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Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School

Public | 1-5 | 785 students

 
 

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Posted January 19, 2013

We couldn't be happier with Hilton Head International Bac. This is one of the few elementary schools that offers challenging immersion courses in both Chinese and Spanish. More importantly, they focus on teaching children to accept new cultures and ideas. Our daughter was allowed to start a difficult Chinese immersion class mid-year and was given a warm welcome despite being the new kid from a European country who spoke a foreign language. She was greeted with enthusiasm and curiousity. The teachers are excellent, the principal and school staff are well organized and do a great job keeping parents informed and involved. I've read a couple of reviews from other parents who like to refer to their children as "gifted" or in the top "%" who seem to have unrealistic expectations of special treatment for their kids. Hilton Head IB provides quality education to all of it's students. If you want a well balanced child who develops excellent communication skills and a broader understanding for how the world works I would strongly recommend Hilton Head International Bac. If you want to obsess over your child getting special treatment maybe you should have them pampered in a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

My fourth child is going into her 5th year at this wonderful school. My three older children, two in college and one in high school are also alums of this ib elementary school. My oldest, in fact, was in the first class of ib students when the ib program initially came to Hilton Head. All four of my children have been identified at "gifted" in both math and reading. I am a huge fan if the IB philosophy. Inquiry based learning works for my children. The classes consist of mixed levels of students with the gt students pulled out for math and reading from 3rd to 5th grade per state mandate. The fact that the gt didn't start until 3rd grade was a bit of a disservice to my daughter who is currently enriolled because the work came very easy to her in first and second grade so when she was more challenged in 3rd it was a bit of an adjustment. The teachers at this school are wonderful and the leadership is quite responsive. I wish there were better answers to the discipline problems that always exist in public schools but this school does an okay job in dealing with them. Parent involvement has declined due to the economy. The art instruction at this school is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

we started this school last year after coming from an International Baccalaureate private school in Atlanta. I was seriously worried about starting public school in SC and keeping the same level of academics up that we had experienced. I met with the principal and thought she was extremely smart and well connected to the school and also teh individual needs of students. My son as excelled amazingly coming in the 99th percentile nationwide in scoring. The teachers help focus on giving more challenges to kids who need it, and they have also allowed my son to sit in with a higher grade level for his language arts. There is no way our previous expensive private school would have allowed this much flexibility. I am blown away by this school , its teachers and also how responsive the teachers are to email and any concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

well my experience has been very bad with hilton head IB...i move from california about five months ago where i did have a nice experience with my kids elementary school. When we visit HHIB i was very happy with all the programs they have and the teachers..but when school started everything has been very different..my kids have been bully and also hit by other students...blame of been bad kids when back in california they never got in any trouble or fights.My kids have told me the also the bus service is not good...i know this is not controled by the school...i just want it to mention what my kids have been trough..bus drivers scream at them..they don't care if kids are in a fight...i just feel so terrible about how my kids feel in this new school...they have also experience bad situation in the school cafeteria with the attendants.I wish i can go back to California.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

As a parent of two elementary students at Hilton Head Island Elementary- IB I have been very pleased with mine and my children's experiences. This is our third year in this school and the staff has been extraordinary with showing how much they care about children and their families. I cannot imagine my children going anywhere else because they thrive at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Fabulous school! My children are recieving a challenging curriculum in a welcoming environment. The teachers are very dedicated and willing to go the extra mile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

My children have been in every grade at HHI IB Elementary School from first to fifth. The Principal is passionate about every child and believes in giving 110% every day to the school. She is supported by amazing teachers, a phenomenal staff and a truly incredible Superintendent. Our new Superintendent has worked tirelessly since her first day to make the necessary changes to ensure our district is the best it can be. Like anywhere in the United States there is diversity and challenges that come with students with such varied socio economic and ethnic backgrounds. Every public school on HHI works together and offers more resources, more qualified teachers and more technology than any other learning institution on the island. The success of any school depends on the partnership between school and home. There needs to be a commitment from home to support the child s school and contribute to its excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

