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J. A. Alford Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 973 students

 

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13 reviews of this school


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Posted April 6, 2014

My kids are going to this great school. There is no trailer like any other schools. The teachers and staffs are very nice and helpful. My kids enjoys school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2013

Alford is a great school with top notch teachers and staff. Couldn't ask for more!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I have 2 kids at Alford now--my oldest is in 2nd grade and has been going to Alford since kindergarten, and my son just started kindergarten this fall. My kids and I like Alford. The teachers my kids have had have been great. The principal is really awesome, and the school makes a real effort to get parents involved and motivate kids to be their best. I got no complaints other than that I hear my son say he's watched a TV show there (I think possibly while waiting for the bus). I think tv--DESPITE being minimal and educational--has no place in a school. Otherwise, Alford does a great job. I gotta say, though: I'm surprised there haven't been any parent reviews since 2012. Where are all the Alford parents?!?!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2012

Substandard special education program. One would think that with the funds this Title 1 school receives they would sufficient staff the Special Ed. department with trained and experienced personnel. One would also think that they would be interested in ensuring that their faculty follow the laws outlined in IDEA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

Alford is a wonderful school. The studnets, faculty, and parents are great!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 28, 2009

Alford is an Excellent School. This is our second year in public school and we couldn't have picked a better school. The principal and staff as so supportive. The school has high expectations of the children and my children have adjusted very well. There is always someone to help when needed. They are very professional and my children are really learning. I am on the PTA board and I would definately like to see more parents get involved. Other than that, the school is GREAT!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I am so excited about my involvement at Alford! I have both an upcoming 5th grader and 1st grader at Alford and my years here have been both challenging and rewarding! Throughout the challenging periods, Alford's administration have been supportive, instructive and honest, meaning as much as I would like to think my kids are angels all the time, I always was given the honest feedback needed to guarantee my child's success! Bravo to Alford's administration, teachers and parent center! The students have the best support to succeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

J.A. Alford is a progressive and well balanced school, the teachers are of upmost proffesionalism and maintained an ongoing challenge on the students skills and learning abilities. My daughter is tough by Ms Nagy, has improve 200% in her reading abilities and her math skills are outstading. I considered moving, however this is an important factor I cannot oversee. Thank you to the staff and the school system for providing the envioroment and safety of Gwinnett Co. Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

Alford is a wonderful school I want to take time to thank Ms.Santulli and Ms.Konick they both provided my daughters Jasmine & Giselle with an excellent challenging school year and have taught them so much , I was always aware of all they needed improvement on ,They are both such caring sweet and positive teachers :) I am sad to leave this school my children will be attending another next year . Thanks to all the staff for making it a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

I love the teachers that my daughters have had. They were all great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2007

This school is really great, the teachers get to talk about their student's problems and deal with it above all other things. When I had a bad score on a test, the teachers would make sure that the whole class would review that skill together just so I could learn, and I exceeded enormously. The lunches are okay too, and they're reasonable. There's a school store there, so you can buy your missing supplies, but the prices have changed since the last time I was there. And everything else, well, they're okay. When something bad is found in this school, and teachers get concerned too greatly. Overall, this is an okay school for a student to go to, there's nothing to worry about, and the enviorment is safe.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2007

I think Alford is a good school comparing it to the school my oldest attended last year well it doesn't measure up at all , the office staff are all too busy to help, the teachers we had this year were great they were exceptional in all ways my daughters learned many things thanks to them , if the school wouldn't put such importance to selling things and making money then it would be a little more relaxed environment . I only hope that friendliness will be a requirement next year ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I think Alford is a GREAT school. The teachers are all very friendly and have great relationships with the kids. The administrators are great and do a wonderful job working with the kids and running the school. I was a little worried at first when my child started Alford because it was a brand new school and it picked up students from two underperforming schools, I was worried the education would lack. But this is a great bunch, everyone works great together. The scores are great and my child is getting an awesome education while enjoying her days ate school. I am very pleased. I do wish there were a little more extracurricular activities, especially ones to further challenge education talents along with sports and hobbies. Parents should also get more involved there, the door is open for them!
—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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

150 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

150 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 85% in 2010.

158 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

158 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

158 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 88% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

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 94% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
67%

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.

202 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
90%
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
Hispanic 45% 12%
Black 27% 37%
Asian 14% 3%
White 11% 44%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Shon Davis
Fax number
  • (678) 924-5305

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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