Lead Academy serves 388 students in grades Kindergarten-8.
Lead Academy placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in South Carolina for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 39% (which is lower 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 48% (which is equal to the South Carolina state average of 48%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the South Carolina state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 49% (majority Black).
Lead Academy ranks among the top 20% of public schools in South Carolina for:
Lead Academy's student population of 388 students has grown by 48% over five school years.
The teacher population of 33 teachers has grown by 37% over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
Lead Academy is ranked within the bottom 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 Lead Academy is 0.70, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
State Level (SC)
Overall Testing Rank
#637 out of 1149 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, SC Dept. of Education
Teacher turnover here is high, even mid-year. They seem to struggle to keep teachers. One teacher told me it was not a good working environment at all, but I obviously can't speak for all teachers.It seems that a wide range of academic level kids are mixed in same classroom. A 3rd grade English class may have kids reading at a 5th grade level mixed with kids reading at a kindergarten level. Makes for a very difficult learning environment.We got out, would not recommend this school.
starUnfortunately my experience with Lead is very different from the other reviews here. My daughter attended 5th grade at Lead. She has always had some difficulty in school, but the principal and her teacher assured me that that would work with her to bring her up to her "highest level of potential." That was not the case. We struggled with homework for hours every night. When I told her teacher that I was concerned, her response was that the homework can be done 30 minutes. Maybe that was true for the majority of the class, but not for my daughter. She tried so hard and wanted to do well. When she came to class without her homework she was ridiculed by the teacher in front of other students. Her confidence and school work suffered and her grades dropped steadily. By the 3rd quarter of school she begged me to let her change schools. She said that her teacher hated her and made fun of her in front of the class. On numerous occasions I told the faculty that I was concerned with my child's school performance and that I wasn't sure what else to do. I asked about testing for learning disabilities and was told that they would have her tested (they are required by law to have testing done if a parent requests it). They said that they tested her by watching her in class and having an "expert" do the same. Their consensus was that there was no learning disability. They believed that she was just not motivated and didn't finish her work because she didn't care or want to do well. I know better. She was absolutely miserable and would have done anything she possibly could to do well in school. She has since been diagnosed by her pediatrician with severe ADD. She couldn't finish her work because she couldn't concentrate on it. The embarrassment and misery that she went through at Lead has permanently affected her academic confidence. On the last day of school, her class had an awards ceremony. Every. Single. Child in the class received some kind of award except my daughter. When I picked her up that day she got into the car and burst into tears when she told me what happened. So much for working to reach her highest potential. This school beat her down until she had no self esteem at all
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