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George W. Whitlow Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 8, 2014

Could be a much better school, all things considered. My child graduated a few years back from here. The administration is probably the biggest issue, or should I say roadblock. The principal is surrounded by a fortress on minions making it nearly impossible to have meaningful conversations with her. But it's the actions of the administration such as scrapping the All Pro Dads program a couple of years ago without the principal or her staff ever having attended a single meeting. The principal never reached out to the APD captain to discuss. The decision was communicated to him via 3rd party. Or forcing the kids and coaches who were part of the Girls on the Run Program have their self-esteem meetings in the BUS LANE (yes) instead of a classroom that was empty at the time. Or not allowing parents access to the after school program when picking up their children. Or at 5th grade graduation when the administration "gushed" over one another and not so much the graduates. For the most part, I was OK with the teachers. Unfortunately, the admin was the issue and woefully lacking IMO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2014

I have a child in kindergarden here. There are 25 kids in her class and 1 full-time teacher. Another teacher comes for half the day, but that is not enough individualized attention for kids that age. Her report cards baffle me, since I know she knows things they claim she doesn't, and the teacher never explains why she drew those conclusions (or talks to us at all, except one 15-minute review all year that was not helpful). My child cares more about her behavior than what she learns. The focus is all about being quiet and putting your head down so you can "move your peg up the board" on the behavior chart and get a reward. They only care about controlling the class, not what is actually learned. She enjoyed going to Goddard School pre-K now she doesn't want to go to school, because it's "boring." She can't even tell me what she has learned at the end of the day, only what she did in gym, art, or science class, which they don't have every day. Despite missing 4 snow days this year, none of them were made up because they "still met the minimum hours" the State requires. They got more funding from the legislature, but I see no extra days added to the 2014-15 calendar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

My school is awesome fun Some schoolers don't have go day.What go day is probably you are thinking.Go day is a celebration for finishing the quarter.On go day we also get rewards.Thats why I like George W. Whitlow Elementary School.


Posted May 28, 2013

Whitlow Elementary is a wonderful school. i am in 5th grade going into 6th grade. The only reason how i got to middle school is the teachers. The teachers are WONDERFUL and in 4th and 5th grade the students get to change classes. This school is AMAZING.


Posted September 8, 2011

What a GREAT school !! The teachers really care about the students. The school has great test scores. My experience is that the homework is not overly taxing. Some nights more than other - but overall reasonable. The admin is caring and responsive both to students and parents. It's a very program rich school - there are lots of resources to motivate and allow your child to be involved. From art and science fairs to additional help afterschool - this school has it all!!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

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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.

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
n/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 44%
Hispanic 21% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 3%
Black 5% 37%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3655 Castleberry Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
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