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4137 Doby's Bridge Rd
Indian Land, SC 29707

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August 09, 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
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
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
March 01, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
February 08, 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
February 07, 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
February 03, 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
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
January 29, 2014
Everyone has a different experience. As a new family, we faced a nasty attitude from the staff at this school from the very first day that our daughter attended. Almost every helpful suggestion that I made to a teacher/staff member was greeted with a pronounced eye roll and an exasperated "we have 1200 students in this school." Excuse me, 1200 students are no excuse for having a rotten attitude. 1200 students are the reason that you have a job so be thankful for those 1200 students and if you don't like your job then go work somewhere else. No one is forcing the staff to work in a school with 1200 students. Those 1200 students, however, are required to attend school every day and they don't deserve a staff member with a poor attitude and nasty personality. I don't know any parents that would give this school a 5 star rating.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
I'm sure the school is great for those whose child's skills and ability are at grade level. My child's math and literacy skills are above grade level and there are no resources to support her development of the math and language skills my child possesses. Children who function above grade level are expected to sit quietly and fill out worksheets that don't actually help them advance their skill sets. There is no "leveling" at the K - 2nd grades (at least) so each teacher has to deal with a diverse class of 27 individual kids with VERY varied skills and abilities; a feat in and of itself. There is no enrichment program for children until the 3rd grade! I think many parents thinks these problems will simply disappear when the new school opens next year, but since there is no increase in staff, this assumption is likely to disappoint parents who have been waiting patiently for the crowding issues to be resolved and a more child-focused individual learning plan to be installed. We are looking into alternatives because we are not satisfied with the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2013
We love this school. It has involved parents, great teachers and a real community feel. We moved from another state and did not know what to expect. My child started his Kindergarten year here and now is in 4th grade. We could not be more pleased with ILES. We are looking forward to see how the addition of the new elementary improves a already "great school".

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2013
This school is still the worse school to send your children. Teachers have cliques some students get preferential treatment because of the status of their parents and their ethnicity. Most teachers do not have an express interest in helping children to succeed that is why the ratings keep falling from year to year. My experience with The school has been far from good and I have been here with three kids over a five year period. The response about the agenda book is just down right stupid. The agenda book is a very important part of the everyday activity at school so all this talk about saving money for better things. Since the agenda book is not that important for the school to spend money on it get rid of it then, why ask parents to $10 for it? We pay enough on all other fund raisers throughout the year and our kids do not benefit from them anyways. This school financial statements needs to be audited because they make too much money to be charging parents for agenda books. Just another way to squeeze money out of parents. These positive reviews must be from staff or one of those parents that are in the cliques.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
All of the positive comments must be posted by staff members anonymously. This is an awful school. They focus on endless minutiae instead of learning. Each classroom has a "teacher's aide" in addition to the teacher that is not really qualified or educated enough to be working with our child. Parent volunteers handled all of the "teacher's aide" duties in our former school. Don't understand this practice of employing and paying people with no education to work one on one with students. Seems like wasted money.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
One week into school and I got a phone call that my kindergartner who hates school but likes her teacher, will be changing teachers due to over crowding. The classes were to large so they did a lottery in each class and pulled 2-3 kids out and are placing them into a new classroom. I would have thought that over the summer when they did class placement this would have been noticed and corrected! They need to get their "stuff" together here!!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
I love Indian Land Elementary. I have two children that attend-one that finished Kindergarten, and one that finished 3rd. They both had wonderful teachers. The school is big, but so is the heart of the staff. The principal and assistant's all know the children by name, and make it a point to check in with every class each day. There is a uniform code, so kids don't focus on what everyone is wearing. The work is challenging enough, and their isn't too much homework. My son is in the EAGLES gifted and talented program, which meets once a week in Lancaster. He loves it. I am a very active parent, and find that you get what you give to the school. The staff is very receptive to any requests/questions you may have. If you have a child that needs special attention, they are receptive to that as well. I have never had the staff not make an attempt to address my children's needs. ILE has a very strong spirit!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2013
