School Details

Northside Middle School

157 Cougar Dr, West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 739-4190
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 571 students 19 students/teacher (SC avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

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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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Lexington 02 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
72%
71%
71%
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80%
77%
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85%

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
  • Lexington 02 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
62%
70%
70%
64%
69%
77%
75%
75%
75%
73%
71%
83%
68%
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
  • Lexington 02 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Northside Middle School is a public middle school in West Columbia. The principal of Northside Middle School is David Sims. 571 students attend Northside Middle School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 49% of the 571 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Northside Middle School is 19:1. Sloan's School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 58% 55%
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 35%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 12% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 54%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Northside Middle School is lacking when it comes to challenging course work. No foreign languages. All non sport extracurricular activities have been eliminated. No clubs are offered. The no backpack rule for the school is awful. Both of my students have lost numerous books folders etc. In my opinion the school is on the decline.

  • (2 years ago)

    The best school ever! I love it tooooo death! I love all the staff in the school!

  • (2 years ago)

    I currently have a child in the 7th grade at Northside and have had a child at this school for the past 5 years. The principal and assistant principal are responsive and highly involved with the students. I think there is a good atmosphere for learning in the school and good positive parent involvement. That being said I do think the school could offer more challenging coursework and a wider array of elective subjects but much of that is due to the school district Northside is in.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school continues to slip in the ratings. It's a "6" now. I plan to move before I send my next child to this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I went to Northside Middle School my child is going there now and Northside is where I began my passion in writing poetry!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am really shocked by the type of teachers they allow in schools these days. It would be a stretch to think that any of my childs teachers like children in any way. This is a school that does not challenge their minds and when a child is interested and questions things for learning sake they are disciplined. A simple failure to raise your hand in class lands your child in detention and the label of a problem child. Part of teaching for these age groups includes a bit of baby sitting and if a teacher can not handle the fact that kids occassionally talk out of turn then they should be teaching college students not primary and middle school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been an NMS parent for 5 years and the experience has been excellent. My children have definitely been challenged academically and the teachers have been wonderful. I have found Northside to be a positive environment in all aspects. I would encourage you to speak with one of the administrators at the school if you have specific concerns so that the issue can be addressed.

  • (6 years ago)

    We are very pleased with the curriculum leadership teachers and entire environment at Northside.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love Northside it's the best School i've ever went to. The students and teachers are great. I recommend this shool to any newcomers.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm a student at Northside Middle School and I'm glad that I go there to get a good education. The teachers at this school are awesome

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a proud student of Northside middle school and I think it is great! All the extracurricular activity's are really good. For example they have a sculpture class that is very fun for students because we get to handle clay. The teacher's are really nice and supportive of their students. The teacher's want to help make the kids the best they can be and they are doing it! Over all Northside is a great school and a any kid who goes their is having a great experience.

  • (9 years ago)

    Amen to the person who posted the crititism of Northside's principal Ronnie Thompkins leaves a lot to be desired! We have had much the same experience at Northside. Poor communication bad attitudes. Poor or no response from the District. I thought this school was supposed to be 'the best' Middle School in the District. If it is we are all in trouble. Palmetto's Finest! What a joke!

  • (9 years ago)

    Northside is the best school I could ask for. My daughter has lots of friends and wonderful teachers. The sports teams are great and the other extra curricular activities are LOTS of fun! I love Northside and my daughter does too!

  • (10 years ago)

    This school's guidance counselors and principal are obstacles to the parents being involved with their child's academic and overall development. I have experience with many other schools in and out of South Carolina and I have never known any parent to have as much difficulty communicating with staff and teachers as I have at Northside. Their inaction is a direct violation of SC Law. I expressed my concerns to the District and State Superintendents to no avail. Northside Middle School is a perfect example of why SC ranks last in SAT scores in the US. I regret my child is there.

  • (11 years ago)

    The staff and teachers are always willing to take the time to talk to you and spend extra time with the kids to make sure they are being taught not pushed to pass the PACT exam. We are proud to be a part of this school!

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