Award Year: 2016

Bethel Elementary School

111 Bethel School Road
Simpsonville, SC, 29681-5935

(864) 355-4100

Ms. Nerissa Quintia Lewis, Principal at time of Nomination

Greenville County Schools

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The mission of Bethel Elementary School is to engage children in a nurturing learning environment and to provide a quality education.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 23%
  • White: 59%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 12%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Bethel offers many programs to enhance the educational experiences of all students.

Bethel offers many programs to enhance the educational experiences of all students.

Bethel Elementary is helping all students develop world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the Graduate by engaging children in a nurturing learning environment and providing a quality education. We provide such an environment through the implementation of our school vision: "Dream, Believe, and Achieve." We demonstrate this vision by encouraging students to dream big and reach their goals, implementing a continuous improvement model for student achievement, and offering a variety of learning experiences. Our school goals focus on academic achievement, professional development, technology integration, and community relations.

Technology integration is an important aspect of the curriculum at Bethel. Teachers and students utilize technology on a daily basis while teaching and learning. Students utilize Chromebooks to work on research and other assignments. The media center promotes technology with the use of iPads and Nooks.

The counseling staff provides a high level of support services for our students. These services include school-wide character education, parent education, mentoring programs, classroom instruction, and small group counseling. The school counselors conduct monthly classroom guidance lessons that are based on Sean Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.

Our reputation for providing a quality education, caring faculty, and outstanding student achievement is a reflection of the high expectations of our stakeholders. Parents and the community value education as evidenced by PTA membership and dedicated volunteers. The PTA actively supports our school through fundraising and volunteer efforts. Parents have a wide range of opportunities to be involved in their child's education.