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School leader Lizzella Dodson

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45 Ram Dr
Covington, GA 30014

(770) 784-2928
(770) 784-2993
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3 stars
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August 02, 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
November 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating 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
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
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
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
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
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
May 05, 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
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
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
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
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
August 05, 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.

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May 02, 2005
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Porterdale Elementary School
45 Ram Dr, Covington, GA  30014
(770) 784-2928
Last modified Porterdale Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Porterdale Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top