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James B. Edwards Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 555 students

 

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Posted October 3, 2014

This school puts to much on the focus of the negative your child does than the positives. After dealing with this school for a month, I know my son will not be returning next year. It is obviously they can not handle children with special needs. I was even told to go behind my ex's back and put my son on meds without his consent. What kind of school does this?!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2014

Very friendly teachers AND staff. Smaller school than some of the area schools so I feel the experience is more personalized for the students. Very happy with the environment and diversity the school has to offer. Love the Global studies program the school offers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I have 2 children at JB Edwards and I Love Love Love this school and there teachers !! The best part so do my kids .I am very excited to see what the future brings to this Amazing school
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 22, 2013

I have two children currently attending the JBE school of Global Leadership. We are lucky to have so many good schools in Mt. P. and you can't really lose with any of them. Favorite features of JBE: Global Leadership theme is priceless in the lessons it teaches our kids on life - had no idea it would have an immediate impact, HUGE playground (with actual trees :) ), parent advice is welcomed and appreciated without allowing the parents to overtake the administration and small class size. Our school is older and could use some updates but, I will be sad to lose our character touches on the walls by our children. It makes me smile to see the wall murals and quotes and pictures. I feel like our school is a throwback to the community education of my youth. In this day and time a true community school like ours is hard to find. We all live in the surrounding neighborhoods. A lot of our teachers attended or have children that attended our school. Plus, we are one of only three Mt. P/SI schools to be zoned even in the new maps to attend Moultrie Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

I have 3 children at JBE. We moved here from Maryland over the summer. All 3 of my children have really great teachers and the school administrators have been very helpful. I am very excited about the global leadership aspect of the school as my kids come home talking about the 7 habits. It was really cool when my 8 year old came home and said that he needed to "put first things first" and do his homework before he played.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2012

I would be more wary of this school than what these reviews are saying. Based on personal experience, I would say that this school has that yuppy tendency to cover up things that they don't want the public to know about. As someone who volunteered there one school year, I can tell you that I saw one teacher do something that crossed the line of how teachers should discipline a student in this day and age. The incident was reported, but amazingly enough, the teacher is still working there in the same grade. Also, don't mistake higher test scores with quality instruction either. The students of this school, given the demographics, are much more likely to score higher regardless of the quality of instruction. Just something to keep in mind.


Posted May 18, 2012

I have 2 children that attend James B. Edwards. We have been very pleased with the education and care our children have received there. The staff and teachers are working hard to give their best for our kids! We truly have a "family feeling" at our school ... It takes a village to raise these kids well these days!! The entire JBE family is looking forward to being The Global Leadership School in Mount Pleasant, SC! We are excited about all the opportunities are kids are going to have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

Both my children attend JBE...we love it! They have a very active PTO, excellent teachers and staff, and we love the community atmosphere. Additionally JBE is becoming a partial magnet school for the 2012-2013 school year focusing on Global Leadership and following the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Our teachers this year have already begun to implement successful leadership habits - it's very exciting! We love JBE...if you live or are moving to MtP, be sure to visit and take a tour.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2006

I have two children at James B Edwards that have excelled in so many areas in just a couple of years. Everyone at the school is so kind and caring...from the teachers to the principal. What an incredible blessing to be in this school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2006

I have had 4 children go through JBE and have been totally pleased with their education. Great teachers, great principles, and I have had no problems getting help and testing if warranted. I really appreciate the effort from the staff. Kudos to all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

I have been trying to get my child tested for a learning disability and the school is non responsive. I have found that when a child has a problem in school, reading or math, the school does not care enough about the children to make sure they are tested. I have two children in this school and I am very disapointed with the teachers and staff. I am trying to remove my children and put them in a better school. For me, I can not aford a private school and the public school has given up on our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2005

this is a wonderful school...I am concerned about the building of a large hospital across the street with entrance on Matthis Ferry...with an estimated 650 employees this will increase traffic, noise, and air pollution...I think it will make it dangerous for the students...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2005

A wonderful school! We have two children enrolled at JBE, with one in fifth grade (He's been there since kindergarten) and another in second. The school is a caring, nurturing, environment that consistently produces strong academic resutlts. The staff is outstanding, with a principal and many teachers who have been at the school since it opened over twenty years ago. School pride is strong and parent involvement exceptionally high. We purposely bought in this school district and haven't been disappointed.
—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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

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

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students92%
Female88%
Male96%
African-American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%

Math

All Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
African-American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals55%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%

Science

All Students83%
Female80%
Male86%
African-Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%

Social Studies

All Students82%
Female79%
Male84%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%

Writing

All Students74%
Female84%
Male65%
African-American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Subsidized meals50%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students80%
Female90%
Male74%
African-American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals54%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant80%

Math

All Students80%
Female84%
Male77%
African-American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals54%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant80%

Science

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
African-American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals39%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant74%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female92%
Male87%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%

Writing

All Students79%
Female84%
Male75%
African-American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals52%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant79%
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 Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
African-American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Subsidized meals89%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant93%

Math

All Students93%
Female90%
Male96%
African-American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Subsidized meals85%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant93%

Science

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
African-American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals93%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Not migrant98%

Social Studies

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%

Writing

All Students87%
Female97%
Male79%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled92%
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 75% 53%
Black 17% 36%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Fax number
  • (843) 849-2892

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Performance stage
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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855 Von Kolnitz Rd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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