My son has had a great first year at ILES. Staff and teachers are wonderful. He had learned so much and enjoys going to school. Great after school programs too.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
This is a great school!!! Love the principals, teachers, students, parents and staff. We are truly blessed.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
Indian Land is blessed to have such a great school and such wonderful caring teachers. Our children have thrived at ILES and the principal and her staff have made them feel welcome every day. When we moved to the area we contemplated signing our kids up to a private school, once we spent some time at ILES we knew we made the right choice. The PTA is very involved and has worked hard to make sure all classes have smart boards and this year they're raising money for I-Pads that the students will get to use.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
We moved here from the North East back in 2006, my son is now 10 and has attended Indian Land Elementary since kindergarden, there are no words for us to express how lucky we feel that he has been attending this school, I consider this school a terrific school, all the teachers truly care, the staff is great, the principal and assistant principal are beyong terrific, everyone in that school truly cares, it is amazing that any time there is an event, the school is always so organized and in control, in the 6 years of being here, I have never spoken to anyone that attends the school that is not happy with it, the people that talk negatively about the school, their kids don't even attend there. For anyone looking to move to the area, I highly recommend that you visit the school and see what the school is about. You won't be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
My son has attended ILES since kindergarten & is now in 3rd grade. Even though there is a new elem. school in the making, we feel fortunate to call ILES home. The teachers/staff are professional yet friendly, I LOVE the dress code - makes getting ready so easy in the AM! I'd say to anyone choosing where to live based on schools: you can't go wrong with ILES ; there's room to grow & lots of school spirit!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
ILES is a wonderful school. I have never seen a school quite so big seem so small. My children are thriving academically and socially are making great friendships that will last a lifetime. Everyone is so welcoming. The PTA takes great care of its ILES families by raising money for the school and creating a sense of community in their events. The administration, teachers and remaining staff know those children personally. We have not been in the classes of over half the teachers but they call you by name and want to get to know you. A new school is being built but I am not even sure how I feel about leaving. We love ILES !!!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
How lucky we are to have a great school like Indian Land Elementary in our community. The teachers are fantastic. The administration is caring and always working hard to give our kids the best education. Coming from Charlotte schools, I have been nothing but pleased!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
This is one of the best schools we have ever attended. They strive for excellence and really care about the children. We have 4 children in their school and have had some WONDERFUL teachers. The staff is kind and caring and we love living here and think the school is doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
Indian Land Elementary school is a great school. We moved here two years ago and were pleasantly surprised at how well our children adjusted to their new school. The school has a freindly atmosphere while maintaining a strutured learning enviorment. Our children have excelled in their studies and are learning the importance of working hard and having pride in themselves. In addition to the tradtional academic curiculum the school offers a variety of field trips that are extentsions of what they are learning in school and at the same time the students learn important social skills and how to function as part of a group. The school offers after school activities and clubs for the students as well. The Drama club and eco warriors are two of my girls favorites. The office staff is friendly and helpful. The school requires a uniform and it makes getting dressed for school a snap in the morning. It's nice that the students are able to focus on their studies and not what their friends are wearing. I would reccomend this school to anyone who is moving into the area without reservation.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
I cannot say enough about how great Indian Land Elementary school is! I am impressed with the curriculum, the teachers, and the way the administration manages such a large school. I love the sense of community I feel when I walk the hallways of ILE. The teachers, staff, and administration should be proud of all that they have accomplished. My children would not attend anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
