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Bell's Crossing Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 1212 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 7, 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


Posted October 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted January 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 13, 2010

BC is a superb school which creates a learning environment that works well for my young child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 8, 2009

So far, we are really enjoying the school year. Great teacher, great principle, great parents, and great students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 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


Posted July 8, 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


Posted July 2, 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.


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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.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

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 77% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students89%
Female85%
Male91%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled68%
Not disabled91%
English language learners91%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%

Math

All Students79%
Female72%
Male86%
African-American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Subsidized meals52%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled64%
Not disabled81%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%

Science

All Students70%
Female59%
Male81%
African-Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Subsidized meals41%
Full-pay meals76%
Disabled64%
Not disabled71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%

Social Studies

All Students96%
Female93%
Male98%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Subsidized meals94%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled82%
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

Writing

All Students87%
Female87%
Male87%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled68%
Not disabled89%
English language learners82%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-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

English/Language Arts

All Students88%
Female83%
Male91%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled20%
Not disabled92%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant88%

Math

All Students86%
Female87%
Male86%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled40%
Not disabled90%
English language learners81%
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant86%

Science

All Students86%
Female78%
Male91%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled20%
Not disabled90%
English language learners75%
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant86%

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female88%
Male92%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled50%
Not disabled93%
English language learners81%
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant91%

Writing

All Students86%
Female89%
Male83%
African-American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled30%
Not disabled89%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant86%
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%
Female94%
Male91%
African-American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled62%
Not disabled95%
English language learners88%
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant93%

Math

All Students91%
Female90%
Male91%
African-American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Subsidized meals79%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled54%
Not disabled94%
English language learners94%
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant91%

Science

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Subsidized meals63%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled50%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%

Social Studies

All Students94%
Female93%
Male96%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals90%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant94%

Writing

All Students87%
Female93%
Male82%
African-American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled54%
Not disabled90%
English language learners81%
Proficient in English88%
Non-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 78% 53%
Black 7% 36%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Asian 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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