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Margaret Winn Holt Elementary School

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Posted July 18, 2013

My daughter attended Winn Holt (and will be a high school freshman next year). Now my son is a second grader at Holt. He was attending another school, but we actually sought a permissive transfer to let him attend Winn Holt like his sister did. Once you've had a child in a school with Dr. Curtiss and his amazing staff at the helm, everything else is disappointing. We are thrilled with the transformation in our son since enrolling him at Holt. His enthusiasm for learning is back, and the teachers at the school know and love him, and they make him feel special. He's not just another student number in sneakers. The staff is enthusiastic and welcoming, and there's a core group of parents who are committed to enriching the school environment and extending the school community. I can't say enough about how much we love Winn Holt Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2013

My son has been at Winn Holt for 3 full years. He loves his school, his teachers, and his principle. There is great communication between the faculty themselves and to the parents. They take the extra time with kids to really find out who they are so they can make learning fun and engaging. My son had some hard times while his father and I were divorcing and the school worked with him and he was able to visit the guidance counselor several times a week if needed. She really worked with me and his teacher to make sure all of us were on the same pages with him emotionally. The school also encourages the parents to be as involved as possible. I am able to go visit whenever I like, email all the time, I can come participate in class activities with the kids and attend their end of year celebrations. I really love the fact that I as a parent can still be very involved in my childs educational settings and influences. I went to a top rated school district (Parkview) and despite test scores and athletics the school stinks for a healthy learning environment. Winn Holt is amazing, its great to walk into the front office and have everyone know you and care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

This is the first year that we haven't had a child at Winn Holt since the school's doors opened. It was a wonderful place for our children to go. There is a real love for children at this school. Also, the administration takes measures to ensure that the school is always moving forward so that the students can be offered a quality education. Our children were cared for at this school, for being just who they are. The principal is very involved. He's in the hallway in the mornings, greeting students, and he's there at the buses in the evenings. Kids here are encouraged to use their "champion" behavior and are rewarded by various methods: photos on the hallway wall, participating in the morning news show, etc. Every child, though, is offered a variety of ways to be involved, whether through the annual word parade or through the various clubs and activities. Our children loved it here, and they became prepared for middle school. I think that as long as Dr. Curtiss is the principal at Winn Holt, it's going to be a great school.
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Posted April 17, 2011

My daughter's teacher was Ms. Vinson. Regrettably I had to move but Ms. Vinson was the single most important contributor to my daughter's reading increasing 9 levels. She's an awesome teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2009

My daughter goes to this school and they do a lot to get parents involved. Her teachers have always kept me in the loop with what is going on with my child and to education her beyond her expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

I have 2 sons in this school and overall it is a pretty good school. This being a title one school the leadership has excellenct training but could domore to boost test scores. I relocated to anoter neighborhood so that I could get my kids inot a better ranked school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

I love the school! My son has been treated as an individual and with great care. There is no other school I would rather have him attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

I have been so impressed by the whole school and staff at Winn Holt Elementary! We are new to the area, and have been very happy with the welcoming response we've received. I want to personally recognize Mr. Landtroop for his outstanding work with his students! He even attended our son's basketball game on a Saturday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2008

I have 2 children at this school: one typical, one special needs. Both have been there since it opened. It started as a pleasant, inviting, caring school. As the student population has exploded and diversified, those intial qualities have deteriorated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2007

Winn Holt has been a great transition from coming from private school. Last year was our first year and we had a wonderful teacher who went above and beyound. I'm hoping for even a better year this year. I like the fact that my child can be challenged and have fun doing it in the think lab. My only regret was they had pricipal breakfast for the first three nine weeks for students who made all A's but failed to have reconization for students who had all A's for the entire school year. So I'm hoping this year there will be awards day for those students who have excelled through out the year because this will help with encouraging students to be champions throughout the year and to reward them at the end for their accomplishments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

Winn Holt has been an excellent school because of the wonderful leadership of our principal,who by the way is a Principal of the Year. The diversity is the same all over gwinnett and is adressed the best way most Gwinnett schools can address it. We have a wonderful middle school, Richard's middle, who also has a Principal of the year, Judy Stephens. We have had wonderful experiences at both school and just the same at Central Gwinnett. Please continue to focus on the Principals, teachers and staff at our Central Cluster schools. They are superior schools. Central is voted 681 out of 1300 high schools across the nation.We have a wonderful school system dealing with the amazing growth as best as a school system can. I will take the hometown feel of this area over the high schools in Gw. reaching and 4,000 students in one high school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

Last year was my daughter's first year at Winn Holt. She was home schooled for kindergarten, and she attended a free-form private school for first grade. We were more than a little anxious about her entering public school for her 2nd grade year, but we are pleased with Winn Holt. She is an advanced reader, and her teacher (we couldn't have asked for a better one!) made many adjustments for my daughter to keep her challenged in that area. The staff is incredible. The level of communication between educators and parents is impressive, and the PTA at the school is thriving. The school has a rotating weekly schedule of 'specials' classes for music, art, computer, special maths, P.E. and inquiries. All in all, we are very happy with the education our daughter is receiving at Winn Holt, and we're looking forward to the new school year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

It is my daughter's second year in this school now and she has been so happy and nurtured by the staff and teachers. It is a big school yet small enough that every staff has touched a child's memory of the school. I relocated from California and had to adjust to the GA school system as I very much like it in California. After I think the school is doing great compared to other schools in the city. I wish they do more advanced subjects as elective courses for those that are advanced and not being held back by students that are below average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2007

The school is awesome. I have a daughter going to that school and she just loves it there. Great teachers - dedicated to their work, hardworking and they love their kids its as if they were born to be teachers. Bravo to the whole team. Love it!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2007

This school is run like a well-oiled machine. The staff is friendly and cooperative, the teachers are professional and attentive, and the Principal is gregarious and involved. I am very pleased that my son has had the opportunity to grow and learn in such a caring and diverse environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2006

My son started kindergarten this and I was very pleased that his teachers made him both comfortable and kept him interested. They communicate very well with me and seem to care about the children They have made a good impression on a hard to please parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2006

'Bravo' to the entire staff at Winn Holt. My daughter is a 1st grader and this is her second year at the school. Dr. Curtiss is a exceptional role model as well as the teachers. The school is very organized, clean, and safe. I do have one concern that I fell will be the downfall of the school if not approached properly. I feel there is too much focus on non English speaking students/family. So much that my American born English speaking child is now a minority in her class. I fear the attention she should be getting is going to other students. I do not deny any child an education. I just feel there may be a more efficient environment for students who speak little or no english and not in class with students who are having to be held back while others start from square one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

This school have an awesome team who is all about the students learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

253 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

254 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

254 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
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.

208 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

208 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

208 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 88% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

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 90% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

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

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
84%
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
Hispanic 34% 12%
Black 29% 37%
White 21% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • James Patrick Curtiss
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Lawrenceville, GA 30046
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