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PK-5
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Kathleen, GA
Students enrolled: 800
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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2500 Ga Highway 127
Kathleen, GA 31047

(478) 988-6170
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April 09, 2014
Matt Arthur is a wonderful school! This is my eighth year as a parent here, and for the first time it feels like a community. The number and content of SchoolMessenger calls is perfect, and they always end with and, please tell your knights I said hello. Dr. Rogers supports his entire staff, interacts beautifully with the PTO, and is the ideal role model for the children. His love of children was evident from day one when he stood in the Grand Hall Lobby welcoming them and learning their names. Not only does he smile, but I have also frequently seen him stop to tie shoes, cheer successes, and encourage children for making better choices. As a former teacher of the year from a neighboring state, I would be richly blessed to teach at Matt Arthur with Dr. Rogers as the principal. I m sad to have another child graduating ; however, I am thankful we have the opportunity to school at the castle with Dr. Rogers, Dr. Harrell, and Dr. McDuffie for a few more years with our youngest child.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I love this school! I have 2 children (one currently in HS and the other in 4th grade). The teachers are wonderful and the administration is very hands on and caring. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to volunteer and be involved at the school. I am truly going to miss it when my child "graduates" next year. Highly recommend Matt Arthur!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
I am a parent with two children at Matt Arthur Elementary. One child has a very loving, caring, and respectful teacher who is very in tune to the needs of my child. Unfortunately, my other child has a very harsh, demanding, and disrespectful teacher. Going to the principal is a waste of time because the principal does not care about the concerns of the parents. The school has pro's and con's just like every other school has. However, this school could improve tremendously by simply listening to parents concerns and taking them to heart.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
LOVE MATT ARTHUR....its great for my 8 yr old who has Autism...we have teachers who care about my child and realize that even though she maybe non verbal doesn't mean she doesn't know whats going on. So much better than where she went before. I can't even tell you - its like night/day....so glad we moved our child. GREAT SPEC NEEDS class.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
I love Matt Arthur!!! The teachers are teaching our children for the future!! They are ver attentive and have good relationships with the children and parents.

