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Rainbow Elementary School

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Posted August 3, 2013

The student to teacher ratio is more like 21-23 to 1. The principal is not active at all, she seems unhappy to be there. The school is more concerned about explaining Title 1 and their greek affiliation than actually working with the parents and providing a better learning enviroment for the students. A perfect example of a school that just pushes students through the system while doing as little as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

Rainbow used to be a community school, where their main purpose was to educate students so that they can be productive citizens in this not so stable economy. Now the school has turned into a circus of a show with a ringmaster that is cruel to the animals (education). More concerned on what the school looks like than the production of passing test scores and student success. How can a school who has not had passing test scores in the last three years not be monitored. Which brings me to another point Dekalb County does not care about it's students demographically, south dekalb region students are left with the scraps, huh and they say racism dead, oh no its now they just have a way of hiding it...Falcon Rise Up, no PARENTS RISE UP AND STAND UP FOR YOUR CHILD!


Posted February 10, 2011

I agree with the previous parent. This school's administration is horrible. The teachers seem to be more interested in what the child has on and what their hair looks like than teaching. With the exception of a few teachers they need to clean house and maybe Rainbow can improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

This school truely needs an over haul.The staff in the office are really not friendly .They are not organized and this starts with the management their. They have this attitude when you enter the office of why are you here.I am so happy that i do not have to deal with them anymore. The district needs to take a look there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2007

I think that Rainbow elementary is the best schools in it's district. My daughter is in the first grade, and I am very pleased with the way she is challenged. Her teacher is very involved and cares about her students' academic progression. Whenever there is a concern the Principal is willing to sit down and address it. I have made several unannounced visits to the school, and each time I am impressed with what I see. Every one, from the teachers to the library staff encourage the students to strive for excellence. Parents are encouraged to get involved with their child's education. Rainbow has no complaints from me or my daughter. I am looking forward to my other children attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

My children both attend this school. I must agree with one of the other parents...the atmosphere has changed over the few years my children have been there. It's a very cold environment now. The office has always been cold to me, but at least I felt as if I was at least wanted in the building once leaving the office and my help and volunteering was appreciated. Most schools welcome inveloved and active parents-it seems discouraged here. There are some bright spots among the staff that I look forward to seeing...academically, it's been a challenge, which can be good...looking forward to May, though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2005

My child have been at Rainbow for three years. she started in Kindergarten and presently now in the third grade. You have strong and weak teachers in all school systems. I can say the strong out weigh the weak. My child is challenge everday to do her best and to be an all around student. I can say that I am very pleased academic wise with Rainbow Elementary School. There are a few staff members in the front office that could use some attitude adjustments. That's something I know the principal must be aware. It sadden me that parents still have the old state of mind. 'That the teachers job not mind. That's what they get paid for.' So I can say only 20% parent involvment at Rainbow. Plenty of extracurricular activity is offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

My children (one still remains) have come through this school, starting when Martha Snelling was principal. Since her retirement/departure, many things have changed. Serious consideration is being given to remove the one child remaining. The personable atmosphere has gone, and the 'business only' approach to education has grown distasteful and unrewarding. Recently, PTA and an awards ceremony were combined, herding students, parents, school officials etc. into the unfurnished gymnasium like cattle. Literally, there was standing room only. While trying to address professional, educational, and state standards, educators seemingly have forgotten the needs of those they truly serve--the students. Too much is at stake. There must be a better approach to address the academic needs of students. The 'object' of education is lost in the business approach and meeting standards modes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2004

My son has attended this school for three years. I am very pleased with the acedemics and how well the teachers interact with the students. This is due to having such a great leader, Dr. Roberts, There has not been a time when I have visited this school (I am there at least 3 times a week) and did not see the presence of the principal. She is always visible, in the office, hallway or even in the classrooms. This school is a school of excellence and in my opinion the best school in DeKalb County. I would like to thank Dr. Roberts and her staff for a job well done. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2004

After switching from a private school to what I thought was a charter school and a wonderful school to where my child could pick up (from where she left off) and excel I was really disappointed. The curriculum is good (they really push the children, a little too much sometimes - which is not bad, because I feel positive results will come behind that), however the student teacher ratio is horrible, the communication is not as it should be. I didn't even know who the principal was until several months after my child started the school. I am used to the principal being very active and involved (I guess I could address myself but unfortunately I don't know who she is and the front office staff is definitely not helpful). The functions are very disorganized (which discourages participation) and the staff are not very friendly (not all the staff - let me correct that; that discourages participation as well). It's not a totally bad school, I've seen and been to worse, but over all, I think they could stand some improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

'I love this school!' The teacher/parent, principal/parent and teacher/student relationship is wonderful, after moving my children to this school from Florida, they gained not only a great relationship with their teachers but also, the teachers have instilled in them the confidence that the sky is the limit and they can be all that they can be if they put forth an effort to try so now, my children now have the desire to want to learn more and more everyday so, keep up the good work Rainbow because you've taught my childern to not only keep their head to the sky but, there's alsos a pot of 'gold' waiting for them over the 'Rainbow!'
—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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

73 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

72 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

89 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

89 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 88% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
66%
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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
62%
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

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
59%
Social Studies

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

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%

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

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 96% 37%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Two or more races 2% 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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  • Carolyn Benson
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  • (678) 874-1710

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2801 Kelley Chapel Rd
Decatur, GA 30034
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