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Matt Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 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


Posted August 2, 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


Posted January 6, 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


Posted December 7, 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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 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!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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 :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 13, 2006

excellent school. Well balanced program. Lots of parent involvement. Teachers and administrators are helpful and very cooperative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

173 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

174 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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

169 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

169 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

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

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
88%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 44%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 37%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7455 Wallace Tatum Rd
Cumming, GA 30028
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