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Charles Pinckney Elementary School

Public | 3-5 | 1062 students

 

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Posted August 25, 2014

Pinckney is a wonderful school! The school is very large however my daughter never feels lost or that she is not getting enough attention. She has had amazing teachers over the past three years and I feel so fortunate that we live in Mt. Pleasant and can send our children to such terrific schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2014

Everyone talks about South Carolina schools and how they 'Rank' nationally. I can promise you one thing, these schools are not included in that testing scores of the nation. This school is a gem in the rough!! Heck, it's the Baseball Diamond to be exact! Great School, great location, top notch teachers. We could not be happier with an education system!! A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

I remember going to this school 2009-2010 it was good I and yeah the good years of my life....


Posted February 10, 2014

We just moved here in December and my son started school in January. Everyone we have met at the school has gone way beyond our expectations to help our son adjust to a new school The teachers are amazing and it is remarkable how well tthey are handling the growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

We moved from out of state to this school and our child entered 3rd grade here. Immediately my child was singled out and bullied. When brought to the teachers attention, I was told they never witnessed it so it must not be happening. Kids are not stupid, they do it when the teachers AREN'T looking. . which lunch and recess here are basically unsupervised. While my child learned an incredible amount of information during actual instruction time, my child was MISERABLE. We moved out of district after only 6 months. Its sink or swim here and there is no support from the administration if your child is sinking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

Pinckney is an excellent school with a top notch staff. There is a big action- based learning theme there. Students get the opportunity to work at cool kinesthetic tables instead of traditional desks if they choose. There are innovative things going on at Pinckney.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Charles Pinckney Elementary School has a big soccer fields and teachers are so good and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

Over-crowded classrooms with low standards. The Civil War is taught constantly and African American children are singled out by teachers and students in very negative ways. Teacher/ Bully phenomenon also strong in this school. As a conscientious parent, this school does not warrant a recommendation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

We recently moved here from Colorado. The actual classroom experience seems good, class sizes are small, we are very happy with our daughters teacher. The school itself is just too big. Discussed the attendance policy with the principal and was shocked by her comments. Basically if your child doesn't show up to school it's input into a computer system and sometime within the day or evening you will be alerted to that. I knew where my child was but saw a large whole in there system. I voiced my concern that if a child isn't accounted for at school and the parent hasn't called them in absent shouldn't they be contacted right away. The answer given to me was no. This is the system, on any given day there are 80 kids unaccounted for and they don't have the manpower to make the calls. So on any given day there are 80 kids that they are responsible for, are unaccounted for and they are doing nothing to find them. REAL SCARY.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

Pinckney Elem is an excellent school! If you are zoned for this school and you have your child in a private school, you are wasting your money. The academics are strong and the parental involvement is wonderful. The teachers are qualified and know how to teach. I don't think there is a better school in the district or state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2009

Our children moved from a '10' school in Carlsbad, California to Pinckney Elementary for the 08-09 school year. Our '10' school in California became that way from extensive parent involvement and a majority affluent population. Now, I know that the California school administration had absolutely nothing to do with the schools success. What sets Pinckney apart from other highly rated schools is it's extremely effective management. The school does a great job of balancing the needs of vastly different abilities through just plain smart use of my children's time and my taxpayer dollars. This allows already great teachers to do an even better job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

Awesome, awesome, awesome! This school knows how to engage the children in a fun learning experience. There is a perfect balance between academics and fun. This is the first year that my son couldn't wait to get dressed in the morning to go to school. He is a very bright student and the school has been very creative in challenging him. I can't say enough good about this school. The feel is warm, fun, and the teachers seem to enjoy their jobs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2009

I totally disagree that this school is lacking in the arts area. First of all, the school has an annual arts week called Pinckney Palooza where outside artists come in for a week long event. The students are exposed to music, art, dance and history. My children are constantly teaching me new songs learned in music class and they sing in the car instead of argue. This is a great school in every aspect, especially in the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

I could not be more pleased with this school. Everything about it is wonderful. My daughter loves her teachers and everything about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

this is such a great school to go to. the kids learn how to connect to the teachers and learn to connect with other students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

Before my child was diagnosed with ADHD he had a very difficult time reading among other things. The staff worked very hard to get him outside classroom assitance, first in a group of three students and then on a one-to-one basis. Once he was diagnosed, he caught up with his reading level and became a Terrific Kid for the last nine weeks. They did not jump to assumptions about ADHD but rather gave him the help he needed and suggested he be diagnosed by his personal physician. The whole staff is very caring and professional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2006

Pinckney Elementary School is a very friendly school with great teachers. Everything about the school is awesome except one thing. The state has an end of the year test, PACT, that the teachers center what they do in the classroom around the test.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2006

The academic programs are sufficient. I find the music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities are severely lacking. Our children are the one suffering the most because of this. From what I have seen parent involvement has always been pretty high. I am sure there can always be more. but I think the kids are pretty happy with the parents involved right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2006

Academics are fine. Advanced TAG type courses are available. We found Pinckney to be an excellent, organized school. Many of the teachers have Master's degrees. The front office staff was always present to inform visitors and volunteers. We regularly saw the principal and the vice principal in the halls. It was not unusual to see the VP sit down to lunch with the students. The PE teachers were creative and fun and worked with the equipment they had. The floors and facilities were kept clean. Student journals came home daily for parents to read messages. The children's writing journals are a keepsake of their growth during the year. Pinckney offered living history such as pioneer crafts or colonial breakfasts. Learning was creative and fun! Students were aware of behavioral expectations. Emphasis on poistive rewards. Involved PTA. Fun fundraisers. Moved due to job/seen 5 elementary schools. CPE is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

I completely agree with the prior review - the curriculum of the district is very weak, and the teachers do not all teach beyond this curriculum. The result is not enough challenge for good students, and frustration for parents who have seen better. Shame on the district for not letting children reach their potential! We need to start our own district, as this one is way too large to make any changes. For example, Columbia has much smaller districts.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

421 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

424 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

421 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students95%
Female98%
Male93%
African-American86%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals85%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled54%
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%

Math

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
African-American43%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled42%
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Science

All Students92%
Female95%
Male90%
African-American82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals84%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled59%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%

Social Studies

All Students93%
Female91%
Male95%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%

Writing

All Students93%
Female96%
Male89%
African-American76%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled46%
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
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 Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
African-American83%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals84%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled55%
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%

Math

All Students97%
Female96%
Male97%
African-American83%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals90%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled76%
Not disabled99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Not migrant97%

Science

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
African-American83%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Subsidized meals86%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled79%
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant96%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
African-American90%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals90%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabled82%
Not disabled99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Not migrant98%

Writing

All Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
African-American66%
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals55%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled50%
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant90%
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 Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
African-American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Subsidized meals91%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled75%
Not disabled99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Not migrant98%

Math

All Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
African-American78%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled52%
Not disabled98%
English language learners90%
Proficient in English95%
Not migrant95%

Science

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Subsidized meals92%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant96%

Social Studies

All Students92%
Female91%
Male93%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals78%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled59%
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant92%

Writing

All Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled48%
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Not migrant95%
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 86% 53%
Black 7% 36%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 3% 7%
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 13%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Palmetto Gold Award (for outstanding Academic Achievement) (2007)
  • Closing the Achievment Gap (HUG Award) (2005)
  • Palmetto Showcase School (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 2:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Leanne Sheppard
Fax number
  • (843) 856-4594

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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