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257 Crossbow Drive
Columbia, SC 29212

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(803) 476-3800
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June 09, 2015
I love this school! It is THE BEST elementary school in Lexington 5. My daughter, has received THE BEST teachers, friends, events, community etc from this school. If you ever hear bad reviews about this school, and are hesitant to send your child here (if you are zoned here), I beg you to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, come check it out for your self. Take a tour, meet the fabulous Principal, and Vice. Principal, teachers, and grades. You will then learn that old rumors, are OLD rumors!! This school also have a program for "the gifted and talented". My daughter is not in the program however, she is receiving just as good education as the gifted classes. Do not be fooled by hateful people if they tell you this is a bad school. Do your homework, see the A+'s that they get now, and please send your child here. You will be so happy that you did!

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June 09, 2015
My daughter comes home happy, confident, and does nothing but want to go back to school the next day after coming home each day. I am friends with many parents who send there children here, and everyone agrees. This is THE BEST elementary school.

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March 29, 2015
I love the diversity and all the clubs that help build a lot of kind interests on the kids. Love the school 100%.

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March 06, 2015
This is an awesome school. Our son has attended since 2nd grade. He is now in 5th grade. The teachers and staff are amazing! We have had only positive experiences at HWES! So happy to be part of the Harbison Heroes community!

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March 03, 2015
I am a parent AND teacher at Harbison West. I have been an educator here for 8 years now, and could not be happier to have my own children attending our school! All of our teachers and staff are truly dedicated to serving each and every one of students to the best of their ability. Smiling is contagious and everyone is always willing to help. Our school is not only a great place to work, but we are a FAMILY... and we treat our students the same way. I have spent countless hours talking with different teachers who laugh, cry and live the daily lives with their students. Children at our school do not go through anything alone. We care for each and every one of them just as tho they are our own. We have numerous teachers that are mentors to a variety of children who need extra help. I can't count how many times our teachers have filled needs for students with their own money. Or how many times I've seen teachers provide opportunities for those children that couldn't provide it themselves. I could go on and on! Bottom line - I LOVE working at Harbison West Elementary, and MY two children love coming to school here every day!!!

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October 08, 2013
Our daughter transferred to Harbison West last year during the middle of kindergarten. Although we were nervous at the start, we were quickly welcomed into the HWE family. Our daughter comes home everyday telling us what she has learned that day. It's great seeing how excited she is about learning.

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September 26, 2013
My son enjoys Harbison West. Teachers are happy to be there and it shows. They offer great programs for students and the communication is awesome between school to parents.

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January 14, 2013
This our first year at HWES and are very pleased. My son is in 4th grade and loves it. All staff really care and takes the time to talk to the children and it shows in my son.

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May 30, 2012
I've been very pleased with HWES. I've not come across one teacher or administrator that has led me to feel as though my children are in less than capable hands. The location of the school renders itself to a different cross-section of the population than other areas of town, and some cultures will stand out more than others; however, that is to be expected everywhere. The teachers have exemplified to me, at least, specific attention to each child in the classroom - not just my own - from what I've observed. Each child is important to them. I'm shocked by the former comment, as it's so hard to picture malicious or negligent intent from any of the staff af HWES. I've seen the principal as well as the security officer and other teachers walking and talking with students of all ethnicities. They offer great programs to involve parents and kids, and the communication from the school is excellent. I've never missed any information I've needed for the week. They also do great at recognizing the kids for all sorts of positives; not much goes unnoticed. The atmosphere has a very positive air. Even bullying is snuffed out instantaneously, with generally constructive results. Kudos.

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March 09, 2012
I am very concerned about the posting before mine. I wish I knew what caused that problem, as that description is scary! But I'll have to base my review on my own experience. Overall, I have been much happier with HWES than with the school my daughter attended last year. in this same district. However, she is part of the Escolares (gifted) program, and has an excellent teacher. She is not bored and tired of school anymore since moving to Escolares. I like the smaller size of the school, and the front desk staff has seemed competent in my dealings with them. The principal seems to run a tight ship (sorry for the cliche), but without day to day activities seeming as absurdly regimented as in the other school. My only complaint is that HWES is far from our home, so it's hard to attend extracurricular activities if they are not right after school. That is not the fault of HWES, it is the fault of the district for not having gifted programs available elsewhere. If you are in District 5, and your child needs the gifted program, this is the only real option. (BTW, the car line procedure at this school is great. I just hope the school addresses the prior poster's concerns.)

