History

Pritchardville Elementary School is among the newest school campuses in Beaufort County.  The building is LEED Certified for energy efficiency.  We feature state-of-the-art classrooms, highly trained teachers, energized volunteers and a campus-wide commitment to learning.   Pritchardville serves a diverse population of over 870 students in grade Pre-K thru 5th grades. We earned the AdvancED Science, Technology, Engineering and MATH (STEM) accreditation at the Elementary Level.  Certified AdvancED STEM schools complete a rigorous review process that has as a focus STEM integration throughout core subject areas of Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

We are a school-of-choice that integrates a curriculum from Project Based Learning in Grades K thru 5, and the Advanced Mathematics Engineering and Science (AMES) Program for identified Gifted and Talented students in grades 3 thru 5. Project Based Learning is a curriculum where children “learn by doing real world problem solving” with a focus on Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).  In a Project Based Class students complete a minimum of two projects each quarter connected to an overarching STEM theme (Change, Relationships, Power, Create/Environment) The Advanced Math Engineering and Science (AMES) program serves our identified Gifted and Talented students.  Much like project based learning the AMES program features high expectations and authentic activities, with a focus on higher math extension and acceleration, engineering challenges and science inquiries.  The scope of project based learning across all grade levels allows all students K-5 receive direct instruction in engineering as a component of our STEM efforts that follow the engineering cycle.

Pritchardville Elementary School offers a menu of value added enrichment programs throughout the school year for our students.  A few examples include: 1:1 IPad or tablet initiative for students in grades K-5, K-5 Engineering Expo, Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) Expo, AMES, ESOL Nights, Chorus, Watch D.O.G.S. Dads Program, Sammy’s Reading Challenge, WPVES News Show, Garden Club,Lego Club, Health Club, Sammy’s Snack Club, Student Ambassadors, and Mentoring Program.  We have partnered with businesses in the community to undergird the cost associated with student incentives and recognition (Wendy’s and Five Guys Burgers and Fries).

Pritchardville Elementary School earned an absolute rating of Excellent and a Growth Rating of Good for 2013-2014 school year. We received a Grade A rating via the ESEA/Federal Accountability Rating System. Pritchardville Elementary School received recognition as a Palmetto Gold Award Winner for overall academic achievement for the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 school years.

Pritchardville Elementary School has been recognized by the State of South Carolina for our Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program and tiered behavior supports for students. PVES students are expected to display REACH (Respect, Effort, positive Attitude, Cooperate with others, and show Honesty to everyone) behaviors in a daily environment at school. Students in Tier I have the opportunity to earn a REACH award each quarter as well as receive a quarterly incentive. Check-in and Check-out support is provided for Tier II students.

Our communication systems, Weekly EBLASTS, Principal’s BLOG, Assistant Principal Tweets, Grade Level and School Newsletters, Principal’s Coffees, Turtle Talk, and our PVES school website ensure that all stakeholders have accurate and updated information regarding all aspects of our school. Our PVES School Website has been recognized as an award winning school communication tool by the State of South Carolina.

The sources of school data for the needs analysis included information obtained through NWEA, Test View, and PowerSchool. Current Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments, Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) Reading Assessment, and 2016 Palmetto State PASS Data and ACT Aspire data were analyzed as part of our ongoing efforts for continuous improvement and growth.