Gadsden Building
  • Wecome to Gadsden Elementary! 
    We are a small community school with students in preschool - fifth grade.  Our school mascot is the mighty blue jay, and our colors are blue and white or khaki.  Doors open at 7:00 AM for bus riders and at 7:10 AM for car riders. Students must be in their class by 7:30 to avoid being marked tardy.  Dismissal begins at 2:20 PM.  We have a great team of administrators, teachers, and staff who focus on maintaining a safe and engaging learning environment for our students.  This year, 2021-2022, will be our best year ever!  

    Important Information for Parents/Guardians
    Please review Richland School District One's Student Technology Replacement Fees document regarding laptop breakage and replacement fees.

    Upcoming Events
      Wed., Oct. 20:   End of First Nine Weeks
    , Oct. 22:  No School for Students / Teacher Workday
      Wed.,  Oct. 27:   Report Cards Issued
      Friday, Oct. 30:  
    Early Release Day; Students dismissed at 10:30 AM

    Open House Teacher Videos 

    Richland Library ConnectED Partnership
    Richland Library is working with our school district to provide library cards to all students.  Visit to register for a card.  ForRichland Library Partnership more information, visit Richland Library ConnectED Partnership.

    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.

    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  



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