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Plain Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 947 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2012:
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Posted February 11, 2014

Second grade has a teacher that is a bad apple, but the other teachers have been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

Compared to the administration at Greenbriar and other elementary schools throughout the country (my job requires travel periodically), we were appalled at their arrogance. Many of the teachers are great, then some...not so much. From the principal down to the office staff, you assume they are faking their pained smiles so I could not recommend this school. Highly overrated in every category and this will be our last year at the school. Not Happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

Plain Elementary could be better. My little daughter was bullied by students last year and suffered a teacher that supported the bullies rather than encouraging decent behavior. Plain doesn't tolerate social diversity very well. Excellence is more than academic, and Plain does not live up to it's claim, unless one fits a certain social category.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

My son attended this school last year and we were very happy there. The teachers and staff were great. The principle exceptional...she knew just about EVERY ONE of the childrens names. But everyone kept boasting about Bells Crossing Elem. & how great that shcool is & how they won a state award.blah blah blah. So when we had a chance to move we located onthe other side of Simpsonville, just for our son to go there. WORST MISTAKE OF HIS EDUCATIONAL LIFE!!! They STINK. He has a horrible teacher that practically bullies him EVERY DAY! He went from being a staight A & B student to getting C's. He practically cries everyday before school & now has anxiety. Yeah, in 4th grade-Anxiety. I would move mountains to bring him back to Plain Elementary. I am in the process of going to the school board & superintendent. This school (Bell's Crossing Elem) has single handedly ruined my childs educational future. He now HATES school & I am holding them 100% accountable. YOU WILL LOVE PLAIN ELEMENTARY!!!!


Posted December 10, 2009

Plain Elementary is a wonderful school. Over 900 students attend there. Teachers care about their students and their sucsess. If Plain was given a seven, why is there so many people whocontibute their time to keep the legacy of the school strong and at its best? A lot of volenteers come to Plain every single week! there are plenty of other things that they could be doing with teir time. I think that the rating was completly unfair and should be higher!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The admin their are wonderful and do not get enough credit for all the wonderful things they do. The teachers there are excellent as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

Plain is a great school. The principal is working hard to make improvements. My kids are very happy and are being challenged to their highest potentials.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2008

I am very satisfied with Plain Elementary. We moved to the area from a different state with outstanding schools, so I was a little nervous starting out. I have been extremely happy with both my childrens teachers each year, and I see the school moving forward in a very positive manner. The only reason that I am only giving the school 4 stars and not 5 is that at times I feel the school is too strict. I understand that with almost 1000 children you have to have order, but there are so little opportunities to socialize as it is (lunch, recess, before and after school, riding the bus) that when there is down time it should be allowed. After all, they are just kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2008

Very nice school. Caring staff. Teachers take an instant interest in your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

This school is big and beautiful. The teachers and administration are very helpful. I am glad that my daughter attends Plain Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

We have been at Plain Elementary for 4 years now and have enjoyed all of it's opportunities. This school believes that all children should live up to their fullest potential. It offers a lot of extracurricular activities, from chess, dance, clay, art, chorus, etc.. The principal cares deeply for all of these children as do most of the teachers. She is very approachable. Also, there have been times of sad illness with a few students, and this school gets together with the entire community to help in anyway that it can. Great school spirit!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students94%
Female98%
Male91%
African-American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals91%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled82%
Not disabled96%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Math

All Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals69%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled65%
Not disabled87%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

Science

All Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
African-American50%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled50%
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%

Social Studies

All Students86%
Female90%
Male83%
African-American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals100%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

Writing

All Students89%
Female94%
Male83%
African-American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled77%
Not disabled90%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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 Students87%
Female90%
Male84%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled52%
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant87%

Math

All Students90%
Female96%
Male84%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals81%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled52%
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%

Science

All Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled48%
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals99%
Disabled57%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

Writing

All Students85%
Female94%
Male77%
African-American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled38%
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant85%
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%
Female91%
Male88%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled47%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

Math

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Subsidized meals75%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled29%
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

Science

All Students83%
Female75%
Male94%
African-American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%

Social Studies

All Students87%
Female85%
Male88%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant87%

Writing

All Students85%
Female86%
Male84%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Subsidized meals72%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled29%
Not disabled92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%
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 72% 53%
Black 16% 36%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian 1% 1%
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 38%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Simpsonville, SC 29680
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