Fairforest Elementary

Summary:

Fairforest Elementary is a public elementary school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, serving 782 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Spartanburg 06 District, which is ranked 40 out of 77 districts in the state.

Fairforest Elementary outperforms the district and state averages in several key test score metrics, including 4th Grade Science, 3rd and 4th Grade ELA, and 3rd and 4th Grade Math. The school performs particularly well for its Hispanic and English Language Learner (ELL) student subgroups, ranking in the top 50 schools in the state for these groups. However, Fairforest struggles more with its White, Disabled, and Gifted and Talented student subgroups, ranking in the bottom half or bottom quarter of the state. The school has a very high free/reduced lunch rate of 82.23%, indicating a high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds.

Compared to other nearby elementary schools in the Spartanburg 06 district, Fairforest generally outperforms schools like Lone Oak Elementary and Jesse S. Bobo Elementary, which have lower test scores and rankings. However, Fairforest lags behind the higher-performing West View Elementary and the out-of-district school, James H. Hendrix Elementary, which is in the Spartanburg 02 District. This suggests that while Fairforest is a relatively strong performer within its own district, there is room for improvement to reach the level of the top-performing schools in the area.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 1005 Mount Zion Road
       Spartanburg, SC  29303


(864) 439-5000

District: Spartanburg 06

SchoolDigger Rank:
292nd of 644 South Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,139 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  15.1 Help
Number of students:  782

Racial breakdown:

White:
51.7%
Hispanic:
20.1%
African American:
17.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  82.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Fairforest Elementary ranks better than 54.7% of elementary schools in South Carolina. It also ranks 3rd among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Spartanburg 06 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 53.17. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Fairforest Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (51.7%), Hispanic (20.1%), African American (17.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 82.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Fairforest Elementary is 15.1, which is the highest among 10 elementary schools in the Spartanburg 06 School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Fairforest Elementary is $11,139. 7 elementary schools in the Spartanburg 06 School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Fairforest Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Fairforest Elementary 292nd of 644 South Carolina public elementary schools. (See Fairforest Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Spartanburg 06:

SchoolDigger ranks Spartanburg 06 40th of 77 South Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Fairforest Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Fairforest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 77.84 106th 542 80.4%
2004 67.44 173rd 550 68.5%
2005 58.99 256th 557 54.0%
2006 53.19 293rd 559 47.6%
2007 48.37 327th 566 42.2%
2008 50.25 325th 577 43.7%
2009 42.72 367th 580 36.7%
2010 47.05 338th 589 42.6%
2011 53.81 301st 597 49.6%
2012 68.00 183rd 594 69.2%
2013 70.60 159th 599 73.5%
2014 53.79 318th 630 49.5%
2015 47.47 338th 638 47.0%
2016 42.29 364th 619 41.2%
2017 46.93 335th 639 47.6%
2018 47.45 326th 624 47.8%
2019 51.57 310th 643 51.8%
2021 34.97 404th 622 35.0%
2022 44.17 346th 625 44.6%
2023 53.17 292nd 644 54.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Fairforest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.99 29th 82 64.6%
2019 61.88 35th 104 66.3%
2021 46.34 44th 84 47.6%
2022 54.44 40th 84 52.4%
2023 70.74 16th 72 77.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Fairforest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.07 242nd 588 58.8%
2019 59.27 244th 600 59.3%
2021 40.64 358th 580 38.3%
2022 44.82 337th 600 43.8%
2023 58.10 236th 608 61.2%
See the entire list of Best South Carolina Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Female students at Fairforest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.23 334th 570 41.4%
2019 44.91 332nd 588 43.5%
2021 28.95 398th 554 28.2%
2022 37.65 365th 573 36.3%
2023 49.74 289th 580 50.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Fairforest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.90 91st 161 43.5%
2019 40.63 103rd 189 45.5%
2021 55.06 46th 122 62.3%
2022 28.34 118th 151 21.9%
2023 29.47 118th 174 32.2%
See the entire list of Best South Carolina Elementary Schools for Disabled Students!

Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Fairforest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 3.59 142nd 147 3.4%
2022 0.76 107th 109 1.8%
2023 27.56 95th 105 9.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Fairforest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.87 293rd 571 48.7%
2019 53.83 279th 590 52.7%
2021 38.36 352nd 561 37.3%
2022 48.30 299th 579 48.4%
2023 52.96 265th 582 54.5%
See the entire list of Best South Carolina Elementary Schools for Male Students!

