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Head Elementary School

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Posted August 21, 2012

Leadership changed the year my child started K, then again in 2nd grade, and wasn't too impressed. In fact the AP had such a bad reputation that many people thought she should be replaced. We have an above average child with no behavior issues. The teachers are good, but not enough oversight or action by leadership when real issues happen. Parent concern are politely listened to but romises for changes are not honored. Even thought many families are moving and fighting to get into it, in the end, we moved out of the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

I hear many many good things about this school. Hopefully my 3 kids will have a wonderful experience and a high educational high skill for the next 6 years in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2010

Head is overall a great school, many of us parents feel the administration change 2 years ago has had a negative effect. The previous principal and vice-principal were much more engaged with the parents and really seemed to care more about what was best for the kids and the families. The current administration *seems* much more focused on test scores and leveling out the classes for the teachers. The teachers can vary from outstanding to average. The favoritism is very obvious, the teacher in every grade known for being the "best" has all the teachers' kids and PTA boards' children. On the good side - the PTA is very active and class ratios are good. The more experienced teachers are some of the best in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

advantages of being at RD head are few.let me try and point some out. Comparitively small school .older teachers are very kind and attentive.Gifted education uptill fourth grade was very good. disadvantages are many. Younger teachers are inefficient and lack experience to handle kids this age.curriculum is not challenging at all.My daughter gets bored in class.it is good she is in Gifted prog otherwise this would have been a waste of five years for her.The pricipal needs to stop patting herself on the back for 'good' scores in county tests.Sometimes I feel that the administration only cares about CRCT results. No foreign language instruction at all.Not all kids are given equal opportunity.you will see the same kids participating in everything.teachers dont take the time out to encourage students who are quite but talented.members of PTA think they own the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

We are new to Head, our daughter is in Kindergarten and she has Ms. Odum... not enough words can be written in this little space to say how wonderful she and Ms. Lacroix are. Thanks guys!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It is a wonderful school. My son went there. Our neighborhood children go there. They have a wonderful PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

Love the school. Great teachers. Great PTA. Like family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

Quality of teachers varies in this school (older instructors are very good). If you have a child who is having difficulty keeping up with the pace, don't expect individualized care. Supposedly no child is being left behind, but elementary school should be a place where the emotional needs and well-being are paramount...this is not emphasized/prioritized at RD Head. A lot of good people work there, but the staff are handicapped by the screwy curriculum and lack of common sense when it comes to disciplining the children. Our child has had repeated trips to the principals office (traumatic) for reasons that were dubious or petty. We are not fans of the administration there. Good luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2008

From the perspective of those from Georgia, i am sure it seems to be a wonderful school. To those of us educated in states ranking far above Georgia in National Ratings, it is clear that this is a substandard educational setting. Everyone is so busy patting themselves on the back, perhaps the truth is just too difficult to face. My children were not happy there and knew they were missing out on opportunities. They, both goal-orientated ,were worried about their academic futures and thought the gifted program was a joke. We moved so they could be in better schools and immediately the improvement was obvious. we were told such great things, but now I can see tht is by people who accept a lower standard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2008

I am a former student of R.D Head Elementary. I graduated in 2004. My exprerience at R.D Head was great. It is very kid friendly, and when people need help others will go out of their way. Bullies are one thing you dont have to worry about the school has a zero tolerance for bullies and punishment is severe. I loved going to this school and others will too.


Posted November 29, 2007

Head is BY FAR the best elementary school in the state! The staff exceeds that of other schools and it has remained small and home-like despite the growth in Gwinnett County. There are always wonderful activities to participate in and the fundraisers provide fun and finacial support to this great school! There are several teachers; Mrs. Paul (music), Mrs. Boone (K), Mrs. Byers (K), Mrs. Hicks, Mrs. Lowery, Mrs. Whaley, etc. who have been there for years and still love what they do year after year! They have gone over and beyond what is expected from a school and I am very impressed with the school! One of my children is in the special education program, not the gifted, but resides in an iclusion classroom. He has the best possible education and I am pleased with his education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

I notice that most of the people who rave about Head are parents with kids in the 'gifted' program. That is wonderful, I'm glad to see some kids are having a great time. Meanwhile, if you have a child who isn't 'in the box', good luck. You'll have constant problems, constant phone calls, and meetings because they're so busy, they don't have time for a kid who needs any extra help. I can't wait for my child to get out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

I think this is a fantastic school. It is small and all the teachers and staff focus on helping the child reach their highest potential. My daughter is starting 5th grade this year and has been at this school since Kindergarden. She has been in the gifted program every year and loves the daily challenges and opportunities the teachers bring to the classroom. All administration here has proven to be very responsive to the parents and children. My daughter loves her school, teachers and we love her academic success and the fact that they are helping her reach her full potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2007

Wonderful school! Both my daughters are in the gifted program (Focus) and have really thrived and succeeded here (have attended for three years). Teachers are very caring and encourage parent involvement, admin is very proud of the schools test scores and working hard to keep them high. PTA works VERY hard and provides many extra services for children. Very satisfied!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

This school is a very pretentious farce. The facts are: Head was over-capacity by 101 this year and has several trailers. There were almost 30 students in my child's class. The traffic and parking situation at the school is bad. There is a lack of extracurricular activities for the students. There is only one regular club for some students and a great parent volunteer runs it. There is no auditorium, no decent playgrounds or foreign-language program (except ESOL), or some of the other things you see in many schools in the Atlanta area, despite continuous fundraising by supportive parents and students. Head Elementary leaves a lot to be desired by those of us who have seen and had better educational experiences. It has been a terrible disppointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

This is the best school in the state.I have 3 children that have attended since Kindergarten.One is now in 7th grade one is in 5th grade still at Head and one just started Kindergarten.They all love it.We could not be happier.Everyone is so involved and make it fun for the kids.The staff really cares about these children and it shows! All the parents know each other,it is very family oriented. Keep up the good work!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2004

We have had 1 child that attended for for four years and three that are still here. This is only the second elementary school that we have had experience with- but we cannot say enough wonderful things about this school! From the incredible, enthusiastic administration ( you don't hear that phrase too often in connection with administration!), to the top-notch teachers, to the involved parents-it's an all around great school. I love that it is smaller and that you get to know everyone easier than in the larger schools. My children have been very happy here and so are we. This is what an Elementary School is suppose to be like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

I have been very pleased with R.D Head, my children have been there for three years now. I like how the parents and teachers are very envolved with the school, and I also like the student teacher ratio, and the fact that there are not to many children attending. The Blue Family, Lilburn, GA
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

83 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

83 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

87 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

87 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

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 90% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

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 94% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
99%
Social Studies

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
92%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 44%
Black 22% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 3%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1801 Hewatt Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
Phone: (770) 972-8050

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