! Granted music was not a part of Jr. High studies but I was OK with that this year music will be offered to the middle school students. My child is in a caring safe friendly and academically challenging environment! If you're looking for a private/parochial school in Summerville come and check out SCS for yourself.

  • (10 months ago)

    I believe my child has been hurt by attending this school. The school has been heading downhill for the past several years. Bullying has been a constant problem which has never been dealt with sternly thereby allowing it to thrive. teacher quality is not what it was and continues to get worse. My child who recently completed eight grade knows nothing about world or US history... Except for Latin American history. This is because there is no history class but there is a mandatory Spanish class. Although the Spanish teacher has changed each of the past several years in each instance the teacher is Mexican and the children learn about Mexican holidays independence etc but not US history. There is no music curriculum for middle school children. None. The children complete middle school without knowing either the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem. Some teachers are great most border on incompetent. I know for instance how many failed relationships the English teacher had this year (four) since this is the education she shared with her students. Bad school with very poor administration. Save your money your child will end up hating this school.

  • (11 months ago)

    Summerville Catholic has more to offer than most schools not everyone will agree with this statement but you will always have someone that is disgruntle with something or another. Sometimes we as parents need to learn for ourselves what is best for their child rather than listening to others unhappiness. My son went to Summerville Catholic from K5 through 8th grade. He wasn't only pushed in his academics but was allowed to pray speak freely of God among his piers and was accepted by all an environment any child can succeed in. I only have high regards for the school and what they gave my child through his years thank you Summerville Catholic School!! I know as parents we don't mi

  • (11 months ago)

    We have been at Summerville Catholic School for many years and will be graduating this year. I am very pleased with the quality of education. I have been blessed for my child to be a part of the advanced curriculum which allows a strong math student to leave SCS with either an Algebra I or Geometry I credit. We have enjoyed the strong sense of community and family. Our school is does a good job of fostering a well rounded student. Yes we have had bumps along the way but that is what life is about. I find if the proper channels are taken first with the teacher and then if needed with the principal a resolution can be met. I feel that SCS has been a positive influence on my child.

  • (11 months ago)

    I've had a terrible experience here. The policys change monthly and discipline is treated with bias. My child is continually tells me "I wish you would have sent me to public school" the rules change too often the teachers are biased adminstration has gone downhill education (specifically in social studies) is very poor. My child doesn't even know the Star Spangled Banner. This is unacceptable. Go elsewhere

  • (1 year ago)

    Avoid SCS and go elsewhere. After 7 years there we are moving our kids to public school. There are a few good teachers which we re thankful for but each year at least one of our 3 kids had a horrible experience. Bullying is downplayed and things that would get a kid kicked out of public school are treated with only minor punishment. The academics are on a downhill spiral. My son questioned an answer providing multiple examples of why his was correct and the teacher told him "that's not what the answer key says." Critical thinking is apparently not a skill they wish to foster in this school. They've had a new Spanish teacher almost every year and start over each time. There's no real advanced GATE-like program for bright kids which is a shame. Extracurricular activities are few and far between. One boy has spit on hit choked kicked scratched and drew blood with different kids and he's still there. I told a Dorch II district rep this story and she said he would have been expelled from public school a long time ago. Check out the dates on the good reviews and read the recent ones from parents. All signs point to an admin failure with no change in sight.

  • (1 year ago)

    Poor it is quite sad due to the former prestige of this establishment. While my child was in first to third I had no complaints. After that however I do believe that it has gone downhill. My child is in eighth grade now and believes that it is miserable to go to this school. The teachers are somewhat engaging but I was very surprised when my son lacked basic knowledge of USA history and seemed to have a better understanding of Latin history. I do remember the days when my child was joyful coming home from school alas those days are over. Unsatisfactory poor monitoring of bullying very strange use of rules and overall very poor. Limited Resources. Very disappointied. (2014)

  • (1 year ago)

    I learned more as a student teacher at this school than I could from any book. These students are being geared toward success by a fine caring staff.

  • (1 year ago)

    I would highly recommend this school to anyone wanting a quality education for their children. The teachers ARE compassionate they do have and express Catholic morals and values I have never experienced or witnessed the faculty ignoring any issue that needed attention. I have NEVER been ignored by any staff member they are very courteous kind and sincere. I'm not sure where the" problem teachers year after year" are but I haven't seen one in 4 years and we are current with the school. teachers do tailor the lessons to individual kids who may be struggling in addition they offer other teachers aids to help students who may need extra assistance. This a great Catholic school education with God the father included great staff great kids friendly atmosphere you will feel welcome here.

  • (2 years ago)

    Parental concerns are given the impression that they're being addressed but are swept under the rug. Teachers lack compassion and do not offer struggling students help. Student body severely lacks the values and morals of the Catholic faith. Poor lunch program. Parents responsibility to transport children on field trips. Numerous families pulled out mid school year. That's a definite red flag.

  • (2 years ago)

    If your child is in the lower elementary K4-1 good teachers but any older I would avoid. If you look at the dates of the reviews you will notice they are all very old. None are recent. There is a reason for this! Look elsewhere.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school remains on a downhill slide. If you are looking for a school stuck in the Middle Ages where parental concerns are ignored issues with problem teachers continue year after year and differential learning is discussed but not actually effectuated this is the school for you.

  • (5 years ago)

    We love this school! Plenty of communication between teachers with parents. Lots of sports programs offered for a range of ages. Offer Spanish scouts before and after school program great summer camp offered. Beautiful school grounds with large grassy soccer fields pavilion nice playground. School offers a carnival in the spring a circus presented by the pre K and K5 students all Saints Parade Pet Blessing. Mass every Wednesday (with exception of K4). Hot lunch offered. Uniforms. School has website where homework is posted along with all teachers' and principals emails are listed. School puts out a weekly newsletter that can be e-mailed directly to you. Children are encouraged to participate in community outreach. Parents are required to participate in 20 hours of school service per year. High parent participation rate. PSA active in the school. Son does regularly have homework during the weekdays. Has learned so much from this school - both academically and morally. They teachers are strict but very involved with students and their progress. The hallways are usually filled throughout the year with the students' projects. Grades offered are K4-8th grade. Junior high students area is separated from the elementary school. Most of all our son loves and insists he does not want to go anywhere else. Hope this review helps!

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