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Bill Arp Elementary School

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Posted May 25, 2013

BAES has been a wonderful school for our son. Program Challenge, ScienceFair, Science Olympiads, Patriot Ambassador, Roadrunners, Chorus, Reading Bowl, Spelling bees, Money Market, Wax Museum, News Crew and many more programs for children to excel. The CRCT scores show the hard work the teachers and students put throughout the year. The Principal, teachers and staff really care about the children. It has been a great experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

The front office personnel is extremely rude. Again this year, I've been over looked and someone else was assisted help although I was there first. I had the same issue last year and just assumed perhaps it was just an oversight. No, I can honestly say for whatever reason, perhaps skin color is the reason why I've noticed a huge personality difference between certain parents etc. The personality I've experienced is cold and rude, but with others they are extremely friendly. I'm always walking in with a smile and a friendly hello or good morning and yup, I received the same response every time. 3x's so far this year she has looked at me directly at me and then proceeded to ignore me and assist someone else. There are many people available in the job market, perhaps they can find someone who does not discriminate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2012

My son has been there since Kindergarten and now in 4th grade. The teachers are NICE, however; my son is lacking on ALL subjects, I am very disappointed in this school. seems the kids are not allowed to talk to one another EXCEPT recess?? Social skills people!! We are headed to the 5th grade and don't know our muliplication tables, money exchange and to my knowledge we haven't even studied the State Capitals !!! Like I said if you want your child to be loved only...this is the school for you, if you want your child to learn SOMETHING, look elsewhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2011

I have 2 childrn at Bill Arp and I love the school. Teachers, front office, prinicpals, and staff have been so caring and helpful. They go above and beyond when it comes to the students in their school. My children have been so happy here and have loved all of their teachers. ' GREAT SCHOOL!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

The staff in the office are rude and condensending. No sort of customer service or friendly greeting when you walk through the door. My daughter's 3rd grade teacher is lazy. For almost the entire month of May, she has had only 1 homework assignment! Communication with this teacher is lacking. Figuring out when assignments are due or materials needed is another issue. I am all for Teachers being evaluated based on the students' performance and in this teacher's case, she will fail miserably! The curriculm is not challenging, just a ho-hum, thrown together lesson plan. They need to step up their game. Just because many of the students are underpriviledged, doesn't mean they should get a 2nd class education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

A large school with a small school feel. Kids are the most important thing at Bill Arp.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2009

We were new to the school last year and we very pleased with the entire school. Our children loved their teachers. We attended field day and every had a great time. It is a school for the entire family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2009

This school is interested in more than test scores. They care about my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

My son has been at Bill Arp now for 4 years and has thrived there. His Kindergarten teacher noticed his advanced aptitude and recommended him for Program Challenge. With the social skill issues he has, I've been in constant contact with all of his teachers and vice-principals and I have been so pleased with the level of professionalism and communication I have received from ALL of them. Most recently, I had an opportunity to work closely with Mr Pennington and my son on an issue and I have the utmost respect for his ability to lead this school in a positive way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

Great experiences always come when your child has a great teacher. I have two children that attend Bill Arp and both have great teachers this year. In years past my son had a teacher that was satisfactory. Overall I think it is a very good school, and thankfully this year both of my children have the chance to learn from awesome teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2008

Fabulous school, great teachers, great principals...my child came from a private school and this school is just as good!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2008

My daughter attend Bill Arp in their Special Needs Program for Autism. I have been so pleased with her progress that my husband and I purchased a new house in that school district so my younger daughter could also attend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2008

All three of my girls attend Bill Arp. It is a wonderful school that has challenged my girls. They love their teachers. Mrs. Pritchard and Mr. Pennington go out of their way to be helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

My daughter is a student at Bill Arp Elementary. Everyone makes me feel welcome and I feel that I am able to contribute to my daughter's education. The teachers and administration go out of their way to make it the best school around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2007

The classroom teachers at this school are excellent and have been well loved by both of my boys. However, those who monitor children in the lunchroom are harsh and seem to enjoy standing over the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

My son has had an excellent experience at Bill Arp. We could not ask for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

The leadership is lacking. In fact, they are sometimes rude to parents. Scores are slightly lower than in past. There needs to be a change in leadership to keep this school on track. Or at least a change in mentality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2007

We just moved here a few months ago. So far Im not to empressed with the school. Im hoping its just the teacher, and next year will be better. Communication is a big factor. I can never get ahold of any one or get them to return calls.
—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 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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

117 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

117 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 85% in 2010.

117 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

117 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

117 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 88% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

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 94% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
80%
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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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 51% 44%
Black 26% 37%
Hispanic 15% 12%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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