A LOOK AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

The following information was compiled from S.C. Department of Education data on primary, elementary and middle schools, but not career and technology centers or special schools. High school results, as well as overall ratings of each district, are expected to be released around January.

KERSHAW COUNTY

Schools rated: 15

Excellent schools: 0

Overall rating, 2009 vs. 2010:

Schools improved: 4 (Baron DeKalb, Blaney, Midway, Jackson elementaries)

Schools declined: 1 (Doby’s Mill Elementary)

Worth noting: Nine schools made gains in year-over-year growth (improvement) ratings

LEXINGTON 1

Schools rated: 21

Excellent schools: 9 (Gilbert Primary; Lake Murray, Midway, New Providence, Oak Grove, Pleasant Hill elementaries; Lexington Intermediate; Lexington, Pleasant Hill middle schools)

Overall rating, 2009 vs. 2010:

Schools improved: 2 (Forts Pond Elementary, White Knoll Middle)

Schools declined: 0

Worth noting: Ten schools made gains in year-overyear growth (improvement) ratings, while one school declined

LEXINGTON 2

Schools rated: 13

Excellent schools: 1 (Congaree Wood Early Child-

Overall rating, 2009 vs. 2010:

Schools improved: 2 (Davis School for Technology, Saluda River Academy of the Arts)

Schools declined: 1 (Northside Middle)

Worth noting: Seven schools made gains in year-over-year growth (improvement), while one school declined

LEXINGTON 3

Schools rated: 3

Excellent schools: 1 (Batesburg-Leesville Primary)

Overall rating, 2009 vs. 2010:

Schools improved: 0

Schools declined: 0

Worth noting: Two schools made gains in year-overyear growth (improvement) ratings

LEXINGTON 4

Schools rated: 5

Excellent schools: 2 (Frances Mack, Swansea primaries)

Overall rating, 2009 vs. 2010:

Schools improved: 0

Schools declined: 1 (Sandhills Intermediate)

Worth noting: Three schools made gains in year-over-year growth (improvement) ratings

LEXINGTON-RICHLAND 5

Schools rated: 16

Excellent schools: 12 (Ballentine, Chapin, Dutch Fork, Irmo, Lake Murray, Nursery Road, Oak Pointe, River Springs elementaries; Chapin, CrossRoads, Dutch Fork, Irmo middle schools)

Overall rating, 2009 vs. 2010:

Schools improved: 4 (Dutch Fork, H.E. Corley, Harbison West elementaries; Irmo Middle)

Schools declined: 0

Worth noting: Schools rated Excellent grew by two over 2009; all the district’s middle schools achieved Excellent ratings; nine made gains in year-over-year growth (improvement) ratings

RICHLAND 1

Schools rated: 40

Excellent schools: 4 (Brennen, Brockman, Rosewood, Satchel Ford elementaries)

Overall rating, 2009 vs. 2010:

Schools improved: 4 (A.J. Lewis Greenview, Hyatt Park, Pine Grove elementaries; Hopkins Middle)

Schools declined: 4 (Annie Burnside, Gadsden, Horrell Hill, William S. Sandel elementaries)

Worth noting: Ratings for three schools – Alcorn, Gibbes and W.A. Perry Middle – remain at-risk; 10 schools made gains in year-over-year growth (improvement), while seven schools declined

RICHLAND 2

Schools rated: 26

Excellent schools: 7 (Bethel-Hanberry, Bookman Road, Lake Carolina, Round Top elementaries; Blythewood Middle; Center for Knowledge; Center for Inquiry)

Overall rating, 2009 vs. 2010:

Schools improved: 6 (Bridge Creek, Joseph Keels, Pontiac elementaries; Blythewood, Dent middle schools; Center for Inquiry)

Schools declined: 2 (Center for Achievement, Center for Accelerated Preparation)

Worth noting: Schools rated Excellent grew by three over 2009; seven schools made gains in year-over-year growth (improvement), while two schools declined.

November 12, 2010  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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