My grandson has attended Indian Land Elementary since Kindergarten, he will enter 4th grade next year. We are very happy with the school; even though it is large, there is personal attention given to the students from staff and administration. My grandson is in Special Education with 40% of each day in mainstream classes; this is a wonderful program with excellent support given to these children. The teachers go out of their way to include the Special Ed students in all activities. Grade A to ILES

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2012
My son has loved coming to ILES. His teachers have high expectations of him and expect him & others to do their best. The office staff is nice, personable, and caring. Administration has high expectations of both students and teachers. We have been very happy at ILES and are looking forward to the years that lie ahead.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
My daughter is a rising first-grader at ILE. She had a great K experience. Her reading is progressing and she is ready for first grade! She loved her teacher and assistant teacher.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
I am a parent of 2 boys who attend ILE. Both of my boys LOVE this school very much! They love their teachers. The teachers place high expectations of their students and treat children respectfully. Children are celebrated for many reasons other than just academic excellence. One of my sons has an IEP and struggles academically. All of his teachers have done an excellent job helping to understand concepts and giving him accommodations. I would not put my children in any school anywhere else!! I am so fortunate to be part of the ILES community.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
Most of the teachers at ILES do a great job, are kind, and have high academic standards, even with large class sizes. The principal also has high standards for both the teachers and the students. The office staff has favorites with both students and parents, and some parent volunteers have felt excluded or unwelcome. The gifted program is strict on a test score that either admits or rejects a child without considering other factors that may qualify a student as gifted. It is also a pull out program where every student in that grade is gone on a certain day of the week, so the remaining students are left with busy work or nothing at all, so that the gifted kids don't miss too much that day. Overall, we have been very happy with ILES. My children have had excellent teachers and a great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
If you would like to know what kind of school Indian Land Elementary is then I suggest you come for a visit on the day that the special needs students leave to go to the Special Olympics. The halls are lined from one end of the school to the other with students, teachers and principals cheering them on. Acceptance of others is one of the many things students are taught at ILE. As for the uniforms, I think it helps every student to feel like they are all equal. Healthy snacks...when you learn to eat healthy as a child you eat healthy as an adult. I think Indian Land Elementary is an excellent school. Not only does this school offer great educational opportunities it does so in a loving and caring environment.

- submitted by a teacher
June 05, 2012
ILES is a GREAT school! We have two sons enrolled in the school and have been very pleased with the quality of their instruction and for the care/attention they receive day in and day out. I love the lack of morning arguments over what to wear and the support for healthy eating. I find that the teachers we've had to be responsive to our questions/concerns and they are genuinely interested in the academic and personal success of our children. We are very happy here!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
ILES is a school that focuses not only on academics, but also on manners, respect, personal responsiblity, tolerance, and understanding. I feel these are just as important as academic learning. Our teachers/staff are able to balance class size with individual student needs. We want the students to enjoy learning and strive to provide a safe, supportive, consistent environment condusive to learning. We have high expectations for our students, and this helps them to have high expectations in themselves. I am proud to say I am a teacher at ILES, and I do my best to provide my students with a solid educational foundation.

- submitted by a teacher
April 19, 2012
Love Indian Land Elementary. We moved here 3 years ago when our son was in 1st and now he's in 4th and have another in 1st. They have learned so much. This school is way ahead of the school that we came from. Also love that it's a uniform school and they are very big on manners. They teach them to be respectful. It's more than teaching to a standardized test! Would highly recommend to anyone.

- submitted by a teacher
March 05, 2012
We moved to Indian Land last spring, after looking at school statistics and reading reviews here and other places I felt confident, yet as the year goes on I feel as if I am in a parallel universe or something because our experience at this elementary school has been anything but excellent. I was surprised considering the children are told to follow the warrior way yet teachers, office staff and including the principal are far from setting any kind of exemplary standard of kindness, welcome or consideration. From the day of registration, to the open house parent night neither teacher nor principal was interested in making my child feel welcome to the new environment. The Principal is the most unprofessional person I have ever witnessed from owning a FB page where she chats with certain parents, to screaming at children, to allowing office staff to be rude. The screaming at children to intimidate, and I do mean screaming, is what I have the most trouble with, nationally we are teaching the kids not to bully and intimidate, yet she can? Lead by example I think not, not in this case. Some warrior way...

