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Ford Elementary's History

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In the early 1920’s, Watts Mill School served the children of the Watts Mill area. There was a great need for more space due to the increasing numbers of students. During the Fall of 1936, Ford Junior High School was built. The students and faculty made a historic walk from their beloved Watts Mill School to their new school building to signify a new beginning. The school was named after a much loved community leader and principal of the Watts Mills School- Mr. J. E. Ford.  

In 1938, Mr. Ford watched his middle school grow into a senior high school and an auditorium was added to the school. In 1940, a gymnasium was built under the W.P.A Government Project. The first graduating commencement was held in May of 1940. Six hundred students were enrolled at Ford.  

In 1941, four classrooms were built to accommodate 1st and 2nd grades.   

In 1944, a lunchroom was added, which opened the first week of January 1945.  

The 12th grade was added to Ford’s curriculum to meet the demand for a higher education in 1948.   

In 1949, the machine shop was built.  

In 1963, the present band/music room was added to the auditorium.  

In 1970, student enrollment grew to 776 students, with 33 teachers, and 2 secretaries.  

Currently, Ford Elementary School serves Pre-K through 5th grades with approximately 530 students, 27 teachers, and 32 staff members. One hundred percent of our student population receives free breakfast and lunch. Our student population is approximately 48% Hispanic and is served by our ESOL program.

Welcome to our Year of Impact

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Principal Zak Watson      

A Message From Principal, Mr. Zak Watson:

Greetings Ford Family,

 As we embark on a new year at Ford Elementary School, I am excited at the opportunity to help develop a bright future for our students.  We are “Future Driven” and determined to exhibit excellence in all we do. Our vison is to be the best on all performance measures. Our entire team will work collaboratively to continue building a legacy of success for ALL students through appropriate relationships, professional practices, and needs based instruction.

 It is my sincere honor to be a part of the Ford Elementary Team and to work with everyone to make our school the best place for our students and staff to teach and learn.  As I begin my twentieth year as an educator, I start with three priorities. These priorities are to ensure our students and staff have a safe and orderly environment, to ensure our students receive the highest quality instruction available, and to maintain high levels of accountability in our efforts and results.  

The 2018-2019 school year will be a tremendously successful and rewarding year for every Ford Elementary student as my team and I support the academic, social, and emotional growth of each child. During the course of the year, it is my hope that each stakeholder will lend a hand and maximum positive support to allow our students every opportunity for success.  You will find that my door is always open and I am here to support you in any way possible.  Therefore, feel free to stop by to share suggestions, provide support or to serve as a volunteer. I will host Principal’s Chats throughout the school year so that you remain informed and we have opportunities to share ideas and success stories.

 Again, I am delighted to have the amazing responsibility of leading our future leaders and trailblazers.


Your Servant Leader,

Zak Watson

*******SUMMER BREAK!!!!



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Required Boosters for School Attendance 

Summer is a great time to make sure students are up-to-date on immunizations for the 2019-2020 school year.  The following are required boosters for school attendance.  Please note this is not a complete list of all vaccines. 

5th graders are required to have two doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine

7th graders are required to have the Tdap vaccine and three doses of the Polio vaccine.  One dose of the Polio vaccine must be after the 4th birthday. 

After the 1st birthday, one dose of the MMR vaccine is required for childcare, and two doses of the MMR vaccine are required for school attendance.  

The following immunizations are not required for school attendance, but are available to help protect against illness:  Meningitis A/B, HPV, and Flu (in the fall). 

For additional information about immunizations, visit South Carolina Immunization Requirements for Childcare and School.