East Point Academy

Public, Charter PK, KG-8

 1401 Leaphart Street
       West Columbia, SC  29169


 (803) 926-0524

District: School Public Charter School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
163rd of 624 South Carolina Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  11.7
Number of students:  495

Racial breakdown:

White:
46.1%
African American:
35.8%
Two or more races:
8.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  42.8%

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Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, East Point Academy ranked better than 73.9% of elementary schools in South Carolina. It also ranked first among 5 ranked elementary schools in the School Public Charter School District! (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 69.89. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018, East Point Academy ranked better than 74.9% of middle schools in South Carolina. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 70.68. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details East Point Academy has the largest elementary school student body size in the School Public Charter School District. Racial makeup is: White (46.1%), African American (35.8%), two or more races (8.1%). (See more...)
Compare Details 42.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at East Point Academy is 11.7, which is the 4th best among 5 elementary schools in the School Public Charter School District. (See more...)
Compare East Point Academy employs 42 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

East Point Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks East Point Academy 163rd of 624 South Carolina public elementary schools. (See East Point Academy in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks East Point Academy 76th of 303 South Carolina public middle schools. (See East Point Academy in the ranking list.)

School Public Charter School District:

SchoolDigger ranks School Public Charter School District 24th of 82 South Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for East Point Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2014 71.63 160th 630 74.6%
2015 64.32 180th 638 71.8%
2016 72.15 153rd 619 75.3%
2017 81.00 106th 639 83.4%
2018 69.89 163rd 624 73.9%

Data source: test scores: South Carolina Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for East Point Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2016 67.54 82nd 303 72.9%
2017 70.27 78th 317 75.4%
2018 70.68 76th 303 74.9%

Data source: test scores: South Carolina Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: South Carolina State Department of Education

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by a parent
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Open Quote East Point Academy has been like a second home to us. The teachers and administration love and nurture our child daily, and she is thriving. We love our school! Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Open Quote This is a horrible school!!! The teachers are physically and verbally abusive. The staff supports them. The kids are pressured to learn Mandarin at a fast pace and certain students are not checked on to see if they understand or if they are retaining the information. They do not place a high academic level on the kid's native language or standard curriculum. They are only concerned with Mandarin and half of the teachers are not certified to teach anything but, Leaving children not properly educated. If you want to send your child to a school that may abuse your child and lacks compassion or emotion depth. Then EPA is for you. If you want your child to be targeted or labeled after the staff deems them challenging then EPA is for you. If you want to be part of a community that is all about publicity and not the heart of the child then EPA is for you. I write this review based off of my experience. My son attended Pre-K his teacher was fantastic.Then he had a Kindergarten teacher who told him good job when the activity required him to write words and he was scribbling. I removed him immediately. She also was not willing to go the extra mile like teachers or anyone in life has to when you are in a position working with people. Be not weary in well doing... Anyhow this year I say ok almost 2 years have passed let's give it a shot again, for one I had no problem with the school just the teacher's slack-ability, this year rolled around everything was awesome!! Met his teacher liked her, the little I knew. Then the messages start coming oh your son is very energetic is he always like that? My response in my head well of course he is we are a free people not a tamed people. Then it goes from what other options do I have as a parent to frustration as a teacher. Then one day I pick my son up and he is crying he states his Mandarin teacher hit him in the face with a bag in front of everyone and denied him the opportunity to go get ice. I see a fresh cut with blood. Called the authorities and the teacher is still there!! RUN for the hills this school is horrible!! The principal saw the cut and bruise and moved him to another class. Since I called the authorities the school is NOT conducting an investigation, which strikes me as abnormal. They say I have tied their hands. This is not the first time this has happened....Be AWARE and then BEWARE. He will be changing schools when this is over! Close Quote


by a principal
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Open Quote This is an awesome school which focuses on academic rigor, language immersion and a school culture where every student is treated with value. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, December 19, 2016

Open Quote We love this school. Staff and teachers are great and our children are thriving emotionally, mentally and intellectually. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Open Quote I have a hard time believing that children will thrive in the long-term with such a tumultuous environment. Ever since it opened in 2010, the school is losing teachers, staff, and existing students faster than a bad toupee in a Cat 5 hurricane. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Open Quote Are you a tiger mom that only cares about your kids learning Mandarin?
Do you care more about having the "smartest kid" than about their souls or minds? Teaching them right from wrong?
Do you want to squeeze all happiness in their childhood away?
Do you not mind that your kid gets bullied mercilessly, as long as you can parade them like a parrot to your friends and family? "Look, MY kid knows Mandarin, come and jump through the hoop little Jack!"
Do you not care if the other subject matter is dismally behind?
Do you have no conscience as to how EMPLOYEES are treated? That teachers, students, and support staff are LEAVING right and left? That, literally, EPA has significantly higher TURNOVER than schools in the horrible Corridor of Shame?
Are you willing to sacrifice the vulnerable in the belief your kid will be the best?
Are you willing to turn your head to all sorts of corruption as long as YOUR family is not the one hurt?
Are you willing to sacrifice your relationships for your kid to learn Mandarin?
Are you willing to let your little girl be photographed in the bathroom, as long as they can show off for you?
Then THIS is the school for you!!! Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, August 22, 2014

Open Quote My son has attended East Point Academy since its inception and my daughter soon followed. Honestly, we weren't looking for a new school but when I learned that a language immersion school was opening, I had to pursue this opportunity. I've been thrilled with the quality of the facility, curriculum, activities and most importantly the faculty and staff. My children are thriving academically and socially. It is amazing to me that they can speak and write in Mandarin.

Within 3 years of its inception the school has received an A+ Federal Rating and a 100% on the SC School Report Card. Their recent PASS score results are impressive and outrank the state and other Charter Schools across grade levels and subject matter. Close Quote



Enrollment information for East Point Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2012 31 15 22 3 0 0 10 0 81
2013 89 43 23 8 0 0 19 0 182
2014 142 110 20 12 0 0 25 0 309
2015 216 178 22 15 1 0 37 0 469
2016 231 198 29 17 1 0 41 0 517
2017 228 177 31 18 1 0 40 0 495

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 East Point Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 81 7.5 10.8 27.2
2013 182 14.5 12.5 34.1
2014 309 33.6 9.1 46.9
2015 469 33.0 14.2 40.1
2016 517 35.0 14.7 43.1
2017 495 42.0 11.7 42.8

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio East Point Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 81 7.5 10.8 27.2
2013 182 14.5 12.5 34.1
2014 309 33.6 9.1 46.9
2015 469 33.0 14.2 40.1
2016 517 35.0 14.7 43.1
2017 495 42.0 11.7 42.8

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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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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