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2012
My son was a transfer student from a great school in FM. Being the new kid is hard enough without having a stiff uniform policy to follow & not understanding why wearing your jacket on a chilly day is a big deal! Then you have not 1 but 2 new teachers to get used to, 1 of which was very unwelcoming & didn't even try to hide that from me or my child! On top of all that, the other students were also less than welcoming & he would go weeks without "friends" to play with on the playground & just flat out felt unaccepted. The office staff was rude at times & the teachers that he had have NO CLUE what parent/teacher communication is. Even at my conference there were concerns of mine mentioned & they said that they would "take care of it" & none of my concerns were taken care of until weeks later when I called to complain about them not being looked into. I asked for weekly emails when we first transferred to the school since he was having trouble adjusting & that NEVER happened once! Pure laziness if you ask me. So glad he's not there anymore. He is now in a WAY better school in a different state & happier now than I ever saw during his time at ILES! Horrible, horrible school!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
I do not like this school and is hoping to sell my home soon so we an get our children out of this school. Coming from out of state, this school is subpar academically and I wish Id known this before enrollling my kids here. They seem to be too focused the wrong things like making sure the clothes dont have logos on them and giving far too many projects that dont seem to have any relevance to what they are learning. I feel bad that they have to attend here. We outta here in searh of better schools!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2011
I have had children in the IL schools for 11 years, with my youngest now in second grade. While not every year has been carefree, anyone who believes that you will not have some issue with one of your children's teachers within their school career is not being realistic. ILES is run as a tight ship, the children are required to be respectful and well behaved or they will face consequences. I LOVE that! And for those who have issues with not being able to send junk food for your kid to snack on during the day, try to understand that your child's teacher doesn't want your child sugared up to sit and try to learn. How anyone has a problem with this is beyond me, you should praise the school for caring about your child enough to not allow them to eat garbage! Look around, huge obesity issue in the U.S., take some responsibility. As for questioning the education, you get back what you invest. My oldest is currently in a US military academy, which has the highest acceptance standards around. ILES is not a "everyone is a winner, fluffy, feel good school," but to claim that they don't provide a great opportunity for education is patently incorrect.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
I'm prompted to write a review because I'm truly suprised at the amount of good feedback I'm reading. I wouldn't call this school bad, nor do I think it's in a poor area as one of the other reviews stated... but I do feel like there is a serious lack of common courtesy from the staff here. Every year I become less impressed with the faculty. The first year she attended, my 5 year old was released into a gym full of strangers after a christmas concert instead of being taken back to her classroom to meet with her parents like we were originally told, then we get a joking email from the principal to inform us of a fire at the school (not funny if you ask me), then I get strict guidelines about what i can/cannot send for my child's snack time...and the teacher's are told not to allow my child to eat it if I send in cookies? what kid doesnt eat cookies?? oh and lets not forget when they told my child that she could bring in money for her best friend pictures late due to the fact that she was sick in the hospital, but then when she brought it in....they refused to accept it. Luckily her dad straightened it out, but not before they stood and stared at my crying child. Ugh...

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2011
Our kids have been at ILES for 3 years. We have been incredibly impressed with the teachers, the special learning opportunities offered, and the administrative leadership. I am continually amazed by the fact that our principal knows all 1200+ kids by name. Both of our children are thriving in school, thanks to Indian Land Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
LOVE the school! We have been here for six school years and have experienced a child in each grade. There has always been great open communication between teachers & parents and administration & parents. Even the janiorial staff bears mentioning as they keep the school clean and the floors shined every day. It's a pleasure to walk through the school and see the kids work on the walls and the decked out in themes. The strong PTA is a bonus here as well. The dress code is a great idea; we like the dress down days and only can hope and pray that ILHS will adopt a stricter dress code someday soon. It is evident that the staff at ILES try very hard to be the best school it can be!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
The area is poor and the school children has many needs.

