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Fork Shoals Elementary School

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Posted January 22, 2014

I have a 1st grader and 4th grader at Fork Shoals. We've been here since my oldest started 1st grade. We wouldn't go anywhere else!! We love the faculty, teachers, students, culture, involvement...everything about this amazing little gem in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

My daughter started Forkshoals Elemenatry this school year and she loves it. We love it too, the staff, teachers and the PTA are awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

My son started his first year at Fork shoals going into the second grade. He has had a wonderful transition. We love his teachers and he is making more and more friends each week. He loves school now and is eager to learn more things. We are very pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

My daughter started kindergarten in Laurens county and in January we moved to Fountain Inn and she started attending Fork Shoals. I have to say I absolutely LOVE this school! My daughter wasn't learning anything she hadn't already knew like her ABCs and counting to 10. She would come home and tell me how she didn't like learning the same thing everyday at her previous school. However, the first week at Fork Shoals she was so happy and was learning so much. She graduated Kindergarten on a 2nd grade reading level and above average in math. She has just started 1st grade and we couldn't be happier knowing she is in tbe BEST hands with the teachers at Fork Shoals. The principal is also amazing. She really knows what she is doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2010

WORLD CLASS IB SCHOOL in every aspect. Excellent Leadership along with award winning teachers, nice, safe and clean environment. I've been around some places and I never saw such an outstanding school. Great leadership along with teachers who really care about their students. This is no child left behind, literally!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Fork Shoals Elementary is truly a gem! It is a school that is full of phenomenal teachers and administration. I am proud that my children are able to attend such an outstanding school. It truly is a 'World Class' School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Fork Shoals Elementary provides amazing opportunities for students to engage enthusiastically in learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

We adore Fork Shoals! Great staff and they value our children's education. We are so fortunate to have the ability to send our children to such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

A World-Class International Baccalaureate School that prepares our children for the world around us and to think critically..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

I am a grandmother that has had 4 children attend Fork Shoals School. It's teaching staff and administration is the absolute best! The children love to go to school. I am a volunteer at the school and enjoy helping the children as well as the teachers. There is so much love for our school throughout the community and Fork Shoals School is now home of the State of South Carolina Teacher of the Year. We take much pride in our school, teachers, staff and most of all our children. I wouldn't want my grand daughter to attend any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

It is a school where education goes hand and hand with principles of an IB school. The teachers care for their students. They also allow volunteer involvment and make you feel welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

It has such loving staff and faculty that really care about the children not only in education but in their personal life as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

All 4 of my children have went to this school and the teacher and staff truly care about what is best for each and every child. I am a single mom and they help with getting each child the same even if the parent can not pay for trips or something they find a way to get the kids sponsored so they don't miss out. They also make sure the kids are experiencing the different cultures that some schools don't get to do. My oldest child is in high school and my youngest is in third grade and it won't matter if I move I will find a way to make sure that my child finishes elementry school at fork shoals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

We have been very happy with our daughter's first year at Fork Shoals. They teach not just reading and writing, but also about different cultures, languages, and life skills. Respect for each other is emphasized, as well as positive reinforcement on a school-wide level. Volunteers are an integral part of the school, and parents are encouraged to participate as much as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

Fork Shoals is a wonderful school. It was originally founded in 1877. The school has a very nurturing environment and my son truly enjoys going to school there. My son had been in first grade in Nicholasville, Kentucky. I had never been personally exposed to a school which seemed more like a confinement area than an educational environment. We were so happy when we moved to Simpsonville, SC and our son began attending Fork Shoals. One never realizes how much difference caring teachers can make until having to go to a school that is lousy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2004

This is one of the most loving and secure schools I have ever seen.All the staff Knew my child by name before the first week was up. They really made it easier to send my child to kindergarden.My sons teacher keeps me informed on how my child is doing at all times and seems very concerned about his wellbeing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

My son is in the 4th Grade at Fork Shoals. Previously he attended 2 other Greenville County Elementary schools. Fork Shoals has done more for him in the last 6 weeks than all his other years combined. I am so grateful my son has had the opportunity to attend this incredible school. The principal is an incredible person who obviously has a true love for children and truly wants each of them to have the best education possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

My son just completed Kindergarten at Fork Shoals. He is getting a wonderful education. The entire staff at the school takes an active part in the education of the children. They encourage the children to learn, explore and to question everything. The principal & teachers create such a strong bond between the home & school life that children feel how important their education is, and give them a love for learning. I am very excited to see what the next year brings, and see how implementing the IB program will enhance an already world class education environment.


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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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students82%
Female86%
Male77%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Subsidized meals72%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled10%
Not disabled89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%

Math

All Students69%
Female69%
Male69%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White73%
Subsidized meals51%
Full-pay meals81%
Disabled0%
Not disabled75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%

Science

All Students56%
Female54%
Male58%
African-American10%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Subsidized meals36%
Full-pay meals68%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%

Social Studies

All Students82%
Female90%
Male73%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%

Writing

All Students65%
Female78%
Male51%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White67%
Subsidized meals48%
Full-pay meals77%
Disabled0%
Not disabled72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled38%
Not disabled90%
English language learners71%
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant83%

Math

All Students82%
Female80%
Male83%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled50%
Not disabled87%
English language learners71%
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant82%

Science

All Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled50%
Not disabled86%
English language learners57%
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant81%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female89%
Male88%
African-American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled69%
Not disabled92%
English language learners79%
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant89%

Writing

All Students67%
Female76%
Male58%
African-American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White69%
Subsidized meals54%
Full-pay meals78%
Disabled27%
Not disabled73%
English language learners57%
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant67%
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 Students89%
Female90%
Male89%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Subsidized meals84%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled36%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

Math

All Students81%
Female87%
Male75%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled9%
Not disabled88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%

Science

All Students80%
Female79%
Male82%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant80%

Social Studies

All Students77%
Female73%
Male83%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Subsidized meals64%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant77%

Writing

All Students80%
Female88%
Male71%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled10%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 53%
Black 10% 36%
Hispanic 7% 7%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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 44%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Red Carpet (2003)
  • IB Authorized (2005)
  • PTA School Of Excellence (2003)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 2:30
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Christopher Ross
Fax number
  • (864) 355-5012

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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Parent involvement
  • Parents join our active pta (parent teacher asssosiation) and our sic (school improvment council). we have volunteer opportunites for parents all year. parents help with programs in reading, accelerated reader, and math, math superstars. they also help coordinate school wide events sucha as our fall festival and red ribbon week activities.
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  • Fork Shoals inquiry-based philosophy of education takes students on a journey through their studies with integrated units of instruction. Children are encouraged to ask questions and seek out knowledge as they develop in to well-rounded international citizens.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Ralph Chandler Middle School (open in 2008)
Woodmont Middle School
Bryson Middle School
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916 McKelvey Rd
Pelzer, SC 29669
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