- submitted by a teacher
September 29, 2012
Love Love Love this school. Teachers, Parents, Administration, and all the support staff are amazing. I would recommend this school to everyone!!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2012
We are absolutely pleased with Matt Arthur Elementary School. The principals each care about every student, greet them each morning in the Grand Hall and know them all by name. The teachers are very professional and communicate daily with each parent through the student s agenda and when necessary by e-mail, phone call or in person. The school faculty and volunteers at MAES are there for one reason only; the future of our children. The faculty ensures the best learning environment is provided through safety, caring, and structure. Matt Arthur Mighty Knights Rule!!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
As a parent and teacher, I adore Matt Arthur Elementary and Dr. Rogers. The transition has been easy. While each new administrator has his or her preferences, Dr. Rogers has really kept the focus on the children. The programs such as Mighty Knights and 5ht grade helpers (previously Dr. Hardin's Helpers - now Dr. Roger's helpers) provide continuity for the children during the transition. Speaking as a parent, I find Dr. Rogers more approachable, more willing to reach out to children and do what is needed to help them, and at least as caring as Dr. Hardin, as wonderful as she is. His door is open, he's genuine in his dealings with parents, children, and employees, and we really can't ask for more. He is certainly an asset to the school. I'm sorry the the PP feels differently, but I have no idea where such feelings come from. The school has gone no where but up since the new appointment.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
we love Dr Rogers, he is a blessing to us. teacher and staff are all wonderful people. i wouldnt put my child anywhere else. we have the best school!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2012
My kids and I love Matt Arthur! The teachers and the entire staff care about the kids and want everyone to succeed. I think the new principal has done a great job and has made the transition easy for the kids, parents, and teachers. Every parent and teacher I have talked to all agree. The atmosphere at the school is the same or better under the new leadership and I can't wait to see what happens in the future. I would definately recommend the school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
My kids LOVE Matt Arthur and I am going to cry buckets of tears when my oldest leaves MAES for middle school next year. The school has been as much my home for the past 5 years as it has been his. (Thank goodness I'll still have a third grader at MAES). We loved our former principal and love the new one too-- maybe even more. The new principal is friendly and approachable and really cares about the kids and I completely disagree with the previous comment. My experience with him has been nothing but positve and since he has only been here 1 month, I think it is VERY unfair to criticize him already. Any time you change leadership, it takes a while to learn their style and expectations. That is a NORMAL part of getting a new leader and not a reflection on him.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
What has happened to this school!!! It has been on a downward spiral since gaining a new principle. It is not like it used to be. Nobody, even teachers, seem happy.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
I completely agree that Matt Arthur Elementary is one of the best schools in Houston County. All of the teachers are incredible. The principals are very accessable, they are seen every day in the hallways both in the morning and the afternoon. From the Med Tech, to the principals, to the lunchroom staff, and the custodians, they try to get to know each child by name! That is amazing in a school of 700+ students. There is great parent support, but I feel that is because of how welcoming the people working there are. I would HIGHLY recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2012
This is one of the best schools in Houston County. My son excelled and had a great experience there. The teachers were great, the music program was excellent, and the principal was one of the best I've observed. Anytime I had a concern, there was someone who cared. This is a great example of how a school should be run, and I mean this sincerely.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
I have two children currently at Matt Arthur. It is by far the best school I have ever been involved with. The administration is caring and the teachers are the best.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
This has been our first year at MAES & I must say this is the best school we have ever been to. My daughter is a 1st grader & I have never met a more welcoming, friendly, & loving group of parents, teachers, and staff. Moving to a new school is very hard for a child but this transformation was very easy for us. MAES has become a second family for us & we love our school!! The educations your child will receive that at this school is top of the line. We are hooked on learning at Matt Arthur Elementary School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 29, 2009
I was considering taking a job in Atlanta and was searching on the web for schools that were rated a 10. Out of the 100's of schools there were only a couple that had earned a 10. Just for fun, I checked the Houston County schools and was not surpirised to find that Matt Arthur had earned a 10. My daughter has been at MAES for 4 years and it has been an enjoyable experience. Due to the extra hard effort that Mrs. Faletto put into her reading, she went from a C reading level to atleast an M in first grade. Most days, she does not want me to pick her up before 5 because she loves the after school program and she is excited about getting involved in the extracurricular activities once she gets into third grade. I don't think we will be moving to Atlanta!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
The negative comments about the pricipal here are absolutely correct. I believe that effort is made and the heart is in the right place. But the results speak for themselves. Much controversy has taken place this year and nothing seems to have been done to make anything better. Starting in January, we will be home schooling our child.

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September 21, 2009
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September 18, 2009
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September 18, 2009
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September 18, 2009
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no rating June 25, 2009
This school is great! I am a parent of a Pre-K student who will be going to kindergarten this year. The teachers are very enthusiastic and the energy in the building is exciting. I haven't had many dealings with the administration although they seem welcoming and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2009
My friend told me about this site and I was also shocked at the comments about the principal. I have dealt with her several times regarding teachers and she has been fair and friendly. The teachers are fantastic! Especially Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Lauritsen, and Mr. Payne!! I recommend this school to anyone moving in the area!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2009
I was shocked to see some of the negative comments about the principal on this site. Although she may come across as being very direct, she has a job to do and she will not be able to please everyone. If you look at the past school successes (Governor's Platinum and Bronze Awards and the CRCT scores) you will see that the school is one of the best in the county. I have had three children go though the school under two different principals. Her leadership style may be different, but she is fair and does what is best for the school and the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
This is an excellent school. The teacher's are very caring and that is hard to find these days.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
I have noticed a lack of support for the special needs classroom and its teachers from most of the regular educational teachers, especially the MAE principal. Being a special ed teacher is very difficult, not everyone can do it. It requires 7-8 different lesson plans or IEPs, not just one. The principal seems like she is looking for her next promotion. She is very self aware of herself, her position and her degrees. The vice principal is more personable and I feel, genuinely cares for all the students, not just the 'normal ones'.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2008
I have been disappointed in this school. It lacks high standards! The principal is very small town minded...

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
I agree with the parent above the assistant principals are awesome... Mr Jackson would be an excellent Principal he knows every childs name and always seems to be very sincere not fake..

