Grades- PK-5 Elementary School
Enrollment- 500 students
Student test scores, report card ratings, and Adequate Yearly Progress ratings under No Child Left Behind federal legislation are reported annually on South Carolina School Report Cards. Report cards for the current year and for past years are accessible from the district Web site.
HISTORY OF CROSSWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The first Crosswell School was organized in 1889. John Easley donated his cotton house for the school building, which was located across from Crosswell Baptist Church on what is now Fish Trap Road. Miss Carrie Easley, sister of John Easley, was the first teacher. Parents paid approximately three dollars ($3) per month for the teacher's salary. There were five or six children enrolled.
The following year, in 1890, Crosswell School was built on Crosswell School Road near what is now the Upper State Fair Grounds. Daniel W. Massingale and O.W. Garrison donated the land. The building was a one-room frame structure with no water. In 1908 this building was torn down and another frame building was erected. A well was dug, but with every rain it filled with surface water so it could not be used. The third building, built in 1915, had two rooms with an auditorium upstairs. It was heated with potbelly wood stoves and had outdoor toilets. Water was carried from across the road. This building was built in accordance with plans and specifications as set forth by the School Commission of South Carolina. Mrs. Charlie Johnson started the first hot lunches. Each child brought his own plate and spoon and was served from a big boiler on a potbelly stove. A T-Model Ford, driven by Lawrence Garrison, was the first bus to carry children to and from school.
In the 1920's a new brick building with six classrooms and an auditorium was built. The old school building was moved and converted into a house for the school custodian. At the time the building was built there were four teachers. Beginning with 25 books, the first school library was started. The state, the pupils and teachers donated money for these books.
The present Crosswell Elementary School building was built in 1980 at the intersection of Saluda Dam Road and Kay Drive. The total cost of the school was $1,764,788. The building had 12 regular classrooms, an art room, a music room, and two kindergarten rooms. Miss Eunice Dickerson was principal when the new building was built. In 1982, Mr. Henry Hunt became the principal. Four portable classrooms were added to the school between 1984 and 1986. In 1991, twelve new permanent classrooms were added to the school. Also, six portable classrooms were moved to the Crosswell campus to accommodate students in grades K-3 from Forest Acres Elementary School. Forest Acres was going through a major remodeling project and could not accommodate all its students during the construction project. In the spring of 1992, Forest Acres students moved back to their campus and nine portables were moved away. At the close of the 1992-93 school year the student enrollment was 445.
During the 1996-1997 school year the enrollment rose to 545. Mrs. Diane Brown was appointed principal beginning with the 1996-97 school year. For the school year 1997-98, grade level configuration became 4K through fifth grade, with the sixth grade being absorbed in the district middle school concept. During the 1998-99 school year, a computer lab was implemented.
School year, 1999-2000 brought the addition of Crosswell's first Assistant Principal- Michael Fleming. One portable classroom was added for the 1999-2000 school year.
During school year 2000-2001, two portables and a new HVAC system were added to the campus. A class for the Hearing Impaired, computer system for meals, and a literacy grant were implemented. Changes for the 2001-2002 school year included refurbishment of the building with new paint and vinyl tile, the addition of a self-contained LD resource class and the beginning of work on a nature trail for the school. Students and staff voted the cub (bear) as Crosswell's new mascot. Crosswell Elementary received Title I funding for school year 2002-2003. Grades 1-3 added teacher assistants.
During school year 2003-2004, Traci Boyles became the assistant principal and the addition/renovations to the facility, which included a new primary wing, front office, and stage area, were completed. In 2004-2005 playground equipment was added to the new K5 and grades 1-5 play areas. An instructional coach, Nicki O'Sheal assisted the staff. The school also purchased an aquarium in memory of Kindergarten Assistant, Martha Bowen. The staff earned the money from Wal-Mart for being a top supporter in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. During the 2005-2006 school year Crosswell welcomed 4-year-old kindergarteners back on campus. The playground also saw the addition of a basketball court and a soccer field was set up on the back of the grounds. The school excelled and received the Red Carpet award in recognition for it's family-friendly environment. The Silver Award was given to congratulate the school on improved student achievement and the school was named as a "Top 5 CoreEssentials School" by Chick-Fil-A as a part of their character education program. Amy Carter was nominated by a parent and was selected as the Wal-Mart "Teacher of the Year", earning $1,000.00 for the school.
In 2006-07 PTA purchased an electronic message school sign to enhance communication. The school was awarded the CoreEssential award for the Easley area for a second time. Staff and students earned $2500.00 for March of Dimes, making Crosswell the #1 fundraising school. For the third consecutive year, Crosswell received recognition for being an All-Star school for Relay for Life. During school year 2007-2008, our school received recognition for the National CORE Essential Character Education award. The application was written by Tina Kelly, Guidance Counselor. Denise Smith, Resource Teacher, wrote a winning article to receive $2000.00 in technology for school use. Eight swings purchased by PTA were installed on the playground.
In 2008-2009 Crosswell received the Silver Award for closing the achievement gap. PTA provided additional monies to increase the number of books in the school's leveled library.
The 2009-2010 school year brought administrative changes to the Crosswell staff. Mrs. Traci T. Boyles was named principal and Mr. Ian Williams was selected as the assistant principal. In 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, Crosswell Elementary received an Excellent rating in both the absolute and overall categories on the state school report card. In addition, the school was awarded the Palmetto Silver Award for closing the achievement gap and the Palmetto Gold Award for overall performance. The school also received the Safe Kids Safe School award for the third year in a row. The PTA also provided a stage for the cafeteria to enjoy our student performances and programs!
Crosswell Elementary continues to change and grow as it has qualified and been selected as a Title I school for the 2011-2012 school year. This opportunity provides more funding for instruction, technology, professional development, reducing the student/teacher ratio, and improving relationships with parents and other community members.
In 2011-2012, we were able to add memorial benches honoring the memory of two former students.
During 2012-2013 Mr. Andy Holliday joined Crosswell’s staff as the assistant principal. The school was recognized again with Palmetto Gold and Silver honors and an A on the state report card. College and career readiness was emphasized in 2013-2014 when our school began a Bring Your Own Device initiative and added a STEM class for upper grades. STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) supported student development in thinking and problem solving as they worked through the design process on real world problems. BYOD encouraged the use of technology to further student research and engagement with relevant tools. Crosswell continued an excellent tradition of being named a Palmetto Gold Award winner for overall performance and an A on our report card.
In January of 2015, Mr. Holliday was name interim principal of Crosswell Elementary and named principal for the 2015-2016 school year. Mrs. Alyson Dyar joined the Crosswell staff as assistant principal. Crosswell is a pilot school for Project Lead the Way (PLTW) which uses inquiry based instruction in the classroom along with rigor and relevance through hands on applications. Crosswell will continue with BYOD for students and Crosswell received upgraded technology in the classrooms and labs.
During the 2015-2016 school year, Crosswell Elementary was recognized with Palmetto Gold for overall achievement. Crosswell’s STEM Club was again awarded a “golden ticket” to attend the state STEM competition at Easley High School. Crosswell also had two 5th grade students place at the District Science Fair, Joshua Dean (3rd place) and Brina Hayes (1st place winner). Crosswell was again recognized as a Safe Kids school for the 2015-2016 school year. In the summer of 2016, a new roof and HVAC units were replaced at Crosswell Elementary. This should allow our school to be more energy-efficient moving forward.
Our school colors are blue and red.
Crosswell Elementary School is home to the Crosswell Bear Cub.