Philip Simmons High

Summary:

Philip Simmons High is a public high school in Charleston, South Carolina, serving 771 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Charleston 01 school district, which is ranked 39 out of 77 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Philip Simmons High consistently performs well academically, ranking 49th out of 237 high schools in South Carolina for the 2022-2023 school year and receiving a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's performance is particularly strong in English, with over 90% of students proficient or better in EOCEP English 1 and over 77% proficient or better in EOCEP English 2. Compared to some nearby schools like Greg Mathis Charter High and North Charleston High, which have significantly lower academic performance, Philip Simmons High stands out as a high-performing institution.

Philip Simmons High also has a relatively diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 67.7% White, 22.96% African American, 4.8% Hispanic, and smaller percentages of other races. This diversity is notable compared to some nearby schools with more homogeneous student populations. Additionally, the school has a relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at around 20% in recent years, which is lower than some of the nearby schools. However, the school's performance on certain metrics, such as the ranking for African American students, suggests there may be some disparities in academic outcomes for different racial groups, an area the school and district could potentially focus on to ensure equitable opportunities for all students.


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Public 9-12

 3080 River Village Drive
       Charleston, SC  29492


(843) 471-2960

District: Berkeley 01

SchoolDigger Rank:
49th of 237 South Carolina High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,345 Help


Feeder schools for Philip Simmons High:

Elementary:    Cainhoy Elementary
    Daniel Island School
    Philip Simmons Elementary
Middle:    Philip Simmons Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  14.4 Help
Number of students:  771

Racial breakdown:

White:
67.7%
African American:
23.0%
Hispanic:
4.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  20.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Philip Simmons High ranks better than 79.3% of high schools in South Carolina. It also ranks first among 8 ranked high schools in the Berkeley 01 School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 70.97. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (67.7%), African American (23%), Hispanic (4.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 20.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Berkeley 01 School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Philip Simmons High is 14.4, which is the 2nd best among 8 high schools in the Berkeley 01 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Philip Simmons High is $11,345. 4 high schools in the Berkeley 01 School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Philip Simmons High:

SchoolDigger ranks Philip Simmons High 49th of 237 South Carolina public high schools. (See Philip Simmons High in the ranking list.)

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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 High

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Rank History for all students at Philip Simmons High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 74.13 36th 227 84.1%
2022 67.80 50th 226 77.9%
2023 70.97 49th 237 79.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Philip Simmons High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.74 84th 214 60.7%
2019 43.61 94th 217 56.7%
2021 60.08 58th 213 72.8%
2022 34.53 143rd 220 35.0%
2023 34.53 146th 226 35.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Philip Simmons High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.22 91st 210 56.7%
2019 60.68 60th 213 71.8%
2021 72.14 37th 213 82.6%
2022 65.30 55th 220 75.0%
2023 70.42 53rd 223 76.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Philip Simmons High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 56.88 47th 139 66.2%
2023 79.21 21st 141 85.1%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Philip Simmons High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 67.52 46th 156 70.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Philip Simmons High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.18 44th 213 79.3%
2019 58.75 58th 218 73.4%
2021 74.37 30th 215 86.0%
2022 69.04 45th 224 79.9%
2023 69.13 47th 229 79.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Philip Simmons High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.07 61st 183 66.7%
2019 53.31 66th 184 64.1%
2021 52.33 66th 178 62.9%
2022 36.74 117th 190 38.4%
2023 37.81 116th 199 41.7%
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Rank History for White students at Philip Simmons High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.01 40th 185 78.4%
2019 70.49 27th 191 85.9%
2021 78.70 23rd 189 87.8%
2022 69.71 43rd 192 77.6%
2023 77.06 36th 197 81.7%
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Data source: test scores: South Carolina State 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.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: South Carolina State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Philip Simmons High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2018 110 88 3 10 0 0 6 0 217
2019 218 128 6 20 0 0 18 0 390
2020 324 170 7 24 0 0 20 0 545
2021 407 183 6 31 1 0 20 0 648
2022 485 169 5 41 1 0 30 0 731
2023 522 177 7 37 1 0 27 0 771

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 High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2018 217 21.5 10.0 41
2019 390 32.0 12.1 30.3
2020 545 44.0 12.3 28.4
2021 648 48.0 13.5 20.4
2022 731 50.2 14.5 21.8
2023 771 53.2 14.4 20.6

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 High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2018 217 21.5 10.0 41
2019 390 32.0 12.1 30.3
2020 545 44.0 12.3 28.4
2021 648 48.0 13.5 20.4
2022 731 50.2 14.5 21.8
2023 771 53.2 14.4 20.6

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 High

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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 $522 (3.3%) $118 (0.7%) $641 (4.1%) $13,060 (82.6%) $2,108 (13.3%) $15,168 (95.9%) $15,809
2020 $161 (1.1%) $43 (0.3%) $204 (1.4%) $12,595 (84.9%) $2,036 (13.7%) $14,631 (98.6%) $14,835
2021 $197 (2.1%) $108 (1.1%) $305 (3.2%) $8,487 (89.9%) $647 (6.9%) $9,134 (96.8%) $9,439
2022 $347 (3.1%) $410 (3.6%) $757 (6.7%) $9,166 (81.0%) $1,398 (12.3%) $10,564 (93.3%) $11,321
2023 $517 (4.6%) $578 (5.1%) $1,095 (9.7%) $8,738 (77.0%) $1,512 (13.3%) $10,250 (90.3%) $11,345

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Philip Simmons High

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Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Algebra 1/Mathematics for the Technologies 2 (Philip Simmons High)65.360.5
 4.8%
   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%
End of Course Biology 1/Applied Biology 2 (Philip Simmons High)79.167
 12.1%
   End of Course Biology 1/Applied Biology 2 (Berkeley 01)69.357.8
 11.5%
   End of Course Biology 1/Applied Biology 2 (South Carolina)67.259.1
 8.1%
End of Course English 1 (Philip Simmons High)75.790.1
 14.4%
   End of Course English 1 (Berkeley 01)78.983.5
 4.6%
   End of Course English 1 (South Carolina)78.984
 5.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students390771
 97.7%
African American128177
 38.3%
American Indian01
Asian67
 16.7%
Hispanic2037
 85%
Pacific Islander00
White218522
 139.4%
Two or More Races1827
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients30.3%20.6%
 9.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Philip Simmons High

In the 2022-23 school year, 771 students attended Philip Simmons High.

Students at Philip Simmons High are 68% White, 23% African American, 5% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races.

Philip Simmons High ranks 49th of 237 South Carolina high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Philip Simmons High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Cainhoy Elementary
Elementary : Daniel Island School
Elementary : Philip Simmons Elementary
Middle : Philip Simmons Middle


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the South Carolina Department of Education.

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