Philip Simmons Middle

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Philip Simmons Middle is a public middle school in Wando, South Carolina, serving 428 students in grades 5-8 and part of the Berkeley 01 school district. The school has consistently performed well academically, with higher proficiency rates than the state and district averages in several key subjects, including Algebra 1 and English Language Arts. Philip Simmons Middle also stands out for its diverse student population and relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch compared to nearby schools.

Academically, Philip Simmons Middle excels, with 100% proficiency in Algebra 1/Mathematics for the Technologies 2, compared to 60.36% in the district and 68.32% statewide. The school also outperforms the district and state in 5th, 6th, and 8th grade English Language Arts. This consistent academic performance has earned Philip Simmons Middle a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger, ranking it in the top half of South Carolina middle schools.

Compared to other nearby middle schools, Philip Simmons Middle generally outperforms lower-ranked schools in the Charleston 01 district, such as Deer Park Middle and Simmons Pinckney Middle, which have significantly lower proficiency rates. However, it lags behind the higher-performing schools in the Charleston 01 district, such as Buist Academy, Moultrie Middle, and Thomas C. Cario Middle, which have exceptional academic results.


Detail:

Public 5-8

 2065 Seven Sticks Drive
       Wando, SC  29492


(843) 471-2590

District: Berkeley 01

SchoolDigger Rank:
137th of 325 South Carolina Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,901 Help


Students who attend Philip Simmons Middle usually attend:

High:    Philip Simmons High

Feeder schools for Philip Simmons Middle:

Elementary:    Cainhoy Elementary
    Philip Simmons Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  15.9 Help
Number of students:  428

Racial breakdown:

White:
56.3%
African American:
30.1%
Two or more races:
6.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  35% Help


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Compare Details Philip Simmons Middle ranks better than 57.8% of middle schools in South Carolina. It also ranks 4th among 11 ranked middle schools in the Berkeley 01 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 53.67. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (56.3%), African American (30.1%), two or more races (6.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 35% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Philip Simmons Middle is 15.9. 6 middle schools in the Berkeley 01 School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Philip Simmons Middle is $11,901, which is the 4th highest among 11 middle schools in the Berkeley 01 School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Philip Simmons Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Philip Simmons Middle 137th of 325 South Carolina public middle schools. (See Philip Simmons Middle in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Berkeley 01:

SchoolDigger ranks Berkeley 01 39th of 77 South Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Philip Simmons Middle

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Rank History for all students at Philip Simmons Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 51.64 136th 315 56.8%
2021 61.07 110th 311 64.6%
2022 57.91 108th 310 65.2%
2023 53.67 137th 325 57.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Philip Simmons Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.94 196th 280 30.0%
2019 32.01 209th 289 27.7%
2021 29.96 204th 288 29.2%
2022 30.90 209th 300 30.3%
2023 29.54 232nd 313 25.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Philip Simmons Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.52 134th 281 52.3%
2019 60.25 106th 296 64.2%
2021 58.40 109th 279 60.9%
2022 56.26 108th 290 62.8%
2023 52.46 127th 299 57.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Philip Simmons Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 47.05 88th 183 51.9%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Philip Simmons Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 53.74 106th 179 40.8%
2022 50.05 115th 182 36.8%
2023 48.04 118th 185 36.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Philip Simmons Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.49 180th 284 36.6%
2019 44.21 159th 296 46.3%
2021 61.87 95th 279 65.9%
2022 59.40 102nd 292 65.1%
2023 53.53 121st 303 60.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Philip Simmons Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.97 149th 237 37.1%
2019 36.70 159th 252 36.9%
2021 27.06 187th 235 20.4%
2022 40.07 136th 249 45.4%
2023 33.70 171st 253 32.4%
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Rank History for White students at Philip Simmons Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.44 67th 250 73.2%
2019 68.29 85th 258 67.1%
2021 71.21 63rd 244 74.2%
2022 59.79 94th 249 62.2%
2023 56.41 105th 260 59.6%
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Data source: test scores: South Carolina Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Philip Simmons Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 108 121 3 11 1 0 13 0 257
2018 120 123 3 10 1 0 13 0 270
2019 187 147 10 20 2 0 5 0 371
2020 210 141 9 22 1 1 11 0 395
2021 225 136 9 21 1 2 20 0 414
2022 231 131 7 17 1 0 21 0 408
2023 241 129 5 25 1 1 26 0 428

