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Alcova Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1040 students

 

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Posted May 31, 2014

Alcova is definitely a world-class Gwinnett county public school. The administrative team are hands on, VISIBLE and supportive. Mr. Langley the current principal recently received an award for outstanding Principal of the year.. My children are in Kindergarten & 1st grade respectively and the Assistant principal that support my children is Ms. Henley. she has been an excellent addition to the administrative team and cares deeply about our students. I was impressed that she knows the majority of students by name. Overall the PTA is very active at Alcova and raised a great deal of donations for the technology fund. Additionally. CRCT scores are excellent and students have increased the meets and exceeds category over the last two years. Great things are happening at Alcova and we would love to share. I guarantee if you made an appointment and visited the school you won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2014

Alcova is an excellent school where the administration and staff ensure the full success of each student. The teachers see the potential in every child and help them strive to do their best. My son and daughter have excellent teachers, B.J and K.M, who have helped them grow academically with their rigorous and quality classroom instruction. Support staff is wonderful and very caring towards the students. Thank you, Alcova teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2013

This is a fantastic school. My son is in the first grade and loves it. The school is so good I volunteer there 2 days a week watching the front door and checking Visitors in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

This my daughter's first year at Alcova 3rd grade. She transitioned from a private school in Norcross and loving it especially her new teacher,Mrs. Saltik and her many friends. Mrs. Saltik made the transition smooth and she is learning a lot.Truly a joy and above all because of our obedience to God we are blessed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

A++++ great school teachers are awesome. Always helping their students. The principal is faboules. Two tubes up!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

I just love this school the teachers are out of this work great!!! My daughter is now in 1st. Her K teacher was so much more that I could have ever hoped for. The principal is fabulous Mr. Langley is real when I say he loves the kids, teachers, all other staff and the parents. I am so happy and proud that my daughter goes there. Proud parent of a 1st grader at Alcova Elementary School, Daphne Gonzalez
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

Alcova is a great school, with a strong principal who is constantly engaged with the students and loves interacting with parents and a wonderful, diverse staff who go above and beyond to meet the needs of the students. The student body is actually excited to go to school- as a parent, substitute, and PTA member, I love to see the enthusiasm that all of the children, not just my two, display when entering the building!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

A+++++++++++ All 4 of my sons attended this school from 2005 - 2013. It's a great school, teachers and staff are very involved with the children and the parents. The teachers provided plenty of assistance and options when it came to my sons learning disability. There's always a great parent turnout for just about everything, which was needed. The former principal was an outstanding leader, but the current principal is doing a fantastic job in leading the school as well. Thank you Alcova my boys all had a 5 star experience. I hated they had to leave!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

Alcova Elementary is a top rate school in Gwinnett County. Many of the old reviews should be removed and otherwise ignored because with all the changes in staff and administration, many of those comments are obsolete. We have the best teachers in the County with specialized and advanced degrees, our parent involvement rates have more than doubled in the last two years, and the overall environment is more than conducive to learning. I live directly across the street from the school and would not send my children anywhere else. Both of my kids have excelled at Alcova and their success is the result of the outstanding partnership between their teachers, the administration and us. My daughter regularly competes in activities with students from the "other schools" nearby and blows them out of the water in math and science. Our focus at Alcova is "Excellece Without Excuses" and we certainly have the support of staff, administration and parents to encourage all of the students to do their very best each and every day. It is important to rely on current, real information and do your own research. Make an appointment with our principal. Find out for yourself what really goes on at Alcova.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

The administration at this school are great!! Both of my children attend the school. The principle and the teachers get to know the parents and the children by being involved in PTA and other activities that the school has. Being a member of the PTA has not only helped me meet other parents but I also understand the needs of the school and how I can be a solution to things. Alcova Rocks!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

We love Alcova! The teachers and staff are excellent and the principal is amazing! Students get the perfect balance of fun and learning at the same time. My three kids love getting up and going to school every day. The principal is very hands on and he knows how to have fun, which I think is crucial for an elementary school. We have nothing but great things to say about Alcova. Very glad my kids have the opportunity to go there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

Alcova is a fabulous school. I have had children in this school for over 6 years. I could not ask for a better administration and teachers. Mr. Langley is a wonderful principal, he truly cares for each and every child. My children have thrived at Alcova. There is a real sense of community. The PTA there is award winning! They have been recognized as one of the strongest PTA's in Gwinnett County. It really helps make the school feel like a family when parents are engaged with their student and the teachers. Parents feel totally welcome as soon as we walk through the doors. Mr. Langley makes sure that we know that this is "our" school. Anyone who would choose to send their child elsewhere when they are zoned for this fantastic school are short sighted and foolish. We have one of the best schools in Gwinnett right in our back yard!! Go Alcova!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

Alcova Elementary has been a fabulous experience for my two daughters and our entire family for the past 5 years! Our new Principal Todd Langley has made some wonderful improvements and has been highly motivating for not only the students but teachers and parents as well! I cannot say enough good things about this amazing school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

I attended kindergarten here not long ago, and this school is terrible. We had a child who only spoke spanish, and another child who couldn't leave her mother and would cry the entire day. Both of the teachers spent all of their time with those students and the rest of us played with blocks. I never remember seeing any principle the 5 months that I was there. My mother was so upset with this school that she just transfered me to Hebron to get me away. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!


Posted March 13, 2012

I refuse to have my four children attend this School, and we live in walking distance. Four house down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2011

Great school and great administration. This will be my child's 5th year attending Alcova. We have not had any problems with this school. The teachers are wonderful, along with the principle, who is very hands on and runs a good school. My child loves her school and EVERY teacher that she has had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2011

Not sure if it was a cruel joke to be redistricted to this school after buying a $400k home a few years ago. Staff is inadequate - this is me being nice. They districted this school to mix higher income and lower income - it doesn't work. I pay far too much in property taxes for a school to be this horrid. It's very urban, if you catch my drift. Better schools exist in downtown Atlanta where the CCRT scandal just took place, that should say it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

I have two kids that attend this school and I think that the teacher and staff are all awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

My 1st daughter has attended Alcova from 2nd thru 5th grade and has loved the school she was in the focus program and is going into the probe in middle school. My 2nd daughter is going into 2nd grade and loves the teachers as well. They are very caring and will do and has done anything to help my youngest with some problems and work with her the vice principals and counslors and very attentive to the children . We would and have recommend this school to eveyone. I would give this school 5 stars
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

In my three years of experience, I've found that this school is more about meeting policy and appearances than actually making sure that the students are succeeding. They seem to aim to get their requirements covered. It is also true that the principal is pratically nonexistant. A lot is left up to the staff to mediate. Although you will get plenty of friendly smiles and greetings, underneath the fluff, there are few teachers that actually show genuine interest in seeing those that required extra attention succeed as well. They don't do real field trips and they seriously lack in application of the curriculum to real life. Overall, I would say that it is a good school if your child is a fairly independent learner that can excel without much individual attention. For this reason, I would not give them any more than three stars.
—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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

179 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

178 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 85% in 2010.

180 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

181 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

181 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

164 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
89%
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
Black 48% 37%
Hispanic 26% 12%
White 19% 44%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Todd Langley
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770 Ewing Chapel Rd
Dacula, GA 30019
Phone: (678) 376-8500

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