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Best Elementary Schools in the Columbia, SC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Columbia, SC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Columbia, SC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Columbia area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Columbia-area elementary schools including Brockman Elementary School, Lake Murray Elementary School, Satchel Ford Elementary School, and Meadow Glen Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including East Point Academy, Carolina School for Inquiry,

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Columbia-area elementary school would be best for any individual child. For schools that are close to one another in rankings, differences in available data are in most cases very small.



Top Elementary Schools in the Columbia Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
 
Grades
Served
1 E. L. Wright Middle School Columbia, SC Regular K-8
2 Muller Road Middle School Blythewood, SC Regular K-8
3 Brockman Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
4 Lake Murray Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
5 Satchel Ford Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular K-5
6 Meadow Glen Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular K-5
7 Rosewood Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular K-5
8 New Providence Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular K-5
9 Midway Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
10 Fairfield Magnet for Math and Science Winnsboro, SC Regular PK-6
11 Summit Parkway Middle School Columbia, SC Regular K-8
12 Round Top Elementary School Blythewood, SC Regular PK-5
13 Brennen Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
14 Rocky Creek Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
15 Bookman Road Elementary School Elgin, SC Regular PK-5
16 Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School Blythewood, SC Regular PK-5
17 Catawba Trail Elementary School Elgin, SC Regular PK-5
18 Pleasant Hill Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
19 East Point Academy West Columbia, SC Charter PK-8
20 Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus Blythewood, SC Regular 3-5
21 Forest Lake Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
22 Hollywood Elementary School Saluda, SC Regular PK-5
23 Lugoff Elementary School Lugoff, SC Regular PK-5
24 L. B. Nelson Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
25 Deerfield Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
26 Springdale Elementary School West Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
27 Bridge Creek Elementary School Elgin, SC Regular PK-5
28 Langford Elementary School Blythewood, SC Regular PK-5
29 Sandlapper Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
30 Lexington Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
31 Pontiac Elementary School , Regular PK-5
32 Wateree Elementary School , Regular PK-5
33 North Springs Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
34 Oak Grove Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
35 Logan Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
36 A. C. Moore Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
37 Centerville Elementary School Gilbert, SC Other PK-5
38 Jackson Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC Other PK-5
39 Riverbank Elementary School West Columbia, SC Other PK-5
40 Saxe Gotha Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
41 Camden Elementary Camden, SC Regular PK-5
42 Doby's Mill Elementary School Lugoff, SC Regular PK-5
43 Rice Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
44 Pine Tree Hill Elementary School Camden, SC Regular PK-5
45 Red Bank Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
46 Blaney Elementary School Elgin, SC Regular PK-5
47 Meadowfield Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
48 Joseph Keels Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
49 North Central Elementary School Kershaw, SC Other PK-5
50 Carolina Springs Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
51 Gilbert Elementary School Gilbert, SC Regular PK-5
52 Geiger Elementary School Ridgeway, SC Regular PK-6
53 Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School Batesburg-Leesville, SC Regular 3-5
54 GREEN Charter School of the Midlands Irmo, SC Other K-8
55 White Knoll Elementary School West Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
56 Midway Elementary School Cassatt, SC Regular PK-5
57 Saluda River Academy for the Arts West Columbia, SC Regular K-5
58 Saluda Elementary School , Regular 3-5
59 Herbert A. Wood Elementary School West Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
60 Congaree Elementary School West Columbia, SC Regular 2-5
61 Kelly Miller Elementary School Winnsboro, SC Regular PK-6
62 Killian Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
63 Polo Road Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
64 Forts Pond Elementary School Pelion, SC Regular PK-5
65 Carver-Lyon Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
66 Hopkins Elementary School Hopkins, SC Regular PK-5
67 Windsor Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
68 H. B. Rhame Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
69 Bradley Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
70 Annie Burnside Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
71 Gadsden Elementary School Gadsden, SC Regular PK-5
72 Jackson Elementary School Camden, SC Regular PK-5
73 Sandy Run School Swansea, SC Regular PK-8
74 L. W. Conder Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
75 Mill Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
76 South Kilbourne Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
77 Horrell Hill Elementary School Hopkins, SC Regular PK-5
78 Forest Heights Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
79 J. P. Thomas Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
80 Caughman Road Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
81 Arden Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
82 Sandhills Elementary School Swansea, SC Regular 3-4
83 Cayce Elementary School Cayce, SC Other PK-5
84 St. Matthews K-8 School St. Matthews, SC Regular PK-8
85 Edward E. Taylor Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
86 Pelion Elementary School Pelion, SC Regular PK-5
87 Sandel Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
88 Burton Pack Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
89 Fairfield Elementary School Winnsboro, SC Regular PK-6
90 Webber School Eastover, SC Regular PK-5
91 Watkins-Nance Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
92 Frances F. Mack Intermediate School Gaston, SC Regular 5-6
93 Palmetto Achievement Center for Excellence Academy (PACE) Columbia, SC Other 2-8
94 A. J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
95 Pine Grove Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
96 Carolina School for Inquiry Columbia, SC Charter PK-6
Rank School Name City
1 E. L. Wright Middle School Columbia, SC
2 Muller Road Middle School Blythewood, SC
3 Brockman Elementary School Columbia, SC
4 Lake Murray Elementary School Lexington, SC
5 Satchel Ford Elementary School Columbia, SC
6 Meadow Glen Elementary School Lexington, SC
7 Rosewood Elementary School Columbia, SC
8 New Providence Elementary School Lexington, SC
9 Midway Elementary School Lexington, SC
10 Fairfield Magnet for Math and Science Winnsboro, SC
11 Summit Parkway Middle School Columbia, SC
12 Round Top Elementary School Blythewood, SC
13 Brennen Elementary School Columbia, SC
14 Rocky Creek Elementary School Lexington, SC
15 Bookman Road Elementary School Elgin, SC
16 Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School Blythewood, SC
17 Catawba Trail Elementary School Elgin, SC
18 Pleasant Hill Elementary School Lexington, SC
19 East Point Academy West Columbia, SC
20 Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus Blythewood, SC
21 Forest Lake Elementary School Columbia, SC
22 Hollywood Elementary School Saluda, SC
23 Lugoff Elementary School Lugoff, SC
24 L. B. Nelson Elementary School Columbia, SC
25 Deerfield Elementary School Lexington, SC
26 Springdale Elementary School West Columbia, SC
27 Bridge Creek Elementary School Elgin, SC
28 Langford Elementary School Blythewood, SC
29 Sandlapper Elementary School Columbia, SC
30 Lexington Elementary School Lexington, SC
31 Pontiac Elementary School ,
32 Wateree Elementary School ,
33 North Springs Elementary School Columbia, SC
34 Oak Grove Elementary School Lexington, SC
35 Logan Elementary School Columbia, SC
36 A. C. Moore Elementary School Columbia, SC
37 Centerville Elementary School Gilbert, SC
38 Jackson Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC
39 Riverbank Elementary School West Columbia, SC
40 Saxe Gotha Elementary School Lexington, SC
41 Camden Elementary Camden, SC
42 Doby's Mill Elementary School Lugoff, SC
43 Rice Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC
44 Pine Tree Hill Elementary School Camden, SC
45 Red Bank Elementary School Lexington, SC
46 Blaney Elementary School Elgin, SC
47 Meadowfield Elementary School Columbia, SC
48 Joseph Keels Elementary School Columbia, SC
49 North Central Elementary School Kershaw, SC
50 Carolina Springs Elementary School Lexington, SC
51 Gilbert Elementary School Gilbert, SC
52 Geiger Elementary School Ridgeway, SC
53 Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School Batesburg-Leesville, SC
54 GREEN Charter School of the Midlands Irmo, SC
55 White Knoll Elementary School West Columbia, SC
56 Midway Elementary School Cassatt, SC
57 Saluda River Academy for the Arts West Columbia, SC
58 Saluda Elementary School ,
59 Herbert A. Wood Elementary School West Columbia, SC
60 Congaree Elementary School West Columbia, SC
61 Kelly Miller Elementary School Winnsboro, SC
62 Killian Elementary School Columbia, SC
63 Polo Road Elementary School Columbia, SC
64 Forts Pond Elementary School Pelion, SC
65 Carver-Lyon Elementary School Columbia, SC
66 Hopkins Elementary School Hopkins, SC
67 Windsor Elementary School Columbia, SC
68 H. B. Rhame Elementary School Columbia, SC
69 Bradley Elementary School Columbia, SC
70 Annie Burnside Elementary School Columbia, SC
71 Gadsden Elementary School Gadsden, SC
72 Jackson Elementary School Camden, SC
73 Sandy Run School Swansea, SC
74 L. W. Conder Elementary School Columbia, SC
75 Mill Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC
76 South Kilbourne Elementary School Columbia, SC
77 Horrell Hill Elementary School Hopkins, SC
78 Forest Heights Elementary School Columbia, SC
79 J. P. Thomas Elementary School Columbia, SC
80 Caughman Road Elementary School Columbia, SC
81 Arden Elementary School Columbia, SC
82 Sandhills Elementary School Swansea, SC
83 Cayce Elementary School Cayce, SC
84 St. Matthews K-8 School St. Matthews, SC
85 Edward E. Taylor Elementary School Columbia, SC
86 Pelion Elementary School Pelion, SC
87 Sandel Elementary School Columbia, SC
88 Burton Pack Elementary School Columbia, SC
89 Fairfield Elementary School Winnsboro, SC
90 Webber School Eastover, SC
91 Watkins-Nance Elementary School Columbia, SC
92 Frances F. Mack Intermediate School Gaston, SC
93 Palmetto Achievement Center for Excellence Academy (PACE) Columbia, SC
94 A. J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School Columbia, SC
95 Pine Grove Elementary School Columbia, SC
96 Carolina School for Inquiry Columbia, SC

