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Friendship Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 693 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted August 11, 2013

I was a little nervous as we transitioned from Homeschool to Friendship last year, but Mr Walton and Mrs Peck were very attentive to this Mom with a million questions. Mr Walton seems to run a tight ship, which I appreciate. His responsibility is to be an authority figure not a best friend. He's a busy man, but has been approachable each time I've seen him throughout the year. The kids loved their teachers, and I was grateful for the fact that they kept open lines of communication. I'm thankful for the implementation of the Wellness Initiative, it certainly compliments the Educational focus...as a parent, I desire healthy kids across the board! The reason I didn't give Friendship 5 stars is only because the facility is a little dated, but it is always kept clean. We're looking forward to another year at Friendship...It was the number one school in the county last year... They must be doing something right!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

I pulled my kids out after one year. Teachers were ok at best, office staff was rude. Kids were picked on by both teachers and students. My special needs child had a better learning experience than my other children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

We love FES! We have had kids at this school for over 6 years and have only had fantastic teachers who put 100% into their work. The atmosphere is warm, exciting and very focused on academics. The principal lacks in the passion the teachers have but the students don't seem to suffer from it. Even though my kids have gone to this little school in Buford they seem more advanced then some kids we know who have attended private schools! Yes, its true!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2011

I am pulling my child out of this school, out of the 4 yrs that my son has attended friendship he has only had 1 good teacher. my child has ADHD and teachers dont seem to want anything to do with any adhd or add student. I dont have to worry about my child being picked on by other students I do however have to worry about him being picked on and victimized by the teachers! all of the staff and faculty is horrible bottom line!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2011

We transferred into this school from a highly rated Gwinnett school and found it much more to our liking. Teachers are much warmer are more ready to make personal connections with the kids -- Gwinnett felt much too institutional. The teachers recognize me even when I don't know who they are. I am very disappointed with the choice to follow a wellness initiative. I would much prefer a more academic focus. That said, my 5th grader is very much enjoying the new afterschool programs. Loved 4th grade where the teachers leveled the kids according to ability. 5th grade teachers do not, and my daughter is more bored. Gifted program at this school is disappointing, many girls drop out by 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

My son is entering into 3rd grade this year and we are pulling him out of Friendship to homeschool him. We had a horrible 2nd grade year and a teacher that never even called parent/teacher conferences. I finally had to call my own in March (tried in November and December and we could never cordinate a meeting time) just to find out what she thought about my sons academic progress. All I heard from him was that he was constantly getting fussed at for everything and my child is ADD and wasn't getting any help. On top of that he was constantly getting picked on by other kids and then he would get in trouble if he stood up for himself(never physically!). His teacher would send me notes telling me to talk to him about paying attention. We were lucky in K and 1st grade with our teachers, but couldn't chance another year of misery.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

We have been at Friendship for 4 years now. The teachers are wonderful, but the lack of direction from the administration has the school traveling down a non-academic path. We have been disappointed with the "Wellness" initiative, and will be going to a school that focuses on academics in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

I love Friendship Elementary. I have nothing but good things to say. The school has excellent teachers and a wonderful Administrative staff!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

I love Friendship Elementary. My daughter has been there 3 years now. I have nothing but good things to say about all the teachers and the school. From our our grade level teacher to the PE teachers, Art Teachers etc. all have been great. She has great test scores, testing above grade level. That should say something. Don't just look at the 8 stars, look at the current comments from parents. Some of the comments are very old dating back to 2006! Things do change!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

Whoever said the Iowa test scores were in the 50's are very wrong. They have some of the highest test scores in the county- that is why we chose this district to build in. We love the school and love the teachers and the administration. Some of the curriculum that is not challenging is more a district thing, but Friendship does well implementing it and beefing it up some.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

I am very surprised at the comment about Friendship not offering many extra curricular opportunities for students. The after school activities that I am aware of are: Chorus, Art Club, Book Club, Chess Club, Junior Beta Club, and Odyssey of the Mind. You may not have the technology that a larger school system can offer, but I have found that the benefits of a smaller school far outweigh a larger school. The teachers are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2007

We have thoroughly enjoyed our first two years at Friendship. The faculty is committed to the kids. All our teachers have been great communicators and the extra curricular activites are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

I love this school, but I wish they had more money for paper. I understand the 'budjet cuts' in Georgia are necessary, but don't we need paper in the schools in order to be able to function ? I do not mind donating a ream or two of paper, but please tell me what my property taxes are for ?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2007

I'm sorry but the school is very unorganized and the website is soooo old. The staff and principle needs to wake up and understand the child's needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

The Kindergarten teachers at this school are fantastic. They are very attentive and organized and get the kids interested in learning. I would like to see the school get a little more progressive in their computer use - don't know if this is a school issue or a county issue. The school website could use some updating and each class should have their own web page where teachers can post homework assignments and upcoming events instead of sending papers home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

Let's just say..Hope that you don't have a special needs child that will have to tend friendship elementary...Thank god for the special education vouchers...I am so glad that my child will no longer have to attend school at friendship anymore...The principal and assistant principal are not supportive and the counselor 'well'she needs a severe reality check...Hall county wake up and smell the needs of special education.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2007

Mr. Walton has been accommodating and very understanding in working with my child. He has been friendly and approachable every time I have requested to speak with him. I believe Ms. Peck his Assistant to also be very good at her job and also been very helpful. My child has excelled with their help and the help of their counselors and teachers. The staff from top to bottom at this school has helped my child succeed. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2007

The school and staff are ok but I felt that the administration was not very supportive of 'children in crisis'. These children are falling through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2007

Friendship Elementary is a wonderful school. I've had a child at this school for the past 5 years. The teachers (all grades) are outstanding! However, I don't feel that Mr.Walton is as outstanding as his teachers. School spirit is low and I don't think Mr.Walton spends enough time getting involved with parents or kids. I'm glad it's our last year at Friendship. I look forward to a new Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2007

Morale has dropped significantly among teachers and students. Although the teachers are great they need a leader who will not only hold them together but lift them 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.

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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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

112 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

110 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

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

English Language Arts

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

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
90%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 44%
Hispanic 18% 12%
Black 3% 37%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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4450 Friendship Rd
Buford, GA 30519
Phone: (770) 932-1223

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