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Porterdale Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 487 students

 

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Posted August 2, 2013

Worst school ever. Half of me thinks this school should be investigated for cheating but if that were true I dont know why they never reach their AYP. We moved my son to another Newton Co. school where they did testing to see where he was academically. At Porterdale he scored slightly above his grade level for reading. The same test was issued at the other Newton Co. School and he scored well below his grade level in reading. He tested at below a first grade level for reading in the third grade!! At the end of the school year in the other School he was tested again and he tested at a 3.8 grade level. That is a huge improvement!!! I believe they pass kids through whether they can read or not. The teachers that we dealt with do not care and give the children the extremely easiest assignments. We go to church with several teachers from the same county and they all agreed that this school district is believed to just pass kids through. If your children are white you can expect them to be bullied and the administration to do nothing about it. Just an FYI.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

I love this school. The teachers seem to have a keen interest in the children's academic accomplishments. My child attends this school and is in Ms. Cody's Special Needs Class. She is a great teacher and works hard to love and see the children as her own and goes the extra mile to ensure they meet their goals and objectives. The administration seems to truly love the children and emphasizes instruction as well. I am well pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I must say that I have been less than impressed by the emphasis on education at Porterdale. The focus seems to be more on wearing the uniform than on ensuring that the best learning takes place. Also, there seems to be a constant barrage of fundraisers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2007

As a new resident of Newton County, I did not have much to go by except how a friend characterized this school. I am so very sorry that I didn't do more research before putting my son in this school. I felt funny from day 2 that my son was at a bad school, but I tried to change that perspective. As for PT conferences, this is one of the only ways to speak and see the child's teacher. There is a required reading for 2 hours, even for Kindergarten. I am amazed that my son has only 20-30 minutes a day to run at full blast and have free time with his friends. I am not a fan of this school or the relationship of it's teachers with parents, at least this parent. And my son is a good student. He will not be attending this school next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2007

Overall I am satisfied with Porterdale Elementary. I have worked with several of the teachers, and find they are dedicated to their profession and the children. I am disappointed in the administration and the 'politics' though. There is also lack of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2006

porterdale elementary school is the best newton county school since 1971 when it was built.i should know, i am and have been a student there for 5 years. i am pleased with my fourth grade teacher mrs. whitehead. i am pleased with the secrataries mrs regan,mrs. rhonda,and mrs. lynne. i am pleased with the principal's mrs.dodson, mrs. arbee,and mrs. coady. i love pe,computer lab,music,art,and media center. i love the food.in two years i'll be at clements and hope there good, but i can asure you one thing,it ain't better than porterdale.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2006

My daughter attended kindergarten at Porterdale and she loved the school and her teachers. Ms.Blankenship and Ms.Bell are wonderful with kids. The only 2 things I would complain about is parent participation and the fact that there is not P.E for kindergarten students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2006

I have two grandsons presently attending Porterdale. My grandson's are in 1st grade. Their teachers last year was great. The boys did not attend pre-school, but developed alot in kindergarden school. This year posed a challenge, one started having tantrums in class when preparing for the CRCT test. The teacher stated he would get frustrated when taking a test. I decided to visit the class and witnessed it. I also noticed when the teacher was going over the daily work, he did not understand and couldn't keep up. She did not stop to see if everyone was keeping up. He started to get frustrated and have a tantrum. I mentioned this to the counselor, she stated, it was not fair to the other kids for her to slow down. What about Danny? How can he get help? He need a slower invironment.I work with him at home, he does fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2006

I have mixed feelings about Porterdale. Although it is not the worst school in Newton County, it is far from the best. If your child does not fit into the 'box', he or she may have a problem at this school. I am not happy with the level of work or support from the staff. My child will not be returning next year, Newton County does not have much to offer. I am new to the county. I love my new home but we are thinking about selling and moving out of the county and into a better school district. Newton County needs to step it up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

I have had 3 grandchildren to attend Porterdale Elementary in Covington, Ga. I have been very please with all the teachers they have had. They not only provide a learning but a loving environment too. They care about each of their students and try their best to meet the needs of each individual child. I am sadden that my grandchildren will be moving to Paulding County in the near future. I only hope and pray their education needs will be met as they have been at Porterdale. Thanks to everyone who played an important part in my grandchildren's lives. You will not be forgotten. May God bless all of you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2005

This is my daughter's 2nd year at portadale and I have not been pleased since the 1st day she arrived. I had to transfer my daughter from a previous newton county school which was an excellant school, due to the selling of our home. Her teacher seemed uninterested in adding her to her class so she ignored her for the rest of the school year. Not only was she not interested she was always absent it seems that it a regular thing for a class to have a sub once or twice a week even this year she has had a sub a least once a week. I feel leadership is and important role and it should not be taken lighty these are our childrens future and I expect a parent teacher relationship to be just as important as well as the working relationship with the student
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

It's only been a month since school has started however I'm not impressed. My son was enrolled in a private Pre-K prior to enrolling @ Porterdale and he was working at a first grade level. His kindergarten class work here is a joke my 3 year old daughter is doing the same thing at the private daycare she's enrolled at. My son never has homework and I spend over an hour each night with him working on reading, math and writting just so he won't digress. The only thing that he can remember from school is what he had for lunch and play time not what he learned. I'm a strong believer that parents have to take an active role in their child's education however teachers have to step up to the plate and challege the children more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

This is by far the best elementary school in Newton County. My daughter is beginning her second year here and I have nothing but good things to say. The Principal is GREAT, the teachers are GREAT, the whole atmosphere is welcoming and caring.
—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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

60 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

60 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 85% in 2010.

76 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

76 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

76 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 88% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Social Studies

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
77%
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 62% 37%
White 21% 44%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Lizzella Dodson
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Covington, GA 30014
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