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Varnell Elementary School

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Posted January 22, 2013

The last post was March 5,2012.Seems nothing is happening at Varnell. Depend to much on outside influence on important decisions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2011

My daughter is in 4th grade and has attended Varnell since kindergarten. Each and every teacher she has loved and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the teachers we have dealt with at this school. They truly love teaching and are the reason why my daughter loves going to school each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

My daughter Mikayla Crider just started kindergarden and we are very happy with the results from her class,and teachers Mrs. Cresswell and ,miss. Valerie. I have been hanging out at the school and think that everything is great. The Principle is awsom and all the teachers i have came in contact with are wonderfull. Im very excited for my daughter and it is easier to leave her at school knowing that she is taking care of. Thanks to everyone at Varnell Elementary School. I love all you guys.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Varnell has a dedicated group of teachers and a meticulous principal. This makes for a winning combination.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

My son has attended Varnell for 2 years and has I am very proud of his accomplishments and learning progress. I think Varnell is the best elementary school in Whitfield County. The parent - teacher communication is great and the principal, Dr. Ellen Thompson is awesome...she sets a great example for our school. I would highly recommend this school to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

My daughter attended this school for one six week period. It was then that my husband and I decided to enroll her in another school as Varnell did not meet the student's needs on many levels. The teachers didn't display the committment level that one would expect from a role of a teacher. The school focused more on their financial needs and gains rather than the needs of the students. I was not in any way impressed with this school and surely would not recommend it to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

My daughter has not had much of anything to challenge her at this school. She is expected to wait while the others catch up. The only challenges she has faced are social and nothing has been done to help her in that area. I thought elementary school was a place where a child could grow in every aspect, and not just at the pace of the slowest child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

My daughter is in 2nd grade at Varnell Elementary school. She is in Miss Herrons class. Varnell is by far the best Elementary School in Whitfield County. Ms. Ellen Thompson is the principal. She is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2004

Absolutely impressed w/ teacher and parent reations and dedication. Curriculum is excellent!
—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.

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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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

70 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

70 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

81 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

80 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

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 90% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
85%

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 94% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
83%
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
White 53% 44%
Hispanic 38% 12%
Black 4% 37%
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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School Leader's name
  • Lisa Jones
Fax number
  • (706) 694-3289

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3900 Cleveland Rd
Dalton, GA 30721
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