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Big Shanty Elementary School

Public | 3-5 | 790 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted March 26, 2014

This school has lost it's focus on teaching children. It has become militant with a new behavioral policy that has the children very stressed. I have not spoken to one parent who does not have an issue with this new policy- the administration is clueless, despite the numerous parent meetings expressing concerns. Their new stance seems to be head in the sand, disregarding valid concerns from not only parents but mental health professionals in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2014

This school is governed on focusing on the minority who are failing to adhere, rather than continuously acknowledging those that consistently follow the rules. Goals/rules, are so out of whack..... = does not/will not equal success for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

Terrible! The teachers are absolutely careless and disorganized. The focus is on behavior and NOT academics. There is no across the board no questions asked behavior expectation. It's based on the kid and the teacher's subjective impression. The negativity runs ramped and the extra carriculars such as festivals, holiday shop, etc are non existant. The administration is cold and careless. To solicit help from these people is like pulling teeth. The cafeteria doesn't even pay attention to diet restrictions placed by parents, etc. There is NO supervision during lunch besides from janitorial staff, and the school is incredibly money hungry with nothing to show for it. Their art program is pathetic. NIGHT AND DAY difference between Kennesaw Elem and Big Shanty. Such a shame! I'm pulling my child and placing him elsewhere next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2013

This school is terrible. My daughter goes to this school. Yes racism is there. Due to crowded rooms teacher can't help the bullying and bad manner children are adopting in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

Big Shanty has a new administration and it shows! Everyone in the school is full of energy and enthusiasm. The staff has high morale and the students are eager to learn. Look for great things to come from Big Shanty in the coming years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

I had two children go through Big Shanty, both were challenged and looked forward to going to school everyday. I could not be happier with a school, both my children became independent and ready for middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

My oldest child is currently in their 2nd year at Big Shanty and will be taken out at mid year when we can transfer somewhere else. She has always loved school and scores in the 99th percentile on standardized tests. She is a very bright child but we now spend hours each night doing the teaching that she isn't getting at school. This is further complicated by the lack of communication. The rooms are over crowded and the teachers have turned into baby sitters just looking to collect a check The thought that my child should be challenged is an absolute foreign concept. If you have other options, take them - we will be. If you do not have any other good option then prepare to teach your child everything they need without any assistance from the school. I'm sure some of the teachers are fine but it is luck of the draw and not worth risking your child's future to their overall incompetence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

My child attended Big Shanty Elementary School, the worst school ever; I was very disappointed with this school facility. If your child is different they do not pay attention to them, this school is a racial school (yes I said it because it is). The teachers are rude to the kids and do not assist them when they are in need. My child last year was to worst the teacher used scare tactic to teach. Due to that type of teaching my child could not excel, now he's in middle school and he's on the honor roll every marking cycle. Do not send your child to Big Shanty Elementary School if you love your child. Kennesaw Elementary School very good, they care about the kids and they want your child to excel. Awtrey Middle School very good, they too care about the kids and they want your child to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2011

This is a fabulous school!! We removed our children from private school, placed them in Big Shanty. Because the Cobb County curriculum is superior to many of the private schools, we had to have help in being brought back up to "grade equivalent" in math. They were very helpful in working with us. Communication is stellar, at this school!! Teachers and staff are very good with informing parents of the happenings and "goings ons". The office staff is friendly and helpful. Can't say enough good about this place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2011

I was apprehensive about sending my child to this school however the teachers that he did have were excellent. He went there for 3rd and 4th grade. If a child is academically strong, they will thrive in any environment. That said, the building and environment of the school leaves much to be desired, the classrooms are overcrowded. On the first day of school, there was no desk for my son and he had to sit outside while they found a desk. The class was so large in size that there was hardly any room to walk between the desks, the children were literally on top of each other. Also not too happy with the adminstration either. Overall the school needs to be updated, and brought up to date with technology and made bigger. Teachers and parent volunteers made this school way better than it seemed at first!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

This school is a mess!! Administration has no concern over the value of a parent's time. Teachers have no tolerance to a child's normal behavior pattern. Communication is terrible. Teachers demote children to other classes without notifying parents. Classrooms are overcrowded and children are overstimulated. How can one learn in this environment???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

If your child is not a walking vegetable, do not send him/her here. Children are not able to behave as normal children do. This school has ruined my child's self esteem. Administration has no consideration to the importance of a parent's time. Classrooms are overcrowded. Communication is terrible. Parents are not notified if children are placed in a new class (demoted). I wish I would have pulled my child out of this school a long time ago but being new to the area and just getting settled, I felt that another change would have been more detrimental. I am now regretting my decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2010

Awesome! I have enjoyed having my child at this school. My daughter is hearing impaired and the staff and teachers have been wonderful. This was our first year. Her teacher, Ms. Betsey Kenneday has been wonderful. She motivates and challenges her students to their fullest potential. We have also had great experiences with Mr. Cook and Ms. Palen (Art Teacher). The administrative team were helpful. We felt at home. I can wait for my son to start there nexy year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

Not thrilled with this school AT ALL! There is absolutely no structure in the school. Classrooms are overcrowded. My child went from being an honor roll student to just skimming by. If you are moving to this area, there is a charter school around the corner if you can not afford a private school. I would try there first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

I have two children at Big Shanty and feel very confident in the level of education they are getting. My youngest son is a 3rd grader and has a hard time focussing, his teacher came up with the wonderful idea of putting a timer on his desk to help him keep track of his time...he treats it like a competition to beat the clock. This type of thinking outside the box it what makes Big Shanty such a wondeful school. Thanks for all you do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2009

Unfortunately the teaching my child received was very unprofessional. I don t think my son teachers got the support that they need. My son is autistic I don t know if that was the problem not much knowledge from administration from the school. The principal and supervisor for especial education for that school did very little to help us. This last school year Big Shanty made many changes on my son classes without letting me know a head of time. My son has many food allergies that Big Shanty did not want to work with us. I had to request an IEP just to strait this issue. They should have thought on that before make the changes. A good thing is Parents are very much involved on their children education at Big Shanty and teachers are very caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

Big Shanty is a great school. The Staff is friendly and the teachers are knowledgeable and caring for the students. Lots of extra activities is available. There is a lot of parent involvement in the school and PTA. Very satisfied and my daughter could not be more happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2008

Great scholl, it has been a great experience for our son and for us as parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2006

As a parent who has just moved to the Kennesaw area, I have been extremely impressed with Big Shanty. The administration is highly visible and available, and there is a real warm and caring feeling at this school. Teachers are motivated and very dedicated. We are very happy that our child has found such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2006

I have seven children and have moved around quite a lot. I have seen many schools some o.K. Some atrocious,but I have never been more pleased and proud to say my children go to big shanty I absolutely love the school!
—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 88% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

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 90% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

264 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

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 52% 44%
Black 23% 37%
Hispanic 16% 12%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1575 Ben King Rd NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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