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About This School

Indian Land Elementary School is a public elementary school in Fort Mill. 1,207 students attend Indian Land Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 31% of the 1,207 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Indian Land Elementary School is 24:1. Sandy Ridge Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 62%
Hispanic 7% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 31%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 0.7%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31% 49%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    This is a great school. My family just moved here from New York and we could not be happier with the education our children are receiving. I can not wait to see what happens when the school splits next year.

  • (4 months ago)

    I love working for the administration and the families are amazing. I am more than proud to be a part of this school and community. My students feel confident even when they can't afford the latest styles. We are all grateful for the dress code. My kids came through this school and they received a quality education. I would recommend anyone to visit. It is a wonderful school!!

  • (4 months ago)

    No communication between teacher and parents. There are "cliques". If you're not a PTA parent you and your child are treated differently. Unbelievable dress code for elementary age. Way to strict on rules/consequences. Does not teach outside of state testing. Student drop off/pick up is horrible teachers more concerning with gossiping than watching kids. I regret moving to this area just because of this school.

  • (5 months ago)

    I have a daughter in kindergarten at ILES and would give this school two stars but only for the outstanding principal who is my close friend as well. It is wrong that the staff do not appreciate what a wonderful person she is. If the principal chooses to purchase a home and reside in another county/school district then that is her right. Everyone's family is different and she has to do what works best for her kids and her family situation. No one should judge her decision. If I had the means then I might do the same for my child.

  • (5 months ago)

    ILES is warm and friendly! As a former teacher and parent I am impressed with the level of education. Education is the first priority for school but the teachers and staff go above and beyond to make it feel more like family! My kids love it there! Downside is that it is overcrowded. There is a new school opening August 2014 so that should solve the problem.

  • (5 months ago)

    I was worried at first being an educator myself about sending my kids to Indian Land. I always thought I would go back to work in Union County and take them with me if I needed to-but I didn't. Sure every school has issues. Indian Land faces no more or less than any other public school in any neighboring county. I will say that I have been pleased with what I have seen here. Yes I am fortunate enough to be able to volunteer when needed so I can see what goes on & have more of a relationship with the teachers & staff. I don't have "easy" children either. Medical issues learning disabilities & even speech disorders are part of our daily life. This school does a great job of taking care of their needs as well as mine! I feel sorry for some of the parents that commented below. Unfortunately there will always be unhappy & difficult people in this world. Indian Land is a great school and I'm sad that we are splitting next year!

  • (5 months ago)

    As a parent who has two children at ILES it irritates me to read all the negative comments left on here. My oldest daughter has been at ILES since Kindergarten. Like any school we have had negative moments in that almost 6 year span. I can also point you to several friends at Meck public school and private schools who have also had a negative experience from time to time. That does not determine the overall reputation of the school. People make mistakes decisions aren't always supported by all. The leadership at ILES communicates to families and is available to meet with parents. They are open to feedback and suggestions. The teachers we have had for our two daughters have been great role models encouraging and concerned about the girls academic success. Our girls are growing both academically and with life experience. They look forward to school and learning. As parents we couldn't ask for more. The new school will be good for kids and Indian Land community. We are over crowded (much like ALL schools in our area including NC schools). Growth brings change. Spend some time @ ILES you will find a strong PTA positive growth and quality teachers.

  • (5 months ago)

    Overall we have been very happy with ILES. Two kids one of them has been at ILES K-5. I have to say the education a child receives is as good as the one the parents support. When my children need help or to be pushed to the next level I don't sit around waiting for someone else to take care of it. Our teachers are overworked but they work so hard for each and every student in their classroom. But it is not entirely up to those teachers to make sure my child is educated. So if you want to send your kid to school and not think about it again - go somewhere else. If you want to be involved and raise your own child ILES could be the place for you. As others have said most of the problems at ILES are not really local issues but county and state issues. So lobby if you want to make those changes.

  • (5 months ago)

    We are thrilled with this school! We moved here 3 years ago and I was nervous about the uniform policy and some of the negative reviews I had read. Not only do we love the uniform policy but the teachers and parents are the better than I could have wished for. My daughter has had wonderful teachers every year and the parent involvement is truly amazing. The principal and teachers promote discipline while still having fun. Kids need to have boundaries and should learn respect early on it's nice to walk into an elementary school and see kids behaving well and being nice to each other. I love the sense of community here and wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

  • (5 months ago)

    As a parent we must realize that any school is a team effort between the staff the students and the parents. Mouth children require a positive learning environment at school and at home. The schools role is to educate everyone not please everyone. Indian Land has implemented common core promotes the Eagles Enrichment program and supports special education. We are fortunate to live in a country where you are able to make choices about your child's education and there are many local options however only the public schools are required to hire staff with specific qualifications and they are required to assist struggling students. Private schools can hire whoever they want and they can simply allow their students to struggle without services.

  • (5 months ago)

    I am a staff member at this school and have taught at 4 schools previous to this school. I can tell you that I have not felt that their are cliques etc. I am fairly new to the ILES staff so if there were cliques and teachers gossiping about parents etc I would think I would have noticed and felt excluding from groups. Sometimes it is easy to assume you are being talked about when actuality it could just be a misinterpretation of facial expressions etc. The discipline is the best at this school it has been at any school I have taught at and necessary. At the previous school I taught at I had many negative experiences with discipline (ie books being thrown at me death threats etc.) I want to teach in a safe environment just as much as I want students to learn in a safe environment. If you let discipline go you lose control and have all sorts of problems. In the real world children will have rules to follow and hopefully they have them at home as well. Also students get recess every day. If there is any doubt drive by and you will see children smiling and playing unless it is raining or cold. The principal and staff here are professional and caring.

