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Dames Ferry Elementary School

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Posted August 19, 2011

They really do a great job at DFE. We have been there 7 years total with our kids. The staff really connects with the kids and they care about them. It makes me feel good to drop my children off knowing they will be looked after and taught in a good environment. It does have a few issues as all schools do but, all and all, a great place. Only gripe is I wish the principal would quit moving his staff around. If a teacher is doing a good job teaching K or 1 or 2... then why move them to another grade?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Dragons are the best--the teachers work hard to make parents and students feel welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The staff and teachers are really great. They are innovative and I'm happy to say that the CRT scores have improved under the leadership of the new principal.Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2010

The teachers keep parents well informed and take a genuine interest in making your child succeed>
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

We are now 8 months into my son's K-5 year. I have loved every part of this school. Great communication and opportunity for parent involvement. The school calendar is wonderful. Not a lot of half days and random days off. Our son has learned so much and enjoys school. The faces of the students and teachers tell you all you need to know. They seem happy. Go DFE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

The staff is very warm and friendly. I am concerned about the large amount of non-instructional time they have. The students have 30 min. for recess, 30 min. (at least) for lunch, and appx. 40 min. for specials. The school day is only 6.5 hrs. two of those hours (at least) is spent away from direct instruction. I think if they spent a little more time on student achievement they kids would score off the charts on the standardized test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2007

We attended the Arts and Crafts Festival held yesterday at DFE...it was awesome!! You could tell a lot of hard work and thought went into putting this together. Just another reflection of how great this school really is!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2007

I've appreciated the extra lengths the facutly has gone to in order to help the DFE parents better understand their child's progress in school. Teachers send home a lenghty monthly commentary which details not only how my child is doing, but also spells out what will be taught over the next four weeks and how it will be evaluated. The school put in place a fine arts program of 1 hour per day for each student. We were thrilled! The administration and staff are to be commended for the work and thought they have put into their overall program. As a parent, I applaud their efforts! Dragons Are Number 1!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2007

I have been so impressed by Dames Ferry. The school is very inviting when you walk in the door. It is very child friendly. The students work is displayed throughout the school. Every teacher that I have dealt with has been extremely helpful and friendly. Many of the teachers have even given out their home phone numbers in case they need to be contacted at home. To me this is a sign of real dedication. The students are very well behaved and respect the faculty and staff. I am so pleased that I have moved into this area and that my children wake up each morning and go to such a happy and warm place. I feel very fortunate to have my children at this school. If you are looking for great neighborhoods, a terrific school, and top quality education Dames Ferry is the place to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

I love Dames Ferry. I am so thankful that they put responsibility on my child and make her accountable for her work. The school has an excellent curriculum. The test scores improve each year. The teachers are extremely dedicated. I am amazed to see the number of cars that are still in the parking lot long after school is over. The school is very innovative. The administration and faculty are always looking for new and better was to improve instruction. I always feel welcome when I visit the school. The support network of parents is evident by the number of parent volunteers that are present everytime I am there. Discipline is excellent. My daughter has never complained of students misbehaving on the playground on in her classroom when the teacher did not intervene. I feel very safe knowing that the school a wonderful security system. I love DFE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2007

I went to this school today for a walk through. I was so impressed. The structure for art, music has changed from last year and they do those weekly now instead of one month at a time. The classrooms we visited were well run. The overall structure of the school was very impressive. I have two local private schools on my list, but now I doubt I'll even consider them. Great security! You can't get in without someone knowing it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2007

Don't move into this district. They claim to have an open door policy. They do as long as you never question anything about the classroom or teacher. Teachers complain about never seeing some parents, but the parents that care and question are told they aren't welcomed there. The better students are shoved to the side. They expect Kindergarteners to be responsible for their own actions. I can't wait to move out of this district. Not a parent friendly school at all! The only thing they push is reading and math, not science, art or music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2004

I love DFE! I was a student there from the time it openend(second grade)for me untill my senior year(fifth grade) the principal is extremley nice and fair and she is very weloming! Your child has never gone to a better school than Dames Ferry Elementary.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2003

Wonderful school: beautiful new facility, friendly caring faculty, and staff. Curriculum places strong emphasis on reading skills. Like all Jones County Schools, DFE still maintains a 'small town' feel where the Principal knows your child by name -- for all the right reasons! There is a lot of 'Dragon pride' found here, and rightly so.
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

114 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

114 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

141 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

141 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 88% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
77%
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 78% 44%
Black 17% 37%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Gray, GA 31032
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