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Indian Land Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1312 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 22 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 21 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted August 9, 2014

My children attended here last year. It is very far behind academically and technologically. The school itself needs some TLC, fire ants are everywhere, play areas are nothing but clay, and the sidewalks and exterior are covered with clay so the kids ruin their clothes. The principal also refuses to teach their kids to their ability and they are allowed to be pulled out to learn above grade level. My k5 child was already reading but because others in his class were still learning the alphabet he had to learn at their level. I am hoping since the school will not be so overcrowded things will improve, but I am not holding my breath. I also wish they would do a K4 program, Indian Land is the only school in the district that does not offer K4.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2014

I was sorry to read the last review. I don't think that entering the school during the summer while we have limited staff is a good gage on what to expect. We are also in a time of great transition with the schools splitting. I will no longer be at ILES but I can tell you that I am certain that your opinion will be different when school is in session. This is a fabulous school with an amazing staff both in the office and in the classrooms. Give it another chance. You will be happy that you did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2014

For a first visit to this school it was very disheartening for my daughter when attempting to enroll my grandson. The staff were not friendly and welcoming at all like some of the other reviews. Helpful is making someone feel like you want them to be there. I hope that this is not the norm for the administrative people of ILES. Very, very disappointing visit!


Posted June 23, 2014

My son was a new student last year. When I called to get information about uniforms and other necessities, I found the staff to be very welcoming and warm. Everyone seemed friendly and upbeat. hen I picked him up from school staff were very helpful and nice. Academically, my son seemed to be challenged. We had a few issues academically with him staying on task and motivated, but of course that's no fault of teachers. My daughter will be going to school here in a few years and I am looking forward to it. It's one reason we want to continue to live in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2014

This school is fantastic! The principal is fantastic, the teaching staff are all amazing, and my kids had the best year of their life. I have a 1st grader and a 3rd grader and I was a little concerned about them getting lost in the shuffle of a big school. The parent teacher conference night I was blown away to see how many teachers called out hello's to them in the hallways and came to introduce themselves to me. This is truly a No Kid Left Behind school in so many ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Great school!! Love the faculty and staff!! Everyone is wonderful to work with. The teachers care deeply for their students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 18, 2014

This is a great school. My family just moved here from New York and we could not be happier with the education our children are receiving. I can not wait to see what happens when the school splits next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

No communication between teacher and parents. There are "cliques". If you're not a PTA parent you and your child are treated differently. Unbelievable dress code for elementary age. Way to strict on rules/consequences. Does not teach outside of state testing. Student drop off/pick up is horrible, teachers more concerning with gossiping than watching kids. I regret moving to this area just because of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2014

I have a daughter in kindergarten at ILES and would give this school two stars but only for the outstanding principal who is my close friend as well. It is wrong that the staff do not appreciate what a wonderful person she is. If the principal chooses to purchase a home and reside in another county/school district then that is her right. Everyone's family is different and she has to do what works best for her kids and her family situation. No one should judge her decision. If I had the means then I might do the same for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

ILES is warm and friendly! As a former teacher and parent, I am impressed with the level of education. Education is the first priority for school, but the teachers and staff go above and beyond to make it feel more like family! My kids love it there! Downside is that it is overcrowded. There is a new school opening August 2014, so that should solve the problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

I was worried at first, being an educator myself, about sending my kids to Indian Land. I always thought I would go back to work in Union County and take them with me if I needed to-but I didn't. Sure, every school has issues. Indian Land faces no more or less than any other public school in any neighboring county. I will say that I have been pleased with what I have seen here. Yes, I am fortunate enough to be able to volunteer when needed, so I can see what goes on & have more of a relationship with the teachers & staff. I don't have "easy" children either. Medical issues, learning disabilities & even speech disorders are part of our daily life. This school does a great job of taking care of their needs as well as mine! I feel sorry for some of the parents that commented below. Unfortunately there will always be unhappy & difficult people in this world. Indian Land is a great school and I'm sad that we are splitting next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

As a parent who has two children at ILES it irritates me to read all the negative comments left on here. My oldest daughter has been at ILES since Kindergarten. Like any school we have had negative moments in that almost 6 year span. I can also point you to several friends at Meck public school and private schools who have also had a negative experience from time to time. That does not determine the overall reputation of the school. People make mistakes, decisions aren't always supported by all. The leadership at ILES communicates to families and is available to meet with parents. They are open to feedback and suggestions. The teachers we have had for our two daughters have been great role models, encouraging and concerned about the girls academic success. Our girls are growing both academically and with life experience. They look forward to school and learning. As parents, we couldn't ask for more. The new school will be good for kids and Indian Land community. We are over crowded (much like ALL schools in our area, including NC schools). Growth brings change. Spend some time @ ILES you will find a strong PTA, positive growth and quality teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

As a parent, we must realize that any school is a team effort between the staff, the students, and the parents. Mouth children require a positive learning environment at school and at home. The schools role is to educate everyone, not please everyone. Indian Land has implemented common core, promotes the Eagles Enrichment program, and supports special education. We are fortunate to live in a country where you are able to make choices about your child's education, and there are many local options, however only the public schools are required to hire staff with specific qualifications, and they are required to assist struggling students. Private schools can hire whoever they want and they can simply allow their students to struggle without services.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

I am a staff member at this school and have taught at 4 schools previous to this school. I can tell you that I have not felt that their are cliques, etc. I am fairly new to the ILES staff so if there were cliques and teachers gossiping about parents etc, I would think I would have noticed and felt excluding from groups. Sometimes it is easy to assume you are being talked about when actuality it could just be a misinterpretation of facial expressions etc. The discipline is the best at this school it has been at any school I have taught at and necessary. At the previous school I taught at I had many negative experiences with discipline (ie books being thrown at me, death threats, etc.) I want to teach in a safe environment just as much as I want students to learn in a safe environment. If you let discipline go, you lose control and have all sorts of problems. In the real world, children will have rules to follow and hopefully they have them at home as well. Also, students get recess every day. If there is any doubt, drive by and you will see children smiling and playing unless it is raining or cold. The principal and staff here are professional and caring.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 11, 2014

