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  • View the "Back to School Parent Video" from Mr. Thorpe.  
    If watching the Back to School Parent Video on a student device, please use this link. Mr. Thorpe's Parent Video

    We are in Phase 2 (the Hybrid Model) of the district's Reopening Plan.  
    Click here for information for parents/guardians about the Hybrid Model. 
    We are doing everything possible to assure each student's safety.  Please watch Gadsden's School Safety video with your child. Safety Video

    Upcoming Events                 

    • Mon., Dec. 14    -   Discovery Ed. Experience 101 Parent/Caregiver
                                        Webinar, 8 AM &6 PM
    • Thurs. Dec. 17  -    STEAM Night, 5:30 - 6:45 (Virtual)
    • Dec. 21-Jan. 1   -    Winter Break
    • Mon., Jan. 4      -    Students return to school from Winter Break
    • Mon., Jan. 18    -    Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday


    Gadsden School Improvement Council (SIC)

    In South Carolina, a School Improvement Council is an advisory council to the principal and school on issues related to school improvement. By law, every K-12 public school in South Carolina must have an SIC that is made up of parent, teacher, student (grades 9-12), and community member representatives.  There are currently two open seats on Gadsden’s School Improvement Council.  Any parent interested in serving on the School Improvement Council this year, please click the link below and fill out the School Improvement Council Parent Interest Form. 

    School Improvement Council Parent Interest Form   

  • Richland Library Richland Library ConnectED Partnership

    Richland Library is working with our school district to provide library cards to ALL students.  Visit RichlandLibrary.com/librarycard  online to register for a card.  For more information:  Richland Library ConnectED Partnership

    Welcome to Gadsden Elementary!
    We are the Gadsden Blue Jays, and we are currently transitioning into a STEAM school.  The STEAM process teaches independent innovation and encourges students to use higher levels of thinking skills.  The STEAM process and project based learning will help our students improve skills in thinking critically and creatively, and learn how to work collaboratively as a member of a team.   We are preparing today's students for tomorrow's careers. 

    Building Healthier Futures
    Gadsden Elementary participates in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, and we have been named one of America’s Healthiest Schools for 2019!  We received the Bronze Award for taking steps to create a healthier school environment to support children’s health.   We are one of only 355 schools to earn this honor. 

    Developing Character, Enriching with AVID!AVID
    We are implementing AVID Elementary (AE) in grades 3-5.  AE is a foundational component of the AVID College Readiness System and supports AVID's mission to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Mr. David Thorpe



Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. David Thorpe

A Message from the Principal

At Gadsden Elementary School we are committed to providing a high quality education for every student, to insure that they develop the world class knowledge and skills to be successful in school and life.

To accomplish this we have developed a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) focus.  Throughout each and every day are students are engaged in hands-on activities that foster critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our students know that there may be more than one way to solve a problem and that reflection and revision leads to improved solutions and greater learning.  All of our classes, from three-year-old kindergarten through fifth grade, participate in at least one Project / Problem Based Learning (PBL) unit a semester.  These units help students to develop collaboration and communication skills while learning reading, writing, and math.

Gadsden Elementary is also an A.V.I.D (Advancement via Individual Determination) school.  Our third, fourth, and fifth grade students continue to develop organization and critical thinking skills that allows them to learn faster, with a deeper understanding.

Our students take ownership of their learning.  They believe in themselves and they know as Gadsden Blue Jays, they will all Fly High!

David Thorpe


2017 Annual Report to Parents


Title I Parent Survey