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Satchel Ford Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted May 3, 2014

I was told this was the best school here in columbia. I sent my children here the beginning of the school year and within a week of my kids going I transferred them to another. Horrible experience with some of the main staff. Will never recommend this school to anyone. The reason why there scores are so high in testing is because thats all they make the children focus on. I have a friend that her child attends this school,who is in third grade and still doesn't know how to spell. Yes, the mayor sent his children here, ask if he would now.This school might have been great years ago but not now. Would not RECOMMEND horrible school some staff do not belong there. This school may have be
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

its good school its good school its good school its good school its good school its good school


Posted July 15, 2013

I have two children at Satchel Ford and am delighted they're both receiving such an excellent public school education. Both have tested into the Advanced Academic Placement program thanks to excellent teachers. I really appreciate the emphasis on writing and the arts and the encouragement to be lifelong lovers of reading. This is a safe, secure, welcoming and diverse environment conducive to learning and enjoying school. The related arts program is exceptional. The grade-level performances incorporate drama, music, dancing and visual arts in relating to the curriculum. My only complaint about this school is with the PTO, which does an excellent job raising funds for the school and staging events but falls short when it comes to communicating with parents. PTO meetings are actually those grade-level performances mentioned above, and almost no actual PTO business is discussed. Decisions seem to be made by a select few in daytime executive meetings that are impossible for most parents to attend. The parent leadership is clique-ish, probably common in such excellent public schools but quite off-putting to parents who want to be involved in more than just sending money to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

Some of the teachers are phenomenal. Some of the teachers are horrible and honestly don't seem to even like children. The principal is on a power trip and although she claims to want parental input regarding their child, she purposely gives parents exactly the opposite of what the parents feel the child needs (in terms of type of teacher). There is way too much homework/busy work given and parents are not allowed in the classrooms ever! The children are taught "to the test" instead of according to what they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

It's one of the worst schools ever. The teachers give students unreasonable grades. That don't try to let the student be in their comfort zone and the school clean up is filthy but the school is actually big I give them that but that's it.


Posted June 3, 2012

Both of my children have attended here since Kindergarten (oldest going into 4th). We have had a great experience and would highly recommend this school for anyone seeking a private education for a public school price!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

My oldest went here for 5 years and this is our youngest first yeay. Have been very happy with the quality of education and the caring spirit of the school staff and teachers. Would recommend to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2005

When determining where my children would attend school, we interviewed 2 well respected private schools in town and determined that Satchel Ford provides every bit as good an education as one we could pay in the 10s of thousands for each year. The teachers'dedication and personal involvement with the students, the strong curriculum, including an excellent related arts progaram, and the remarkably nurturing school community make it hands down the choice for us.
—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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
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 Students87%
Female94%
Male80%
African-American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled59%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%

Math

All Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
African-American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled59%
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Science

All Students88%
Female96%
Male82%
African-Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Subsidized mealsn/a
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled50%
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Social Studies

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals72%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabled83%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%

Writing

All Students84%
Female92%
Male75%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled50%
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
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 Students90%
Female96%
Male85%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Subsidized meals72%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled67%
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%

Math

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled53%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%

Science

All Students88%
Female91%
Male86%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled67%
Not disabled92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female89%
Male90%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled67%
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

Writing

All Students89%
Female96%
Male82%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled53%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%
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%
Female92%
Male86%
African-American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled30%
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

Math

All Students84%
Female90%
Male76%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled30%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant84%

Science

All Students77%
Female83%
Male70%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant77%

Social Studies

All Students92%
Female97%
Male84%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%

Writing

All Students86%
Female92%
Male79%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled20%
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
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
White 64% 53%
Black 29% 36%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 7%
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 30%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5901 Satchel Ford Rd
Columbia, SC 29206
Phone: (803) 738-7209

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