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Rice Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 19, 2014

This school is really one of the good ones. I have had my son at RCE for 3 years now. The principal (Sean Bishton) is awesome and the staff is easy to talk to. The teachers are not every man for himself , but instead have a community and share knowledge of what works & what doesn t. When my child was behind in the beginning (K), he got the attention he needed to catch back up. This year he s thriving (3rd) and gets ahead of the other students and is encouraged by getting worksheets to keep him learning/practicing rather than getting the opportunity to get bored. And I just want to state that my child has always been the minority in each of his classes, yet this has not even been a factor (you just never know how that will play out, but I wanted to put any other curious parents minds to rest who may be looking into this school). This school works awesome for the hands off or the hands on parent. There are plenty of ways to really immerse yourself in your child s school experience, but is certainly not required. I would definitely give this school a better rating than its current 7.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

This school is very organized. I have had two kids attend RCE and I have completely satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

NSE is a well run school. Our son has attended for two years now and we specifically chose to stay in the home we're renting to afford him the opportunity to stay at NSE. He has enjoyed his teachers and the staff have been very helpful every time we need anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

My daughter has attended this school for about 4 months now. We are a military family and unfortunately had to relocate in the middle of the school year. The principle, her teachers and the students made her transition so smooth and easy. They were all welcoming from day 1, and made her feel right at home. Coming from Texas, I did notice that the curriculum here is not as challenging but she still learns a lot. My favorite thing about this school is that they still let the kids have fun while learning. They go on a lot of field trips, offer many after school activities and always have something going on for the students, whether it be a book fair or school concert. I also like that they allow parents to come in and eat lunch with their children whenever they want. Only negative is the pick up and drop off procedures. Its a long and somewhat chaotic process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

My son was going to Rice Creek , in kindergarten and this is the worst experience he ever had. The teacher are just observers and watch if a child does wrong and when they do something wrong all they do is write a note and suspend as if suspension was the only option. There's a total lack of structure, from the class to the drop off line in the morning, it is a total chaos. Administrators are rude and one of them Mrs Benson even pushed my son away at front of my eyes. I'm disgusted by this school, they do not have any clue on how to run a school....my son was traumatised by this experience, he heard several times the administrator and principal say that they do not want him. What a thing to hear from a principal, no profesionalisme.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

I am a very involved parent with several children at rice creek. The only thing my children are learning is how to perform on standardized tests. The politics are taking over the school and the children are suffering. Nobody seems to notice the drop in rating since the new principal came in.Tens of thousands of dollars were spent on a high tech e-fit lab, and yet Spanish class got cut this year, buses are triple routed and I am told that art may be next. Trying to make a positive change is futile. Any suggestion is immediately shot down. There are some exceptional teachers at this school. Unfortunately, even they are getting jaded by the demands placed on them. It seems that they are required to do everything BUT instill a love of
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2010

Well my son just started kindergarten, and so far i love everything about this school, the children seem very excited about learning and my son really likes his teacher
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The principal, faculty and staff are all great at this school. Students come first and politics do not stand in the way of taking care of the academic, mental and physical needs of the students. The school boasts a very caring and nurturing environment and my hat is off to this fabulous group of educators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2009

this is a great school!! :) my little kid loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2009

This school is great it helps you learn, help you with your goal and help you with your manners. I have to say 'this school is great'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2009

Overall I am pleased with the school. The homework assignments are appropriate and my child is doing well academically. Her teachers are very involved in the learning process and are never to busy to speak with me or keep me in the loop. I have no complaints whatsoever. I am a happy parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

It's all about homework at this school. They certainly know how to pile it on. Discipline is strange and often unwarranted. When a child does not have their agenda book signed or homework (exceeding amounts of it) done, they are forced to sit and watch other children enjoy their recess time. There are several good things about this school including the principal's communication with parents, their lunch program, and variety of opportunities, but their homework policies need to be revised to allow children the time to be children. Also, getting children to and from school on the very late buses or in their pickup/drop-off line is a nightmare. My child has been at Rice Creek for 5 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

