School Details

Forest Lake Elementary School

6801 Brookfield Rd, Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 782-0470
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 590 students 12 students/teacher (SC avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

72%
79%
80%
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68%
73%
62%
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72%
76%
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53%

Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Richland 02 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
81%
78%
81%
76%
78%
60%
76%
74%
72%
83%
81%
57%

Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Richland 02 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
81%
77%
66%
79%
76%
83%
77%
72%
80%
78%
70%
68%
78%
74%

Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Richland 02 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Forest Lake Elementary School is a public elementary school in Forest Acres. The principal of Forest Lake Elementary School is Dr. Kappy Cannon and can be contacted at kcannon@fle.richland2.org. 590 students attend Forest Lake Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 64% of the 590 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Forest Lake Elementary School is 12:1. Columbia Jewish Day School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 68% 59%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 20% 29%
Asian 2% %
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 46%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    My school is great because the student are in a great and safe learning environment. The children are getting a well rounded education by learning about different country and cultures. The students are very diverse

  • (12 months ago)

    Forest Lake Elementary School is a wonderful school from the staff and teachers who cares and love the children in regards to their education and safety to the amount that the institution has to offer. The parents are also very involved in their children's education to include NASA Night and other important and outstanding events. Leadership is at its best and the extracurricular activities available are phenomenal! My granddaughter attends Forest Lake; however my children attended this school as well! This school will embrace and welcome with open arms! Dr. Steck and her staff are wonderful! Excellent school!

  • (1 year ago)

    Forest lake elementary school is an excellent choice as it focuses on childs strengths and weaknesses both....perfect blend of technology oriented study with traditional way...

  • (1 year ago)

    Forest Lake is a wonderful school. My daughter was never this excited about going to her old school. She wakes up every morning excited and ready for the school day to start.

  • (1 year ago)

    Forest Lake Elementary School is the best keep secret in Columbia! I have three children in school there and could not be happier with their academic development. The teachers are OUTSTANDING. The principal is WONDERFUL. My children in enjoy using the technology to learn. Also the MUSIC program is the best I have seen.

  • (2 years ago)

    I think that Forest Lake Elementary School is the best keep secret in Columbia! Not only are students challenged academically elective classess are engaging and fun for my children. Since it is a technology magnet school it's amazing how technology is weaved into the curriculum. I have no doubt that my children will be well rounded and ready to compete academically with the best of them as we prepare for middle school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Faculty and staff are good; teachers are likable and love the kids and are well-schooled on what they need to teach. Facilities are clean and well-kept and there are abundant technology upgrades throughout the campus. The school does face issues though when it comes to community-building (not their fault) because the area they are zoned for draws from a wide variety of ethnic lifestyle and economic backgrounds where there are real differences...This is not a bad thing but does makes it a challenge for the students and their families to relate to one another and to connect.

  • (3 years ago)

    Wonderful school! Through moving and such our children have attended three different elementary schools over the years and this school was by far the best. The teachers were wonderfuland the was principal great! I have a child who had a few learning style issues and the teachers for several grades worked together to help make her successful. Both my children were well prepared for middle school when the time came.

  • (5 years ago)

    Forest Lake is had our family feeling like we had been there forever after we moved mid year. The teachers are helpful caring and welcoming. The curriculm worked with the knowledge our child had and built on it. The leadership I met at the school were informative and helpful. They quicking learned our childs name and made her feel apart from the school the first day. This is a wonderful environment that is passionate about teaching children. We Loved it. If I had one negative it would be that the all 1st grade has a newsletter and it isn't classroom specific. That is really minor as I had great communication with our child's teacher when I needed it.

  • (5 years ago)

    Forest Lake Technology Magnet School is a world class school! I am a parent of two FLE students. Academic excellence technology integration character education and quality teaching and learning are just a few of this school's outstanding qualities. The principal and teachers make themselves available and parents are welcomed as partners in their child's education! This is a Nationally Recognized School of Excellence for good reasons!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school this is as close you are going to get to private school atmosphere as you are going to get without the price.

  • (5 years ago)

    Forest Lake is a closed school. Parents are not welcome inside and I wonder what they're hiding. The principal is inaccessible and it's difficult to schedule meetings with teachers since they require that there be two teachers in order to meet with parents. There seems to be an inordinate amount of fear regarding staff safety and the children are secondary to the school's practices and policies. You can see in their writing samples that the children seem to focus mostly on the punishments given regularly to all students. My child is a straight A student who is not a discipline problem. The teachers seem to be very dedicated but creativity seems to be discouraged. This is true for students as well as teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    Forest Lake is an excellent school. The teachers are very nice and really show that they care for their students.

  • (8 years ago)

    Forest Lake Elementary is a wonderful school. The children are encouraged to do their best. No one is given a negative label. Encouragement respect patience love Friendship are just a few qualities that are displayed at Forest Lake Elementary. My daughter loves it there and I wouldn't want her attending any other school.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is a gem. Caring positive supportive teachers responsive and involved administration fantastic programs and opportunities.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is inviting to parents and has a sense of community. The principal is involved with her students and always open to listen to parents. There are high expectations for the students and children are respectful and well behaved! Very impressive overall.

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