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Coosa Elementary School

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4 stars

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Posted May 18, 2014

Amazing School! My children were new to this school last year. We had never moved before so I was nervous at how well they would adjust. They were welcomed in with open arms. We met Mrs Dillard on our school tour and she was all smiles, friendly and honestly interested in the kids. All of the teachers know all of the kids. They are electronically advanced as well. Laptops and Ipads in all the classrooms. They teach the children proper safety for the Internet. They are extremely focused on the future of the children. I am more than pleased with my choice to send my kids to Coosa
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

This is our first year in Beaufort County Schools, and we are very happy with Coosa Elementary. There are so many activities for the students to be involved in, and the teachers truly care about the students. It is a small school, so even though my children are in 1st grade, they know most of the teachers and the teachers know them. We are a military family, and the school is very understanding of the challenges we face. The PTO is very active, with many fun opportunities for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

I am a military spouse, the school should not win the five thousands dollars because the principal is a bad principal. She has a preference in the military. My son was scared to come to the class when he was in the Kindergarten. I explained the principal my concern and also the teacher. For my rewards she accused me of neglected and abused my son and she reported my name to DSS. The school has a lot activities and I always invited at the last minutes. The school do not send the invitation for 30 days in advance. My son love the fun activities, but under the table the principal is a bad person. They have great teachers, but some of the staff is not here for the students. They are there for the pay check.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

The Beaufort area has some great elementary schools, but the faculty, staff, and parents of Coosa Elementary go above and beyond. Mrs. Dillard, the school principal, is involved in all aspects of the school. She even helps unload kids from the car rider line in the morning and waves goodbye to the bus riders in the afternoon! The kids are very inspired by their principal and try to earn rewards like getting to eat lunch with her! Coosa recently adopted Franklin/Stephen Covey's Leader in Me (similar to the 7 habits of highly effective people). The children's response to this program has be phenomenal! Self esteem is boosting, kids are caring toward their peers, and grades and behavior are improving. You can clearly see these little leaders in action when you walk down the halls! Good for Coosa, for teaching values and leadership along with their daily curriculum!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Extremely happy with this school. This is the best elementary school in Beaufort County hands down. My son is in 1st grade and doing extremely well, but he also has a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Evans. The only criticism I would have for the school and the district as a whole is the lack of a good, well-enforced, 'No Bullying' Policy. This is one area they need to greatly improve on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

I'm very happy with this school, the teachers, and the administration. They are very responsive to the needs of the kids and the parents. The curriculum is well rounded. We have come from DoDD's schools, and my child transitioned to Coosa at the same levels, no problem. We have been very happy with the education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

I love this school! The teachers are great and the principal is Awesome!!! My Son also loves this school, will be sad to have to leave
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2009

Very sad to leave Coosa El. My 3 children attended Coosa for 4 years. It is a fantastic school with excellent teachers and a welcoming enviornment for students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2006

My children have attended Coosa for the last six years. I have been very pleased by the quality education they have receieved. Unfortunately, the school is getting very large now, and overcrowding is definitely going to become a real issue very soon. I agree that the after school pick up can be a little crazy, but the system works when parents follow the rules. If you are moving to Beaufort, I would recommend this school, as well as Mossy Oaks Elementary and Lady's Island Elementary (which are both smaller and less crowded). The principal at Coosa is often difficult to reach and seemingly uninvolved with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

My son has attended Coosa for the last 4 yrs, (K-4) and we have loved it. The teachers are great and they truely care about the children and their education. The school is clean and well kept and has an enormous amount of parent involvement which is encouraged by the administration. The majority of the children who attend Coosa are well mannered and come from good families.My entire family has made lasting friendships through this school simply b/c we were involved, something that will not happen at the private schools near by. Unfortunately we are moving out of state and we can only hope that our next school is half as good as Coosa.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2006

Coosa Elementary is a fine school. The teachers my child had were caring teachers but I had concerns with both regarding how they kept discipline in their classes. You really need to know which teachers to ask for. The classrooms looked unorganized and cluttered. However, I know that my child enjoyed all of the learning centers available. The school is clean and welcoming. Picking your child up after school is not so safe due to parents who won't follow rules. I have seen many parents drive down the wrong side of the road on school property to avoid waiting in line. I have seen near collisions and children come close to being hit by cars because of it. I felt the office staff was generally helpful and friendly, especially the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2006

People told me you can't send you children to public schools in Beaufort, South Carolina. Obviously they've never been to Coosa Elementary School. Both of my children have been very successful there and have excellent teachers. They have made many friends with children from very nice families. The school is big and you need to be involved to make sure your children get the very best teachers. I'd put the ones my children have had up against any teachers from any school anywhere. I think they've been that good. You wouldn't believe all the parent volunteers at Coosa. I don't think I have been there in last three years and not seen some a parent volunteering. The only downside would be that there really aren't many clubs or extra curricular activities, but my children have never cared, because they are bust with other things. They both love school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2006

Wonderful school! People told us we couldn't do public school in South Carolina. Boy, were they wrong. This school is big, but it feels small. The caliber of teaching is incredible and the resources and facilities are so nice. I feel so lucky to have all my kids here. I don't understand why everyone doesn't live in the area, so they can send their kids to Coosa. I visited some other schools and some were O.K. but Coosa feels like what a good school should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2004

The office staff is cordial on good days, rude on most days. The teachers seem to yell alot and are not very welcoming. We are having trouble 'fitting' in, hope things change soon. The kids all seem to be undisciplined and spoiled. They call each other names and I have heard them swearing in the hallway. Not too sure if we will stay at this particular school another year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2004

I would recommend Coosa Elementary for children in Beaufort because it is a good school. However, I found that since moving, my children are a little behind. It is also difficult to keep the lines of communication open between the parent and the teacher. I think the PTO needs to do more things with and for the children and parents to keep them motivated throughout the school year. There are not many ways to meet new people and make friends. The office could also use a lesson in common courtesy.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 80% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 75% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students86%
Female91%
Male82%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled64%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

Math

All Students73%
Female74%
Male75%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White77%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled55%
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%

Science

All Students53%
Female47%
Male59%
African-Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Subsidized meals31%
Full-pay meals63%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%

Social Studies

All Students85%
Female94%
Male77%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Writing

All Students83%
Female94%
Male74%
African-American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled55%
Not disabled88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students83%
Female94%
Male75%
African-American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%

Math

All Students89%
Female94%
Male87%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

Science

All Students75%
Female75%
Male77%
African-American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals78%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant75%

Social Studies

All Students82%
Female85%
Male81%
African-American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant82%

Writing

All Students91%
Female96%
Male87%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 53%
Black 18% 36%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Beaufort, SC 29907
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