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Sims Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 599 students

 

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Posted August 26, 2013

My son graduated from Sims 2yrs ago. This school has made me love Rockdale Cty schools. Although we relocated to AtlantA and I had to take him out of Rockdale cty but we are moving back and I hope Memorial Middle School give us the same results. Mr. Randolph is great with his students and Mr. Bragsdale (hope i spelled it right) worked one on one with my son and helped him improve his behavior problem...We love this school!!! All of the teachers are great!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

Sims Elementary School is an excellent school. The Administration and teachers led by Principal Allison Barber do an excellent job and go out of their way to make each and every child feel special. Coming from another school in Rockdale County, I find Sims to be a better situation for my children. The other school, which is a well sought after school in the county, seemed to only be interested in the achievement of the highest achievers in their school. I love the fact that Principal reminds EVERY child on a daily basis that they are special and that they can do whatever they want to do in life as long as they try their very hardest and be the best person that they can possibly be. The school is not as fancy as many others in the county, but one thing is for sure, the feeling of family and the level of teaching that the students receive far exceeds other schools that I have gone into in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2011

Haven't been in private school last year, my main concern was really only the size of the school. I love the teachers, the curriculum and the drive and enthusiasm of the principle, the faculty and the students. My son is in first grade & loves it! He's a little more advanced so after the first week of school, he was recommended to test for the gifted program. His teacher is able to challenge and accommodate his academic knowledge/level. Last year, he was completely bored in private school, having repeated everything he'd done the year prior in private pre-k. This year, he can't wait to go to school. My only wish is that the parents were slightly more involved. In a school of nearly 600 students, in the meetings and events I've attended very few parents have been there. I love love love SIms, the faculty and staff. I can't wait to see how the year progresses. I am thankful that we are a part of the Sims family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

I am so glad that the school has improved their leadership team. The principal, Mrs. Gay, is a team builder with lots of buy in from the parents and teachers. I think things are headed in the right direction and like most things in life, you get out what you put in. Strict on discipline and I love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2008

The thing I am looking most forward to is the day I can move my children out of this school. It used to be a wonderful school, but the administration seems almost anti-parent and very difficult to deal with. The teachers being constantly put under pressure to produce data has overshadowed what is most important, the education of our children. I know longer feel my kids are getting anything close to a quality education. There is a reason the Greatschools Rating drops each year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2007

Sims Elementary is a great school in a rapidly changing county. My daughter has the best teachers (Mrs. Hedrick and Mrs Barnett ). We will be moving to a different county very soon, but as far as teachers and a school go - I could not be happier . As the county is changing parental involvement is changing also . Parental involvement is not great , but if you want to be involved there is a great need for it . Some teachers do not even have any moms who want to be room moms . Some room moms are working with more than one class . I am very disappointed in what has happened to this county, but have to give Mrs. Hedrick and Mrs Barnett a lot of credit for sticking with it . All the teachers and staff at this school are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2006

My daughter attended kindergarden at Sims elementary this year. She had a great experience. She has hyperactivity and had trouble adjusting to pre-k programs. The teachers at sims are patient and loving. My daughter had a great year and did well academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2006

My child has attended Sims since kindergarten. She is in the 5th grade now. She has several children in her class that are very disruptive and I feel the quality of her education this year has been disappointing. There have been several fights in the classroom and I fear for my childs safety. My child will be attending private school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2004

My daughter is in 5th grade and has been at Sims since our relocation from New York. What a relief it was to be welcomed by such a positive and nurturing staff. Sims Elementary teachers are the best and they really care about the students. The learning support system was an excellent tool when my daughter was faced with reading and math problems. She has since made great improvement in both subjects and I am so grateful for everyone at Sims.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2004

This is my daughters first year at sims. She is in the 5th grade and has always gone to private schools. I think that sims is an excellent school. She is doing so well and loves the school. taking her out of private school was the best thing I could have done for her. The teachers are so wonderful and really care. The academics are so much better than private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2004

I am so far so impressed with this school. This is the first year here for my child. And the staff is so caring, not at all like a certain Newton County school. The staff welcomes parents and welcomes their help. They are so caring. They don't treat parents like their convicts. How refreshing! The teachers truly care about the children and are wonderful teachers. Yes, I am very pleased so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

My daughter attended Sims for the first grade and received better care, love and attention then she had at the 4 differnet private schools that we previously enrolled her. We could not find a school that measured up to our personal, acedemic and developmental standards. SIMS rose to the occasion and showed us (and parents like us) that your children can receive quailty instruction at a public school that may be better then what you are paying for in a private school. We have decided to invest human capital resources into our school instead of a fiscal investment into a private school. SIMS has proven to be a safe place for learning, development and setting the standards that will follow our child through the years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2003

I have a child who is in the 5th grade. She has gone to Sims for 6years. She started at Sims. As a parent I am very happy with everything about Sims The Teachers are the best! They care about the children alot. The quality is overall good. I am very glad my child is at Sims and am very unhappy this is her last year there.
—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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

74 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

72 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 85% in 2010.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

92 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%

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 90% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

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 94% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
77%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
74%
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 18% 44%
Hispanic 9% 12%
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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  • Charisse Windom Gay
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