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Craig Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1087 students

 
 

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Posted September 1, 2013

My son attended Craig ES from K-5. He received a well rounded education. There are many extracurricular activities available throughout the school year. Of course, as in all schools, there are a few teachers whose personal likes/dislikes are displayed in their interaction with children. Overall, we only encountered one difficult teacher throughout his years at the school. Kudos the administrative staff who are supportive and willing to help resolve conflicts. Great principal also, very personable. Overall great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

CRAIG IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN BROOKWOOD FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION! THE ADMINISTRATION AND TEACHERS ARE EXCELLENT! MY SON HAS A VERY EFFECTIVE SPECIAL ED. TEACHER! SHE IS CARING SO CARING! I LITERALLY WITNESSED HER WIPE AWAY THE TEARS OF ONE OF HER STUDENTS AND WHEN MY SON WAS SICK AT SCHOOL SHE TOOK EXCELLENT CARE OF HIM (YES, MS. REY & FINLEY TALKING ABOUT YOU!) YOU ARE THE BEST! MY SON IS LEARNING SO MUCH FROM YOU!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2012

My son is go in to 3 grade and hi is so much happy and always say the best gift from my parents is to send me to the best school with amazing teacher and I said tanks Craig elementary
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

Great School. Great home works. Great teachers. Great Students. This school is great. The Teacher works hard to make sure all the students are successful. They have some of the best test scores in the county
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

My son has been a student at Craig for the last 3 years and we have had a wonderful experience. Craig is a school of excellence and it is apparent that teachers and administrators are striving to meet the needs of the children and to ensure that they have the resources they need to succeed and reach their greatest potential. The parental support and involvement is also great. I have been very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

This school is great. The Teacher works hard to make sure all the students are successful. They have some of the best test scores in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

My daughter was transfered to Craig to last year from Gwin Oaks and I must say what a difference between the 2 schools. The teachers at Gwin Oaks didn't seemed concerned about her education and I was often told to put her on medication which I didn't agree with at all. The first year at Craig she made the honor roll twice without any medication at all. Mrs. Ray is a very good principal and is truly concerned about all the kids education and encourages all of them to be the best they can be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2008

We LOVE Craig! We were a transfer from the Shiloh Cluster for the 07-08 school year and found that the teachers are great, the academic standard is high. They provide quality education along with a great environment. The teachers really work hard for the students to achieve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2008

I am more than in agreement with the many parents who have reviewed Craig Elementary before me - the principal is very difficult to work with. But, she is retiring this year and we all hope for a new and more open environment. The parents are still there and more than willing to participate, so we are all excited to see what comes next!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

We moved to this area because of this school. Our first year at Craig was wonderful. We loved Ms Kate Ervin, her teacher of 2nd grade. Our daughter improved tremendously and achieved straight As.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

Craig was once a wonderful school. I really tried to give the new principal the benefit of the doubt. She has a personal agenda and is unwilling [to] admit or correct mistakes. Parents no longer feel welcomed at the school. The grade level leader-teachers are often in meetings during the school 'teaching' day. The principal sent out a letter listing the teachers that would not be returning next year and their reason for leaving. As of this year, the school has also fallen down in its ranking based on CRCT test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2007

I love this school. I did a lot of research before moving to this school cluster from another within Gwinnett county. Over the past 3 years my child has attended, I have found just about every staff member, from top tiers down, to be attentive, caring and quite passionate about providing quality education in a quality setting. The school far exceeds my expectations in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2007

Great school from the ground up. Very caring professionals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2006

I have one child which completed Craig Elementary and one now in the school. In years past, Craig was an inviting and welcoming school to parent involvement. Teacher morale has declined as well as parent involvement and input to the school. While the quality of teachers has not declined, the atmosphere that they and the parents have to contend with in the new administration is far lacking in true community union. This principal should review what made Craig such a success in the beginning and move back to what works, rather than 'forcing' opinions and her own personal agenda. Children (and teachers) have gone from anticipating with delight to go to school, to an atmostphere of restriction and intimidation because of all the 'new rules' without justification. Learning can be fun. We need a change in administration for our school, before it has a negative affect on the learning and value of our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2006

My children have attended Craig ES for many years. Prior to the new administration, the school appeared to be more welcoming. Cultural Night has been eliminated. This used to be a highlight for children and parents during the school year and embraced cultural diversity. The former principal was much more accessible than is the current principal. As with any school, some teachers are excellent and others are adequate. The academic programs are excellent. The inner circle can be difficult to penetrate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

We've had two children attend Craig. Our youngest is still there. The quality of the academic programs is about as good as you'll find in the state. However the new administration with their closed door policy has placed a noticeable 'chill' on the atmosphere compared to the previous administration. The openness and accessibility which once characterized Craig has been replaced by a colder and more distant approach. There has been a noticeable turnover of teachers as well and the latest edition lacks the skills and experience of their predecessors. I would sum up this new administration as one which is focusing on grade scores more than they are focusing on the students whom they are there to serve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2005

Craig appears to be one of the better elementary schools in Georgia. In terms of teacher quality, Craig is probably no different than other schools in the county: our kids have had one or two truly excellent teachers; and they've had a couple who probably should not be teaching! The real reason for Craig's success is the community: young, professional, reasonably well-off and upwardly-mobile, highly motivated parents who have, until recently, been most actively engaged in the school. Recent troubling trends: parent involvement in the school seems to have declined since the new principal took over...some of the best teachers have left...more bureaucracy and focus on school statistics, less focus on the kids as individuals. Craig may be taking a turn for the worse. The current school administration would do well to pause...then examine and reproduce the previous principal's approach. The school rose to prominence under that approach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2005

We moved to Atlanta from Maryland when our children were in 2nd and 4th grades. We came from an excellent school in Maryland and were concerned about the reputation of Georgia Schools. Craig Elementary compares favorably to our Maryland elementary school in every aspect. We were extremely surprised at the quality of the academic program at Craig. We know our children are being challenged to their full potential at this school. The test scores coming from this school are phenomenol. The principal is very personable and the teachers are very involved in our children's success. This school has the huge benefit of massive parent involvement. The PTA reaches 100% membership every year and they maintain a busy social schedule at the school with activities for the children and families throughout the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2004

My child has attended Craig Elementary since her kindergarten year. We have had nothing but success here at Craig. She will be graduating this year to the sixth grade. She has participated in the wonderful chorus program for the last two years. Craig is very community oriented. My husband and I have alway felt very welcomed at Craig. The principal has an open door policy. Any concern of yours is a concern of hers and her staff. Good luck with your child's or children's success at Craig Elementary.
—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.

156 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

159 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

156 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 85% in 2010.

172 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

172 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

172 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

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

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

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 94% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

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

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

223 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%

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

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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 44% 44%
Black 21% 37%
Asian 17% 3%
Hispanic 14% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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