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Best Elementary Schools in the Columbia, SC Area

BBest Elementary Schools in the Columbia, SC Area Best Elementary Schools in the Columbia, SC Area Are you looking for information on the top public elementary schools in the Columbia area? Below you'll find rankings on some of the best Columbia-area elementary schools including Brockman Elementary School, Midway Elementary School, Ballentine Elementary School, and Lake Murray Elementary School. We also have data to help you compare such top traditional public elementary schools to the area's best charter schools including East Point Academy, SC Virtual Charter School, SC Connections Academy, and Midlands STEM Institute.

The list below is not meant be used as a definitive guide to which Columbia-area elementary school would be best for any individual child. For schools that are close to one another in rankings, differences in available data are in most cases very small.



Top Elementary Schools in the Columbia Area

Rank School Name City
School
Type
 
Grades
Served
1 Muller Road Middle School Blythewood, SC Regular K-8
2 E L Wright Middle School Columbia, SC Regular K-8
3 Brockman Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
4 Midway Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular K-5
5 Ballentine Elementary School Irmo, SC Regular PK-5
6 Lake Murray Elementary School Chapin, SC Regular PK-4
7 Chapin Intermediate School Chapin, SC Regular 5-6
8 New Providence Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular K-5
9 Lake Murray Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
10 Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus Blythewood, SC Regular 3-5
11 Summit Parkway Middle School Columbia, SC Regular K-8
12 Rosewood Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular K-5
13 Oak Pointe Elementary School Irmo, SC Regular PK-5
14 Round Top Elementary School Blythewood, SC Regular PK-5
15 Pleasant Hill Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
16 Satchel Ford Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular K-5
17 Brennen Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular K-5
18 River Springs Elementary School Irmo, SC Regular PK-5
19 East Point Academy West Columbia, SC Charter PK-8
20 Rocky Creek Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
21 Irmo Elementary School Irmo, SC Regular PK-5
22 Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School Blythewood, SC Regular PK-5
23 Chapin Elementary School Chapin, SC Regular PK-4
24 Bookman Road Elementary School Elgin, SC Regular PK-5
25 Harbison West Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
26 Mount Pisgah Elementary School Kershaw, SC Regular PK-5
27 Oak Grove Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
28 Langford Elementary School Blythewood, SC Regular PK-5
29 Meadow Glen Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular K-5
30 Deerfield Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
31 Nursery Road Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
32 Saxe Gotha Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
33 Lugoff Elementary School Lugoff, SC Regular K-5
34 Camden Elementary of the Creative Arts Camden, SC Regular PK-5
35 Catawba Trail Elementary School Elgin, SC Regular PK-5
36 Carolina Springs Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
37 H E Corley Elementary School Irmo, SC Regular PK-5
38 Lexington Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
39 Springdale Elementary School West Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
40 Fairfield Magnet for Math and Science Winnsboro, SC Regular PK-6
41 Rice Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
42 Dobys Mill Elementary School Lugoff, SC Regular PK-5
43 White Knoll Elementary School West Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
44 Polo Road Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
45 Hollywood Elementary School Saluda, SC Regular PK-5
46 Wateree Elementary School Lugoff, SC Regular PK-5
47 Pontiac Elementary School Elgin, SC Regular PK-5
48 North Springs Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
49 Leaphart Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
50 Gilbert Elementary School Gilbert, SC Regular 3-5
51 Baron Dekalb Elementary School Camden, SC Regular PK-5
52 Blaney Elementary School Elgin, SC Regular K-5
53 Sandlapper Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
54 L B Nelson Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
55 Saluda River Academy for the Arts West Columbia, SC Regular K-5
56 Bridge Creek Elementary School Elgin, SC Regular PK-5
57 Pineview Elementary School West Columbia, SC Regular K-5
58 Seven Oaks Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
59 Pine Tree Hill Elementary School Camden, SC Regular PK-5
60 Meadowfield Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
61 Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School Batesburg-Leesville, SC Regular 3-5
62 Red Bank Elementary School Lexington, SC Regular PK-5
63 Geiger Elementary School Ridgeway, SC Regular PK-6
64 Dutch Fork Elementary School Irmo, SC Regular PK-5
65 SC Virtual Charter School Columbia, SC Charter K-12
66 Saluda Elementary School Saluda, SC Regular 3-5
67 Forest Lake Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
68 South Kilbourne Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
69 B C No 1 Elementary School West Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
70 Killian Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
71 Rhame Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
72 Sandy Run School Swansea, SC Regular PK-8
73 A C Moore Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
74 SC Connections Academy Columbia, SC Charter K-12
75 Herbert A Wood Elementary School West Columbia, SC Regular 2-5
76 St Matthews K-8 School St. Matthews, SC Regular PK-8
77 Mill Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
78 Kelly Miller Elementary School Winnsboro, SC Regular PK-6
79 Bradley Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
80 McCrorey-Liston School of Technology Blair, SC Regular PK-6
81 Forts Pond Elementary School Pelion, SC Regular PK-5
82 Bethune Elementary School Bethune, SC Regular K-5
83 Jackson Elementary School Camden, SC Regular PK-5
84 Pelion Elementary School Pelion, SC Regular PK-5
85 Horrell Hill Elementary School Hopkins, SC Regular PK-5
86 L W Conder Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
87 Gadsden Elementary School Gadsden, SC Regular PK-5
