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Double Churches Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 437 students

 
 

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Posted October 24, 2013

This is a wonderful school,my daughter adapted very fast, the teachers are very concerned about the students and they are always ready to help. My daughter is learning a lot everyday . She always comes back with a new interesting history about school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

My family moved from Germany during the school year and my son started First grade here. We noticed immediately that the curriculum here was more advanced than the school my son had moved from. I expressed my concern to my sons teacher and she went out of her way to do what extra she could for him in the classroom and she let me know what I could do to help . The staff is always friendly with exception to the lunch room monitors, but they have a crazy lunch room to maintain. They are always open to parent volunteers or you just stopping in for lunch with your child. You will get out of the school what you put into it!!! They celebrate the children and their achievements everyday but also on special days throughout the year. I think it encourages the kids to do better and also if they do not get recognized and their friends do, it encourages competitive drive which our generation of kids needs. I am nothing but pleased for my son to go to this school and my younger son will be starting preschool there in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

We are moving into the area and called to ask if we could visit the school before we looked into real estate . They told us that we could not visit the school unless we already had arrangements to live within their school zone. Not very welcoming for parents or my son to a new town. Other schools were more than helpful for allowing us to visit their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2012

My daughters both love DCE, but we don't love the school board. From Sight Words to CRCT tests, there's a lot of failure coming from the Muscogee county school board. DCE tries, acceptably well for a public school, to provide what's best for the kids, but they have a lot of bogus rules to follow. Generally, I would say that the teachers are above average for a school like this, but they're all stretched very thin. There are too many problem children in the classrooms, and the teachers have no real way to deal with them if their parents won't work together to find a solution. It's just another sad story from public schooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2012

My child is bullied daily without a care from any of the staff. The school is behind in academics and doesn't offer much in the way of extra curricular activities. I went here as a kid and it is completely different. It should be a title 1 school. Sooooo many poor kids (not their fault but no parent involvement) that have no parents to be involved and I know because I am class Mom of two classes because there is no one for a whole other class. Sad sad sad
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2012

This is an excellant school. I have had 2 children go through this school and have another child still there. I have always been happy with the way with the way things have been handled regarding bullying and I can tell you it is not tolerated there. If the teachers and principal are made aware of it then it is taken care of and they are not afraid to suspend a student when it is needed. They always have teachers in the Top 10 for MCSD Teacher of the Year and this past year they had the winner for the New Teacher of the Year. Parental involvement is always welcomed and encouraged. Love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

My children go to DCE, and they love their school! I think they have great programs and my children are always motivated to keep learning. They do ballon walks to recognize the students effort and they also provide wild cat tickets to those students that collaborate and follow the school and classroom rules. By the way, the principal, staff, and teachers are very friendly and they are always willing to help with any question we might have!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My children attended this school from kindergarden to present. The school was great up until Dr. Hipp retired. Now the school has become another cover up of a poor education. Don't get me wrong; there are a few very good teachers there. Thier hands are tied with political correctiness. Today I found out children are being singled out as potienail faiures of the CRCT tesing. Although results will not be available until May 11, 2010; teachers have been instructed to tutor the same children tutored for the past 4 - 6 months to prepare them for a retest 'just in case' they failed the CRCT exam. This is being done to keep schools from having a summer school program for students with a no pass should they fail this test. Muscogee county school district has it wrong once again. This district is a disgrace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

My daughter went to DCE 1st - 5th grade. She loved every moment of it and DCE was a fantastic school, but things have changed for the worse in the past 2 years. Bullying is not only a problem with the students, but the staff as well. The staff is absolutely unapproachable and is very condescending towards the parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

My child has attended DCE for a couple of years. I do see a problem with discipline in the school. Bullying and major desciplinary offenses are always given a slap on the wrist. Students are written up instead of suspension from major offenses that are in the hand book. If there is a problem with a teacher, I do agree that the principal sides with the teachers and nothing ever gets done and the school district does not help you. There are some good teachers, but when it comes down to going to a teacher about a problem with your child with other children nothing ever gets resolved. I have also noticed a lot of teachers are to busy talking to watch the children outside during recess. Children climb the hills by the parking lot and go behind woods that are not visable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

