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K-5
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Simpsonville, SC
Students enrolled: 1,181

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804 Scuffletown Rd
Simpsonville, SC 29681

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(864) 355-3800
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March 28, 2014
We love Bell's Crossing! My son is in Kindergarten and he loves every minute of it. His teacher is amazing, and the entire staff really go out of their way to make such a large school feel very small. My son is also in Speech Therapy at BC and the Speech and Language Pathologist is absolutely fantastic!!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
Horrible experience at this school. We wanted our child to go to a top rated school so we chose Bells Crossing. 3 years of pure disappointment ending in home school. The administration allowed bullying of students by a teacher because she was so close to retirement. Awful, unprofessional "leaders."

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2013
The parents and teachers work together at this school to meet the needs of my child. The principal is involved in all aspects of the school and readily makes himself available to parents. My child loves school and loves his teachers. The school is inviting and wants parents to be a part of their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
Two students attending. One 4th grade, one 5th grade. 5th grader has become overwhelmed with the amount of homework given this year. Teacher, or Common Cores fault ? Having a conference to figure this out.Not happy right now!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
I love this school. This was our first year here and my kids really liked it. The teachers love to teach. My kids were very motivated especially my second grader. Mrs. Madden is awesome!! The new principal is really involved with kids . This was an excellent choice for us.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2013
Bells Crossing is a great school. We have been blessed with excellent teachers year after year. The support staff is wonderful. The school is no longer over capacity which has just make it all the better. I can really tell a difference this year in the quality of education with our new Principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
We have been part of the BC community for 6 years, 2 kids going through so far. It has been a wonderful school. The teachers that my children have had have been great. Very caring about the children and their education. The opportunities such as Challenge and hands on activity is great as well. Although quiet time at lunch is a little strict... Besides that, A++. Couldn't imagine any school being better.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
The quality of this school is over rated on this site. I have found they are all about winning awards and not about a quality and appropriate education for my children. I end up teaching my children what they should be learning in the classroom!! If there is a video to show that addresses a particular subject then the video will be shown. The teachers, with the exception of a few, just gothrough the motions without taking the time to make sure the lesson is taught and clearly understood. Third grade is an especially difficult year but the teachers don't try to make it easier. Out of all the 3rd grade teachers there, I can count 2 that really do their job. The new principle has yet to make himself respected in my book. He overloads with messages to parents with a phone call every Sunday, which I have learned to let the answering machine pick up then promptly delete as it get the info in a message from school via email and also all the info on Edmondo! OVERLOAD!!!! Come on Bells!! What is happening to this schoo????

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
Bell's Crossing is a terrific school. This is my 5th year there, with two children attending. They have both had great teachers who have been caring, attentive, helpful, and of course, educational. My children have blossomed under their tutelage. There is a nice variety of activities - both in the classrooms and as clubs, and there is a great number of parents who are very involved. We have been very happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
This school STINKS! We moved to Sc. about a year ago and lived in a different district & our son had to go to a different school which we all loved. Then we had a chance to move to their district which everyone boasted about this school. He is in 4th grade & has a HORRIBLE TEACHER! He is basically being picked on & bullied by his own teacher. She picks on him about EVERYTHING. She wants to hold him accountable for his actions & behavior, but doesnt hold herself to the same. He went from being a straight A & B student to getting C's. He practically cries everyday before I drop him off & is now having anxiety problems as well. We spoke with the asst. principle & the principle & they said they'd look into it and take care of it, but they haven't. If you care anything at all about your children, DO NOT send them to this school!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2011
We moved from out of state and wondered about the school. In no time we knew we moved to the right area! There is not one complaint about anything. Our child loves going to school each day. The staff really knows how to interact with the children and provide wonderful structure for the students. Plenty of activities for the kids. I have gotten to know many of the teachers now and you can tell they really enjoy working at Bell's. I give it a A+!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
Not only is BC simply the best school in the area, it is one of the best schools in the State of South Carolina. It recently, along with numerous other awards, received the State's highest honor: Palmetto's Finest. This achievement does not come easily and requires an intensive undertaking of analyzing the school, teachers, test cores, environment, activities, and so fourth.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
Teachers sending text messages???... ever think that they might be checking their email in the morning car line to get a jump start on their day or using their phone to keep up with the constant emails coming to them throughout the day? Students are encouraged to conduct class and share their thoughts and ideas because their opinion is valued just as much as everyone else. My child loves the thought of being able to 'teach' or share her ideas and not just 'sitting and getting' information all day. Bell's Crossing is a WONDERFUL school that is always providing hands on activities and encouraging children to work at his or her level. By differentiating curriculum, my child is always provided work at his or her level. The teachers work nonstop all day long and stay very late in the afternoons to get the neccessary materials prepared for the next day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2010
After reading some of the submitted reviews I wonder if these people actually spend any time IN the school. I spend many hours at this school and some of the things I see are alarming . Teachers sending/reading text messages in class and in the morning car line, Students conducting class, including tests, while the teacher is out of the classroom, Teachers speaking very rudely to students, Students being left to supervise themselves for way to much of the day......just to name a few. It does look good on paper though................. Homeschool is looking pretty good!!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
BC is a superb school which creates a learning environment that works well for my young child.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2009
We feel blessed to have found such a wonderful school. It was an adjustment to get used to the large school sizes in SC, but Bell's staff make the school seem so much smaller.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
So far, we are really enjoying the school year. Great teacher, great principle, great parents, and great students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2009
We have had a wonderful experience with Bell's Crossing. I have a child that just finished 5th grade this past year and am so pleased to have my youngest entering 1st grade at Bell's Crossing! Mrs. Barlow, the principal is outstanding! Knows most of the kids by name in a school with over 1000 children. The challenge program is amazing--Sandy Young goes above and beyond her call of duty for the sake of these children. The parental involvement is absolutely top-notch which always helps a school excell!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2009
If you are moving to the area and looking for the best elementary school, this is it. Bell's Crossing fosters a learning environment that includes play and academics with a top-notch teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 02, 2009
My grand-daughter goes to Bells Crossing and loves it. So far she has had good teachers. The only thing that bothers me is her mom is bad to sleep over and the teachers say things to her instead of her mother. There is not a thing that child can do with her mother. Believe me we have tried.

