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7455 Wallace Tatum Rd
Cumming, GA 30028

(678) 455-4500
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October 08, 2013
My daughter is currently in the 5th grade and has attended Matt since Kindergarten. She is in the gifted program and for most of her time in elementary school has maintained an A average. She has so much pride in her school and has tried out for everything (not that they offer alot) from solos in chorus to The See NN program (something she wanted so badly to do since Kindergarten) anything she could. She has never once been offered anything. When I found out there was a positioning up on SeeNN, I told her she could go talk to someone. Her response "why bother". I was always so proud of her wanting to be involved with her school,I realize not every kid can be picked for everything, but nothing in 6 years? Maybe if I was on the PTA Board she would have a chance. Last year for Reflections, a National PTA Art contest, the kids with parents on our PTA placed in the contest. Also, parent involvement is not welcomed, you fill out a form at Open House asking if you want to volunteer and for what. The past three years I checked every box, but was never asked to volunteer. I know I sound frustrated, this is the one & only time I have ever vented.

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August 07, 2013
My daughter has attended Matt since pre-school. She is now entering 4th grade. My son is an upcoming 1st grader. I can't say enough about the quality of the teachers. The atmosphere is loving, and family oriented. Parental involvement is high, and test scores speak for themselves. The best thing about the school is my kids are loved there, therefore, they love going. . My child receives special education services at Matt and all of these are top notch. The IEP meetings are well run, and being that my kid is an "out of the box" child, the school has met the challenge of doing whats best for her, always. I am listened to as a parent and my input is received and acted on. I have had excellent communication with the teachers, counselors, and resource personel. The staff is like family and even though there are 1026 kids enrolled, we never feel like a number. It's just an all around great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
All the teachers are amazing.... They are considerate of each child's individual needs. The only complaint I have had was with the nurse and counselor. I think they could be a little more cautious on how they approach kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2013
Matt is a wonderful school! We just moved to the area this school year and my son's teacher is very caring, and loving. He is learning so much because she is such a wonderful teacher! This school has a friendly atmosphere and the front desk staff are always eager to help and are very friendly as well.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2011
Matt is an outstanding school. It excels academically and has a strong focus on success but most importantly does not lose sight of the fact that they are teaching children. They recognize that the children are individuals with unique personalities and needs. The have created a peaceful and encouraging environment for children to strive for success and still have fun and be happy. The principle and teachers are excellent!!

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October 05, 2011
Matt Elementary School is an amazing School. The whole staff is so helpful and always so positive! We are so thankful that our children attend this school. Matt Elementary definately deserves all FIVE STARS!!!

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April 15, 2011
I can't say enough GREAT things about this school, the staff, the environment & the area. My husband and I transferred here for work and have lived in the area for almost 5 yrs. Both of our children, now ages 6 & 8 have attended Matt Elem since Kindergarten. The teacher's have been AMAZING. From Ms. Kim that works the front desk, to the principal, the librarian's, teacher's and even the cook's in the cafeteria...they are all SPECTACULAR. We are so very blessed to have landed here :)

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September 25, 2009
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August 30, 2009
This is a wonderful school.This is my son's second year here.Mrs.Barnett is an amazing teacher and we are thrilled to have her teaching our son.

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July 13, 2008
We joined the school in the middle of the year and we have been happy. The teachers seem to be very involved.

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August 08, 2007
My daughter started Kindy last year and enjoyed it. I love the teachers and the kids are great!! We both are looking forward to Grade 1.

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July 28, 2007
my son has went to matt elemntary school for 2 years. my other son will be starting kindergarden there this year. i am really pleased with matt it has really shown me that the teachers care and do work hard with the students. the staff has been wonderful and friendly!

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June 26, 2007
We have only been here one year and had an excellent year! The teachers and staff are very supportive. My son's grades improved dramatically, I thought after transferring from a different county and being so behind he would have to repeat third grade but much to all of our surprise he's going to fourth! All of the credit is giving to the school and staff for making sure he got what he needed. Love it,, hope next year will be just as positive.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
Teaching to the test and using the 1-2-3 grading system is hindering the learning, development, and progression of students at Matt Elementary. Parental involvement is not encouraged except as PTA directed.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
I understand the comment about teachers only doing so much, and it's true - some issues in the classroom are results of parenting style or uninvolvement. However, the test scores speak for themselves. Look at the statistics. Compared with other elem schools in the region, Matt is among the highest for parental involvement. This school is in serious need of an overhaul. The teachers aren't teaching acedemics. To the test or not, the kids aren't learning what they need to learn, bottom line. Scores and demographics show the truth.

