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West Newton Elementary School

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Posted November 1, 2013

My daughter attended this school and graduated in gifted classes. The teachers are excellent and concerned. If your child is willing to learn they will help them pass. She is on to middle school and is still in gifted courses. Thanks West Newton!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

I am a parent at West Newton Elementary School and have been for the last 5 years. West Newton is a good school, the teachers focus on education and encourage and welcome parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2009

I had my daughter in Kindergarten with Ms Tullos and Ms Wright. They were excellent and I really enjoyed being involved. The communication between parent/teacher was excellent. My daughter has shown tremendous growth over the past year and I thank you. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

West Newton is the best elementary school in the county! My daughter has been in private school since pre school and this was her first public school(5th grader). Hats off to Ms. Anderson(principal) and Ms Marett(asst. principal) for being great leaders! Every time I have ever encountered either of them it's always a pleasureable experience. Ms Wrenn is an excellent teachger-very involved and caring! Keep up the good work Wilcats!!! Mrs. Parker
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

My child is a student at West Newton and is doing quite well. I do get a lot of support from the teachers and feel they are doing a good job at preparing my child for the state test. The atmosphere of the school is very inviting and child focus which makes the children want to learn. This year my child has done a lot of projects and other types of learning style. I do see the change in learning which I know is due to the focus of making sure children pass the CRCT testing. This is the one thing I do not like but this is something that is required by the state, so I think west newton is doing a great job of getting the children ready for the next grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

My child attends West Newton and I am pleased with the school overall. I like the idea that there is learning going on through out the day and that there are set times for parents to come to class which reduces the amount of time taken away from learning. The principal has put into place times for parents to come to the rooms, and you can come eat with your child during lunch at any given day of the week as you make like. Unfortunately with the changing of times and how schools are rated I like the added structure. I know my child is safe and there is learning going on in the classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

This school started out great for us, but fast went downhill. I've had two children at WNES. The oldest was lucky to start school (pre-k) when education was allowed to be fun. After 6 years of having my kids at WNES, I have had to make the decision to home school next year. My younger child has been the subject to constant bullying, and I'm getting very little help bringing it to an end. Parents are no longer welcome in the classrooms, unless a series of prior arrangements have been put into place. There is very little left about this school that makes me feel secure having my children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2007

My daughter graduated from W Newton 4 yrs ago and we had a great experience. However, now my son has been going there since grade K and there has been a definite change for the worse. The majority of the wonderful teachers they had are leaving, and this year I have given up trying to get a response from his teacher after a number of letters and phone calls. She seems to always be in 'meetings'. There is definitely a lack of discipline and communication that has only gotten worse over the last couple of years. I am a firm believer in parent-teacher communication, but it is difficult when only one side is willing to communicate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2006

We have dislike this school since we went to register my son at there when we moved into this district. We were at Livingston for K5-3 and loved it but, this school is horrible. The communications between teacher and parent with the exception of one teacher is non-existant. Not to mention the lack of control in the class rooms,and the theft. And Lord forbid you ask for a teacher or the principal to call you. It's just not going to happen. We are seriously considering home schooling or biting the bullet and paying for private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

During the past five years I've seen this school experience tremendous growth. Many of the behaviorial problems are symptoms of overcrowded classrooms. There were 33 children in my child's classroom this year. Overcrowded classrooms are unsafe, breed behavior problems, and is a large distraction against classroom peak performance. How can we expect our children to learn, behave well, and thrive if we as decision makers have set them up for failure by not providing a safe environment conducive for learning? It's not fair for the children to be criticized or their teachers when they are doing the best they can with the circumstances they've been provided. Thank God they show up everyday to do what most of us cannot or refuse to do. We'll make a difference by insisting that our elected officials hire more teachers or enhance our infrastructure by building more schools that fosters a higher standard of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

I have been involved at WNES as a parent since the school opened 9 years ago! It has done nothing but go DOWNHILL each year! They have slowly lost one great teacher after another each year, this year inclded, due to horrible student behavior issues as well the rising number of uninvolved parents. The biggest number left or are leaving because of the current principal! This principal, was brought back this year even though everyone rejoiced in seeing her leave the first time she was at WNES! She is more like a drill sergant than an elementary principal! The overall learning environment has been detrimentally crippled due to these factors! Check the test scores!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

Last school year, I absolutely loved having my kids at West Newton. This year has been a different story. Since switching principals, the school has gone way downhill. The principal is very hard to contact when the need arises. My oldest child was being harrassed greatly, and it took two weeks of contacting her before getting a response. There have been a lot of issues this year, and the only response I am getting is from the assistant principal. Too bad she couldn't take control. She seems to care more. We have loved my younger child's teacher this year, and the teachers we've had in the past have been great. However, the school has gotten so bad that we are considering home schooling if things do not improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

Amazing in a school system that is somewhat lacking in the overall administration in the board and other schools. This school somehow rises above. The teachers as a whole are excellent. The staff as a whole are very caring. The principal is a Christian and in trickles down throughout. The way a business is starts at the top. He is not ashamed to pray as well as most of the staff. Very refreshing! It is nice to know that a staff cares for the children not only their education but their welfare. They actually appreciate the parents and treat substitute teachers as human as well. They treat them with respect and not as someone with a criminal record. After all we are all in this thing together to educate and care about children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2003

West Newton has a very caring and qualified faculty that fosters an environment conducive for peak learning performance. The faculty provides the structure and creativity needed to encourage our children to learn and make responsible choices.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

114 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

114 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

117 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

117 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
69%
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 70% 37%
Hispanic 15% 12%
White 10% 44%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Takila Curry
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13387 Brown Bridge Rd
Covington, GA 30016
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