Hilton Head International Baccalaureate Elementary continues to shine above all schools (Private and Public) in Hilton Head. Led by a dedicated teacher and faculty department, the school continues to demonstrate superior results and successful students. I applaud them for not catering to the special interest groups or parents attempting to manipulate the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2008

My experience with HHIBE has been amazing. From 1st grade to 5th grade, my three children have had exceptional teachers who challenged and encouraged them to excel. All three are identified as gifted, scoring in the 99 percentile on standardized math tests. Their teachers, led by an outstanding principal, offered multiple ways to meet their needs. principal, offered multiple ways tomeet their needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2008

Having come upon this website and a parent of a student in the Baccalaureate Elementary program, I feel a great obligation to share my experience. First & foremost, I would like to note that after reading the other two reviews, I could not agree with them more. Being in a middle-income household, there are not a lot of educational options in Hilton Head, so we will be switching to the Creative Arts. After two disappointing years with this school, my expectations are not very high with the Creative Arts either. My only gauarnee is that it cannot be worse than the Baccalaureate. South Carolina does not exactly have a good reputation for it's high quality education, but, like the review below me states...it's ashame that this so called 'world class' resort town has such disappointing and problematic schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2008

This school is not the place for gifted or high achieving and well behaved students. There are so many underachievers and behavior problems that the good kids are lost in the mix. There are too many problems and the teachers cannot possibly keep up. We have two sons and it has been impossible for them to get a good education here. So it leaves those of us with hardworking elementary students with few options. We are on a waiting list at the Christian Academy and the Montessori for next year because they seem to be the only schools in Hilton Head that can really help academic focused students, strong readers and advanced math students (which is why there is a waiting list). It's ashame that this so called 'world class' resort town has such disappointing and problematic schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

We have three children in the IB Program at Hilton Head Elementary School. Although our kids consistently score in the top 5% of their class work - thanks to help at home, the prevailing attitude is to teach to the lowest common denominator. As of 2 years ago, the 'IB' classes were infused with lower performing students...'to provide greater balance.' Many of the more qualified teachers left in frustration, as they became babysitters and disciplinarians. It seems the leadership is full-speed adrift, trying anything to fix the problems without much direction or success.
—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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
44%
Social Studies

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

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
53%
Writing

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

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

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%

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

All Students86%
Female83%
Male89%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled64%
Not disabled88%
English language learners78%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

Math

All Students77%
Female77%
Male76%
African-American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled36%
Not disabled81%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%

Science

All Students65%
Female60%
Male70%
African-Americann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals73%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled65%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%

Social Studies

All Students74%
Female69%
Male78%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Subsidized meals72%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled77%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%

Writing

All Students77%
Female80%
Male74%
African-American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled29%
Not disabled82%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
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 Students83%
Female85%
Male80%
African-American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled42%
Not disabled86%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant83%

Math

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
African-American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled50%
Not disabled92%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant89%

Science

All Students76%
Female68%
Male84%
African-American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals55%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled50%
Not disabled78%
English language learners59%
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant76%

Social Studies

All Students90%
Female87%
Male93%
African-American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Subsidized meals84%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled67%
Not disabled92%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant90%

Writing

All Students80%
Female87%
Male72%
African-American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled36%
Not disabled83%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant80%
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 Students80%
Female88%
Male74%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled13%
Not disabled88%
English language learners65%
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant80%

Math

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled20%
Not disabled92%
English language learners76%
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant85%

Science

All Students78%
Female77%
Male79%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled87%
English language learners57%
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant78%

Social Studies

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled77%
English language learners54%
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant74%

Writing

All Students73%
Female83%
Male65%
African-American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled6%
Not disabled81%
English language learners60%
Proficient in English80%
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
White 48% 53%
Hispanic 40% 7%
Black 10% 36%
Two or more races 2% 3%
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 53%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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