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Meadowfield Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 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 May 23, 2014

Meadowfield is a wonderful school that just has a bad reputation. If more neighborhood families would give Meadowfield a chance, they would probably find that they really liked it and their kids could be very successful there. Meadowfield has some of the best and most carig teachers around. They are fully invested in the children's education. Some of the teachers even attend some of their students' sporting events! They are wonderful! The Paideia model has been wonderful for us. They learn actively and in a "real life" sort of way. The PTO is very great. It is very organized, and the parents are very involved in making this a great school to attend. If you are considering sending your children to Meadowfield, don't listen to your friend's friend's realtor who says it's not a good school; come into the school and see for yourself. We have prospective parent meetings, and the staff is always willing to give you a tour or sit down with you to discuss your child's academic needs. As they say, "Don't knock it 'til you try it."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

Situated in a safe, walkable neighborhood, with many sidewalks and a variety of home styles, prices and sizes. This is a public school that requires uniforms and teaches by using the 'Paideia' method, a type of active and project driven learning. A new principal will replace the soon retiring Mrs. Stephens. All candidates show great promise. Exciting times for growth and improvement. Many activities throughout the year by the PTO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Meadowfield is a wonderful school. The school teaches citizenship, introduces moral principles, and encourages high self-esteem and self-worth. Academically, the school has a top notch team of educators helping our children learn an aggressive and comprehensive series of math, science, language arts, social studies, and history courses, meeting and exceeding the state's requirements. Our children are among the highest grade scoring in the state. PTO needs improvement on involving ALL parents and not making us feel there is a "click" or favorited group among the population. For instance, not enough OPEN meetings, no genuine acceptance of proposed ideas, and of course, the hypocritical conduct during the meetings. (Our students are taught the Paideia concept, -everyone deserves to be heard -when one speaks, all should listen-) but during the meetings, PTO members talk over each other, conduct sideline conversations with whispers that exponentially become louder and those of us nonmembers who raise our hands are not acknowledged nearly half of the time. PTO does functions well with fundraisers, and various projects as IT sees fit. Meadowfield is the best school in Richland County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

Meadowfield is a great school. The teachers were always professional, interested, and attentive to both the children and parents. In middle and high school, my children and their Meadowfield peers have assimilated and performed as well as or better than their classmates from other elementary schools. As with any other school, there will always be room for improvement and challenges to overcome, but this school is undeservedly underrated and underutilized by families zoned for it. Meadowfield will teach your children as well as any other school, if not better - especially if you send them prepared and with high expectations for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

I couldn't agree more with the July 10, 2013 posting--I have also been an involved parent of two children who attend Meadowfield. We have found the teachers and other faculty to be extremely dedicated to their students and parents--my children's teachers have often gone above and beyond (with very limited resources!) to create a respectful, engaging, and exciting hands-on learning environment. We've also found that there is not a one-size fits all approach at this school--they meet the students where they are and give them the tools to learn and grow. We are also grateful for our neighborhood public school and greatly appreciate the diversity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

As an involved parent of Meadowfield students for the past 4 years, I would have to respectfully disagree with some of the extremely negative comments. While not perfect, Meadowfield has been a great school for our family. For starters, our teaching staff is exceptional. We have some outstanding teachers who are not only gifted at teaching, but invested in our childrens' overall welfare. The Paideia program has been a wonderful tool in teaching the children how to problem solve, think through things, and form/respectfully discuss individual opinions. We have found the children to be overall kind to one another and discipline problems have not been an issue. We are grateful for our neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

Meadowfield S-U-C-K-S!!!! This school is not parent friendly at all! Things a parent/grandparent are genuinely concerned about in reference to their child is made into a joke or brushed off and not taken seriously. If it were mu decision, I would not send my children to this school!!! I believe my grandchildren are going here strictly due to convenience. What a waste!


Posted October 12, 2012

The school needs improvement, it has declined over the past 8 years. Discipline problems exist that are not addressed. Apathy exists among the administrators and leadership(Principal). Most of the veteran teachers are apathetic as well toward the students. The school is not parent friendly and tends to cater to some parents and not others. Across the board fairness is not the rule. My grandchildren transferred to another elementary school and are doing well academically and socially


Posted May 26, 2011

My grand-daughter was in the fifth grade. I am extremely upset about the Awards Program held today (5/26/11) They could have & should have done better. It was the worst I have ever been to. Each class had a separate awards program which was senseless. They only had the principle & Teacher/Couselor present the award(s) & promotion certificate to each student. A lot of these students were on the Chorus & school Orchestra. My children attended this school 15yrs ago. I worked on the School Improvement Council as secretary to Senator Warren Giese. When they had their program the fifth graders had an excellent program. The program today was like they threw it together & didn't care. They didn't even have the homeroom teacher's nor students names listed on the program. I don't understand how the Principle could allow this or be please with it. One mother I talked with was very upset about the program. She stated that the way they had the program was not one of the choices they were given to vote on. She said that she do not know how they came up with it. They could have let the chorus & orchestra program held on 5/3/11 be a part of the Awards Program.THIS IS VERY DISHEARTENING! ! !


Posted April 30, 2009

My child was a student in the gifted and talented program and I wasn't impressed with the curriculm as a result my child now attends another school with a rigorous curriculm. I wouldn't recommend sending your child to Meadowfield.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

The Gifted and Talented Program at Meadowfield prepared my oldest child for a rigorous program at Hand Middle School. My youngest child is in the Gifted and Talented program as well and is a happy, confident learner. Way to go, Meadowfield!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2004

Meadowfield is great! The principal is young, spirited, and interacts with the children on a regular basis. The school is constantly doing something to involve both students and parents. My children transferred to this school 3 years ago, and their grades have come up exponetially! I believe it is due in part to the motivation of both the principal and teachers. In fact 1 of the my 2 children made the honor roll all year. Another graduated from Meadowfield and went on to Middle school. She made the honor roll her entire year also. I highly recommend Meadowfiled Elementary school if your're moving to this area of town.
—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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
53%
Social Studies

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

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%

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

All Students81%
Female85%
Male79%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized meals72%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled56%
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%

Math

All Students68%
Female68%
Male68%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals57%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled25%
Not disabled76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%

Science

All Students61%
Female50%
Male69%
African-American44%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Subsidized meals45%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled46%
Not disabled66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%

Social Studies

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
African-American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Writing

All Students72%
Female79%
Male67%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals80%
Disabled33%
Not disabled80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
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 Students79%
Female87%
Male73%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled35%
Not disabled88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant79%

Math

All Students81%
Female92%
Male73%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled41%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%

Science

All Students77%
Female83%
Male71%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled47%
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant77%

Social Studies

All Students80%
Female87%
Male75%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled59%
Not disabled85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant80%

Writing

All Students77%
Female87%
Male67%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled24%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-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 Students84%
Female90%
Male80%
African-American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled52%
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%

Math

All Students69%
Female65%
Male72%
African-American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled33%
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant69%

Science

All Students69%
Female65%
Male71%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled43%
Not disabled78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant69%

Social Studies

All Students77%
Female72%
Male81%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled39%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant77%

Writing

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Subsidized meals78%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled46%
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 70% 36%
White 20% 53%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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 63%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Columbia, SC 29209
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