Explanation of Types of Public Schools in North Carolina

Note: All of the school types below are public schools, in that they are funded primarily through public tax dollars.

  • Regular School: a public school that students are assigned to attend because they live in the school's attendance area or attendance zone. Such schools are sometimes called “zoned schools,” “neighborhood schools” or “ZIP code schools,” and are normally only open for enrollment to students from a predetermined set of neighborhoods or ZIP codes. Regular schools are by far the most common type of school in the Charlotte area.
  • Charter School: a tuition-free, public school created on the basis of a license or “charter” made with the State Board of Education. Charter schools typically have greater freedom than traditional public schools in personnel policies, curriculum and teaching philosophy. In return, they must make a commitment to meet state standards of accountability. Charter schools are also normally open to students from counties and towns outside of where they are located. Enrollment decisions at charter schools are often lottery-based, with special consideration given to siblings of currently enrolled students.

Student Growth Index Explained

The Student Growth Index of a school is meant to measure how well the school has been growing student learning over time (i.e., years). North Carolina's public schools receive web-based reporting through the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS). EVAAS is meant to offer an objective way to measure student progress and the value schools add to students' educational attainment. EVAAS is a statistical analysis of North Carolina state assessment data, and the system provides NC schools with growth data to consider, in addition to achievement data.

If a school has a Student Growth Index of between -2.0 and 2.0, the school is deemed to have "met growth", (i.e., met its average projected growth target). A school with a Student Growth Index of less than -2.0 is considered to have "not met growth". Finally, a school with an index of greater than 2.0 is deemed to have "exceeded growth".

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SC Connections Academy

Columbia, SC


SC Connections Academy
220 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 403
Columbia, SC  29210
Phone: 803-212-4712
Richland County



CarolinaSchoolHub Rating: 5 out of 10 stars
5

Grades Served: K-12
Enrollment: 3,685
Type: Charter School    
SC Connections Academy

SC Connections Academy


Metro Area Ranking

#74
Metro Area Elementary School Ranking: SC Connections Academy is ranked #74 of 111 of the best elementary schools in Columbia and surrounding areas (33rd percentile). Click the link to see all 111 elementary schools.


#19
Metro Area Middle School Ranking: SC Connections Academy is ranked #19 of 45 of the best middle schools in Columbia and surrounding areas (58th percentile). Cick the link to see all 45 middle schools.


#11
Metro Area High School Ranking: SC Connections Academy is ranked #11 out of 38 of the best high schools in Columbia and surrounding areas (71st percentile). Cick the link to see all 38 high schools.


State Ranking

#446
Statewide Elementary School Ranking: SC Connections Academy is ranked #446 out of 676 of the best elementary schools in South Carolina (34th percentile). Click the link to see all 676 elementary schools.


#161
Statewide Middle School Ranking: SC Connections Academy is ranked #161 out of 314 of the best middle schools in South Carolina (49th percentile). Click the link to see all 314 middle schools.


#59
Statewide High School Ranking: SC Connections Academy is ranked #59 out of 222 of the best high schools in South Carolina (73rd percentile). Click the link to see all 222 high schools.


Overall, SC Connections Academy is a 5-star school (on a scale of 1 to 10 stars) based on CarolinaSchoolHub’s analysis of South Carolina Schools. The school is located in Richland County, SC and is an independent charter school.
Graduation Rate
 60% - SC Connections Academy
 85% - Median of South Carolina high schools
 60% - SC Connections Academy
 85% - Median of South Carolina high schools




South Carolina Standardized Tests

SC Ready Test Results

English

Grade Average Score at
This School
This School's State
Percentile Rating
State Average of
All SC Schools
3 405.3 32nd 432.8
4 484.6 59th 481.8
5 509.3 44th 522.7
6 555 64th 544.0
7 583.3 62nd 580.0
8 628.2 70th 613.4

English

Grade Average Score State Percentile State Average
3 405.3 32nd 432.8
4 484.6 59th 481.8
5 509.3 44th 522.7
6 555 64th 544.0
7 583.3 62nd 580.0
8 628.2 70th 613.4

Math

Grade Average Score at
This School
This School's State
Percentile Rating
State Average of
All SC Schools
3 409.9 24th 453.9
4 469 47th 483.6
5 488.5 28th 524.7
6 508.2 37th 534.7
7 538.4 52nd 548.2
8 565.5 43rd 584.5

Math

Grade Average Score State Percentile State Average
3 409.9 24th 453.9
4 469 47th 483.6
5 488.5 28th 524.7
6 508.2 37th 534.7
7 538.4 52nd 548.2
8 565.5 43rd 584.5


SC PASS Test Results (SC Palmetto Assessment of State Standards)

Science

Grade Average Score at
This School
This School's State
Percentile Rating
State Average of
All SC Schools
4 1446.2 42nd 1449.9
5 1543.2 38th 1548.2
6 1646.9 44th 1650.4
7 1745.1 35th 1750.1
8 1848.1 49th 1850.3

Science

Grade Average Score State Percentile State Average
4 1446.2 42nd 1449.9
5 1543.2 38th 1548.2
6 1646.9 44th 1650.4
7 1745.1 35th 1750.1
8 1848.1 49th 1850.3

Social Studies / History

Grade Average Score at
This School
This School's State
Percentile Rating
State Average of
All SC Schools
4 624.6 28th 642.7
5 603.2 19th 632.6
6 608.8 14th 642.5
7 600.2 21st 627.4
8 614.2 29th 636.1

Social Studies / History

Grade Average Score State Percentile State Average
4 624.6 28th 642.7
5 603.2 19th 632.6
6 608.8 14th 642.5
7 600.2 21st 627.4
8 614.2 29th 636.1


Average ACT Scores

Subject Average Score at
This School
Average Score
This School's State
Percentile Rating
State Percentile
State Average of
All SC Schools
State Average
English 17.6 65th 16.6
Math 17.3 42nd 17.8
Reading 19.6 72nd 18.0
Science 18.5 56th 18.1
Writing 6.4 61st 5.9

The ACT, a college readiness assessment, was given to every South Carolina 11th grader in 2017 with the exception of those eligible for alternate assessments. The ACT scores range from 0 to 36. State averages for ACT data are based on regular public schools and do not include private schools in the state. In the chart above, you can get a sense for how the average ACT scores at SC Connections Academy stack up against those of other high schools in South Carolina.


End-of-Course Tests

Subject Average Score at
This School
Average Score
State Average of
All SC Schools
State Average
English 1 73.7 71.4
Algebra 1 63.5 69.4
Biology 1 67.1 75.3


Average SAT Scores

Subject Average Score at
This School
Average Score
Reading 560
Math 512
Composite Score 1072
SAT Participation Rate 27 %

SC Connections Academy had an average SAT score of 1072 (math and reading combined). This means the school’s average SAT scores ranked #48 out of 216 SC high schools (78th percentile). On this site, you can see the SAT scores of South Carolina high schools. The SAT participation rate at SC Connections Academy was 27% in our most recently available data. Above you can also see how the school’s ACT scores compare to other schools in South Carolina.


Students

Poverty Rate at this School

 50% - This School
 66% - State Median (all schools)
 50% - This School
 66% - State Median (all schools)

Student Absentee Rate


SCPass data is based on the 2016-2017 school year from the South Carolina Department of Education. If you're looking for the school report card for SC Connections Academy, then we can help. We've distilled much of SC Connections Academy's school report card data for you to see on one page.


Rankings for schools were created independently by Carolina School Hub. The test data for this site was derived from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and South Carolina Department of Education.

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