- submitted by a community member
December 09, 2009
Teachers are great. I love the discipline in the schools. I see iles as an up and coming primary shchool.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 01, 2009
We have lived in Indiankand now for 4 years and I havee to say we cannot get out of here fast enough. This school district has failed horribly. Our childen have not received a proper education. I hate to think how far behind they are going to be when we move fron this retched place. We disliked this school so much that we have removed our child and are home schooling him until we find another place to live. It amazes me how they choose to worry more about running a 'military school' instead of focusing more on giving these kids a good education. After all we are talking about kids here. These kids need to learn social skills and should be encouraged to do so instead of threatened and be-littled for being outgoing. I would not recommend this school or area to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
Great School, My daughter is having such a wonderful education experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
I have a first grader and a third grade at Indian Land Elementary and we love it. It is a tightly run ship but the kids learn at a early age to behave. There does not seem to be too many discipline problems because they are caught early. The Principles are all wonderful and really want to make it a great school. The teachers are great ,when you take the time to get to know them. Email is a wonderful thing. There is a large involvement by the parents also which always helps.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2009
This is my daughter's third year at Indian Land, she is in third grade and she absolutely loves it! Her teacher is amazing and the principal and assistant principal's are doing wonderful things to make our school better each year!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2008
I went to IL and now have 7 nieces and nephews enrolled as well as my own 2 children. We are very pleased and happy with IL. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is crowded even with the new middle school and high school but the county is trying to resolve the issues with another elementary school in the works for the future. Go Warriors!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2008
Friendly enough atmosphere, however, not a day goes by that I don't find at least one spelling error from my children's teachers! It is very difficult for me to take seriously a teacher who spells 'continuous' as 'continueous' and misuses 'except' where 'accept' should be used. I look forward to the day we move to Meck county!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
We've lived in Indian Land for three years now, and hoping to Sell soon. We have been very disappointed with the school system here. My kids are A/B students and are so stressed out. If they don't do this or that in such in such way it's walking the playground at recess or silent lunch for this or that. It's not even for behavior issues its for stupid stuff. The teachers seem to have the attitude 'That's not my problem' so many big issues are being overlooked while their trying to run their military boot camp. I've seen no actual caring or accountablily by the school. They expect the children to be held accountable but yet it seems that theirs a lot of things going on at this school that parents don't know about? They'll punish, judge and put your child on trial.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
I'm loving the new Principal! I'm seeing positive changes already...less than a month into the school year. This is what our school needed. The teachers have always been the asset to the school. Going without a Principal last year and switching Principals the year before....the school lacked focus. Thank you Mrs Blum for your focus and changes!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 29, 2008
I'm sorry to read that Indian Land has not changed in years. The last two comments I just read are exactly why I left the school (and more) and enrolled my children elsewhere. When my children entered their new school they were shocked at the challenging curriculum and were not given the false sense that they were 'gifted students'. They were at the top of their classes at Indian Land Elementary and it was easy there. Moving was a definite shock at first but now they are caught up, challenged, getting better grades because of it and will be better prepared for college. Indian Land is one of the most beautiful places to live but apparently the school's academics and social protocol has not caught up with the rest of the area. My children were a nervous wreck there and now they are emotionally happy and therefore are performing much better

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
The last two reviews are so right ,this is the worst school.All they care about is dress code and raising money,then you pay for every litte thing on top of it. They do stress the kids out over the pact test.They do not teach anything that is not on the test.The whole school year is based around the test.The kids that make good grades are bored,my kids are two years ahead of what they teach.We moved here when my oldest was in 3rd. grade, and they were learning 1st. grade work.I could not belive it.They do not let the kids talk at lunch time ,and they yell at the kids.Which I witnessed 4 times.We are moving!I hated the fact I had to send my children for as long as I had to.I wish someone would have warned me this is a up in coming area, and the schools are poor.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
We came from another school system and this school just pales in comparison. My kids are stressed out about the PACT testing. At the kids last school, the teachers emphasized that the state tests are given just to grade the teachers, not the students. They encourage the students to do their best, but their is no pressure.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2008
This school is like a military boot camp. No talking ever. No chance to acquire social skills. Academics are mostly preparation for pact testing. If your child is an average or poor student they will probably do fine here. If your child is very bright, then they will be bored and unmotivated. Help is available for kids with learning problems, but the smart kids are being lost. There are some excellent teachers and some lousy ones just like everywhere. The real problems are in the system.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
