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Buford, GA
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4450 Friendship Rd
Buford, GA 30519

(770) 932-1223
(770) 932-2162
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December 25, 2014
I was in the gifted program a few years ago before I moved, and the teacher for gifted, Lancaster, had a too high bar for standards, and so my mother had let me stay out of gifted for half a year in the school I had moved to, Walnut Grove. To be honest, the gifted teacher was horrible, but my regular teachers were quite nice... unless you have ADHD. Most teachers end up putting them at a desk by themselves, by the wall away from most people, and those students, from what I've seen, had been frustrated at the teacher and themselves. Although I was not there for kindergarten, or fifth grade (I went to 3 elementary schools), I have to say that these teachers need to be better, and need to stop fussing with their students like they were their sister's children they had to babysit.

- submitted by a community member
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
August 09, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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!!!

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December 10, 2009
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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
April 02, 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.

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January 18, 2009
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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!

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May 20, 2008
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March 23, 2008
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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
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
no rating 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
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
no rating August 08, 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
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
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
March 06, 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
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
November 03, 2006
I have two children at Friendship. Both of my kids feel as if Mr. Walton is not approachable. Fortunately this is our last year at Friendship.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My son is in his second year at Friendship Elementary. I find the principle to be cold and too conservative. There needs to be more phonics review and emphasis on reading skills rather than pushing them to higher skills that would be easier to master with a better reading basis.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
I previously home schooled (for three years) so I am just a little concerned about public school. I have had wonderful experiences with all the teachers and staff. I met with the principal for over an hour to talk and learn about the school and such. I was very impressed with his overall outlook. I am extremely impressed that my children are enthusiastic and love school. Due to circumstances we had to stop the homeschooling and they went to another public school last year in which we had horrible experiences. So, I am thrilled so far with this school. The teachers are teaching and encouraging the children to think. They are not teaching to a test. They have email and communication is a snap! We are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
The teachers at Friendship Elementary are outstanding. How ironic that there are so many comments about the principle, as I agree that he is the biggest downfall of the school. He thinks he can do what he wants and is above the rules, and he is not. Luckily he has a awesome staff supporting that school

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2006
I have a child in 3rd grade at friendship and for the most part, have not been pleased since kindegarden. In fact, this will be our last year at friendship. The school lacks leadership from the principal and the lack of communication among everyone is a constant concern. There needs to be a parent/teacher e-mail system. These children are slipping through the cracks here and it is from lack of support!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2004
My son goes to this school and I have nothing but good things to say about the school. I am very happy with all the Teachers. We came here from the Buford City School system, and I would choose Friendship over Buford City any day!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2004
I am extremly disappointed with the administration and the guidance at this school. I am a single parent and my normally 'honor role' children had some dificulty with our divorce. When I attempted to seek some guidance/support from the principal, he refused to even acknowledge any correspondence from me. I was able to contact the gifted program teacher after sending 3 notes and calling twice however, she could not even tell me if my child was in her class of 19 students that particular day. Looking at other school websites you find most teachers have an e-mail address to contact them through, this isn't so at Friendship. It seems to me, the overall morale of the school is low and it is reflected in the teachers enthusiasm to teach and their interaction with the children. We came hear 4 years ago from a Gwinnett county school...Our house is now up for sale.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 09, 2003
I have nothing but good things to say about this school. I was very unsure about enrolling my two children in the public school system. I had a poor opinion due to my history and was very concerned for them. Since I enrolled my daughter (this is her 3rd year there) and my son (this is his 1st year) I have been pleasantly surprised! The entire staff has been so helpful in looking out for any potential problems my kids may or may not have to overcome. They have been so attentive and supportive! As for Mr. Walton, I believe he is doing a superb job. His responsibility is to be a role model and an authority figure for the children, not their friend. Look at the test scores and they speak for themselves. I, personally, think he is doing a great job! I am very proud to say that my children go to Friendship Elementary and will miss everyone there when we have to move on to middle school. Thanks to you all!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
friendship ia a great school. the staff is great.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2003
This school overall is very good.The teachers are great! But, it seems like since Dr.Coleman left and went to the high school,the students are just not as interested as they use to be. Dr.Coleman did alot of interacting with the students and became their friend. They loved it. This principal ( with all due respect ) does not seem to do this. It may be his way of doing things. But I do think interacting with the students is very important. Dr. Coleman was not only a very good principal,but a friend,a listener,and seem to be on the kids level. He did not act like 'I'm the principal and that is they way it is.

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Friendship Elementary School
4450 Friendship Rd, Buford, GA  30519
(770) 932-1223
Last modified Friendship Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Friendship Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top