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March 29, 2008
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December 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2007
My sons have attended Matt Arthur for 5 years and have had wonderful, caring teachers. The staff that greats us each morning on the car rider ramp know my chilren by name. The only downside to this school, and unfortunately it is a rather large one, is the principal. She appears to be out to prove something instead of looking out for the best interests of my children. I am rather relieved that we have been rezoned for next year (but only because of her). Kudos to the Mrs. Hammond and Mrs. Harrell who have always bent over backwards for my chilren.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
I was told this was a great school and was excited for my son to start Kindergarten there. The teachers seemed nice and there seemed to be plenty of variety in the class schedule. I was, however, dissappointed that the teachers were not able to meet my son's advanced needs even though he scored 100% on his tests at the beginning of the year. He became extremely bored and so I had to withdraw and homeschool. This has worked great as I have been able to allow him to work ahead and hold his interest in learning. For an average student this school might be okay or with a more challengin teacher it might have worked for us.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2005
This is a rather new school. The teachers all seem very nice. I was not very impressed with my son's teacher in that she was not at all concerned with the fact that he was bored stiff in class. I approached her about this but she still didn't seem to consider it important. She seemed more interested in helping the below average kids. I withdrew my child to homeschool and this was a positive step for us as I didn't want him to develop attitude problems. I do believe this is a teacher related incident and have heard many good comments about the other areas of the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2005
Matt Arthur is a truely great school. I have had three children attend and all of them have done wonderfully. My youngest is in the third grade and reads at a fifth grade level. The teachers here are very accessible to parents and students alike. The principle, while new always treats the children as fairly and equally as possible. No favorites played here. The PTO is very active and productive in getting the teachers and students what is needed as well as what is wanted. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to partocopate in all activities at the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
This year I have found the school to be disappointing from its past years. Since Mr. Faircloth's retirement, the school has gone downhill. The school has become more secular, having little or nothing to do with the original school mascot, the knight. Since the Box Tops For Education has been controlled by the PTO, less and less money has been devoted to the Arts, and the Physical Education classes, which seriously needs the funding, and more has been devoted to frivolous things. Also, I have seen that more and more fundraisers are needed to recompensate for the lack of money generated through the Box Tops fund. As a result, a rise of apathy in school participation has occured. However, I do feel that the teachers and the assistant principle to be quite wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2005
Matt arthur offered an extremely capable staff, but also many, many, many organizations for the students. The school worked very hard to make every day not only enjoyable but fulfilling. I cherish my two years there- i was on the dance, drama, and odyssey of the mind teams; i took part in the renessance festival of the fall and the 'dances'; i was encouraged by the focus gifted class; i even won the priniciples award- all because matt arthur allowed me to cultivate my personal goals and skills. Matt arthur doesn't just care about standardized tests, they care about giving children a solid foundation to build the rest of their education and careers on top of.

- submitted by a former student
July 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
I had heard great things about this school and was very excited about my child going there. But with the new principal there the school just isnt the same.There is little no no encouragement for parent involvement I and several other parents were in not so many words discouraged from helping out in the school. The new principal Ms. Rape has changed things Im afraid not for the better. She seems to be on a bit of what some would call a power trip I just dont get a warm fuzzy from her or any of her office staff. The teachers I have worked with are very good at what they do and my child loves the ones we are working with this year. But Im afraid the bad of the principal will outway the good and we wont be attending there next year.

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September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
A wonderful school providing a first class learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2003
My son has been attending Matt Arthur now for, four years. He is very proud of his school. The principal, Mr. Faircloth is wonderful. My son feels good that his principal knows his name and who makes himself visable as much as possible. It shows how much he cares. The entire staff is wonderful! There are so many great people who work there, the list is very long. Mrs. Bloodworth and Ms. Jackson are two special people who also make a lot of difference at Matt Arthur. Matt Arthur has active teachers and active parents working together. The activities during school and after school bring a lot of spirit to Matt Arthur.

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Matthew Arthur Elementary School
2500 Ga Highway 127, Kathleen, GA  31047
(478) 988-6170
Last modified Matthew Arthur Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Matthew Arthur Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top