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Polo Road Elementary School

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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 10, 2014

This is the best elementary school in Richland 2, hands down. It all starts from the principal, Dr. Franklin. Her caring spirit and passion for children is spread through out the school and staff memebers. I am so happy my son attends this school. His reading and math skills are beyond his grade level and is now in the magnet program. Love love Love Polo Rd Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

I recently moved to the area from district 5, so I was a little skeptical of the rumors about district 2. Polo Road Elementary has by far exceeded my expectations. My children love the school and the staff. I would highly recommend this school, as well as the Quest magnet program. I have no complaints and I am very pleased with my children's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Polo Road Elementary should receive a five star rating. It is an excellent, academic facility where all students are challenged. As a retired educator, myself, for over twenty-three years, I can easily recognize outstanding leadership, caring and devoted teachers, and a worthwhile and demanding curriculum. I have two grandsons attending this outstanding school and am thrilled with the opportunities provided to them. The principal, Dr. Marshalynn Franklin, expects the very best from her faculty, as well as her students. She is a role model for excellence as an administrator, who truly cares about quality education and how it can affect the future of her pupils.


Posted January 7, 2014

I moved three boys from Private school to polo Elementary when we bought a new house in the area. The school boasts superior resources and an involved Teaching staff. Private School was a waste OF $$$. Our boys now test above their private school peers and more importantly they are having normal social contacts with their classmates. I am glad we are here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

I love Polo Rd. My husband and I are both in the Army and our daughter is in 2nd grade this year. She has been going to Polo Rd since Kindergarten and she loves all of her teachers. The teachers that she has had have a sincere love for the students and a heart for teaching unlike some teachers now days. The Principle is very personable and she is always willing to go out of her way to assist. Our next school will have a "big shoe" to fill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

My children transitioned from private school to public school (at Polo Road) and have had an absolutely wonderful experience. I never imagined public school had so much to offer since I attended private school as a child. My children (one in general ed and one in the Autism program) are challenged academically by an extremely skilled instructional staff. They have also made great friends. The school is safe, beautiful and quite inviting. Everybody from the administration to the support staff are caring and know my children by name. I couldn't ask for anything more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2013

I must say before I went to this school I've heard nothing but good things. I heard wrong this school is good for typical kids, but kids who has autism are not good at all for. The program is terrible at this school, and I've seen better. And I would not recommend anyone who's has a child with autism to come here unless you have low expectations for your child and their goals. They have 3 programs for autism at this school and all of them re not good. They are pretty much babysitting and not teaching them anything. I am moving to another district to Lexington 5. Like I said its good for typical kids but not the special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

Awesome school. The teachers are very involved in the kids learning. By the end of my daughter's kindergarten year, she was reading on a 2nd grade level. I love this school. My husband and I are in the military and we are willing to extend our time here in Columbia so that our daughter can finish out at Polo Rd Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2012

Possibly the best school in Columbia, SC and should be rated as one of the best in SC. Gifted group of teachers and administrators that go out of their way to educate children attending their school. They are also heavily engaged in fund raising activities that show in the modern and continuously updated automation and facilities. Proud to have my sons go there and even prouder to recieve the level of education they are recieving there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2011

This school is a school that is working hard to help students make a better future.


Posted September 12, 2010

A really great school... but is a school song necessary? ( Student of Polo Road speaking here- we even have to put our right hand on our heart when we are singing the school song.) :(


Posted July 21, 2010

Polo Road Elementary is an excellent school. The teachers and staff encourage the children to excel. If there is ever a question or concern the staff will make every effort to get an answer. The teachers highly encourage parent involvement in all the activities. If you ever have a problem, get involved and be part of the solution! My daughter went for Kindergarten and will be going for the first half of First grade. I wish we could stay through to Fifth grade but the military won't let us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2008

I love Polo Road! The teachers really treated me with courtesy and respect, they said' good morning to my children every day and I felt that my kids were truly safe there. Even the kids respected other kids. That was very important to me, because I have a special needs child. Unfortunately, due to orders, we will not be returning next year, but I cried myself on the last day of school. Also, they really cared about my children's academic needs and made communication with me very easily.I know you will enjoy this school as much as we have!
—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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
66%
Social Studies

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

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 77% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
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%
Female87%
Male79%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled42%
Not disabled92%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%

Math

All Students63%
Female58%
Male68%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White76%
Subsidized meals52%
Full-pay meals71%
Disabled33%
Not disabled68%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%

Science

All Students59%
Female62%
Male56%
African-American60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Subsidized meals47%
Full-pay meals70%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%

Social Studies

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
African-American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals93%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Writing

All Students65%
Female70%
Male61%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White67%
Subsidized meals52%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabled25%
Not disabled74%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
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 Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals78%
Disabled20%
Not disabled80%
English language learners77%
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%

Math

All Students86%
Female92%
Male80%
African-American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled50%
Not disabled90%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

Science

All Students78%
Female86%
Male71%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled30%
Not disabled84%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant78%

Social Studies

All Students85%
Female88%
Male82%
African-American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled70%
Not disabled87%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%

Writing

All Students66%
Female72%
Male61%
African-American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals54%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabled10%
Not disabled73%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant66%
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%
Female96%
Male87%
African-American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals92%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled92%
English language learners94%
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%

Math

All Students84%
Female89%
Male79%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled87%
English language learners88%
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant84%

Science

All Students75%
Female84%
Male65%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals81%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant75%

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
African-American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals89%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant91%

Writing

All Students86%
Female91%
Male81%
African-American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Subsidized meals85%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled89%
English language learners88%
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%
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
Black 46% 36%
White 24% 53%
Hispanic 18% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 1%
Two or more races 2% 3%
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

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1250 Polo Rd
Columbia, SC 29223
Phone: (803) 419-2226

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