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Orange Grove Elementary Charter School

Charter | PK-5 | 772 students

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2011:
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Posted September 2, 2014

Orange grove is the best school in the area for sure! I went to Ashley Hall as a kid and even if I could afford to send my 3 kids there I would keep them at Orange grove! The teachers are great and care so much about their job! At other schools I've visited the teachers looked apathetic to say the least! A lot is expected of the Parents but why not! These are young kids that without parent involvement Would be lost at home after school! I love it and any kid or parent would be lucky To go there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I am in love with this school! My children have been here since kindergarten and are in 3rd and 4th grade now. They both are happy and in the gifted program testing very well. I am encouraged to come in and help, pop in to see how things are going, or just have lunch with my child anytime. They also switch classes according to testing levels in math and reading. This allows more individual style learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2013

This school is over rated. The staff mainly the office people are stuck up, rude and unapproachable. There are some great teachers there. I have never been made welcome there. I have always been active in my childrens school but they seem to be against that. I dont even know who the princapal is dont know what they look like even though i have requested a meeting several times and always get the run around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2012

I have two children in the school and am very pleased. I have a background in teaching as well. As with any school, the key is to know what is going on with your child and keep on top of things and involved. Most children thrive here. We have loved the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

This school is abosolutely outstanding. The teachers go above and beyond to help each child achieve their best. My daughter is in 1st grade and she is reading at a 4th grade level. I could't ask for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

Orange Grove has high expectations. It expects its students to be hardworking, courteous, and responsible. It expects its parents to be supportive and responsible, to get children to school on time, to check over homework, and to participate in school activities such as PTO and parent teacher conferences. It expects its teachers to go above and beyond - whether it is stretching learning goals beyond the standards or caring about the whole child. We moved to our neighborhood so that our children could attend Orange Grove when it was a neighborhood school. We never regretted it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

My child is highly gifted and loves her teacher and how well she pushes her. She comes home having learned new and exciting things everyday. She gets so many opportunities to do wonderful things here. Orange Grove is AMAZING!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

I would like to reassure parents that your gifted (highly or otherwise) student will absolutely get served at Orange Grove. The GT teacher has a full computer lab in her room, consisting of laptops for each student as well as several ipads. The curriculum is designed by the teacher and students are challenged on a daily basis. Project based learning is a key component of the program. There is no other GT program in CCSD that can match it. The technology simply isn't there for them to do so. We currently have students working on tenth and eleventh grade level standards because of their giftedness. The teacher also works with the GT students closely to ensure that the students are well-rounded and not simply focused on academic success. My best advice would be to speak with parents who have students in the program. Often, forums like these are for disgruntled people to "vent" their frustrations to the world" and an accurate representation is not given. I would like to invite anyone who has doubts about Orange Grove to please come and visit. Ten minutes in our school will give you a clear idea of what we are about.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 20, 2012

I would encourage all parents, current and prospective, to come in and see for themselves all that Orange Grove has to offer. The level of individualized instruction that we offer is something we are all proud to be a part of. As stated in an earlier post, you can't base your decisions on other individual's opinions. Please come in and form an opinion for yourself. Don't just ask the teachers and staff, talk with the kids and get their opinions as well. - Steve Schonveld, teacher.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 19, 2012

I have been a teacher and parent at OGECS for 6 years. I could not ask for better collegues to work with as well as to teach both my children. There is a love for each child that permeates through the entire school (very family oriented). As a parent, both of my children have been challenged (something I miss in middle school).


Posted January 29, 2012

This school was a disaster for my highly gifted child. We had to move him to a private school mid year to get him out of the stifling environment. He was identified highly gifted and this school would not make accommodations for him. Instead they wanted him to wait for years while the other children his age caught up to him, and give him counseling on how to deal with the frustration of waiting. This school has plenty or resources and is good for a lot of children, but it was a horror show for my child that caused our family a great deal of pain. If you have an average or below average child, this school will serve his or her needs. Otherwise, get ready for a bad experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

My daughter attended second grade and she had a horrible time. The principal and staff only care about the grades, not the child's well-being. Also, they do not treat minority students fairly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2011

OGECS is an extended family of mine. I love my job and the ability to teach children every day.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 24, 2010

The school is now in a brand-new facility in the West Ashley area. The principal, who has been there several years, seems to have a real interest in the children, as do the teachers, many of whom have also been there for years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

its a wonderful schhol the teachers are polite they are there to help the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

Orange Grove Elementary Charter School is an awesome school because the staff is family oriented- they'll treat your children like their own and they have high expectations for your childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

After sending my child to private school for two years, we were thrilled that Orange Grove started accepting transit students. This coming year is our second year and we are VERY VERY please and impressed with the school. I am thrilled that the academic approach is geared toward the child as a 'whole'. They really are like a big family, the PTO is awesome and they understand the importance of involving parents in their child's education. Everyone that works there also goes out of their way to make each student/family member/ and visitor feel welcomed and at home, you can tell the leadership is dynamic because it shines through their employees! I am looking foward to the new school year (2009-10) in the new awesome building!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

I think that it is a wonderful school. They teach alot of things kid should know now and not later. Always on point and I love pto meetings. Wonderful, wonderful,wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

I have to disagree with the review below. My daughter is between 2 to 3 grades ahead and they have always been sure to keep material in the clt have been wonderful about keeping up with her! They keep a lot of curriculm in the classroom geared towards her learning level. My son on the other hand has ADHD and the teacher and school pychologist has been very active in keeping up with the learning program that he needs. Plus, at every school event, the principal is always there and is very active in what is going on inside the school and outside the school. I am staying in the area that I am in only so the kids can continue to go to this school. There is no better!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
96%

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90%

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
93%

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2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
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Writing

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students97%
Female95%
Male98%
African-American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized meals92%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%

Math

All Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Subsidized meals85%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%

Science

All Students85%
Female83%
Male88%
African-American73%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female100%
Male92%
African-American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals91%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%

Writing

All Students87%
Female91%
Male83%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
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 Students91%
Female93%
Male90%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

Math

All Students91%
Female96%
Male86%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

Science

All Students88%
Female86%
Male90%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant88%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
African-American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals93%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant97%

Writing

All Students90%
Female91%
Male88%
African-American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant90%
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 Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
African-American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Subsidized meals90%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%

Math

All Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
African-American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Subsidized meals96%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Not migrant97%

Science

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
African-American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals89%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant93%

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female83%
Male97%
African-American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

Writing

All Students90%
Female94%
Male87%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant90%
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 55% 53%
Black 37% 36%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A57%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Palmetto Silver Award (2009)
  • Palmetto Gold Award (2006)

Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

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

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Larry DiCenzo
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Computer lab
  • Garden
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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1225 Orange Branch Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
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Phone: (843) 763-1520

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