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South Douglas Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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5 stars

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2011:
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Posted April 17, 2014

Awesome school!! Kids and safety are number 1. So impressed with how the principal, Mr. Duffy, leads by example. He is out in the car line helping the kids out of the cars safely every morning. He leads the school in a morning assembly in the gymnasium to begin each day with a great start . He teaches the students leadership. He is present at all activities and in and out of each classroom daily. He is really on top of his school, and it show!. He has a great staff who are excelling in teaching and guiding the students. We love South Douglas!! : )
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

SDES is a wonderful school. The staff and administrators are knowledgeable and care about their students. We have never had a problem addressing any concerns that we may have. Parents are expected to help their kids w/assignments. The P.E., Art & Music dept are all great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

I have been a student at South Douglas sense kindergarten and have loved my experience. I am now in 5th grade. The teachers from kindergarten to fifth grade are caring lovable. The teachers create and find safe and fun resources for the children to use. This school also has amazing technologies. The parents are involved in a lot of activities, including PTO which helps out with a lot organizations. The principal is very organized on the plans of school and helps make everyday a much better day including the assistant principal.


Posted September 26, 2012

I have 2 children at this school. My oldest has attended this school since 1st grade, he is now in the 5th grade. So I have 4 years experience with 1 child and 2 years with the other. One girl, one boy. This is an excellent school. The teachers are great and the Principal and Asst. Principal are both awesome. There is alot of parent involvement and the PTO is strong. The PE program is excellent. If there are any negative reviews for this school, it can only mean that those parents were not doing their part. This is a really great school, not a babysitting service. It requires parent cooperation, participation and involvement. If you care about your childs education, this is the school for you! #1 in the area by a long shot, possibly #1 in the state. It's a great group of teachers, parents and students. A great community. Check it out for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

We recently relocated from outside of the area and transferred to SDES after about one month at another Douglas County School. What an amazing difference between the schools, hence the better ranking for South Douglas. The teachers expect a lot from the students and they make sure we parents do our part to make it happen. We our currently renting but plan to only buy a home in this area so that our kids can partake in the excellent education that SDES offers to it's students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

This is my fourth year at this school. The first year was an awesome experience. The teacher was more than excellent. The second year was mediocre. Last year was a horrible experience. This is my last year at this school and again I am counting down the days until the end of the year. I would never recommend this school to anyone and regret the decision to move into this highly recommended school district. They do not "appear" to want to work with a parent to make the child's educational experience a positive one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2011

South Douglas is a great school. The teachers and staff are excellent, courteous, friendly, and care about the children. Their test scores are always good, parental involvement is encouraged, and enrichment programs are great. My children have won various awards through SDES programs, both at the school and county levels, and the students here consistently excel in competitions and academics. The teachers at SDES come from many diverse backgrounds. The area is a western Georgia rural conservative region, and I live here understanding that (and preferring it personally). I believe academic excellence and a great environment for students should be important, and South Douglas does a wonderful job in both areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

My youngest child will be leaving South Douglas this year, and is my last child to go through SDES. It has been a great six years. The teachers and others who work at the school always seem like they are happy to work there. The school is entrenched in the community and still seems to be the heart of the community with multiple generations of families coming to school events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

South Douglas is a Great School. They get little money & they use it properly. They do have problems with buses breaking down and out-dated air-conditioning, that can be very loud and distracting, but their test scores and parent ratings are extremely high. The School is well established. It's been around since the 1940's & Is still the Top Rated School in the County. We Love It!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

We choose our house because we wanted a good school for our children. The test scores are consistently high for this school. The teachers and other staff have been friendly and welcoming. Although we have not been here long, we can already tell we made the right decision and can't wait to get to know everybody in this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2010

This school needs more diversity. There are no African American teachers at this school, none. From what I understand it has been well over a decade since there has been any minorities. The majority of the teachers are middle aged, white, Protestant, females. I have felt undertowings, from other parents and staff ,of prejudices toward my family because we do not fit the profile for this school of white and protestant. Also, do not let your political opinions be known if you are liberal or even moderate, the majority of the residents of this community and the staff of this school express openly their extreme conservative leanings and are quite proud of them and assume everyone believes and votes the way they do. They would be wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

Awsome school! Love the teachers and the principles. Mr. Spence is great, and truly cares for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2010

My son is learning so much from Mrs. Goode and Mrs. Danger. I am so glad he has had such a great kindergarten experience. he loves going to school, and we love South Douglas. C.F.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

This has been a great year! I was nervous about my daughter starting kindergarten, but the wonderful people at SDES have made it a great experience for her. The school still has that small town feeling that you don't get many places anymore. Their are some truly caring and extraordinary people working at South Douglas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

We love South Douglas. The teachers and all the staff are so friendly and genuinely seem happy to be there. My daughter can't wait to get to school everyday, she begs to leave early even. They care about the children, and their families. Every person gives of themselves to the students and the result is one terrific school! M.H.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2009

This school and its employees have truly been a blessing. This is my child's last year at SDES, and it saddens me to be leaving. There is almost no staff turnover, the same people who were there when she started kindergarten are still there. Same teachers, aides , lunchladies, office people as when she began. They know my child and our family. Thanks to all of you for six great years!! A
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter has attended this school for 2 years and we love it! The teachers are so wonderful, the class sizes are small, and the parental involvement is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2009

I did an internship at this school. Im an education major. I just want to say that of all the schools I've ever had the pleasure of doing field experience at, this one was my favorite. I never minded staying late and I always loved getting there early enough to greet the teachers and students. I all around loved the school. LOVED it!


Posted May 14, 2009

Our son is so happy at South Douglas. He has had so many great teachers through the years. All of the teachers and staff at this school are top notch. I have never felt anything but completely welcomed every time I enter the building. Every person there seems to truly care about every childs well being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

What a great school! We love everything about it. All of our children have gone to South Douglas. The school has caring teachers, principals, and employees. They all seem to really care about the children and their education. Everybody knows everybody else and their children. The PTA is very active and puts on great activities for the children. Go Bear Cubs!!
—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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

102 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

102 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
100%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

84 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

84 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

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

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
95%
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 84% 44%
Black 9% 37%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Two or more races 3% 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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8299 Highway 166
Douglasville, GA 30135
Phone: (770) 651-4500

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