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Bethel Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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Posted May 25, 2014

My Oldest has been at Bethel 4 years..wonderful school and teachers! She has made straight A's the whole time she has been there..my youngest will attend this year! Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2014

This is our 3rd year at Bethel and we love it! The teachers are great to work with and I couldn't be happier with our school. I also have a son with learning issues and they have bent over backwards to accomodate his needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

When we moved to Greenville area Bethel Elementary seemed like a good school but we never thought that we would encounter a cruel and rude teacher. My first grader son was coming home from school saying he was bad and no worth to trust because he talked to much. After several incidents and e-mails we went to the principal assistant but they didn't help, they'll always support the teachers first. This "Mrs. Betsill" was nothing but a nightmare for all my family, she should not be an example for kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

I have two children attending this school. One has a severe peanut allergy and the school administration and teachers were wonderfully accommodating! Also I have been pleased with the educational standards, incentives to get the children to read and emphasis on making learning fun. While a school is only as good as your child's teacher I am so pleased that my kids have loved every teacher they've had and I as a parent am very happy with how much my children have learned and that they look forward to school as a safe, enjoyable environment! I will add that as a parent if you get involved in PTA and volunteering your experience will improve as you will know more of what your kid is doing at school and how much this school actually cares for its students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

My family and I moved to the Greenville area this year, and I was relieved to find that Bethel Elementary was rated pretty highly. The school that my child attended previously was an outstanding school, so I had high standards for Bethel. Bethel has been nothing short of a parents worst nightmare since day one. I was given the "run around" when trying to enroll my child. The teacher that was assigned to my child has no business teaching. She spends more time nit picking and focusing on coloring technique than actually teaching valuable skills (2nd grade). Also, when we contacted administration with our concerns, we were told they would address the teacher with our concerns and get back to us, but never did. I feel this school is not concerned at all with the concerns of parents, and I am highly disappointed in everything we have experienced so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

My children have both attended Bethel and I can say that we have had a wonderful experience. The teachers are excellent and use different strategies to accomodate different learning styles. They incoropate fun innovative approaches to teaching. The admininstration is available and truly cares for the sucess of each student. They understand that while standarized tests are important they are not the only standard that measures a students success. Bethel is a place where children can feel safe and secure and receive a great foundation for lifelong learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

Bethel is a big school and that impacts the quality of education children receive there. It values products more then learning process and earning good testing results appears to be their primary goal. When a school projects are graded more on neatness then creativity then this school cares more on satisfying certain format then fostering creative thinking necessary for our children's success in the 21st century..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

We moved to the neighborhood we did just to be zoned for Bethel. It is a wonderful school with excellent teachers. They are supportive and caring. The administration runs a tight ship and does not put up with bullying or other negative behaviors. I would highly recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

Our experience at Bethel Elementary has been nothing short of a nightmare! I urge you, if you care about your childs education at all please stay as far away from the doors of Bethel Elementary as possible!!!! I have never seen such arrogance in a school's administration and faculty!! They have a 'WE CAN DO NO WRONG' attitude, and have absolutely no interest in parents feedback. Their only concern is test scores and they are willing to sacrifice their students educations to achieve them. The title 'National School of Excellence' is an absolute joke! A title this school certainly does not deserve. This school should be on posters across the nation as the number one reason to homeschool your children!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

I have two children at Bethel and I am very happy with how both of my children are doing. They have a love for learning that I completely credit to the wonderful teachers they have had while at this school. Not only do the teachers stress the academics, they also stress a love of learning. I am also very impressed with the choices Bethel offers from multi age classrooms to team teaching. Bethel teachers also do a wonderful job incorporating lots of technology into their lessons. Bethel really is a great place to send your child for a strong foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I have 2 children at Bethel and they are both very happy. I have found elementary school to be a wonderful experience for both my children. The teaching staff is exceptional and the academics are varied and challenging. I credit Bethel's teachers and staff for making my children LOVE school. The PTA is very supportive and offers many opportunities for parents to get involved. Bethel is a wonderful place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

We moved into the Simpsonville area in 2003 and have had a child at Bethel every year since. I cannot begin to express my thankfulness for the staff at Bethel. Each teacher my children have had have given so much and prepared them for the upcoming year. The administration cares so much about every aspect of the school and works so hard to make Bethel the best it can be. All employees take pride in making Bethel a warm, safe, clean, welcoming and positive environment for the kids and parents. I have always felt welcomed to be a part of my children's classrooms and other areas of the school. Volunteerism is very strong at Bethel and all parents are encouraged to take part. I have loved our years at Bethel and will be sad when they are over. Take a tour of Bethel and see for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I have three children at Bethel. Two of mine are in their final year having been there since Kindergarten. The teachers are wonderful. I am always impressed on how they seem to teach to the 'whole child'. Bethel has so many wonderful programs and opportunities for the kids. I appreciate that there are ways for both working and non-working parents to be involved. I have watched my children gain much more than just book knowledge. I am so glad that when we moved here we made sure we were zoned for Bethel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