88 Carolina School for Inquiry Columbia, SC Charter PK-6
89 Joseph Keels Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
90 Windsor Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
91 Annie Burnside Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
92 Congaree Elementary School West Columbia, SC Regular 2-5
93 Caughman Road Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
94 A J Lewis Greenview Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
95 Arden Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
96 Logan Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
97 Midway Elementary School Cassatt, SC Regular PK-5
98 Watkins-Nance Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
99 Midlands STEM Institute Winnsboro, SC Charter K-8
100 Burton Pack Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
101 Webber Elementary School Eastover, SC Regular PK-5
102 Hopkins Elementary School Hopkins, SC Regular PK-5
103 Sandel Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
104 E.E Taylor Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
105 Carver-Lyon Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
106 J P Thomas Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
107 Pine Grove Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
108 Forest Heights Elementary School Columbia, SC Regular PK-5
109 Fairfield Elementary School Winnsboro, SC Regular PK-6
110 Frances F Mack Intermediate School Gaston, SC Regular 5-6
111 Kelly Mill Middle School Blythewood, SC Regular 2-8
Rank School Name City
1 Muller Road Middle School Blythewood, SC
2 E L Wright Middle School Columbia, SC
3 Brockman Elementary School Columbia, SC
4 Midway Elementary School Lexington, SC
5 Ballentine Elementary School Irmo, SC
6 Lake Murray Elementary School Chapin, SC
7 Chapin Intermediate School Chapin, SC
8 New Providence Elementary School Lexington, SC
9 Lake Murray Elementary School Lexington, SC
10 Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus Blythewood, SC
11 Summit Parkway Middle School Columbia, SC
12 Rosewood Elementary School Columbia, SC
13 Oak Pointe Elementary School Irmo, SC
14 Round Top Elementary School Blythewood, SC
15 Pleasant Hill Elementary School Lexington, SC
16 Satchel Ford Elementary School Columbia, SC
17 Brennen Elementary School Columbia, SC
18 River Springs Elementary School Irmo, SC
19 East Point Academy West Columbia, SC
20 Rocky Creek Elementary School Lexington, SC
21 Irmo Elementary School Irmo, SC
22 Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School Blythewood, SC
23 Chapin Elementary School Chapin, SC
24 Bookman Road Elementary School Elgin, SC
25 Harbison West Elementary School Columbia, SC
26 Mount Pisgah Elementary School Kershaw, SC
27 Oak Grove Elementary School Lexington, SC
28 Langford Elementary School Blythewood, SC
29 Meadow Glen Elementary School Lexington, SC
30 Deerfield Elementary School Lexington, SC
31 Nursery Road Elementary School Columbia, SC
32 Saxe Gotha Elementary School Lexington, SC
33 Lugoff Elementary School Lugoff, SC
34 Camden Elementary of the Creative Arts Camden, SC
35 Catawba Trail Elementary School Elgin, SC
36 Carolina Springs Elementary School Lexington, SC
37 H E Corley Elementary School Irmo, SC
38 Lexington Elementary School Lexington, SC
39 Springdale Elementary School West Columbia, SC
40 Fairfield Magnet for Math and Science Winnsboro, SC
41 Rice Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC
42 Dobys Mill Elementary School Lugoff, SC
43 White Knoll Elementary School West Columbia, SC
44 Polo Road Elementary School Columbia, SC
45 Hollywood Elementary School Saluda, SC
46 Wateree Elementary School Lugoff, SC
47 Pontiac Elementary School Elgin, SC
48 North Springs Elementary School Columbia, SC
49 Leaphart Elementary School Columbia, SC
50 Gilbert Elementary School Gilbert, SC
51 Baron Dekalb Elementary School Camden, SC
52 Blaney Elementary School Elgin, SC
53 Sandlapper Elementary School Columbia, SC
54 L B Nelson Elementary School Columbia, SC
55 Saluda River Academy for the Arts West Columbia, SC
56 Bridge Creek Elementary School Elgin, SC
57 Pineview Elementary School West Columbia, SC
58 Seven Oaks Elementary School Columbia, SC
59 Pine Tree Hill Elementary School Camden, SC
60 Meadowfield Elementary School Columbia, SC
61 Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School Batesburg-Leesville, SC
62 Red Bank Elementary School Lexington, SC
63 Geiger Elementary School Ridgeway, SC
64 Dutch Fork Elementary School Irmo, SC
65 SC Virtual Charter School Columbia, SC
66 Saluda Elementary School Saluda, SC
67 Forest Lake Elementary School Columbia, SC
68 South Kilbourne Elementary School Columbia, SC
69 B C No 1 Elementary School West Columbia, SC
70 Killian Elementary School Columbia, SC
71 Rhame Elementary School Columbia, SC
72 Sandy Run School Swansea, SC
73 A C Moore Elementary School Columbia, SC
74 SC Connections Academy Columbia, SC
75 Herbert A Wood Elementary School West Columbia, SC
76 St Matthews K-8 School St. Matthews, SC
77 Mill Creek Elementary School Columbia, SC
78 Kelly Miller Elementary School Winnsboro, SC
79 Bradley Elementary School Columbia, SC
80 McCrorey-Liston School of Technology Blair, SC
81 Forts Pond Elementary School Pelion, SC
82 Bethune Elementary School Bethune, SC
83 Jackson Elementary School Camden, SC
84 Pelion Elementary School Pelion, SC
85 Horrell Hill Elementary School Hopkins, SC
86 L W Conder Elementary School Columbia, SC
87 Gadsden Elementary School Gadsden, SC
88 Carolina School for Inquiry Columbia, SC
89 Joseph Keels Elementary School Columbia, SC
90 Windsor Elementary School Columbia, SC
91 Annie Burnside Elementary School Columbia, SC
92 Congaree Elementary School West Columbia, SC
93 Caughman Road Elementary School Columbia, SC
94 A J Lewis Greenview Elementary School Columbia, SC
95 Arden Elementary School Columbia, SC
96 Logan Elementary School Columbia, SC
97 Midway Elementary School Cassatt, SC
98 Watkins-Nance Elementary School Columbia, SC
99 Midlands STEM Institute Winnsboro, SC
100 Burton Pack Elementary School Columbia, SC
101 Webber Elementary School Eastover, SC
102 Hopkins Elementary School Hopkins, SC
103 Sandel Elementary School Columbia, SC
104 E.E Taylor Elementary School Columbia, SC
105 Carver-Lyon Elementary School Columbia, SC
106 J P Thomas Elementary School Columbia, SC
107 Pine Grove Elementary School Columbia, SC
108 Forest Heights Elementary School Columbia, SC
109 Fairfield Elementary School Winnsboro, SC
110 Frances F Mack Intermediate School Gaston, SC
111 Kelly Mill Middle School Blythewood, SC