Rankings for the best elementary schools in the Columbia area were created independently by Carolina School Hub. The test data for this site was derived from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and South Carolina Department of Education.

You can click on a specific school name above for more information on elementary school test scores, student data and more.

Elementary Schools in Columbia SC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing an Elementary School in the Columbia Area

When comparing regular Columbia-area elementary schools to charter and magnet schools, one should keep in mind the differences between charter schools, magnet schools and traditional public schools.

Magnet schools are in most cases alternative public schools that offer a specialized curriculum. At the highest level, North and South Carolina magnet schools and traditional elementary schools tend to be managed by the same entity - the county school superintendent's office. Magnet schools normally can accept students from anywhere in the county in which they are located, and often limit the acceptance pool through a lottery system.

Charter schools, on the other hand, are each independently managed. They tend to accept students not only from the county in which they're located, but surrounding counties as well. Like magnets, charters tend to use a lottery-based acceptance method.

Regular elementary schools are sometimes called "zoned schools," "neighborhood schools" or "zip code schools." This is because they accept students from a limited geographical area - such as a town or a specific set of subdivisions. Regular schools do not tend to use a lottery system. Regular elementary schools are the most common kinds of schools in North and South Carolina.

Which Elementary Schools are Covered in the Columbia Area

We hope you find the ratings and other information on elementary schools in the Columbia area to be useful. Elementary Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties: