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Bluffton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1100 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted April 8, 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?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This school is geared to educate our future leaders and am proud to live the in this community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

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84%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
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Social Studies

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

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

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

The state average for English/Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 70% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students83%
Female88%
Male77%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled42%
Not disabled88%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%

Math

All Students76%
Female80%
Male72%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled42%
Not disabled80%
English language learners56%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant76%

Science

All Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
African-Americann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled74%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%

Social Studies

All Students72%
Female76%
Male68%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals79%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%

Writing

All Students74%
Female81%
Male65%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White77%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled25%
Not disabled79%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
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 Students89%
Female86%
Male92%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals92%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled91%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant89%

Math

All Students88%
Female86%
Male89%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals86%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled91%
English language learners94%
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant88%

Science

All Students82%
Female75%
Male87%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled87%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant82%

Social Studies

All Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
African-American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals97%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled97%
English language learners100%
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant95%

Writing

All Students81%
Female89%
Male75%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled86%
English language learners78%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant81%
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 Students82%
Female89%
Male76%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled33%
Not disabled92%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant82%

Math

All Students80%
Female87%
Male74%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled22%
Not disabled92%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant80%

Science

All Students83%
Female86%
Male81%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled40%
Not disabled93%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant83%

Social Studies

All Students63%
Female63%
Male63%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Subsidized meals54%
Full-pay meals72%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled74%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant63%

Writing

All Students74%
Female80%
Male69%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled17%
Not disabled86%
English language learners55%
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant74%
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 53% 53%
Hispanic 26% 7%
Black 14% 36%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 45%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Palmetto Silver (2006)
  • Palmetto Silver (2005)
  • Palmetto Gold

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45am
School end time
  • 3:30pm
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Christine Wright
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (843) 706-8542

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • We have over 450 volunteers that work with our school. they are reading buddies, help with friday clubs (arts and crafts, sports activities etc on friday mornings), lunch buddies, and many many more activities.
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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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160 H East McCracken Circle
Bluffton, SC 29910
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Phone: (843) 706-8540

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