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Waddell Elementary School

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Posted February 27, 2012

If I could I would rate it a 0. Its the worst school my kids have ever attended . I have one in the 4th grade and my youngest in 1st and they hate it there. Horrible teachers , staff and the list goes on. just an Exp. my kids tell me that they ask the teacher to go over something and they get sent out of the class into another ( not knowing whats going on in their class ) then the day is over the teacher forgets about them . A whole waste of the day .Thats just one thing out of many .If I could I would get them out of that school but as of right now I cant. But next year my kids WILL NOT BE ATTENDING this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

We just moved to the area and my son started going to waddell elementary and i absolutely hate it...I have never witnessed such ghetto teachers and horrible attitudes!! I can't believe they are teachers. When i walked into the schoolto register my kid there was a teacher going off on her class in the middle of the hallway, i must add how ghetto she sounded...i mean really??? If you are going to be a teacher you could at least talk proper and sound educated!! I can't wait to get my kid out of here.....So disgusted!! Since I can't give this school a rating of 0 (option not available) I have to click on 1 star...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2010

I absolutely love Waddell....my oldest was a honor student there....so when it was time for my youngest to start school...it was the obvious choice for us....everyone there is so personable...from the principal to the teachers.....even the support staff at the school....they know all the kids by name and that means alot to me...the go far and beyond to make sure each child is getting what they need....each year I have been fortunate that my children had the best teachers....I would say if you are looking for a small school that's still teaching subjects instead of test....Waddell is definately the school for you!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

waddell elm. has been a great school and they have a wonderful staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

A year ago, before we moved to Columbus, I checked out all of the elementary schools in Muscogee, and Waddell was rated as one of the best schools. I am so surprised to experience all that I have this school year! My children has had the worst year that they've ever had in any of the schools that they've attended. The teachers are close and very friendly.....amongst each other. It's bad enough that children have to defend themselves from the other kids, but their own teachers? Seriously? One of my children is being punished from events within their grade because their teacher don't care too much for them. I have called and talked with the teachers, I have had meetings with them, and I don't know what else to do before I have to go over the school, and straight to the board of directors. I am very dissatisfied!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

This is our first year at Waddell and well we are not very happy. I feel the whole staff needs to start acting Professional. We need more positive comments coming out of their mouths instead of negitive. Our children look up to them. Also not allowing the children to wash their hands with soap is very unsanitizing to me. Hand sanitizer was made for when you could not get to soap and water. (People, please) I could go on and on. Teacher and Staff, please remember you are moulding our children for their future. Make it a positive one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

My kids have always gone to this school and my oldest is now in 5th grade. I have had so many problems with the staff and no solutions. The principal does not like to handle any of the problems you bring to her attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

Our family had to endure Waddell for over five years and every year presented new challenges. Teacher-Parent communication was at an all time nothing, my children were not properly tested, they were bored much of the time, no interaction from leadership. Children are hearded everywhere and sit most of the day with little or no time to use creativity or team work with other students. Practically no art or music programs. Recess is limited to 20 min if teachers like the weather, the gym if they don't, or nothing if a teacher doesn't want to hear the noise. PTA meetings are a joke with no voting process and unnecessary spending. Excessive fundraising. If you want your kid to be in a silent heard and exist as a number, Waddell is the school for your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

This is the second year my daughter is attending Waddell. Overall, I think the school is great, but it also depends on what teacher you get. Last year my daughter's teacher was not an A+. However, this year she has a wonderful teacher who cares about her students and my daughter is bringing home straight A's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

My child attended this school since July of 2005. It started off okay but I was somewhat disappointed because it was difficult to communicate with the teacher. There are no parent-teacher conferences offered unless you take off work. I hardly saw the principal and didn't she her interacting much with the children. In my child's class, she was having difficulties in reading. The teacher was not very helpful in quickly suggested my child may have a learning disability and suggested testing. Needless to say, I continued to being disappointed with the lack of compassion from the Teacher and Principal and the lack of enthusiasm. When I attended a couple PTA meetings, the gym would be packed but the meetings only lasted for 15-20 then they were over. Just no zest at the school and definitely some issues with parent-teacher communications.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2005

My child has now attended 1.5 years and is doing pretty well. Safety is my biggest concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

When the kindergarteners enter the school they are told to sit on the floor in the hall with their 'backs against the wall' and are warned not to talk. In the the lunchroom, the chairs are too big for the kindergarteners to rich the tables, yet if they try to sit up a little higher they get in trouble. They make the children sit way too long,they have very little free play in the classroom-a neccessity for 5-year olds, and they use worksheets instead of encouraging creativity. If you want your child to be constantly told to sit down and be quiet, and be humiliated as they are herded around the school like cattle, you might enjoy waddell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2005

My child first attended Waddell when he was in the first grade and is now approaching 5th grade. My child has been blessed with good teachers that care about his education and has worked in a partnership with me to ensure that he gets what he needs. I have very high expectations and I have not been disappointed. It will be untrue if I say I have not had any bumps in the road. Though there has been a challenge here and there, there has been a lot more good than bad. When my son leaves Waddell, I will have a daughter coming through.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2004

When we moved here 10 years ago - everyone would ask me where my children would go to school. When I told them they would say, 'That's the best school in Columbus. My child's first 3 years there were just fine - after that it went down hill. It really went down hill when my child was in the 5th grade. I want to know what happened to all the good teachers? My opinion is - they all retired. How many times does a parent have to complain about a bully in the school? Let's just say - having over 700 children at that school is way too many. They added onto that school to get rid of the portables - why do they still have them?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2004

My family recently moved to this location back in January of 2004 from North Carolina. I have to say that Waddell Elementary School is the worst school my child has ever attended. Thank God this is my child last year attending this school. First of all they're too many children in one class, not enough reading books, and some of the teacher are very unorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2004

My child came from a really good school to this one. I have been really disappointed in this counties curriculum and the way that it has been presented. My son has actually had to redo work because he finished it too fast..even though it was correct! They've tried to make him pay for a book that he never checked out and then didn't apologize when it was found in the library (after weeks of telling him he was responsible for it) I can;t wait to get him out of there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Ratio is wrong. The school year 2003-04 is 32-33 student to teacher. How can each child learn? They can't!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2003

I currently have three children in this school from (K,1st, and 3rd grades). Two of them attended here last year after moving into the district. The teachers genuinely care about the kids and work hard to help them achieve. The test scores do not indicate everything about the school. While the test scores show a fairly average school, I would rate this school much better than that due to the leadership of the principal and the level of parental involvement.
—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 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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

81 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

81 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

77 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

77 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 88% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

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 90% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
68%

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

English Language Arts

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
80%
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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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 59% 37%
White 25% 44%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Carolyn S. Ambrose
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6101 Miller Rd
Columbus, GA 31907
Phone: (706) 569-3722

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