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160 H East McCracken Circle
Bluffton, SC 29910

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(843) 706-8540
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November 22, 2014
Overall I am pleased with the school. My daughters' teachers are a easy to work with, she loves the school, she is regularly challenged enough to remain interested unlike at the ECC. The facility is clean and secure, the faculty is pleasant.

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October 31, 2014
Very Rude Staff. Over Aggressive Principal. I want to volunteer so badly but I don't want to deal with the bullies and I don't mean the students. Looking for other options for my children.

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February 23, 2014
We are new to the school and I have been disappointed from the day we started. There is no communication between staff and parents. When questions are asked I get snotty replays from the people in the office. As another commented stated I have no clue if there is actually a principal. I've never been able to talk to him or her, when we enrolled it was never an option to meet him or her which was very odd to me. We are a military family and have traveled all over the country and not once have we not been introduced to the school principal. I feel like I have no idea what is going on with my child and her academics. Her grades have fallen from all A's to B's and she herself has said she feels like the teachers do not care about the students. We are in the process of getting her into a new school asap! Very Very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
What a disappointment!! If there is really a principal no one would know!! After 6 weeks of school I sat with a group of parents and kids new to school this year to find not one has ever seen, much less met, her. But more appalling is that students who have been there for 2 years chimed in that they didn't know who she was or what she looked like. Her lack of involvement, participation, support, and leadership is blatantly obvious and has clearly resulted in parents following suit. There is no PRIDE - no leadership or involvement, parents don't get involved, kids don't care and have no pride. Not only is this discouraging for parents and students, but how disheartening for a great faculty and administration. Again, what a disappointment. No visible leadership - going nowhere.

- submitted by a parent

June 25, 2012
Sad and depressing. The turnover that occured with the principle is the worst thing that happened to the school. Also I did not like the ESOL teacher, Mrs. Ferguson. She didn't appear to know how the program worked. I have been involved with this in other states, and she lacks a Supreme knowledge, of this program.

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December 23, 2011
I have had my kids in the elementary school/ early childhood center for the past 5 years. I love the teachers and contrary to the people who don't like the principle I feel she is very involved. Your child's education is not only dependent on good teachers and a good principle but a parents ability to help their children and to know your own child abilities and to communicate. I have 3 kids in school there and have never had any of the negative experiences that were mentioned.

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July 17, 2011
We moved from Ohio to Bluffton and could not br more happy or impressed with the schools programs and communication with parents. We were in a top school in Ohio and feel that this program with the gifted program is wonderful and offers more than our top rated Ohi schools.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2011
Principal? What principal? She loves the element of power, but doesn't care to get involved with the children. She distances herself from parents and teachers and truly lives by the code of "in it for the money." What kind of role model is this for our young, impressionable children?

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February 22, 2011
My child has attended Bluffton Elementary since kindergarten. I have been very impressed with the teachers and principal until this year. The previous principal was outstanding. It appears that the current principal has decided to punish all 5 th graders for the actions of others. Her crack down approach have teachers overracting and are excessive with their punishments. My child is in the GT program and her enthusiams has deminshed. I think the principal and teachers need to realize they are dealing with children not military cadets.

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February 22, 2011
There are outstanding teachers in this school; however, the leadership from the principal is poor. The principal has failed to create an environment that promotes enthusiasm and desire to learn. Her method of ruling with an iron fist does not work and she has lost respect from her parents and students! With new administrators this school has potential to be 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2010
The current leadership at this school is terrible. (Note that there is a different principal than there was in 2005 - that principal was outstanding.) The principal can't keep teachers there because she does not communicate well with them and they bolt at the first opportunity. She also does not cooperate well with the PTO, despite the PTO raising a fair amount of money to provide valuable classroom materials that the inadequate budgets would not cover. It's bad enough that there are so many apathetic parents who do not participate in the PTO, but when the principal is practically sabotaging the group's efforts through poor communication, closed-mindedness, and a superiority complex, well, you get the picture. That said, the teachers do a wonderful job for the most part, there is a gifted and talented program, and we are generally happy with the quality of the education our kids have received.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
Although the staff and administration try their best, the absence of parental involvement and lack of accountability makes this school sub standard. Additionally, since money in the state is tight and the voters tend to vote down educational referendums, the quality of teaching tools and advancement of technology in the classroom is sub standard as well.

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no rating
September 16, 2009
This school is geared to educate our future leaders and am proud to live the in this community

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October 13, 2008
Our daughter is in 3rd grade and has attended Bluffton Elementary since Kindergarten. The teachers, administration and staff are excellent. They are very devoted to the children's education and overall well-being. While the school is definitely overcrowded, they make lemonade out of lemons and handle the situation effectively and smoothly. The crowding should begin to ease up in the next year or so as new schools are being built. Bluffton Elementary has a great academic program with a nice emphasis on the arts- allowing students to find their own niche. Their music and dance programs are excellent. Our daughter has perfect attendance this year because she is so excited to go to school every day and see her teachers and her friends. She is very enthused about her studies and the music and dance programs.

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October 12, 2008
I loved this school in 2003 when my son started kindergarten. The administration has done an excellent job under the circumstances (size). Unfortunately, each year the school loses programs due to its ever increasing population. It just isn't the same. Instead of a family, it has become an institution.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 20, 2008
We came to Bluffton in 2006 and my son attended 3rd and 4th grade. He had a veteran teacher for 3rd and new teacher for 4th. I would rate the school as mediocre. I did not like the fact that my son had to attend class in a trailor. Additionally, it is extremely over crowded and students no doubt suffer due to the circumstances. Very large hispanic population, but other student demographics are typical.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2008
I would not want to teach anywhere else. In spite of being severely overcrowded and having a high Hispanic population, we run very efficiently.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
February 12, 2008
My son is finishing his PreK year at Bluffton Elementary and I cannot be happier with the experience. From the start, with the child evaluations, to meeting the teachers for the first time in our home, and in every aspect of this program, I can see the genuine care the teachers have for my son's education. It has truly prepared my son for a successful start by learning new skills and to follow his class routines. I'm a proud BLES parent!

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2006
Please beware.... This school and all 3 local elementary schools are very over crowded! we move to this area 1 year ago from ny and in that year the population has exploded but the schools have remained the same. It will be quite awhile before we can expect any relief! they don't tell you these things as realtors are pushing inexpensive houses at you. Bluffton is nice but the schools are in need of such expansion.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2004
Bluffton Elementary is a wonderful school. My son has just completed Pre-K this year and it is unbelievable how much he has learned. The Principal is wonderful and very involved with the students. The teachers are exceptional, very dedicated and caring. I am thrilled that my son has done so well here.

- submitted by a parent
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BLES has the atmosphere of family. Even though the school is overcrowded, you do not get that feeling while you are here.

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Bluffton Elementary School
160 H East McCracken Circle, Bluffton, SC  29910
(843) 706-8540
Last modified Bluffton Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bluffton Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top