Rank History for African American students at Fairforest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 75.70 69th 421 83.6%
2023 52.10 173rd 394 56.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Fairforest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.93 51st 104 51.0%
2019 57.58 50th 116 56.9%
2021 62.03 31st 86 64.0%
2022 61.40 42nd 115 63.5%
2023 57.40 46th 115 60.0%
See the entire list of Best South Carolina Elementary Schools for Hispanic Students!

Rank History for White students at Fairforest Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.71 390th 457 14.7%
2019 28.87 358th 472 24.2%
2021 15.53 391st 439 10.9%
2022 30.26 331st 455 27.3%
2023 43.73 275th 463 40.6%
See the entire list of Best South Carolina Elementary Schools for White Students!

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.

Fairforest Elementary Test Scores
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Data source: South Carolina State Department of Education

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Reviews:
by a parent
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Open Quote This is a powerful and dedicated staff. They put children first and love them deeply. Close Quote


Facebook Profile Picture by a parent on FaceBook
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Open Quote I have sent to children though this school and I love the teacher attention to the student, they have a wonderful anti-bully program and student learn to work togethger to get thing done. Close Quote


by a student on FaceBook
Monday, February 14, 2011

Open Quote Fairforest Elementary School is the best elementary school I've ever gone to. The teachers are loving, kind, and awesome! I just loved going there. Every time i think back, it makes me want to go back and just restart and go back! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Fairforest Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 384 59 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 448
1989 379 62 5 0 0 n/a n/a 0 446
1990 405 69 6 0 0 n/a n/a 0 480
1991 427 67 8 3 0 n/a n/a 1 506
1992 436 79 7 2 0 n/a n/a 0 524
1993 439 73 11 3 0 n/a n/a 0 526
1994 429 88 5 5 0 n/a n/a 0 527
1995 438 102 12 2 0 n/a n/a 0 554
1996 438 102 12 2 0 n/a n/a 0 554
1997 452 103 17 4 0 n/a n/a 0 576
1998 448 107 53 8 0 n/a n/a 0 616
1999 387 99 65 10 1 n/a n/a 0 562
2000 358 101 45 24 0 n/a n/a 0 528
2001 350 92 47 35 0 n/a n/a 0 524
2002 350 102 33 50 4 n/a n/a 0 539
2003 350 102 33 50 4 n/a n/a 0 539
2004 341 95 40 66 3 n/a n/a 0 545
2005 320 104 34 73 2 n/a n/a 0 533
2006 333 105 43 76 4 n/a n/a 0 561
2007 348 97 51 86 4 n/a n/a 0 586
2008 364 118 54 118 3 n/a n/a 0 657
2009 364 124 66 157 2 n/a n/a 0 713
2010 369 148 52 171 0 n/a n/a 5 745
2011 348 120 42 176 1 0 27 0 714
2012 326 116 46 163 5 0 25 0 681
2013 346 119 36 175 6 1 27 0 710
2014 393 107 42 181 2 1 30 0 756
2015 350 120 43 177 3 2 29 0 724
2016 471 206 44 245 4 2 51 0 1023
2017 371 123 36 179 3 2 36 0 750
2018 389 129 31 161 3 1 46 0 760
2019 404 138 32 161 3 0 43 0 781
2020 400 140 35 159 2 0 47 0 783
2021 338 134 32 154 2 0 54 0 714
2022 375 112 22 152 1 0 59 0 721
2023 404 139 24 157 0 0 58 0 782

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 Fairforest Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 448 23.6 18.9 n/a
1989 446 26.1 17.0 n/a
1990 480 26.0 18.4 n/a
1991 506 28.0 18.0 17.8
1992 524 28.1 18.6 17.7
1993 526 27.5 19.1 22.4
1994 527 29.0 18.2 26.8
1995 554 31.8 17.4 24
1996 554 31.8 17.4 24
1997 576 33.8 17.0 28.8
1998 616 34.8 17.7 31.7
1999 562 32.8 17.1 37.9
2000 528 34.8 15.2 41.1
2001 524 34.8 15.1 39.7
2002 539 32.8 16.4 43.4
2003 539 32.8 16.4 43.4
2004 545 34.5 15.8 52.5
2005 533 35.0 15.2 52.5
2006 561 34.5 16.3 52.8
2007 586 52.0 11.3 54.4
2008 657 40.0 16.4 53.6
2009 713 46.0 15.5 57.4
2010 745 44.0 16.9 70.9
2011 714 42.0 17.0 57.1
2012 681 42.0 16.2 67.7
2013 710 43.0 16.5 72.5
2014 756 42.0 18.0 66.7
2015 724 44.0 16.4 65.6
2016 1023 43.0 23.7 63.6
2017 750 45.0 16.6 69.7
2018 760 48.0 15.8 62.8
2019 781 49.0 15.9 66.3
2020 783 50.0 15.6 68.5
2021 714 51.0 14.0 69.3
2022 721 52.5 13.7 67.5
2023 782 51.5 15.1 82.2

