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Harbison West Elementary School

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Posted October 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted March 9, 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.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 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...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2009

I have had 2 children educated in this school. You won't find a more capable administration or staff to educate your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 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.
—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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
41%
Social Studies

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

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
46%
Social Studies

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

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
46%
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 Students86%
Female93%
Male81%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabled40%
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%

Math

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
African-American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals51%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled33%
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%

Science

All Students66%
Female71%
Male60%
African-American39%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals33%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%

Social Studies

All Students80%
Female81%
Male79%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%

Writing

All Students77%
Female87%
Male69%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled33%
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
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 Students78%
Female87%
Male70%
African-American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled31%
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant78%

Math

All Students80%
Female87%
Male74%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled42%
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant80%

Science

All Students72%
Female78%
Male66%
African-American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals52%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled31%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant72%

Social Studies

All Students76%
Female83%
Male70%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals57%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled35%
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant76%

Writing

All Students77%
Female83%
Male71%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled40%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant77%
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 Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Subsidized meals84%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled56%
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant86%

Math

All Students74%
Female72%
Male77%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled25%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant74%

Science

All Students70%
Female70%
Male71%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled46%
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant70%

Social Studies

All Students74%
Female85%
Male61%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals72%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant74%

Writing

All Students66%
Female72%
Male59%
African-American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Subsidized meals53%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled18%
Not disabled80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Not 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 55% 36%
White 33% 53%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 63%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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