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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.

School Name Average Composite Score Increase/Decrease
Gilbert High School 21.2 +0.4
Lexington High School 23.6 +0.7
Pelion High School 20.3 +0.4
River Bluff High School 23.6 N/A
White Knoll High School 20.9 -0.4


District Name Average Composite Score Increase/Decrease
Lexington County School District One 22.3 +0.4


District transfers Nelson to GHS and hires Ellisor as Director of Safety and Emergency Services

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 Gilbert High.

Jacob NelsonWith 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.

Chris EllisorHe 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.

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Where can I find information about my child’s school? You can find information on your child’s school web page located here for elementary, middle or high schools.

Where can I find bus routes? You can find your child’s bus route on your child’s school web page located here for elementary, middle or high schools. There are also links on the Transportation page.

Where can I find out about high school athletics? You can find information here about Gilbert High, Lexington High, Pelion High, River Bluff High and White Knoll High schools.

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Schools prepare for opening day

The Gilbert Primary Learning Commons staff is ready for a new year! They dressed like favorite book character “Pete the Cat” during the GPS Welcome Back Night.



Carolina Springs Elementary Teacher Katie Covar puts the finishing touches on her kindergarten classroom.



Saxe Gotha Elementary teachers collaborate during teacher work days leading up to the first day of school.


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