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Forest Lake Elementary School

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Posted April 24, 2014

My school is great because the student are in a great and safe learning environment. The children are getting a well rounded education by learning about different country and cultures. The students are very diverse,


Posted April 21, 2014

Forest Lake Elementary School is a wonderful school from the staff and teachers who cares and love the children in regards to their education and safety to the amount that the institution has to offer. The parents are also very involved in their children's education to include NASA Night and other important and outstanding events. Leadership is at its best, and the extracurricular activities available are phenomenal! My granddaughter attends Forest Lake; however, my children attended this school as well! This school will embrace and welcome with open arms! Dr. Steck and her staff are wonderful! Excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Forest lake elementary school is an excellent choice, as it focuses on childs strengths and weaknesses both....perfect blend of technology oriented study with traditional way...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

Forest Lake is a wonderful school. My daughter was never this excited about going to her old school. She wakes up every morning excited and ready for the school day to start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

Forest Lake Elementary School is the best keep secret in Columbia! I have three children in school there and could not be happier with their academic development. The teachers are OUTSTANDING. The principal is WONDERFUL. My children in enjoy using the technology to learn. Also, the MUSIC program is the best I have seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

I think that Forest Lake Elementary School is the best keep secret in Columbia! Not only are students challenged academically, elective classess are engaging and fun for my children. Since it is a technology magnet school, it's amazing how technology is weaved into the curriculum. I have no doubt that my children will be well rounded and ready to compete academically with the best of them as we prepare for middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

Faculty and staff are good; teachers are likable and love the kids and are well-schooled on what they need to teach. Facilities are clean and well-kept and there are abundant technology upgrades throughout the campus. The school does face issues though when it comes to community-building (not their fault) because the area they are zoned for draws from a wide variety of ethnic, lifestyle, and economic backgrounds where there are real differences...This is not a bad thing, but does makes it a challenge for the students and their families to relate to one another and to connect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

Wonderful school! Through moving and such our children have attended three different elementary schools over the years and this school was by far the best. The teachers were wonderfuland the was principal great! I have a child who had a few learning style issues and the teachers for several grades worked together to help make her successful. Both my children were well prepared for middle school when the time came.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

Forest Lake is had our family feeling like we had been there forever after we moved mid year. The teachers are helpful, caring, and welcoming. The curriculm worked with the knowledge our child had and built on it. The leadership I met at the school were informative and helpful. They quicking learned our childs name and made her feel apart from the school the first day. This is a wonderful environment that is passionate about teaching children. We Loved it. If I had one negative it would be that the all 1st grade has a newsletter and it isn't classroom specific. That is really minor as I had great communication with our child's teacher when I needed it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

Forest Lake Technology Magnet School is a world class school! I am a parent of two FLE students. Academic excellence, technology integration, character education, and quality teaching and learning are just a few of this school's outstanding qualities. The principal and teachers make themselves available and parents are welcomed as partners in their child's education! This is a Nationally Recognized School of Excellence for good reasons!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

This is a wonderful school , this is as close you are going to get to private school atmosphere as you are going to get without the price.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

Forest Lake is a closed school. Parents are not welcome inside and I wonder what they're hiding. The principal is inaccessible and it's difficult to schedule meetings with teachers since they require that there be two teachers in order to meet with parents. There seems to be an inordinate amount of fear regarding staff safety and the children are secondary to the school's practices and policies. You can see in their writing samples that the children seem to focus mostly on the punishments given regularly to all students. My child is a straight A student who is not a discipline problem. The teachers seem to be very dedicated, but creativity seems to be discouraged. This is true for students as well as teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Forest Lake is an excellent school. The teachers are very nice and really show that they care for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Forest Lake Elementary is a wonderful school. The children are encouraged to do their best. No one is given a negative label. Encouragement, respect, patience, love, Friendship are just a few qualities that are displayed at Forest Lake Elementary. My daughter loves it there and I wouldn't want her attending any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2004

This school is a gem. Caring, positive, supportive teachers, responsive and involved administration, fantastic programs and opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2004

This school is inviting to parents and has a sense of community. The principal is involved with her students and always open to listen to parents. There are high expectations for the students and children are respectful and well behaved! Very impressive overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
53%
Social Studies

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

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students72%
Female71%
Male72%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled36%
Not disabled76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%

Math

All Students52%
Female52%
Male51%
African-American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals37%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabled27%
Not disabled55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%

Science

All Students62%
Female56%
Male72%
African-American48%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals41%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%

Social Studies

All Students72%
Female68%
Male76%
African-American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals69%
Disabled50%
Not disabled78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%

Writing

All Students53%
Female48%
Male59%
African-American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White75%
Subsidized meals41%
Full-pay meals73%
Disabled18%
Not disabled58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
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 Students74%
Female70%
Male78%
African-American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled17%
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant74%

Math

All Students81%
Female81%
Male82%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized meals78%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled42%
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%

Science

All Students60%
Female51%
Male70%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals45%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabled8%
Not disabled66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Non-migrant60%

Social Studies

All Students72%
Female70%
Male74%
African-American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled25%
Not disabled78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant72%

Writing

All Students57%
Female56%
Male58%
African-American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals43%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabled14%
Not disabled63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant57%
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%
Female84%
Male87%
African-American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled55%
Not disabled89%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

Math

All Students66%
Female64%
Male68%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals78%
Disabled36%
Not disabled70%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant66%

Science

All Students83%
Female86%
Male81%
African-American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant83%

Social Studies

All Students80%
Female76%
Male86%
African-American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant80%

Writing

All Students68%
Female74%
Male62%
African-American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled18%
Not disabled74%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant68%
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 68% 36%
White 20% 53%
Hispanic 7% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 64%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Kappy Cannon
Fax number
  • (803) 738-7365

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