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Bells Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 333 students

 

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Posted March 24, 2011

Bells Elementary is a Wonderful Elementary School. My son came to this school in second grade and has made outstanding growth. This school was one of three Colleton County Schools that made AYP last year. I am proud of the success that Bells has created in my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

I realize that many of these reviews are old, but I think people should stop saying that the school has a problem with funding and such. That's because the county spends the majority of their funding on the schools in Walterboro. Bells gets the least funding of all. It's not the schools fault. Many teachers have to buy their own supplies. Mr. Davis is a fantastic addition to the staff. I know he's been there a while but the children listen to him. That's what they've needed for a while. Parents should address the school board and the district if they want this school to have more funding. Bells has fundraisers all the time to get money to provide for the kids. Parents stop complaining about those too! You can't complain about fundraisers, then complain that the school doesn't have enough funding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

I think Bells Elementary School is a very good school, but just doesn't get credit where it is due. With the addition of Mr. Jay Davis as Student Concerns Administrator, the behavioral issues have decreased and the students are more focused on their education. Bells has always been in the shadows of the other schools in Walterboro, but they have not let that stop them from excelling. Keep up the good work, Bells Elementary! Marlarrie Smalls~ parent/substitute teacher
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

I think something, should be done to improve this school, i have two children that go here, grades 2&5 the second graders classrooms are over crowded, also the classrooms are cold, there is not proper heating, and the school is very old, and not in good shape at all. My feelings are, that the parents of these students are also taxpayers, but yet they continue to work on and rebuild the walterboro schools, and do nothing to improve ours, our kids have just as much right to be comfortable as those in walterboro.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2004

I am very disappointed in Bells Elementary. They suspend kindergarden children as punishment for misbehaving in class. I cannot agree with this method of teaching. Guidance councelors are provided at the request of the parent only. They have bus drivers that are unable to control the children and lack of funds to invest in cameras for the buses. My biggest concern is the fact that this school is very old and still has asbestos in it that no one seems to be doing anything about!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2004

As a parent with a child now attending and having been a student there myself. I think that Bells Elementary School is doing an outstanding job. The principal,teachers,other staff, parents and students their should be proud of the job that they do.They have provided our children with a wonderful educational program. They are always finding new and creative way to open our childs mind. They have made available for the use of a website for our children to learn more on even at home. By working together at school with our children they have given them a greater chance of being successful in all of lives challenges. I appreciate all that they do. Keep doing all that you do. A proud parent!
—Submitted by a former student


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.

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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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
31%
Writing

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
50%
Social Studies

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

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
63%
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 Students78%
Female88%
Male70%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White82%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%

Math

All Students64%
Female65%
Male61%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White55%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%

Science

All Students59%
Female46%
Male70%
African-American46%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals50%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant57%

Social Studies

All Students75%
Femalen/a
Male71%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals78%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%

Writing

All Students59%
Female65%
Male52%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White58%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
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 Students60%
Female53%
Male64%
African-American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Not migrant59%

Math

All Students60%
Female53%
Male64%
African-American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals58%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant61%

Science

All Students51%
Female41%
Male57%
African-American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals48%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Not migrant52%

Social Studies

All Students71%
Female53%
Male82%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White71%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant73%

Writing

All Students63%
Female69%
Male59%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant64%
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 Students70%
Female71%
Male67%
African-American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant69%

Math

All Students52%
Female47%
Male50%
African-American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Subsidized meals51%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Not migrant51%

Science

All Students48%
Female60%
Male38%
African-American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Subsidized meals48%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Not migrant48%

Social Studies

All Students81%
Femalen/a
Male78%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant81%

Writing

All Students57%
Female67%
Male55%
African-American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay mealsn/a
Disabledn/a
Not disabled66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Not migrant56%
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
Black 54% 36%
White 28% 53%
Hispanic 15% 7%
Two or more races 3% 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 92%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50
School end time
  • 2:50
School Leader's name
  • Cordelia Jenkins
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Fax number
  • (843) 866-7361

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Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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12088 Bells Hwy
Ruffin, SC 29475
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Phone: (843) 782-0012

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