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March 04, 2012
If you dont care about your child getting a great education then send him/her here...if you dont care that your child makes it home safe then send them here. The school teachers that stand at the door to let the walkers go home have been told by myself not to let mine walk unless im there to walk with her...they said they cant keep up with all the kids...there are very few white children at this school and im white and so is my child so how can they not remember me...they let my six year old walk home without me twice...and once while i was in the school, told the principle to call the teacher to send my child to where i was and guess what, yup , youre right, they still let her walk home without me...very poor school...awful...like i said , if you dont wish for your child to have a great education, send them here...

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August 23, 2011
This is an exceptionally well-run school and my second-grader loves it. The teachers and administrators create an organized, respectful, and enjoyable learning environment that challenges students to do their best. We are very pleased with our experience here!

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August 16, 2011
My son attends the Escolares program at HWES. The curriculum and teachers are phenomenal. The class size is small compared to other schools, which allows for more individualized attention. The principal is revered by many teachers in the district. I have heard from multiple teachers at her old school they would love to have her back. This school has many outlets for the kids to shine and feel a part of something. Chorus, step team, car rider safety guards, musicals, talent shows, in-depth study projects (some done with PowerPoint by second graders), etc., help the kids express themselves and grow. Also, there is outreach to the parents almost weekly (sometimes it is overkill, but overall very inviting and informative) to encourage participation. Overall, I am extremely pleased with our decision to move my son to this school.

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November 18, 2010
This is a terrible school. My child was severely mistreated by the car rider women and the Principal. The academics was not even at the level that he should have been at. I regret my child ever attending this school. The staff does not smile nor do they say hello. Seems as if everyone working at this school is incredibly miserable with their job.

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March 12, 2010
I wish that more people from the community would come and see for themselves the wonderful things going on at Harbison West, instead of making judgements based on rumor and hearsay. The class sizes are small and the children get individualized attention from wonderfully caring staff. There is also an atmosphere of customer service here that is absent at other schools in the district.

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July 06, 2009
I have had 2 children educated in this school. You won't find a more capable administration or staff to educate your children.

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October 27, 2008
My son has attended this school for the past 3 years. I have nothing but great reviews for this school. My son at the begaining of last year was toward the bottom of his class in both reading and math. His teacher worked closely with us and gave him additional services that helped tremendously. Toward the end of that school year he was no longer behind his classmates. He reading and math were right on standards. The teachers are excellent! The teachers really care and have always gone above and beyond what was required of them to ensure academic sucess for my child. Plus our classes have great student teacher ratio, which personally I think saved my child from getting behind.

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October 04, 2008
My son has been attending HWES since the age of 3, he is now in the fourth grade. I could not have asked for a better group of teachers to work with him. My biggest concerned when he started school was that he would be put into a class and passed over, because he does'nt learn on the same level as other children. I can say that is not the case at HWES. I'm thankful everyday for the faculty and staff at Harbison West. There are great things going on at HWES.

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May 02, 2008
This is the second year my children have attended HWES, and I am praying that we can find a home in another school zone for next year. The Teachers I have delt with are wonderful, but the environment my children have to put up with is appaling. They have to struggle to hear their teachers over the sounds from the surrounding classrooms (because they have 'Pods'), are bullied by several children daily, and subjected to foul language from the other children on a daily basis. I have raised my children to be polite, well mannered, and respectful, and I have started to notice behavioral changes in them from the stress of dealing with others not raised in the same way.

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February 02, 2008
The School has little to no challenging reading program for Kindergarten. In my opinion the school has no fundamental plan for helping the children suceed on a local or national level. The school has poor P.A.C.T test scores which has made F's on their report card for two to three years consecutively. My advice to parents would be to send your child to a school that has high P.A.C.T scores on the report card and take advantage of the school of choice. Schools that do not make it their priority to better the education of our children should be accountable for their poor cirriculum's and teaching.

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December 03, 2007
We love HWES. Our children have had the best teachers. The school has resources and technology that many of the other school do not have. I would hope that people (realtors included) visit this school and see the great things going on inside the doors of HWES. In addition, there are wonderful neighborhoods.

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August 09, 2007
Our child was pulled from this school three years ago due to the on going issues we had with not only the teachers, but also the students and staff. We were told that there is nothing that can be done and that our child should just deal with it.

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Families are always welcome to visit our school. We are excited to share the wonderful things happening at Harbison West Elementary! HWES has many wonderful program opportunities included preschool for DD, 4K, K-5 instruction and is the home of Lexington School District 5's Gifted and Talented magnet, Escolares Academy.


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Harbison West Elementary School
257 Crossbow Drive, Columbia, SC  29212
(803) 476-3800
Last modified Harbison West Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Harbison West Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top