Philip Simmons Elementary

Summary:

Philip Simmons Elementary is a public elementary school in Wando, South Carolina, serving 525 students in grades PK-4. The school is part of the Berkeley 01 school district, which is ranked 39 out of 77 districts in the state.

Philip Simmons Elementary consistently ranks among the top 25% of elementary schools in South Carolina, with strong academic performance on state assessments, particularly in English Language Arts and Mathematics. In 2022-2023, 75% of 3rd-grade students were proficient or better in ELA and Math, compared to 51.9% and 46.5% in the Berkeley 01 district, respectively. The school also has a more diverse student population, with higher percentages of African American and Hispanic students compared to nearby schools like James B. Edwards Elementary and Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary, which have predominantly White student populations. Additionally, Philip Simmons Elementary has a lower percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with only 20.95% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, compared to schools like North Charleston Elementary, which has a 100% free/reduced-lunch rate.

While Philip Simmons Elementary's overall academic performance is strong, the school faces challenges in addressing achievement gaps for its African American and low-socioeconomic status students. These students lag behind their peers, suggesting a need to further investigate and address any potential inequities. Additionally, the school is outperformed by several nearby schools in the Charleston 01 district, such as Daniel Island School, Belle Hall Elementary, and Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary, which have consistently ranked among the top 5-20 elementary schools in the state. Understanding the practices and strategies employed by these high-performing schools could provide valuable insights for Philip Simmons Elementary to further improve its educational outcomes.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-4

 2095 Seven Sticks Drive
       Wando, SC  29492


(843) 471-2580

District: Berkeley 01

SchoolDigger Rank:
146th of 644 South Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,966 Help


Students who attend Philip Simmons Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Philip Simmons Middle
High:    Philip Simmons High

Student/teacher ratio:  15.4 Help
Number of students:  525

Racial breakdown:

White:
76.4%
African American:
14.1%
Two or more races:
5.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  21% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Philip Simmons Elementary ranks better than 77.3% of elementary schools in South Carolina. It also ranks 3rd among 23 ranked elementary schools in the Berkeley 01 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 75.94. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (76.4%), African American (14.1%), two or more races (5.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 21% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Philip Simmons Elementary is 15.4, which is the 10th best among 23 elementary schools in the Berkeley 01 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Philip Simmons Elementary is $11,966, which is the 13th highest among 23 elementary schools in the Berkeley 01 School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Philip Simmons Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Philip Simmons Elementary 146th of 644 South Carolina public elementary schools. (See Philip Simmons Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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White students:


Berkeley 01:

SchoolDigger ranks Berkeley 01 39th of 77 South Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Philip Simmons Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Philip Simmons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 78.15 127th 643 80.2%
2021 79.15 122nd 622 80.4%
2022 80.31 114th 625 81.8%
2023 75.94 146th 644 77.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Philip Simmons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.30 197th 588 66.5%
2019 40.31 379th 600 36.8%
2021 50.76 277th 580 52.2%
2022 57.96 248th 600 58.7%
2023 41.74 361st 608 40.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Philip Simmons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.84 47th 570 91.8%
2019 80.53 99th 588 83.2%
2021 81.32 91st 554 83.6%
2022 80.91 104th 573 81.8%
2023 77.51 119th 580 79.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Philip Simmons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 53.71 63rd 174 63.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Philip Simmons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.74 116th 571 79.7%
2019 72.37 150th 590 74.6%
2021 70.77 146th 561 74.0%
2022 74.70 141st 579 75.6%
2023 68.40 174th 582 70.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Philip Simmons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 28.88 311th 394 21.1%
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Rank History for White students at Philip Simmons Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.47 42nd 457 90.8%
2019 78.35 76th 472 83.9%
2021 59.84 177th 439 59.7%
2022 68.35 134th 455 70.5%
2023 70.98 132nd 463 71.5%
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Data source: test scores: South Carolina Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: South Carolina State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Philip Simmons Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 202 65 4 12 1 0 13 0 297
2018 233 73 7 15 1 0 16 0 345
2019 275 81 8 16 1 0 23 0 404
2020 335 72 8 23 1 1 27 0 467
2021 316 64 5 24 0 0 22 0 431
2022 380 68 3 20 0 0 30 0 501
2023 401 74 0 23 0 0 27 0 525

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Philip Simmons Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 297 23.0 12.9 29.6
2018 345 23.0 15.0 26.4
2019 404 25.0 16.1 42.6
2020 467 29.0 16.1 18.4
2021 431 30.0 14.3 17.9
2022 501 30.4 16.4 16.6
2023 525 34.0 15.4 21

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Philip Simmons Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 297 23.0 12.9 29.6
2018 345 23.0 15.0 26.4
2019 404 25.0 16.1 42.6
2020 467 29.0 16.1 18.4
2021 431 30.0 14.3 17.9
2022 501 30.4 16.4 16.6
2023 525 34.0 15.4 21

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Philip Simmons Elementary

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YearPersonnel Expenditures from Federal FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from Federal FundsTotal Expenditures from Federal FundsPersonnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $643 (6.0%) $517 (4.8%) $1,160 (10.7%) $8,141 (75.4%) $1,502 (13.9%) $9,643 (89.3%) $10,803
2020 $195 (1.7%) $43 (0.4%) $237 (2.0%) $9,807 (83.2%) $1,745 (14.8%) $11,552 (98.0%) $11,789
2021 $242 (3.2%) $257 (3.4%) $499 (6.5%) $6,813 (89.4%) $307 (4.0%) $7,120 (93.5%) $7,619
2022 $378 (3.3%) $636 (5.6%) $1,014 (9.0%) $8,885 (78.7%) $1,385 (12.3%) $10,270 (91.0%) $11,284
2023 $1,050 (8.8%) $949 (7.9%) $2,000 (16.7%) $8,386 (70.1%) $1,580 (13.2%) $9,966 (83.3%) $11,966

Data source: South Carolina Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Philip Simmons Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 127th of 643 Elementary schoolsRanks 146th of 644 Elementary schools
 2.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Philip Simmons Elementary)60.375
 14.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Berkeley 01)50.951.9
 1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)49.753.5
 3.8%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Philip Simmons Elementary)61.675
 13.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Berkeley 01)52.946.5
 6.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)57.753.6
 4.1%
4th Grade Science (Philip Simmons Elementary)73.750.5
 23.2%
   4th Grade Science (Berkeley 01)53.640.2
 13.4%
   4th Grade Science (South Carolina)5246.6
 5.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Philip Simmons Elementary)69.862.4
 7.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Berkeley 01)52.553.9
 1.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)51.357.2
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Philip Simmons Elementary)59.248.3
 10.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Berkeley 01)46.437.9
 8.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)50.547
 3.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students404525
 30%
African American8174
 8.6%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian80
 100%
Hispanic1623
 43.8%
Pacific Islander00
White275401
 45.8%
Two or More Races2327
 17.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients42.6%21%
 21.6%


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Students at Philip Simmons Elementary are 76% White, 14% African American, 5% Two or more races, 4% Hispanic.

Students who attend Philip Simmons Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Philip Simmons Middle
High : Philip Simmons High

In the 2022-23 school year, 525 students attended Philip Simmons Elementary.

Philip Simmons Elementary ranks 146th of 644 South Carolina elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the South Carolina Department of Education.

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