I have had good experiences at Rice Creek with my son and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, my daughter was placed in Mrs. Anderson's class for kindergarten. Mrs. Anderson has had a very postive influence on Mikayla and has really helped expand her thirst for knowledge. She keeps the lines of communication open between school and parents by sending home newsletters and weekly emails. You would never know she has over 20 years in the field because her enthusiasm level is that of a first year teacher. Every contest the school has sponsored this year, she has made the students part of it and they have won!!! She is definitely showing them how hard work can have pay offs. I wish there could be Mrs. Andersons in the classroom of my children every year. We will be sad when June is here. Kudos RCE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

My children both attend Rice Creek. The teacher and administration are wonderful. The class sizes are much rather than I would like but the teachers do a good job of keeping the children focused. I love the various programs they have for the kids like music, Spanish, PE, and 'Cultural Connections'. I agree with another parent about the kids being taught about Mt. Vesuvious. My hubby and I were FLOORED when our kindergartener came told us about this at dinner. This is a great school. I am really impressed that the district still offers recess to the kids. This is exceptional. The only changes I would make to the school is to have smaller class sizes and have an awards program either either quarter or at least twice a year, not just at the end of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2007

My oldest son just finished kindergarten at Rice Creek in May, and I cannot say enough about his experience! He began the year knowing 13 sight words and left reading first grade texts. Math and science knowledge increased tremendously as well. My favorite anecdote is about a ride home one afternoon that began...'Mama, on Mt. Vesuvius, in Italy...' Kudos!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

We are a military family,my daughter attended Rice Creek for kindergarten & 1st grade. The school's curriculum is great! My child's 1st grade teacher Mrs.McClinton was awesome. My daughter learned to read very well and her math skills were awesome. The staff's really friendly and take there time with the students. I was always greeted when visiting the school. As far as the previous posts,I think its great they teach the kids to be silent in the halls,it's called showing respect to others still in class.Now with security there is a Sheriff's office at the school (not that they need it) but it makes you & your child more secure. R-Creek ranks #1 compared to the school my child attends now in Hawaii,the staff never speaks,they have only 1 lunch choice,no air conditioners,no security,& this is on an army base. I really miss R-Creek!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

My child is in kindergarten at Rice Creek. Unfortunately the school is worried more about the children talking in the halls then their safety as well as their education. If a child doesn't learn as fast as being taught they automatically assume the child has a learning disability. They are quick to label the child and suggest special classes. Most of the staff is young and inexperienced and not adepth to handle that all children learn at their own pace and in different ways. I never heard of teaching kindergarteners Spanish and geometry. They need to learn the basics and their social skills. If not everyone will be labeled with a learning disability.
—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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
63%
Social Studies

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

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

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

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%

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 Students91%
Female94%
Male89%
African-American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%

Math

All Students71%
Female75%
Male67%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%

Science

All Students71%
Female81%
Male58%
African-American67%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals78%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%

Social Studies

All Students93%
Female90%
Male97%
African-American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals97%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Writing

All Students75%
Female82%
Male66%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
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 Students83%
Female91%
Male78%
African-American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled59%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant83%

Math

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals78%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled53%
Not disabled85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%

Science

All Students71%
Female71%
Male71%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals74%
Disabled59%
Not disabled73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%

Social Studies

All Students87%
Female86%
Male89%
African-American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled65%
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant87%

Writing

All Students72%
Female80%
Male66%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals74%
Disabled29%
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
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 Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant83%

Math

All Students80%
Female78%
Male82%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant80%

Science

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals79%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant77%

Social Studies

All Students84%
Female88%
Male79%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals81%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant84%

Writing

All Students73%
Female79%
Male68%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant73%
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 71% 36%
White 16% 53%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 51%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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