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Beech Hill Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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Posted February 22, 2013

This is an excellent school with an excellent principal, Ms. Harris. Ms. Harris has a passion for children and it shows. The one single problem this school has is overcrowding. Hopefully when the new schools are built in the district they can re-draw the lines and alleviate the really large class sizes. The technology at this school seems competitive and my sister who is an out of state teacher reviewed the methods this school uses as posted on the DD2 website and says they are right on track with national teaching methods and trends. The teachers are dedicated, there is good parental involvement and the facilities are well maintained. If it weren't for the really full class sizes, it'd be just about perfect. So if you have a child that needs a LOT of extra attention from the teacher, you might think twice about this school due to class size issues but otherwise, I highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2012

My Children and now my grandchildren go to this school, and I must say it is a honor to be able to say that they attend there! The leadership has always been top notch, and Mrs. Harris is the most amazing woman! She leads her staff and Children to not only achieve but to "Shine" = Safe, Honest, Intelligent, Nurturing and Empowering... any open school function has standing room only, parents are very involved... And we were awarded with the prestigious Palmetto's finest award! I just cannot say enough good things :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2012

All three of my children attended Beech Hill Elementary School while we lived in Summerville from 2002-2008. We did our homework and researched schools before buying a house across the street in Legend Oaks. I cannot say enough good things about this school and its staff. My children had an amazing experience here. Not only did they receive great educational instruction, they also learned values that will serve them well in life. My son had the privilege of being in an all-boy classroom in 2nd grade and it was a fantastic year for him. Beech Hill has been recognized nationwide as a model for the option of same-sex education. The principals during our time there were great leaders. The current principal is an amazing woman - compassionate, smart, and classy through and through. I have never seen so much parental involvement in a school. I loved having the opportunity to help in the classroom and at school events. The teachers are top-notch. Our time at Beech Hill was wonderful and not having all three kids complete 5th grade there was one of the hardest things about moving away. I would not hesitate to recommend Beech Hill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

BHES was the best experience of my child's school career yet! I give this school a 2 thumbs up! Keep Rocking the DD2 Beech Hill!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2007

It is so wonderful to see how much my child has blossomed over the last year. My husband and I give much credit to Beech Hill! It is a wonderful school with many wonderful goals for all the children. Thanks for helping build my child's confidence in so many areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

Having transferred from out of state I must say that my wife and I are relatively impressed with everything so far, especially the safety factor. Currently we have one major concern, coming from a northern state with a clear academic objective I know for a fact that not just Beach Hill but all South Carolina schools are light years behind. My sons response to reviewing phonics was 'um are you kidding me' and my other child in a different grade is reviewing addition when the multiplication table has already been drilled home. I will reserve judgment for now but definitely fear the future as a another relocation for me and my family is only a year away. Sleepless in Summerville.........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

I had three kids in Beech Hill last year, two will be attending this year. I am so impressed with this school - the teachers are awesome - all of the teachers I've encountered have been filled with enthusiam and seem to genuinely care for all the kids. My kids have excelled at this school. The principal is amazing - she is constantly searching for new and innovative programs for the school - has an energy level that few can surpass, and the kids adore her. My daughter, after completing kindergarten, reads at a second grade level. My oldest daughter, now entering middle school, is in the GATE program, and my son has been on the A/B honor roll throughout - they have abilities that Beech Hill has skillfully fostered. I can't say enough positive things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

My daughter absolutely love BHES! We came from Florida and BHES blows them away hands down! The teachers are involved, the principal and assist principals are dedicated to the students. Unfortunately, this school is busting at the seams with all the new development in this area, but they are trying to accommodate everyone. I like that we get a newsletter every week with all the new updates and upcoming events. I love that they have puzzle team, they encourage art, and even juggling! I just love that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

There are many things that we love Beech Hill Elementary School. It is a clean, safe, warm environment with clear educational goals. My son is thriving there academically. I do feel that they have lost their way recently. The growth of the school has forced some bad decisions with regard to lunch hour times and parent involvement. I'd like to see a return to the way beech hill used to be. It's lost some of its warmth lately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2006

We recently moved from an 'A' school in Ohio to Beech Hill Elementary. Beech Hill blows the Ohio school away. My son's teacher is involved. I know what my child is learning every day in school. The school is great with security. At no time can an adult enter the school. I feel secure when my son is there and also know he is learning a lot. This is an excellent academic and secure school. When we moved here, finding a great school was the number one priority. The principal holds monthly meetings with parents to hear concerns, we get monthly newsletters, and daily reports from the teacher! I am so happy we chose Beech Hill Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2004

Beech Hill is a solid school in all areas. The children are definitely a top priority for the administrators, teachers, even cafeteria and maintenance personel. There are numerous opportunities for parent involvement and it is encouraged at every turn by the strong PTA and the caring teachers and administration. As an involved parent, I have gone to teachers and administrators with various concerns and have been pleased with the sincere response and the resolutions. BHES is a rather large elementary school, but makes every attempt to involve parents, and be available to those who have ideas or concerns. Yes, the school is attractive and volunteers spend many hours keeping it that way! Yes, the PTA has fundraisers. The money is spent according to need and priorities selected by surveying the membership at large. Immense improvements in safety, technology, curriculum, and materials have been made possible as a result!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2004