  • (5 months ago)

    To the person who wrote that the school is overcrowded...yes Einstein that is why a new school is being built . The schools in the next county are not better. They are actually worse. If your child is "so gifted and intelligent " then yes they should be somewhere that can accommodate their brilliance. For some reason I am guessing they are just average.

  • (5 months ago)

    I think ILES is an amazing place. I have three children and all have been here since Kindergarten. The school has grown tremendously and while it is overcrowded there is no place I would rather be. Yes the students are very disciplined. They must be quiet in the hallways and show respect to their teachers and peers. While this seems too conservative for some in a school that houses almost 1600 children it is necessary to create an atmosphere for learning. As years have gone on the programs have gotten better and will continue to do so. The children and the parents love this school. Just like any other school we have problems. If you have one you should try addressing it with the admin and not hiding behind your keyboard. We moved here 9 years ago. I am from up north and I love the IL crowd. It took us a long time to get here but we are a family now. I never thought I would say this to anyone because I used to despise when it is said by one to another but guess what? If you dont like it here go away. We are a great community. It is your loss.

  • (5 months ago)

    We bought a beautiful home in a wonderful neighborhood in IL in 2011. Love our neighbors and are happy with the area in general until it comes to this school. I won't assess any other school but ILES since I have no experience with IL middle or high school. We found the bus transportation unacceptable because your guess is as good as mine on what time the bus would arrive for pickup or drop off. After 4 wks I gave up and began driving my children to school. That was just as frustrating. 30 min waiting time for drop off and about same for pickup. Simply did not have the time or energy to deal with this. The teachers at this school were more concerned with gossiping about parents and belittling the children than they were educating them. This school also allowed church to come on school property and sponsor an afternoon club. This school district couldn't even work out the logistics of busing my child home from school in 45 min or less (my neighborhood is 10 min away from the school- even less with no traffic). I can't even begin to think about how they might handle some sort of religious indoctrination. My kids are being privately educated now and life is much less stressful!

  • (5 months ago)

    My family moved to the Indian Land area in 2012. This is not a good school. The staff are disrespectful toward the students. Bad enough that the staff are rude to the parents but I draw the line when it comes to rude inappropriate and disrespectful behavior towards children. If you are considering purchasing a home in the IL area add in the cost of private school for all of your kids because you will probably end up sending them to private school anyway after you experience IL schools. The excellent schools are in the next county. Do not let a realtor mislead you.

  • (5 months ago)

    This school is overcrowded and run like an assembly line. If you want your children to have a 9-5 job experience pushing papers doing worksheets and NOT getting a break then this school is for you. The kids go for weeks without getting recess are constantly being tested and are treated like cattle. Their excuse is always "We have 1600 students" and like another commenter said this is no excuse. Children are treated like second class citizens here and if they don't learn their "place" they will be "disciplined". If anyone thinks that a new elementary school will change the environment of this one you're wrong. This is not a caring environment. The overall feeling is "get them in and get them out". We are looking at all of our options to get the heck out of here as soon as possible.

  • (6 months ago)

    Moved to the IL area in 2013 have 1 kid in 2nd grade and we are exploring other schooling options. Our experience has been unsatisfactory. Parents considering a move to the area should dig deeper because the problems are much more than the obvious overcrowding and won't be fixed by new bldg. Don't think the staff is unwelcoming but they are unprofessional mostly lifelong locals (not a bad thing just an observation) and have witnessed several inappropriate remarks to parents. One incident- I picked up my son in the car line for about 6 wks when I was questioned by employee in the car line about my out of state auto license plates and why my kid attended IL schools. (They would not let it go. None of their business but I did explain that I drive a company vehicle titled in the neighboring state and commute there to work every day but I do live in IL This is possible in the year 2014 due to the invention of the automobile long time ago). If I were going to perpetrate some minor fraud to get my child into a better school then I would actually choose a great/ better school and pretend that I lived in that neighborhood. I definitely would not choose Indian Land Elementary.

  • (6 months ago)

    Everyone has a different experience. As a new family we faced a nasty attitude from the staff at this school from the very first day that our daughter attended. Almost every helpful suggestion that I made to a teacher/staff member was greeted with a pronounced eye roll and an exasperated "we have 1200 students in this school." Excuse me 1200 students are no excuse for having a rotten attitude. 1200 students are the reason that you have a job so be thankful for those 1200 students and if you don't like your job then go work somewhere else. No one is forcing the staff to work in a school with 1200 students. Those 1200 students however are required to attend school every day and they don't deserve a staff member with a poor attitude and nasty personality. I don't know any parents that would give this school a 5 star rating.

  • (6 months ago)

    I'm sure the school is great for those whose child's skills and ability are at grade level. My child's math and literacy skills are above grade level and there are no resources to support her development of the math and language skills my child possesses. Children who function above grade level are expected to sit quietly and fill out worksheets that don't actually help them advance their skill sets. There is no "leveling" at the K - 2nd grades (at least) so each teacher has to deal with a diverse class of 27 individual kids with VERY varied skills and abilities; a feat in and of itself. There is no enrichment program for children until the 3rd grade! I think many parents thinks these problems will simply disappear when the new school opens next year but since there is no increase in staff this assumption is likely to disappoint parents who have been waiting patiently for the crowding issues to be resolved and a more child-focused individual learning plan to be installed. We are looking into alternatives because we are not satisfied with the school.

  • (8 months ago)

    We love this school. It has involved parents great teachers and a real community feel. We moved from another state and did not know what to expect. My child started his Kindergarten year here and now is in 4th grade. We could not be more pleased with ILES. We are looking forward to see how the addition of the new elementary improves a already "great school".

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