We are thrilled with this school! We moved here 3 years ago and I was nervous about the uniform policy and some of the negative reviews I had read. Not only do we love the uniform policy but the teachers and parents are the better than I could have wished for. My daughter has had wonderful teachers every year and the parent involvement is truly amazing. The principal and teachers promote discipline while still having fun. Kids need to have boundaries and should learn respect early on, it's nice to walk into an elementary school and see kids behaving well and being nice to each other. I love the sense of community here and wouldn't want to go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

Overall, we have been very happy with ILES. Two kids, one of them has been at ILES K-5. I have to say the education a child receives is as good as the one the parents support. When my children need help or to be pushed to the next level I don't sit around waiting for someone else to take care of it. Our teachers are overworked, but they work so hard for each and every student in their classroom. But it is not entirely up to those teachers to make sure my child is educated. So, if you want to send your kid to school and not think about it again - go somewhere else. If you want to be involved and raise your own child ILES could be the place for you. As others have said, most of the problems at ILES are not really local issues, but county and state issues. So, lobby if you want to make those changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2014

We bought a beautiful home in a wonderful neighborhood in IL in 2011. Love our neighbors and are happy with the area in general until it comes to this school. I won't assess any other school but ILES since I have no experience with IL middle or high school. We found the bus transportation unacceptable because your guess is as good as mine on what time the bus would arrive for pickup or drop off. After 4 wks, I gave up and began driving my children to school. That was just as frustrating. 30 min waiting time for drop off and about same for pickup. Simply did not have the time or energy to deal with this. The teachers at this school were more concerned with gossiping about parents and belittling the children than they were educating them. This school also allowed church to come on school property and sponsor an afternoon club. This school district couldn't even work out the logistics of busing my child home from school in 45 min or less (my neighborhood is 10 min away from the school- even less with no traffic). I can't even begin to think about how they might handle some sort of religious indoctrination. My kids are being privately educated now and life is much less stressful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

My family moved to the Indian Land area in 2012. This is not a good school. The staff are disrespectful toward the students. Bad enough that the staff are rude to the parents, but I draw the line when it comes to rude, inappropriate, and disrespectful behavior towards children. If you are considering purchasing a home in the IL area, add in the cost of private school for all of your kids because you will probably end up sending them to private school anyway after you experience IL schools. The excellent schools are in the next county. Do not let a realtor mislead you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

This school is overcrowded and run like an assembly line. If you want your children to have a 9-5 job experience pushing papers, doing worksheets and NOT getting a break, then this school is for you. The kids go for weeks without getting recess, are constantly being tested and are treated like cattle. Their excuse is always "We have 1600 students" and like another commenter said, this is no excuse. Children are treated like second class citizens here and if they don't learn their "place" they will be "disciplined". If anyone thinks that a new elementary school will change the environment of this one, you're wrong. This is not a caring environment. The overall feeling is "get them in, and get them out". We are looking at all of our options to get the heck out of here as soon as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

Moved to the IL area in 2013, have 1 kid in 2nd grade and we are exploring other schooling options. Our experience has been unsatisfactory. Parents considering a move to the area should dig deeper because the problems are much more than the obvious overcrowding and won't be fixed by new bldg. Don't think the staff is unwelcoming but they are unprofessional, mostly lifelong locals (not a bad thing, just an observation), and have witnessed several inappropriate remarks to parents. One incident- I picked up my son in the car line for about 6 wks when I was questioned by employee in the car line about my out of state auto license plates and why my kid attended IL schools. (They would not let it go. None of their business but I did explain that I drive a company vehicle titled in the neighboring state and commute there to work every day, but I do live in IL This is possible in the year 2014 due to the invention of the automobile long time ago). If I were going to perpetrate some minor fraud to get my child into a better school, then I would actually choose a great/ better school and pretend that I lived in that neighborhood. I definitely would not choose Indian Land Elementary.
—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.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

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 78% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%
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 Students88%
Female90%
Male87%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled58%
Not disabled94%
English language learners61%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Math

All Students75%
Female76%
Male74%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White78%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay meals83%
Disabled33%
Not disabled82%
English language learners45%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%

Science

All Students75%
Female75%
Male74%
African-American56%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Subsidized meals52%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled31%
Not disabled81%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%

Social Studies

All Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled65%
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%

Writing

All Students78%
Female88%
Male69%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled31%
Not disabled86%
English language learners56%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
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%
Female91%
Male82%
African-American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled65%
Not disabled90%
English language learners57%
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant86%

Math

All Students89%
Female93%
Male84%
African-American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled74%
Not disabled91%
English language learners77%
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant89%

Science

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
African-American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled68%
Not disabled85%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant83%

Social Studies

All Students84%
Female87%
Male80%
African-American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled65%
Not disabled87%
English language learners59%
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant84%

Writing

All Students84%
Female93%
Male74%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled42%
Not disabled91%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English86%
Not 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 Students88%
Female93%
Male84%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled58%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%

Math

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
African-American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled42%
Not disabled89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%

Science

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Subsidized meals86%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%

Social Studies

All Students82%
Female78%
Male87%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant82%

Writing

All Students87%
Female94%
Male81%
African-American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled50%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant87%
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 78% 53%
Black 11% 36%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 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 32%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4137 Doby's Bridge Rd
Indian Land, SC 29707
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