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February 09, 2007
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August 27, 2006
My daughter started Kindergarten at Matt in the fall of '06 after we specifially moved to this area based on ther reputation of the school. After 4 days we were very disappointed. Not necessarily with the teaching, as we were only there for 4 days, but with the environment and the attitude of the staff. I understand that they are a high volume school, and the pick-up and drop off procedures are necessary to move the number of students. However, I had staff members yelling at my 5 yr. old because she could not gt out of the car fast enough. Also, my daughter, who has always loved preschool, hated going. She has been much happier and well adjusted since we switched to private school. It was terribly overwhelming. Too many kids, too many disorganized administrators.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2006
As a previous parent said, 'Teachers can only do so much'. Matt is a fine school with genuine, dedicated teachers/staff and a well-developed Horizons program. I'm fine with 'teaching for the test'. Who decided that was a bad thing? Unless you can afford a GOOD private school, Matt is a wise choice. Lest ye think less of Matt, simply compare it to the surrounding schools. Few exceed Matt's standards. P.S. Yes, Spanish should be taught over French, for so many reasons! Thanks to all Matt staff that make it the quality school that it is!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
excellent school. Well balanced program. Lots of parent involvement. Teachers and administrators are helpful and very cooperative.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
We moved our children here from an 'IB' curriculum in South Carolina and have been extremely unsatisfied with the curriculum and school overall. We picked Matt based on historical test scores only. I will agree with several other reviews. The Forsyth curriculum is the spiral method where very little time is spent on each topic and teaching is very test-focused to cover it all (yes, recess is neglected in order to cover all material). Spanish should be the preferred language. The PTA is a joke! We came from an elementary where the PTA was winning state and national awards so I know what it should/could be. Other than select teachers, not a nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
Lack of leadership is undermining prior academic standards. Great facility and many good teachers but parental involvement is necessary to keep faculty on track.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
Decent School however, as with most public schools, the administration impresses the teachers to 'teach to the test' (standardized state tests) and as soon as the testing is over, the teachers stop teaching for the remainder of the year.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
My child is enrolled at Matt Elementary and has had a great experience her first two years. She is challenged and kept interested in her work by motivated teachers. Her teachers have been wonderful. I feel the French program is a waste of time in that the majority of foreign speaking people in the county are Spanish. I feel that she would be better served by learning Spanish.

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December 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
My daughter started Kindergarten at Matt and is now in the 3rd grade. I have always gotten a very warm feeling anytime I've been in the building. The teachers and staff seem genuinely interested in the kids' welfare. As far as academics go, I feel that French is a waste. If they wanted to teach a foreign language other than Spanish, I think Latin would be more beneficial.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2005
My son went to a private school where I paid nearly $10,000 a year for him to attend. He started in K-3 and went there until K-6. He started first grade at Matt Elementary. I thought he would be above average in all areas. I was surprised to see he was just average. I was shocked that my private (paid) education did not provide a better foundation for my son. He is above average and going to the 4th grade with a very high A average. I have two children attending Matt now and I have not once been disappointed. Teaching is in my background with a mother and best friend both teaching school. The quality of teachers is awesome and so is the school. There comes a time when the parent has to take responsibility and quit making excuses for their children. A teacher can only do so much.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2005
My daughter was new to Matt in the 04-05 year. Though the staff was nice enough, i found myself brought up for SSt meetings regarding possible ADD. After the due process, the conclusion was that my chilld was actually a very bright child. She has no problems in class. The teacher failed to communicate with me at all during the year. I had to do all the initiating of conversation. I observed the class numerous times and found that 3 times the teacher did not know I had snuck in until after about 5 minutes. This is a hazzard for the children. I also agree with others that French is useless but disagree on the extra curricular time. My daughter spent half of every day doing non academic classes. The scores are good, mydaughter made in the 99th percentile for GA. I guess somethiung is happening right. Either at school or home?

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2005
We came here from out of state and unfortunately did not have a lot of time in selecting the school prior to school starting but now that we have been here 6 months I wish we would have selected another school. This school is very oppressive and not a fun learning enviroment for the children. The kids are not given enough outdoor play time and therefore most seem unfit, sleepy and not that alert. Hyper activity and poor abiltiy to pay attention seem prevelant Ithink due to lack of adequate outdoor recess. From 7:45 until 2:30 the kids get to go outside maybe once of a recess if and only if the their teacher allows them. If a few kids act up the whole class does not get go outside. This is obserd and unbelieveable given where we came from. Plus the academics are weak. Poor grammer used by the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2004
Matt Elementary is wonderful elementary school. I always feel welcome from the moment that I walk into the building. Such a warm and loving family of teachers and staff. The school environment is very inviting. Artwork created by the children and photos of the children hang throughout the building and make each and every child feel like they are an important part of this school. I have always had excellent parent/teacher communication and have always been welcome to participate in the classroom. I feel that Matt Elementary is an excellent and safe school where my children are happy and receiving an excellent education!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
We moved to the area after our daughter had been in private school for K-2. Since the school was new and close to our new home, my wife and I decided to take a chance on enrolling our oldest daughter there. I was pleasantly surprised that the school was able to continue to challenge our child academically. The gifted program has been well done but the work is largely non-academic. My one chief complaint is the foreign language program. First off, the only language offered is French. I know that's standard offering but it's a useless language for all practical purposes. The second is that the same material was covered every year. After a few years of a foreign language, I would hope some coversational skills would be introduced. No such luck. It was certainly more than I had expected out of a government school. They are good people doing a good job.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
The school is in a very safe location surrounded by beautiful subdivisions and forrest. The school is always clean and the staff is always at their best. Very friendly parents and staff. Always concerned for the safety and learning ability of my son.

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Matt Elementary School
7455 Wallace Tatum Rd, Cumming, GA  30028
(678) 455-4500
Last modified Matt Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Matt Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top