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Philip Simmons Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 257 19.0 13.5 49
2018 270 22.0 12.2 48.5
2019 371 23.0 16.1 42
2020 395 24.0 16.4 36.7
2021 414 28.0 14.7 28.7
2022 408 28.7 14.2 29.7
2023 428 26.9 15.9 35

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Philip Simmons Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 257 19.0 13.5 49
2018 270 22.0 12.2 48.5
2019 371 23.0 16.1 42
2020 395 24.0 16.4 36.7
2021 414 28.0 14.7 28.7
2022 408 28.7 14.2 29.7
2023 428 26.9 15.9 35

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Philip Simmons Middle

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YearPersonnel Expenditures from Federal FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from Federal FundsTotal Expenditures from Federal FundsPersonnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $295 (2.3%) $1,455 (11.3%) $1,750 (13.6%) $9,447 (73.3%) $1,696 (13.2%) $11,143 (86.4%) $12,893
2020 $231 (2.1%) $43 (0.4%) $273 (2.5%) $9,187 (85.5%) $1,287 (12.0%) $10,475 (97.5%) $10,748
2021 $106 (1.4%) $14 (0.2%) $120 (1.6%) $6,830 (93.1%) $385 (5.2%) $7,215 (98.4%) $7,335
2022 $250 (2.3%) $297 (2.7%) $546 (5.0%) $8,946 (82.7%) $1,331 (12.3%) $10,277 (95.0%) $10,823
2023 $910 (7.6%) $393 (3.3%) $1,302 (10.9%) $8,996 (75.6%) $1,603 (13.5%) $10,599 (89.1%) $11,901

Data source: South Carolina Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Philip Simmons Middle

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 136th of 315 Middle schoolsRanks 137th of 325 Middle schools
 1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade English Language Arts (Philip Simmons Middle)56.760.3
 3.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Berkeley 01)44.848.7
 3.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)4155.2
 14.2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Philip Simmons Middle)31.439.8
 8.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Berkeley 01)42.833
 9.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)45.444.6
 0.8%
6th Grade Science (Philip Simmons Middle)51.135.2
 15.9%
   6th Grade Science (Berkeley 01)49.438.5
 10.9%
   6th Grade Science (South Carolina)47.143
 4.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Philip Simmons Middle)49.558.3
 8.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Berkeley 01)43.549.8
 6.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)41.153.4
 12.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Philip Simmons Middle)3223.2
 8.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Berkeley 01)41.427.4
 14%
   6th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)43.936.7
 7.2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Philip Simmons Middle)49.547.4
 2.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Berkeley 01)46.145.6
 0.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)4450.1
 6.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Philip Simmons Middle)34.825.2
 9.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Berkeley 01)34.324.5
 9.8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)35.331
 4.3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Philip Simmons Middle)45.666.4
 20.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Berkeley 01)45.949.4
 3.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)44.553.1
 8.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Philip Simmons Middle)28.934.5
 5.6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Berkeley 01)32.321.4
 10.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)36.631.6
 5%
End of Course Algebra 1/Mathematics for the Technologies 2 (Philip Simmons Middle)99.9100
 0.1%
   End of Course Algebra 1/Mathematics for the Technologies 2 (Berkeley 01)62.360.4
 1.9%
   End of Course Algebra 1/Mathematics for the Technologies 2 (South Carolina)68.668.3
 0.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students371428
 15.4%
African American147129
 12.2%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian105
 50%
Hispanic2025
 25%
Pacific Islander01
White187241
 28.9%
Two or More Races526
 420%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients42%35%
 7%


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Philip Simmons Middle ranks 137th of 325 South Carolina middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Philip Simmons Middle usually go on to attend Philip Simmons High

Students at Philip Simmons Middle are 56% White, 30% African American, 6% Two or more races, 6% Hispanic, 1% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 428 students attended Philip Simmons Middle.


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