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Second graders completing science project using Project Lead the Way

Port Royal Elementary School has a long history of providing high-quality education to students. Through an engaging, personalized learning environment, students are encouraged to achieve success and develop a love for learning.

Through Project Based Learning, students engage in hands-on activities that are reflective of real-world challenges. This program encourages students to further explore subject areas and make meaningful connections between past knowledge and new concepts. 

By promoting the academic and social-emotional development of each student, PRES helps students develop a strong academic foundation. Their holistic approach to education nurtures independent learning skills and encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning. 

Project Based Learning

Primary Grades

Students in grades Kindergarten, First, and Second are working to make our world a better place to live. Students created recycling projects, learned how composting benefits our soil and participated in hands-on ways to grow sustainable plants.

Upper Grades

Students in the upper grades built on the skills learned in the lower grades through a gardening project and learned more about our Lowcountry water habitats and environmental conservation through oyster bed replenishment. Students partnered with local experts and conducted research on field trips.


Each year students in grades 4 and 5 participate in the River of Words Project. Students learn about our Lowcountry ecosystem and show what they know through creating visual art projects and literary poetry. Each year BCSD publishes a River of Words book to celebrate student work. PRES has an XPRESsions choir that entertains our families and community members at local festivals and school performances through song.

Our Project-Based Learning brochure has great information for you.

Hands-on Learning

Hands-on learning


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Problem Solving

Three students standing at table with a container

Fripp Audubon Club

Our students have the opportunity to work all year with the Fripp Audubon Club to learn more about birds in our area. 

Cypress Wetlands

Students standing on the boardwalk of the Cypress Wetlands

Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands

Our students have the opportunity to walk to the cypress wetlands and learn about local birds with the Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands. Each year our students are invited to participate in the Baby Bird Birthday celebration. We look forward to this each April.

Birds of Prey

Tan and brown owl with big eyes and

Responsive Classroom

Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline. This program is designed to create safe and engaging schools through evidence-based practices.

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