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2009
My child has been attending this school for 2 years now (going on our 3rd). My child loves going to school and loves the teachers! The only concerns I have are: Not challenging my child enough. While she may be 'meeting' standards, what is being done to challenge her. Also the PTA is very 'cliquish' and pretned to want everyone involved. But, in truth if you are not one of the 'chosen ones' no one really cares if you are there, as long as they can count you as a member on paper. I love the principal, she has an open door policy and will address any issue with you. Without her, I could see this school going down a very dark road!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
My daughter just finished the 5th grade at Bell's where she attended all 6 years of elementary school. We absolutely loved it! The faculty is outstanding and the parent involvement can't be beat. The school was awarded the Palmetto's Finest Award for 2009. This means they are the best in elementary school in the state! Hard to beat that...

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
Good school. Needs more liberal arts and technology influences.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2008
My family bought our house as a direct result of all the wonderful things going on at Bell's. It is true that the school is overcrowded but that is because people are attracted to the area because of how wonderful the schools here are- especially Bell's. Mrs. Barlow, the principal, is one of the best I have come in contact with. She is very attuned to the student's needs. Many times principals act like they are untouchable or that you are bothering them but you will see Mrs. Barlow in the car line directing traffic most mornings. The staff is great. They communicate more that any other staff. Emails are always ansered within a few hours. Parents are welcome anytime in the classroom and encouraged to be involved. The playground doesn't have grass but the PTA spent $10,000 on this issue this year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2008
Overcrow[d]ing is an issue at Bells Crossing due to the growth in the area... but that is why a new elementary school has been built very close by and is scheduled to take a load off of Bell's Crossing.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 09, 2008
My son has been attending Bell's for three years now. Great clean facility. Teacher's have been great and easy to communicate with. Only drawback is the playground has no grass (shoes get very dirty) and the morning drop off traffic. Other than that, great experience>

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
Bell's crossing is an excellent school. We have gone to this school for three years so far and the facilty continue to impress me. My only concerns is the overcorwding that is starting to occur because of all of the new houses that are being built in the area. The school does a lot for the children and the teacher's really seem to care about getting the children to succeed. They also have some great activities for an elementary school - like a spring carnival, a 5th grade play, the morning news cast and others. I don't necessarily think SC schools are the best in the nation but Bells Crossing is one of the best in the area.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2006
I'm very pleased overall with the quality of this school. The teachers seem to have a passion for helping kids go on to the next grade level. However, the school is overcrowded and the ratio of teacher to students is higher than I would like to see. The school is located in a growing community, but I feel the class sizes are too large without having a teacher's aid.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
Bell's Crossing is an outstanding school. It has a well qualified staff and the administration is very supportive of future growth opportunities for the staff. School goals are differentiation and technology. Teachers are working towards making the curriculum match each individual student's needs in order to allow each child to reach their full potential. There is an amazing array of technology in the school with each room having a document reader, several laptop labs for teachers to bring into their classrooms. A computer lab that students visit on a rotating basis is available. The library is very well stocked. The staff is caring and supportive. The PTA won an award for the best volunteer program in the county.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
My child was blessed to attend Bell's Crossing. The experience was absolutely INCREDIBLE. The commitment and pride of the teachers is beyond amazing. Mrs Barlow, Principal, is one amazing lady! My child is currently attending Langston, a charter middle school, what a contrast. We will be going back to the public school next year - and we hope the public middle school is as awesome as Bell's.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2004
There are great things going on in this school that is only two years old. Students from four different elementary schools were brought together with a principal from a fifth school. It has evolved into a cohesive team of staff, students, parents, and community to serve 1100 children at the opening of the third year. The staff strives for continuous improvement. The administration listens to its parents. Volunteers logged over 100,000 hours last year. There is a very active PTA and the school has a warm, open door policy. Test data is available for the last two years, even though it is not listed on this site, and the school has made AYP both years it has been open. Student/teacher ratio is budget-driven by the district and state, not the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2004
I am very concerned with the current student teacher ratio. I feel that my childs education is being sacrificed.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2004
This school is rated -1 in building a child self esteem. They are rated 8 at tearing down a child self esteem. As a concern parent I hear the cry of students other than my own about incidents that go on with teachers and students. Society will have you believe that the student is at fault. But reality shows that some teachers are behind the negative behavior of some students. I suggest Home school. If not find a school that have teachers who will be a positive influence on your child or do as I do face each incident head on and way the odds.

- submitted by a parent
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Bell's Crossing Elementary School
804 Scuffletown Rd, Simpsonville, SC  29681
(864) 355-3800
Last modified Bell's Crossing Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bell's Crossing Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top