225 North Brickyard Road
Columbia, SC 29223
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
6/
10
Top 50%
L. B. Nelson Elementary School serves 556 students in grades Prekindergarten-5.
L. B. Nelson Elementary School placed in the top 50% of all schools in South Carolina for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 51% (which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 46%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 44% (which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 48%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the South Carolina state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 85% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 51% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: Magnet School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 556 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 85%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 50% in SC
  • Math Proficiency
    : 51% (Top 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 44% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

School Overview

L. B. Nelson Elementary School's student population of 556 students has declined by 5% over five school years.
The teacher population of 43 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
School Type
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-5
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
556 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
43 teachers
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School Rankings

L. B. Nelson Elementary School is ranked within the top 50% of all 1,149 schools in South Carolina (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of L. B. Nelson Elementary School is 0.52, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (SC)
Overall Testing Rank
#557 out of 1149 schools
(Top 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
51%
46%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
44%
48%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
2%
2%
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Hispanic
8%
11%
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Black
67%
33%
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White
15%
49%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
8%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.52
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
53%
59%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
10%
3%
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School District Name
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

51% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 46% SC state average), while 44% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 48% SC state average).

How many students attend L. B. Nelson Elementary School?

556 students attend L. B. Nelson Elementary School.

What is the ethnic breakdown of the student body?

67% of L. B. Nelson Elementary School students are Black, 15% of students are White, 8% of students are Hispanic, 8% of students are Two or more races, and 2% of students are Asian.

What is the student:teacher ratio of L. B. Nelson Elementary School?

L. B. Nelson Elementary School has a student ration of 13:1, which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 14:1.

What grades does L. B. Nelson Elementary School offer ?

L. B. Nelson Elementary School offers enrollment in grades Prekindergarten-5 (offers virtual instruction).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • School Type: Magnet School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 556 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 85%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 51% (Top 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 44% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

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