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Toomer Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 218 students

 

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Posted June 19, 2014

Science Night at this school is amazing. My company donates supplies each year. Each year it has a theme, the Animal year was incredible with live animals like birds, and turtles. There were things to explore like Owl pellets, kids could touch real animal bones and skulls, draw pictures and create masks. Near the end of the evening children crying that they did not want to go home. I was proud that my company supported the event. We will definitely do it again next year.


Posted June 17, 2014

My daughter was in 1st grade this past year and the incident mentioned about a teacher bringing her children to school is greatly exaggerated. The situation was the teacher's baby sitter had a personal situation that needed immediate attention. The decision was made to drop her children at the school until the teacher's husband could pick them up. It occurred during the lunch period and was about an hour. The leadership's option was to have the teacher leave and be unable to have instruction at all the rest of the day. It was simply impossible to get a substitute would on such short notice. I think this was the right decision. We all have children and it shows that the family-friendly nature in our school extends to our teachers and staff. We are a family that can juggle and adapt together, I think this is an important lesson for all to learn. As for the location of the homes, it was a class exercise in mapping, creating maps, and using technology like the internet and how that has changed how we find our way from place to place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2014

My first grader came home one day and told me his teacher spent class time trying to find out which specific house the students lived in and asking other personal info about the students' families (is that part of the core curriculum, or is that time that should have been spent more productively on class work?). This same teacher brought her kids to class when she did not have a babysitter. Instead of bringing in a substitute, the school Principal agreed to let the teacher bring her kids to the classroom. And while the teacher babysits her infant and toddler kids in the classroom, she turns on a video for the first graders to watch. So instead of my first grader coming home telling me about a new word he learned or a new science experiment he performed, he s coming home telling me how cute his teacher s baby is. Meanwhile some of the kids in the class completed the school year without being able to read. Do you see anything wrong with this picture?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2014

Toomer is a fantastic school. The rating here does not reflect our experience at all. My daughter has attended for two years now (pre-k and kindergarten). She is thriving academically, socially, and emotionally. She is reading above her grade level and is excited about learning. The teachers and administrators all know her by name and she has made a lot of great friends. She also takes Mandarin, which is not offered at any of the other traditional public schools in Atlanta. We love Toomer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2014

My son is a rising 1st grader and loves his school. We ride our bike to school as much as we can and love that his education is an extension of his neighborhood community. The teachers are amazing and Dr. Jones is a tremendous leader. We love Toomer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

Our son could not have had a better year at Toomer last year. The Principal Jones is a smart, caring, strong leader. His teachers were experienced and well informed. He started Kindergarten with a basic grasp of his ABCs and left reading above grade level. He's learning Mandarin Chinese from people who are actually from China. He brought home terrific art projects. We love Toomer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

4 out of 10? NO WAY! This school deserves much higher. The activities listed are out of date. Has a greatschools.org employee been to the school to evaluate recently? Just wondering?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

My daughter attends Toomer and has had a wonderful experience! The climate is warn and there are great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

I have two children at Toomer. It is a great school that is growing by leaps and bounds. It is a gem in the Kirkwood area. The staff is responsive. The Principal is forward thinking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

My son went to the Pre-K program last year. He enjoyed it and did well. Overall, I think the teachers were warm and caring. My son learned to read here. His class was diverse. There was a moderate amount of parent involvement. I think what is most impressive is the dedication of the parents and the community in supporting this school. All things considered, I think this was a good option for us because we weren't able to continue to send our son to a private preschool. One thing I did feel is that the school as a whole lacked the warmth but we were satisfied with our experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2009

I love the small classroom size and family feel. My child started mid year and initially had difficulty adjusting to the reading program. Her teacher and the reading coordinator worked closely with me, and I always knew what was happening and how she was doing. There is a focus on reading with two sessions per day and a monthly storytelling (alternating between professional storytellers for the school and volunteers for individual classrooms). Toomer has a partnership with Fort MacPherson. The kids take lots of field trips my child went to Fort Mac, Imagine It, the circus, Center for Puppetry Arts last year. My child s teacher had a science club with lots of hands on activities and the kids participated in the One Fair (for science, social studies, and math projects). We get to bike to school, no carpool lanes. The school has a nice playground, gymnasium, auditorium/cafeteria, and green space.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2009

This school is great. Where each child is known by the entire staff and where the teachers are able to challenge each student. Having access to the gifted program and a Chinese language program is an added bonus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2009

My daughters love school and are excelling academically. I love the Mandarin program and how much Chinese the children are learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2009

My daughter attends this school and I am very happy with how much she has learned overall this past year. Not just academically but in culture and social skills. I look forward to her second year here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2009

My son will begin his third year at Toomer this fall. We have had a fantastic experience. He is an enthusiastic reader, loves math, and comes home talking about all the science experience. I feel the music and art department aren't as strong as it could be. My son takes a Chinese class everyday. He really enjoys going to school and gets along well with all of his friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2007

My son started Toomer this year. I have been very impressed with the leadership of the principal and the teachers. I would really love to see more involvement from the parents. The school is definitely on it's way up.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

32 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

32 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

32 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

35 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

35 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

35 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 67% 37%
White 27% 44%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Nicole Jones
Fax number
  • (404) 687-7992

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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65 Rogers St NE
Atlanta, GA 30317
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