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Simonton Elementary School

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Posted October 20, 2011

I am happy with school ,with the all staff personal whos working here.I Llike all of this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

I love this school. The improvement have been notorious. The results of CRCT test showed how this school has improved. Mi son and dauther love to go to school. I'm so proud of Simonton, its Principal and its teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

The school has improved immensely under Dr. Young's leadership. She is extremely involved with the children. I have been very lucky to have Ms. Stacey Hughes and Ms. Whaley as my child's gifted education teachers. They are very open and approachable. I hope we see more parent involvement as this is the key to better academic performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

I'm very impressed by the principal's involvement in the kids activity. Wow my child's teacher in Kindergarten has a masters degree and working on a doctorate and above all my kid can read very well and is actually 2 grades above her reading class. I do understand the prior problem in d school was overcrowding but thank God for Gwinnett county 2 schools were built to ease this. Above all most parents think the job is done once their kids go to school and its the sole responsibility of the teachers to educate the kids; NO they have 80% of the work cut out for them to make sure their kids excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2011

I love this school, Dr. Young is really involved with the children and has introduced some great new programs. My son had Mrs. Little in Kindergarten and Mrs. Hammond in 1st grade and also Mrs. Whaley for as his gifted and talented teacher. All of these teachers were very open and honest, communication was a two way street and they always returned emails the same day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

The focus at this school appears to be test scores. The so-called leadership at this school seems to care nothing for the overall development of the whole and complete child. Kindergarten has become a testing preparation farm where children are expected to have adult cognitive and reasoning skills (many adults do not have this). Kindergarten was founded as a place where children observe and explore the world in which they live through teacher facilitation. No more!! This school cares only about the numbers and will not attempt to go outside of their box. Children who are slow to be assimilated are punished at this school. Parents Beware!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

We just had my sons old 1st grade teacher become teacher of the yeaR!!!! (Go Ms. Adams!!!!) The care and dedication of all staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

I am terribly disappointed with Simonton Elementary...My childs only saving grace was that for the first 2 years (K+1st) he had decent teachers who really cared. That, by the way, is very hard to come by at this school. The entire mood there is miserable. The faculty claim to care but i find that they really are just on a power trip. I would be at that school almost once a week and would come see my child at lunch just to check on him. I sat in on his class 1 time and realized why he came home so miserable & unhappy. If you have the option in anyway for your child to not attend this school then run run run!!--Not to mention the over crowding and the fact that the majority of the classes dont speak english! I understand this is not the childrens fault but if
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

I think that Simonton ES has a very caring and professional staff. I feel fortunate to have my child enrolled there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

This is the worst school. It is completely overcrowded. The teachers and staff are....Umm, how do i say this nicely....Horrible! How in the world did this school win the silver award? Someone needs to recheck their scores and testing practices. I am totally cut off from my childs classroom because 'noone is allowed in the classrooms during school hours' yet they complain about the lack of parental involvement. I asked to volunteer and was turned away. My sons teacher tells me my son is lazy and I know that my A honor roll student isnt lazy. She just doesnt want to have to give that little extra time to one student (unless of course they are spanish speakers) I have seen/heard teachers yelling at the kids to 'shut up now! you're giving me a headache' this was on the day of the xmas party, after pumping them full of pure sugar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2008

My child's teacher is a decent teacher, but I have had problems with the transportation and my son getting lost 3 (yes three) time coming home on the bus. This was very stressful for me and I did not appreciate it at all. I have also had issues with their lunch processes in which I have observed the lunch room employees pick up children's food with their hands and proceed to put it back into the tray with the other food. I'm not too impressed and plan to move to get my child into a new school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

This school is too crowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

Congratulations to the staff and students at simonton for winning the silver award for academics in the state of georgia! good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

I was very impressed with my daughters progress during her first year of school. Her teachers were terrific and made her excited about going to class everyday. The international nights and events that took place were also an added plus and made her first year memorable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

My daughter attended Kindergarten at Simonton this year. She had a wonderful experience. The administration and teachers I met & worked with were great. There are were many opportunities for involvement. I am sad to say that not many parents took advantage of this as could have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

My daughter struggled with learning Time and Money this year. Her teacher recommended summer school even though she didn't needed. I was very upset to find out that there were no other reasources available to help my daughter who needed a little extra help with the areas above. If you can pull children out of class to learn English than why doesn't the school have any resources to help students who need a little extra help with there math skills. There are 40 students and 2 teachers in my childs classroom which is ridiculous. I'm hoping to send her somewhere else when school starts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

My son has attended Simonton for K-1st grade and his teachers have been wonderful and the adminstration is very focused and friendly. The pricipal is a positive leader and knows all of our family members by name. There are many opportunties for parents to become involved in the school, which definitely makes a difference. Class sizes for K and 1st were 17/class. I helped in some of the older classes, which to me still seem crowded (30/class in 5th grade).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2005

My son just started 1st grade at Simonton in the middle of the year, and is having a hard time adjusting to the changes between this and his other school. I don't beleive that the teachers are willing to help him to adjust and are 'too busy' or just not willing to give that extra attention to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2005

My daughter is in 1st grade this year at Simonton. While her teachers have been wonderful, the lack of resources available for those children who don't need remedial work and need that 'little extra' is discouraging. Parental involvement is lacking, at cirriculum night less than half the children in my daughter's class had parents attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2004

My only child attended kindergarten this year at Simonton. As an older mom, I was simply astonished at the 'lack of' at this school. Never once was I asked to show identification to pick up my child, visit her class or pick up my neighbor's children. She ate lunch at 1:30 pm. By that time, the food was slim pickings and usually some of the entrees were unavailable. Lack of discipline, overcrowding, lack of security at front door and trailers. My white, American born, female child was a minority in her class. That's fine if the majority spoke English! I was the default elected class mother, because no one else volunteered. Nor did most of them participate in assisting the teacher, class or myself. Next year, Margaret Wynn Holt...hopefully this will ease some of the pain.
—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.

202 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

202 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

202 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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

219 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

219 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
85%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Black 41% 37%
Hispanic 28% 12%
White 19% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Chandra Young
Fax number
  • (770) 682-4197

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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275 Simonton Rd
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Phone: (770) 513-6637

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