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Chestatee Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1004 students

 

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Posted April 24, 2013

Teachers are great and parents are involved. Both of our children have enjoyed attending Chestatee and made friends with some good kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

Office Staff is friendly and Administration is caring. I enjoy the Watch Dog program that gets Dads involved in the school. Chestatee is a great school with wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2013

I don't know where that first comment came from, we just moved to the area and everone we have met at the school has been wonderful. The Office Staff has always greeted me with a friendly face and smile, and that includes everyone else, from the teachers to the maintenance group. Very Friendly. My son loves his teacher, the school and seems to thrive more since there is less drama than you would see in schools closer to the ATL..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

i like the school overall but i don't care for some of the teachers who seem a little more stuck up and unwilling to work with parents. the office staff i have dealt with have always had their noses in the air but they treat almost everyone that way except the people they really know and are friends with. i have learned to ignore it but they could be a little more friendly and helpful. as far as education i think they do a great job. my kids love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2012

WWe love chestatee elementary from the first second u walk in the door u r greeted by name with a friendly face. The staff is awesome and caring, the teachers are amazing and truly care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2010

I have had 1 child go from 1st to 5th here, another child in 3rd grade now, and will have another here in a few years. I love it. We moved here from another county when my first son was in 1st grade. He had been excelling in all his classes at his previous school and was behind at Chestatee because the curriculum was more advanced. We have had 3 tremendously wonderful teachers and 2 good teachers. Will keep my kids here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

I have had 2 children at Chestatee and I have been more than happy with the education that they have received. My daughter is ADHD and the teachers & administration worked hand-in-hand with us to get her to excel despite her learning disabilities. Honestly, we've yet to have a bad teacher. If we do have a teacher that is a little lacking, we make up for it at home. There is little parental involvement which is sad. Parents working together with the admin & teachers is what makes for a successful school. The new administration is a breath of fresh air. She makes it a point to visit with the kids & learns their names. It isn't just THIS school that places importance on the CRCT. Unfortunately, that is something that trickles down from the STATE level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

I have had 3 children attend Chestatee. The first and second year I was simply amazed. My children were thriving, and had the best teachers I could ever ask for. The 3rd year, when my son was in 1st grade, he had a horrible teacher, when my concerns were expressed to the principal, it was actually the asst principal who contacted me back. In my opinion the teacher has no right to even hold a teaching degree. After speaking to many other parents who have had children in her class, they have said each year she picks out a few children in her class and just basically attacks them all year. I really hope this year with the new principal and staff, things will get much better. It is a public school - some teachers care and others just simply are teachers so they can have summers off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2009

I would have to disagree with the comments that parent concerns are dismissed. For me personally all my concerns have been recieved and the school and I have delt with them with meetings and teamwork. My sons transferred to the school this year and it has been a great experience and every bump in the road we have worked through and modified a gameplan to better serve my sons learning potential. I would just like to say thank you to the teachers and principals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

I have three children who go to chestatee the teachers are great for the most part but the office staff look down on people who don't appear to have alot of money. The principle last year was the worst.I've considered moving to get out of this school maybe with new principle it will get better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

I have to agree with the parent that stated when you bring up your concerns they just dismiss them.I have had the same issue this year.I brought my concerns several times to the ones in command and I just get the 'you have valued concerns, but yet nothing has been done.' We have teachers that do not work with the parents and do not care if the child does well or not. I guess it is to much trouble!! My child did not excel and always has in the past. Do you know they do not look at your childs grades just the CRCT testing and that is all that matters. Really, this is a joke some kids do not test well under pressure. How can you base if a student should move on to the next grade based on one test. We were told this by the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

I have a 1st grader and I love the environment at this school. I just wish the teachers pushed my daughter a little more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

Hi I have a daughter that just started this school in September and the teacher she has is great I do feel that they don't push the kids hard enough. Also there is a bully in my child's class I think they could be a bit more firm with. But the over school has been good so far. the teachers are very friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

What your child gets out of this school is totally dependent on what teacher you have. My child has had two very energetic and involved teachers who push the kids, and one that didn't. The adminstration was willing to disccus my concerns, but it didn't change the situation. Overall there is a low rate of parent involvement, which I know is hard on the school. My best recommendation is if your child has to attend this school, seek out the teachers that are known to really get the kids to excel, and request those teachers, and volunteer to help out whenever possible. I also agree with the parent that stated teachers cite parental complaints as a reason for lack of homework and challenging work. Some teachers will address the issue when asked to, and some don't. I have to be the one adding the challenge at home with add'l work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

Having a child that attends there and 2 who have gone on to high school, I find it funny that the previous reviewer said it is sad what they do to bullies and kids who act up. I am glad they take a firm stand on these things. I am sure they are in compliance with county policy. How often do we hear complaints from parents who wish the schools had done more? Students need to learn social responsibility. We just cannot continue to allow children to grow up thinking the world owes them. I applaud Chestatee for taking a firm stand!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2008

My grandson has started this school he is in Kindergarden and loves it.


Posted March 10, 2008

My child is now in seventh grade, and received a wonderful education at Chestatee. Her middle school teachers comment on how well the students from Chestatee do academically. The teachers and administration are attentive and dedicated. This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

I have been more than satisfied with Chestatee Elem. I have a child who is now in middle school and she couldn't have been better prepared. She is succesful in all advanced classes. The middle school speaks very highly of the standards by which the teachers at Chestatee set, especially 5th. The students were challenged on their level. My other child is a special education student who is currently being served in an inclusion class in 3rd grade. Every teacher and staff member has been more than supportive to ensure she is getting exactly what she needs. I have found that often those people who are disgruntled spent more time complaining to neighbors and on line sites than actually spending time in the school. It is a wonderful school in which to get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

I hate to say this, but if your child is ADHD, ADD, OCD, bi-polar please do not make the mistake I did and put your child in this school. They tend to look down upon them as trouble makes and will brand them as such and will do anything to push them out of the school. I have since taking my bi-polar child out of the school and have had to home school him. I was not very pleased with the school at all. I wish all luck with the teacher since they do not like to think out side of the square box. So many children could excel but with the person in charge this will never happen!! I feel sorry for the students!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

We also had a horrible experience with this school. We also expressed our concerns about poor testing, lack of reading, etc. (we did not 'attack' them), and nothing was ever resolved, just dismissed. In our opinion, this school may have 'friendly' staff, but the actual educating of our children is poor.
—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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

165 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

165 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 85% in 2010.

194 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

195 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

195 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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

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 90% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
89%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 44%
Hispanic 15% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 37%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6945 Keith Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30506
Phone: (770) 887-2341

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