My family is in its second year in Indian Land area and LOVE IT. My kids are the happiest they have been in school. I really appreciate how clean, orderly, and neat the school is. I also really appreciate how supportive the school administration has been. I have been impressed with how administrators, counselors, and teachers take care of things when they are brought to light. I would encourage the negative commenting people to realize this is a large PUBLIC school. Work with these folks and they will work with you.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2007
My son attended Indian Land Elementary for 3 years. Business opportunities took the family from the Indian Land area to another city in South Carolina. My son is enrolled in another school for the 2007-2008 school year. I am thankful to the faculty and staff, to my son's teachers, for the Indian Land experience. The teachers prepared him academically to be successful in the new setting. Although Indian Land Elementary and Middle was a large school, it had a warm, inviting atmosphere. My son was not just a number, but he was recognized as an individual with unique needs and personal characteristics. Thank you to all of the Indian Land faculty and staff for a great experience. I highly recommend Indian Land Elementary and Middle School to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
I have two children who attend this school. My daugter has been there for 6 years and my son for two years. Both of my children have always enjoyed their teachers and have learned a lot each year. I see a lot of comments from parents about children going to ISS. My children have been taught that they talk at recess, not in class. I occasionally get a note from the teacher about them talking. I as a parent take care of it at home. I feel that is where it counts most. A school this size has to have parent involvement. Parents need to quit expecting the school to take care of all the behavior problems. My kids respect their teachers and do their homework.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2007
I have been greatly disappointed in this school. The way the administration handles very minor issues is out of proportion with what the offense was. Talking in class was punished with ISS, getting out of line in the hall was punished with OSS. These are issues the teachers should be able to handle on their own! The punishments assigned should be reserved for those children who are way out of line in their behavior. I would not recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
I would recomend this school to anyone. My oldest child has been at this school for 2 years. We have had great teachers who really care about the children. The teachers are highly qualified and are teaching the things that need to be taught. The schools also encourages the parents to be involved. I volunteer as often as I can. I also have a kindergartener. Most of my kindergartener's class was reading by Christmas.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Indian Land Elementary/Middle School is a great place to learn! Even though the class sizes are too large due to rapid growth in the area, the teacher quality and the programs at the school are excellent. There are many extracurricular activities that students as young as Kindergarten can be a part of, including the wrestling team, science club, Honor Choir, and cheerleading. I have been very impressed with the number of parents involved in the PTA and who volunteer frequently. I would highly recommend this school to any parent in the near-by area. Thank You.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
My child has attended ILES for 1st and 2nd Grades. This school is moving from a mostly rural to a more suburban makeup. This is due to the rapid growth in the area of new subdivisions for commuters to the greater Charlotte area. I have been very happy with her teachers and what she is learning daily. As a parent you have the opprotunity to meet with your childs teachers numerous times to review thier progress. She has homework, reading and math, that takes about 30 minutes to complete. She is active in the Reading Counts program. If you look at scores you will see there was an improvement on PACT tests for the latest year 2004 in most grades. This school is on target to meet the SC 2010 objectives. Her teacher/studebt ratio was 1 to 22 in 1st grade and 1 /23 in 2nd grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
November 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 30, 2004
This school is a very clean school. It is overcrowded, but if you would sit in on a class, you will understand that these kids are being taught, they just don't pay attention. Every year there are more and more parents that simply don't care whether or not their childs homework is done correctly or if they understand what is going on at school. These children are being taught. If you suspect your child has a learning disability, talk to a school counselor to get started with an evaluation. I like this school, but it really doesn't have any extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
This school has deteriorated within the last 2 to 3 years. There are no quality academic extracurricular activities. Too many children are having to be tutored after school because of reading difficulties. Academic failures are not being addressed. Quality teachers are leaving. Our PACT scores are horrible compared to the surrounding area schools. Children with learning difficulties are not being identified and helped. The school is over crowded and getting worse. The administration cares more about whether a child is wearing a belt as opposed to their quality of education. Everything that glitters is not gold and this school is definitely an example of that. Their scars are hidden well.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2004
This school used to be excellent, but in the last 2 years it has gone down hill fast. Teachers are discouraged and dishearted about some problems that are not addressed. Great Qualified teachers are leaving the school (in great numbers) in search of better working conditions. Too many children are sent to ISS (In School Suspension) for minor details, like talking, that the administrators can handle, which creates another problem of stereotyping these children as problem children. Kindergarteners should not be put into ISS with Middle School kids. Employment is based on who you know instead of your quifications for a position at this school. Parents need to be aware of these problems before sending their children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Indian Land Elementary School
4137 Doby's Bridge Rd, Indian Land, SC  29707
(803) 548-2916
Last modified Indian Land Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Indian Land Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 83 reviews. Top