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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Airport High School is a public school located in West Columbia, SC. It has 1,341 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 64% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
Address
1315 Boston Avenue
West Columbia, SC 29170
Telephone
(803) 822-5600
Website

Airport High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
64%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1070
74 responses
Average ACT
21
70 responses
AP Enrollment
7%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    B+
  4. Good for Families
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$45,599
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$882
National
$949
Median Home Value
$120,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
56%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Charity drive week
    37%
  • Late Start Wednesday
    29%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Pep rallys
    11%
  • Plays
    5%
  • Homecoming
    3%
  • Pep rallies
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,341
Free or Reduced Lunch
57%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,373
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.1%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,424/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.26 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.26 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.26 responses
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This school was not amazing but it wasn't all terrible. It had its pros and cons. There were times where airport didn't do so bad but there were a lot of times where it did terribly, mainly because of the students. For the most part, the teachers did care about the students' education, but I believe that they could have done better in preparing the students for life and college. There were some teachers who did not really care about the students' education but rather were very laid back. Those would be the students "favorites". But looking at it from a bigger picture, it doesn't help in the long run at all. It doesn't prepare the students. I think schools, in general, need a better method of teaching students to better retain the information and keep it in long-term memory.
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I loved playing soccer at Airport High School however I always felt that the football team and baseball team got most of the money that was suppose to go towards the sports programs. I feel that the money should be spent evenly between all the sports including new uniforms when needed, maintenance for the fields and paying the coaches what they deserve considering all the coaches put so much time and effort into the teams and players making sure they reach their potential as students and athletes.
I like the school overall. I think that most of the teachers are good at their jobs and that they care about the students. However some teachers and administrators have been involved in things that puts the schools reputation at risk. The clubs and activities are amazing though. The JROTC Drill Team is second in the nation, baseball made it to the championships, and our student government helped send over 50 kids to Camp Kemo.