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Bob Mathis Elementary School

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Posted March 6, 2013

Overall I Believe Bob Mathis is a good school and 1 of the best elementary schools in the area. It's a very clean school and the students seemed be well behaved. The teachers and staff are also very professional. The class sizes are smaller than norm and I always see the principal greeting the parents and ensuring the students are doing what they are supposed do. The teachers are very helpful and show concerns for the students. I can honestly attest to this as I am a parent of a kindergartner who is very involved in my child's education. However, there is always room for improvement. I wish they offered more extra curriculum activities and an after school program. Each person experience can be different. After reading the previous parent comment, I was a little hesitant about this school overall. But, my experience with the school and principal has been the totally opposite. I believe that reviews from parents are very helpful and provides a lot of feedback. But at the end of day, sometimes you have to experience things for yourself. Maybe if there were consistent negative reviews about a particular school, then one should become a little concerned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

ATTN PLEASE THIS SCHOOL IS HORRIBLE. DR Blaylock doesn't listen and barely speaks to the kids or parents. She's constantly yelling at the kids with her walkie talkie in hand. The teachers never comb there hair and constantly yell at the children. My son was in Ms Lofton class and had to be changed because or her poor judgement and constant yelling. She even made teacher of the year which is sicking. Surely there could have been someone else to receive this award. The KG picnic was a Horrible rude teachers talking to parents and children with NO RESPECT unappreciative and unorganized mess. Field Day was terrible holes in the potato sack bags, no water snacks for the kids, the field was not cut. Parents had to leave to go buy water for the kids. Dr Blaylock didn't even come out to Say Hello or Good Luck have a great summer nothing. In fact I didn't see her at ALL. He will not attend this school next year. This should be a Zero Rate it needs to be closed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2012

Attn Please: This school is the worst school known to mankind! The principal's name is Dr. Willa B. Blaylock and she has no respect for the teachers/ staff or parents. She tries to talk to you like she's above all and she really doesn't even like children at all. My son went here 2011-12 he was in grade K. His teacher was horrible! Her name was Ms. Lofton. Ms. Lofton is an sickly older lady whos taught for over 30years and who has constantly told me she can't wait to retire, so with that being said she had no patience with the kids, not "bubbly" or exciting personality that I think you need to teach kindergarten. She constantly talked to me about her verbal fights with the principle and her being not satisfied with her pay. Bob Mathis has a beautiful playground but the kids never see it because Blaylock has cut out all outdoor activity.. The school has a behavior problem which would be resolved by college interns coming in to help while being a teacher aid, well Blaylock has refused to let any outsiders in the school especially college interns who are willing to work for free to earn credit! I attended the school when I was a little girl it has changed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2010

I love Bob Mathis Elementary school because it has some of the best, loving and caring teachers I have encountered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2010

I have 3 daughters who attend attend Bob Mathis and have been there for 3 years. This school is one of "Dekalb's best kept secrets." It is a smaller school so that it is more of a family environment. Everyone knows each other and the school continues to make AYP. Strong leadership has it pros and cons but in this case, the pros most certainly outweigh the cons. My main concern which every school faces is parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2009

My son has been at Bob Mathis for the past 2 years. Its a great neighborhood school. I like the small classes. Its an average of 12-15 students to a teacher. The school is very organized and well-ran. Only complaint is that they discontinued the After-Care Program which causes a hardship on working parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

My daughter has attended BM since pre-K and I've been pleased with her education until third grade. The administration has changed and several of the more experienced teachers have transferred away from the school citing the change in leadership. This year, I witnessed many dissruptions to learning in the classrooms and my concerns were not addressed by the teacher or the administration. They were only addressed once I complained to the school board. Still my daughter was not transferred from the classroom. The teachers appear to concentrate on getting the kids to past the standardize test; however, the test scores don't reflect that our kids are keeping up with the state average. BM may be one of the best in the area but it is not top notch, nor does it rank well by this body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

BM is one of the better EM schools in South Dekalb. The principal doesn't allow the kids to play on their brand new playground for recess. I guess the leadership keeps the teachers in line. The teachers are pretty good, the ones who can put up with the principal. My kids have done fine there so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

Thus school is an hidden treasure and I wish that it went to the 7th grade were my son can stay there and not have to go to middle school. He has learned so much from the teachers there and I would do it all over again
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

As a parent at this school, I find it hard to believe that there is only one quality math teacher. Has this parent reviewed the test scores and compared 4th grade scores to another grade level? I am very pleased with the 'quality' education that my child is receiving. Remember, education starts at home. While I respect this parent's viewpoint, I encourage you to take a look at what you can do to help your school and your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2006

Tbe quality of education and quality of teachers at this school have fallen below standard. The princiapl and assistant principal are arrogant. There is only one quality Math instructor who is male on the fourth grade staff. I would like to see many improvements beginning with the administration.
—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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

39 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

39 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 88% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
75%
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
Black 97% 37%
Hispanic 1% 12%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Willa Blaylock
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  • (678) 874-5810

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