I want to take a minute to applaud Beech Hill on their safety and discipline. I am a Substitute Teacher for all DD2 elementary schools and let me tell you Beech Hill I have found to be the best by far. There is someone at every door and they follow every rule. My daughter attends school at Beech Hill and she loves it. Anyone who has anything negative to say about any school truly needs to volunteer for a whole day to truly appriciate any principal or teacher. The schools are always in need of help. We as parents some times forget that the school is there to educate our children, not raise them. We as parents must be actively involved for our children to truly be the best they can be. The principals are always involved in everything that the students participate in. Thanks Beech Hill for all your efforts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2004

Beech Hill Elementary has been an extraordinary experience for our children and for us as parents. The school climate is such a positive one. Our children's teachers have always gone the extra mile to assure that their academeic needs were met and we have always been kept well informed. Having four children we have had many questions along the way and the administration's doors have always been open! Parent volunteers are welcomed with open arms and when in the school you see very happy, calm children, will often find classical music playing in classrooms throughout the building, children are actively engaged in learning, and this year 'Teddy' a small dog began visiting on Fridays to read with the children. To see the looks on the students faces when they are reading with Teddy will warm your heart. Hats off to Mrs. W. and Mrs. T. and the teachers at BHES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have serious concerns regarding this school. They are focused on the wrong things! I understand that school fundraisers are important, but when that money goes to the wrong things (appearance, sock hops, etc), I will not support them. This school has teachers that do not want to be there, struggle with basic academics themselves, and are more worried about what the children are doing wrong then helping them to get it right. If you are thinking about sending your children to this school I would suggest moving elsewhere or sending them to private school instead. Most of the parents in this area have concerns regarding this school and feel handcuffed by the PTA that is controlled by the school and does not have the power to change anything. It is time for a serious change in the school and PTA leadership or it will just continue to be a fundraising organization that does not focus on the best interest of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2003

This school is not focused on the children. The administration works in isolation of the parents and community, i.e. input from parents and the community is neither encouraged nor valued. Administrators have a poor relationship with the PTA and the PTA is discouraged from holding General Meetings. Administrators make excuses time and time again for lack of student achievement. Too much emphasis is placed on superficial things like building decorations and not enough emphasis on academically oriented activities like extracurricular programs. Communication from the school to parents is the poorest I have seen in any school, and I have had children in the public school system for over 20 years. I have had children in this school for 10 years and it has undergone a progressive decline in both the social climate and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

When you leave your child with anyone, a level of security needs to be taken. I have been impressed with the safety guards taken, and how it is done so well. We as parents need to be thankful our teachers are taking the extra steps necessary to ensure our children not only get a good education, but that they are safe while doing so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2003

I've had three children attend BHES. Here are the problems: 1) Kids don't learn the basics. Spelling and grammar errors are ignored or not emphasized. Multiplication/Division tables should be 'drummed' into their heads. They get to high school Algebra and need a calculator to multiply 7 X 7. That's ridiculous and makes it very difficult to reach another level. 2) Not enough homework. Kids often come home without homework and get the last month of school off from homework because of PACT test. This is a lot of time lost. 3) Quit whining about student to teacher ratio. I went to school with 35 kids in an Algebra class in Virginia and we did just fine. The problem is often unruly students. If a child can't behave they must be removed from the classroom! Let the teacher teach and not be a babysitter. I understand why we have so many problems with 'modern education'. It's simply a matter of not emphasizing the fundamentals and not maintaining discipline in the classroom. So let's quit all the silly new programs and go back to what was done years ago. Allan Livingston


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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.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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87%

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Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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84%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

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

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
African-American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals84%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled67%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%

Math

All Students87%
Female87%
Male86%
African-American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled57%
Not disabled90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%

Science

All Students84%
Female86%
Male83%
African-American75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Subsidized meals71%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
African-American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Subsidized meals85%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled71%
Not disabled92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%

Writing

All Students82%
Female91%
Male75%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled38%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
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 Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
African-American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals80%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled63%
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

Math

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled75%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant93%

Science

All Students87%
Female85%
Male90%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals91%
Disabled75%
Not disabled88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%

Social Studies

All Students89%
Female89%
Male90%
African-American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled69%
Not disabled91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%

Writing

All Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals82%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled56%
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not 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

English/Language Arts

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
African-American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Subsidized meals90%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled69%
Not disabled98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Not migrant95%

Math

All Students94%
Female93%
Male97%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Subsidized meals86%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled69%
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%

Science

All Students94%
Female90%
Male98%
African-American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals89%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%

Social Studies

All Students92%
Female90%
Male95%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Subsidized meals78%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled64%
Not disabled95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Not migrant92%

Writing

All Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Subsidized meals84%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled53%
Not disabled97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant93%
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%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 4% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 30%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1001 Beech Hill Rd
Summerville, SC 29485
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