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 Fairforest Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 448 23.6 18.9 n/a
1989 446 26.1 17.0 n/a
1990 480 26.0 18.4 n/a
1991 506 28.0 18.0 17.8
1992 524 28.1 18.6 17.7
1993 526 27.5 19.1 22.4
1994 527 29.0 18.2 26.8
1995 554 31.8 17.4 24
1996 554 31.8 17.4 24
1997 576 33.8 17.0 28.8
1998 616 34.8 17.7 31.7
1999 562 32.8 17.1 37.9
2000 528 34.8 15.2 41.1
2001 524 34.8 15.1 39.7
2002 539 32.8 16.4 43.4
2003 539 32.8 16.4 43.4
2004 545 34.5 15.8 52.5
2005 533 35.0 15.2 52.5
2006 561 34.5 16.3 52.8
2007 586 52.0 11.3 54.4
2008 657 40.0 16.4 53.6
2009 713 46.0 15.5 57.4
2010 745 44.0 16.9 70.9
2011 714 42.0 17.0 57.1
2012 681 42.0 16.2 67.7
2013 710 43.0 16.5 72.5
2014 756 42.0 18.0 66.7
2015 724 44.0 16.4 65.6
2016 1023 43.0 23.7 63.6
2017 750 45.0 16.6 69.7
2018 760 48.0 15.8 62.8
2019 781 49.0 15.9 66.3
2020 783 50.0 15.6 68.5
2021 714 51.0 14.0 69.3
2022 721 52.5 13.7 67.5
2023 782 51.5 15.1 82.2

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 Fairforest 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 $694 (7.5%) $404 (4.3%) $1,098 (11.8%) $7,155 (76.9%) $1,056 (11.3%) $8,211 (88.2%) $9,309
2020 $961 (9.1%) $417 (4.0%) $1,379 (13.1%) $7,894 (74.9%) $1,274 (12.1%) $9,168 (86.9%) $10,546
2021 $365 (3.5%) $312 (3.0%) $676 (6.6%) $8,598 (83.6%) $1,013 (9.8%) $9,611 (93.4%) $10,287
2022 $900 (7.9%) $715 (6.3%) $1,615 (14.1%) $8,842 (77.4%) $960 (8.4%) $9,802 (85.8%) $11,418
2023 $509 (4.6%) $27 (0.2%) $536 (4.8%) $9,378 (84.2%) $1,225 (11.0%) $10,603 (95.2%) $11,139

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

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 310th of 643 Elementary schoolsRanks 292nd of 644 Elementary schools
 2.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Fairforest Elementary)46.553
 6.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Spartanburg 06)45.144.5
 0.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)49.753.5
 3.8%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Fairforest Elementary)48.657.4
 8.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Spartanburg 06)51.344.1
 7.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)57.753.6
 4.1%
4th Grade Science (Fairforest Elementary)54.951.2
 3.7%
   4th Grade Science (Spartanburg 06)44.741.7
 3%
   4th Grade Science (South Carolina)5246.6
 5.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Fairforest Elementary)57.459.2
 1.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Spartanburg 06)49.352.6
 3.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)51.357.2
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Fairforest Elementary)52.560.8
 8.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Spartanburg 06)42.346.2
 3.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)50.547
 3.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Fairforest Elementary)36.845.6
 8.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Spartanburg 06)33.753
 19.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)4155.2
 14.2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Fairforest Elementary)35.425.2
 10.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Spartanburg 06)34.836.3
 1.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)45.444.6
 0.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students781782
 0.1%
African American138139
 0.7%
American Indian30
 100%
Asian3224
 25%
Hispanic161157
 2.5%
Pacific Islander00
White404404
Two or More Races4358
 34.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients66.3%82.2%
 15.9%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 782 students attended Fairforest Elementary.

Fairforest Elementary ranks 292nd of 644 South Carolina elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Fairforest Elementary are 52% White, 20% Hispanic, 18% African American, 7% Two or more races, 3% Asian.


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