I have 2 children at Bethel and have been nothing but pleased. Our experience has been positive without exception. The administration, teachers, and staff have a heart for their students, wanting to help them reach their utmost potential. The school is warm and welcoming. We have never had issues with bullying or cliques. Overall parent involvement with PTA and volunteering is amazing. Anyone who feels the 'school needs a lot of improvements' should get in there and get involved. The more involved you are, the more you see how blessed your children are to be educated there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

This school needs a lot of improvements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

My son did not like attending this school. He is rather quiet and got picked on. We have since switched to Bell's since we have heard such great things about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2006

Please let everyone know that there is a new administration at Bethel this year and I couldn't be happier. We have already seen a difference in the atmosphere and it is a huge improvement. This is truly a great school, really it always was great but the principal was the pits. Despite previous comments, the principal was the problem. Teachers are top notch! This is going to be a great year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2006

This is our eighth consecutive year having children at Bethel. We could not be more pleased with the education our children are receiving and have received there. Bethel has wonderful teachers and provides a top notch academic environment. There are many clubs for students to join and activities in which to participate. There is very strong parental involvement, and a very active PTA. Previous comments have been full of bitterness against the administration--please note that we do have a brand new principal this year...one that is much more open to leaving her office and interacting with the children. This can only make Bethel an even more inviting place to be. The administration, teachers, custodial staff, and the parents are proud of Bethel and strive daily to make it even better. Bethel is truly a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2006

Bethel Elementary is an outstanding school. We have been at Bethel for the past eight years. My children have received an excellent education, have done well on all of the standardized testing, and have enjoyed their experience immensely. My middle-schooler credits her teachers at Bethel for giving her such a great start that she is in all advanced classes. We have a new administration this year at Bethel, so any old comments, (no matter how unfounded I believe they were), do not apply to the current administration. Bethel is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, National PTA School of Excellence for Parent Involvement and a Red Carpet School, just to name a few things. These accomplishments speak for themselves. At Bethel, our new principal encourages our children to concentrate on their 'Straight A's' : Achievement, Attendance, Actions and Attitude. Sounds like a good plan for everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2006

I am proud to tell people that my children attend or have attended Bethel Elementary. My 6th grader was very well prepared academically for middle school and I am confident that my third grader will also be receiving the quality education needed to succeed in middle school. Not only does Bethel provide a quality education, it is a wonderful environment for our children. We have incredible parent and staff involvement. Teachers are not only there for our kids during the school day, but they are also involved in after school clubs with the students. It is obvious that the teachers and administration deeply care about their students and enjoy teaching. We are very fortunate to be a part of the Bethel Elementary School Family!
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

130 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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students99%
Female97%
Male100%
African-American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Subsidized meals95%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabled91%
Not disabled99%
English language learners100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%

Math

All Students89%
Female86%
Male92%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals98%
Disabled73%
Not disabled91%
English language learners60%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%

Science

All Students85%
Female83%
Male88%
African-American87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female93%
Male100%
African-Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%

Writing

All Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled55%
Not disabled94%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
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 Students82%
Female82%
Male81%
African-American77%
Asian80%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled21%
Not disabled89%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant82%

Math

All Students87%
Female93%
Male81%
African-American82%
Asian90%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled36%
Not disabled94%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant87%

Science

All Students87%
Female90%
Male85%
African-American86%
Asian90%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals78%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled50%
Not disabled92%
English language learners60%
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant87%

Social Studies

All Students88%
Female90%
Male86%
African-American96%
Asian90%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled50%
Not disabled93%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant88%

Writing

All Students79%
Female86%
Male72%
African-American75%
Asian80%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled21%
Not disabled86%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English83%
Non-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%
Female92%
Male94%
African-American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled95%
English language learners95%
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant93%

Math

All Students89%
Female87%
Male90%
African-American86%
Asian100%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled90%
English language learners74%
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant89%

Science

All Students90%
Female85%
Male97%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%

Social Studies

All Students87%
Female84%
Male89%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled88%
English language learners100%
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant87%

Writing

All Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
African-American79%
Asian90%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled93%
English language learners79%
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant90%
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 65% 53%
Black 17% 36%
Hispanic 8% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 29%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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111 Bethel School Rd
Simpsonville, SC 29681
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Phone: (864) 355-4100

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