Lexington One’s ACT scores better than state, nation
The S.C. State Department of Education released school,
district and state ACT College Readiness Benchmark scores reported by the ACT
company in Iowa City, Iowa.
The average composite of the most recent ACT scores for
Lexington One’s 2014 graduating seniors (regardless of when they took the test)
is 22.3, which is higher than the national and state averages. On the ACT’s
36-point scale, the national average composite score is 21.0, and the state
average composite score is 20.4.
The composite scores for four of the district’s five high
schools are above the state average composite score of 20.4 and at or above the
national average composite score of 21.0 (Gilbert High 21.2, Lexington High
23.6, River Bluff High 23.6 and White Knoll High 20.9). Pelion High posted an
average composite score of 20.3.
Summary of District ACT Scores for 2013–2014
For 2013–2014, 683 students from the Lexington County
School District One graduating class participated in ACT testing.
The percent of students meeting the all four ACT
Benchmarks in English, Math, Reading and Science was 32%. This compares to a
national percentage of 26%. Last year, 29% of the graduating class of 2012–2013
met all four benchmarks. Therefore, LCSD1 has increased three percent in
students meeting the benchmark in all four subject areas.
Looking at the percent of students meeting the benchmark
in all four subject areas at each school:
GHS increased 1% from 19% to 20%.
LHS increased 4% from 38% to 42%.
PHS increased 2% from 16% to 18%.
WKHS increased 6% from 19% to 25%.
According to ACT, 38% of the graduating class at
RBHS, which opened in 2013–2014, met all four benchmarks.
The table below shows the 2014 average composite score
and the increase or decrease from last year by school. Since RBHS opened in
2013–2014, it has no comparative data.
||Average Composite Score
|Gilbert High School
|Lexington High School
|Pelion High School
|River Bluff High School
|White Knoll High School
||Average Composite Score
|Lexington County School District One
District transfers Nelson to GHS and hires Ellisor as Director of Safety and
At a Special Called Board Meeting of the Lexington County
School District One Board of Trustees held August 8, 2014, the board approved
the transfer of Jacob W. Nelson to Gilbert High for the 2014–2015 school year.
Nelson, who currently serves as assistant administrator
of Carolina Springs Middle, assumes the role of assistant administrator at
six years of public education experience, he began his career in 2008 as an
English language arts teacher at Pickens High. In 2012, he joined Lexington One
as an English language arts teacher at Lexington High. He was promoted to
assistant administrator at Lexington High and moved to his current position at
Carolina Springs Middle in 2013.
Nelson earned a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education
from Clemson University and a Master of Education in educational administration
from the University of South Carolina. He has English language arts and
secondary principal certifications.
He is a member of the Association for Supervision and
Curriculum Development and South Carolina Association of School Administrators.
At the July 15, 2014 regular monthly meeting of the
Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board approved the
hire of Christopher Ellisor as Director of Safety and Emergency Services.
Ellisor currently serves as a Detective at the Lexington
Police Department. He is Assistant Team Leader of the Emergency Services Team.
is also currently assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
through the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. The task force works to
prevent child exploitation and investigates cases provided by the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Ellisor has 14 years of work experience and has spent the
last eight years with the Lexington Police Department. An Advanced Law
Enforcement Rapid Response Training instructor, he served as School Resource
Officer at Lexington Middle School for three years. While there, he managed
both Lexington Middle and Lexington Elementary schools’ emergency response
plans for the police department. Before that, he worked in the private sector.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary
studies (earth science/life science with an education minor) from the
University of South Carolina.
He is a certified South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer,
Advanced School Resource Officer, and Special Weapons and Tactics Officer and
was previously a certified South Carolina Firefighter. He is an instructor for
the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, the South Carolina National Safety
Council’s Alive at 25 program, and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
Important reminder for parents of seventh-graders
All children who attend school in South Carolina are
required to receive a series of immunizations before they can begin school,
including vaccinations against whooping cough (which is the “P” in DTP, DTP-Hib
or DTaP vaccines). As children get older, however, the protection against
whooping cough provided by the vaccines begins to decrease.
For that reason, the South Carolina Department of Health
and Environmental Control requires seventh-graders to get a Tdap vaccine, a
booster vaccine that also contains a pertussis (whooping cough) component to
boost immunity to whooping cough, before school starts. The booster not only
protects your child from whooping cough but also protects your child from
tetanus and diphtheria.
According to state law, your student cannot attend school
without getting this Tdap booster vaccine. School begins Monday, August 18.
Your child must have this vaccine and an updated Certificate of Immunization on
file before your child can attend school.
As you remember, we tried to make it easier for parents
to have their child vaccinated with Tdap by working with the South Carolina
Department of Health and Environmental Control to provide a Tdap clinic at all
our middle schools for our sixth-grade students last spring.
Since we did this, our district has decided that all
seventh-grade students must provide the school nurse at their child’s school
with proof (an updated Certificate of Immunization) that they have received the
Tdap booster before they will be able to get their class assignment information
at schedule pickup.
How do I find it?
Where do I find out information about the current
Where do my children go to school?
Can I enroll my child online?
Where can I find information about my child’s school? You can
find information on your child’s school web page located here for
Where can I find bus routes? You can find your child’s bus
route on your child’s school web page located here for
There are also links on the
Where can I find out about high school athletics? You can find
information here about Gilbert High,
Pelion High, River
Bluff High and White Knoll High
Where can I learn more about the personal mobile computing
initiative at the middle and high schools?
Does the district have a Facebook, Twitter or YouTube account?