This is an excellent school I recommend this school to every child. We are a military family and the school helped my children not to struggle anymore. The teachers actually teach your child. 2 thumbs up.. best school we have ever been too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2005

I have two children at DCE (5th grade & K) - Over the past 5 years, I have been extremely pleased with the teachers and faculty, the parent involvement and the focus on the children. As with any school, there are a couple of teachers who do not take the extra time to challenge some children and get frustrasted when a gifted child is bored in their classroom. The positives far out-weigh the negatives though and you will not be disappointed if your child is assigned to DCE. The traffic at 3:15 pm is unbelieveable, but the faculty works hard to keep it flowing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

DCES is an awesome school! My two daughters have attended DCES for every grade. The teachers and faculty are very dedicated to each student. If you are a parent who is genuinely concerned about your child then this is the school for them. I have volunteered at DCES and I have gotten to know many of the teachers and staff. They are truly wonderful and caring people. If you never step foot in the school and don't care about your child until after something has happened then you have only yourself to blame. A pro-active parent is a dedicated parent. The PTA is great and very active all year. There are always many activities planned for families and the students. The school is overcrowded until the new elementary is opened Aug 2006 but DCES has handled the pressures with a smile. You won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2005

I have had two children go through DCES. My second is now a fourth grader. The first several years were great, but the current leadership has proven to be less than approachable. When there is a problem, rather than hear our child or us out, we are shut down, being told, 'We always side with the teachers, no matter what, no exceptions.' This attitude places children in the position of having to lie or get into more trouble for not telling the administration what they want to hear. The school district is no help, as they give principles complete autonomy in disciplinary matters. The atmosphere of the school has gone from open and friendly to hostile in the past few years, and we will be grateful when our child is no longer subjected to this dictatorship attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

My child has has been enrolled at DC for five years. The first three were fantastic. The area around this school has grown to fast for the school. It is very overcrowded and the quality of education has suffered. Teacher/Student ratios are terrible being about 35 to 1. Be prepared for alot of homework!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2004

I have never been more disappointed in a school in my life. My child has to be diagnosed w/add to get additional help, as per the principal. Bullying is not taken care of on a professional basis. Until this year, I was happy but this school has fallen to pieces since the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2004

Doubel Churches is an excellent elementary school. To be over crowded the staff always manages to keep the children organized and safe. I feel that my child receives the eduction I expect from a public school. The school always keeps parents informed and involved in all aspects and activities within the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2004

Leadership is very important. Double Churches is an outstanding school to say in the least. Under its current leadership, as a parent, I have watched the overall atmosphere change. It is my opinion, that the overall mood is somewhat unpleasant and divided. This division affects the children, parents and occasionally is apparent, in its affects, within the faculty and staff. I believe that it is this division that has resulted in our school having to watch a number of outstanding educators, who dedicated many years not only to the district but to DCE, leave under this leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2004

What a great educational experience for a child. The population in North Columbus is booming and yet this school seems to be able to 'go with the flow'. It has excellent Art and Music programs (Chorus) and a well rounded faculty the truly lives up to the philopsophy of 'Success for Every Child'! The PTA is one of the most active I have ever seen in action. There are several social functions for the family to be involved in all year, including, but not limited to, Pizza night, Western NIght, Fall Festival, etc. Family involvement is truly encouraged at Double Churches Elementary and Parent (and grandparent) involvement and Parent (and grandparent) Volunteers are a huge part of the success this school experiences in all aspects of its operations. Double Churches Elementary is a great place to 'raise a child'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

We are a military family being station here in Columbus for the first time. My experience with Double Churches Elementary has been one I have never experience before, I felt so much racial divide it was thick enough to cut with a knife. My child teacher was very unapprochable, when I visited my child for lunch, or just to check up on him she would avoid me and my husband in everyway. Since being hear my child has questioned time afer time about the meaning of the confederate flag and about the KKK, its something that has bother him since he has attended this school, I must say that I don't Think the entire school is this way, but there is definety some tension there.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

65 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

64 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
84%
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 63% 44%
Black 22% 37%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1213 Double Churches Rd
Columbus, GA 31904
Phone: (706) 748-2660

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