Rankings for the best elementary schools in the Columbia area were created independently by Carolina School Hub. The test data for this site was derived from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and South Carolina Department of Education.

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Elementary Schools in Columbia SC Area - Click any of the pushpins below to see more details on each school


Choosing an Elementary School in the Columbia Area

When comparing regular Columbia-area elementary schools to charter and magnet schools, one should keep in mind the differences between charter schools, magnet schools and traditional public schools.

Magnet schools are in most cases alternative public schools that offer a specialized curriculum. At the highest level, North and South Carolina magnet schools and traditional elementary schools tend to be managed by the same entity - the county school superintendent's office. Magnet schools normally can accept students from anywhere in the county in which they are located, and often limit the acceptance pool through a lottery system.

Charter schools, on the other hand, are each independently managed. They tend to accept students not only from the county in which they're located, but surrounding counties as well. Like magnets, charters tend to use a lottery-based acceptance method.

Regular elementary schools are sometimes called "zoned schools," "neighborhood schools" or "zip code schools." This is because they accept students from a limited geographical area - such as a town or a specific set of subdivisions. Regular schools do not tend to use a lottery system. Regular elementary schools are the most common kinds of schools in North and South Carolina.

Which Elementary Schools are Covered in the Columbia Area

We hope you find the ratings and other information on elementary schools in the Columbia area to be useful. Elementary Schools on this page were drawn from the following counties: