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Sweetwater Elementary School

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3 stars

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Posted August 23, 2014

We are new to Sweetwater Elementary this year. I have to say it's a complete 180 from the private school my child attended for the last 3 years. I don't know what the entire staff is like, but my child's teacher seems like she's out to lunch. I pray she is teaching her students each day. There is zero communication from this teacher. The students have an agenda that parents purchase for $5 and the only note I've received to date is about how my daughter puts her head down when she knows this is not allowed. Wow. Maybe my child is bored. In my opinion, her classroom wasn't prepared for the first day. There wasn't even an alphabet displayed. What if my child needs that reference when she mixes up her b's and d's? I sent in a simple note asking which days PE were on so I'd be sure to dress my child in sneakers. No response. The homework isn't checked. It's returned in my child's folder every day looking like it hadn't even been touched nor reviewed. My child was also sent home on the bus when I sent in a note that she should go to afterschool for the day. Thankfully, I was home. I just got sheepish 'I'm sorry's' from the transportation coordinator and the teacher. Disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

I love Sweetwater elementary. The teachers are so caring and so wonderful at teaching. The administrators are always there to listen, and help when and if you need it. I am able to visit my children whenever I want. The school is always clean and organized. I couldn't have picked a better school to teach my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

My thought on SWES is this PARENTS do your work at home with your children, make them sit at the table and do there homework,explain how important education is to there life...on other hands yes there are some instructors who need a good sit down with but I'm pretty sure thats in every school sysytem. Please stay in front of your child teachers as often as you can not only when things are not going so well but when things are running well..sorry if I stepped on any toes! Sonya
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

My son had a bully last year and when it was taken to the principal and vice principal nothing was done about it until i called the dept. of ed. but, a week after that, every thing my son does is reported to the principal. My son after this year will never step foot in that school again after what they have been doing. I give the school one star and that is me being nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2010

In response to the parent who was disappointed because her child was bullied, I agree with you. My two white children (boys) were both bullied, physically and emotionally. All of the comments were racially motivated. White children at this school are the actually minority. They were pushed down and called names, but always just out of sight of the teachers. When they complained to their teachers, they were told that because they didn't see anything happen, there was nothing they could do. I spoke with the teachers on more than one occasion. Nothing got any better. They stopped saying anything to their teachers because they said it made it worse on them and that the teachers got mad if they said anything. I understand that bullying is a normal occurence, but when children are allowed to physically push and hit other children, what message does this send?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2010

We are very disappointed with this school. My son attended this school in the 5th grade and was constantly being bullied" and talked about due to his darker skin complexion. The bulling and racial remarks were never taken serious by the Principle or the Teacher. It has been a constant battle for us because this school lacks discipline and professionalism. PARENTS: Please think twice about sending your child to this school especially if they are considered societies minority. It s really sad when you have to teach your child to defend himself instead of teaching them the importance of school and that s to get a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

They were the only school that would keep my child safe. She was removed from school afte she left there due to her Latex allergy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

My concern for this schools sagging achievement data has been verified. After a great Kindergarten experience at this school, we have been severely disappointed with the lack of challenging work from our son's 1st grade teacher. We have had several communications with the teacher only to have the same work with no assistance from the school leadership. Teaching to the middle seems to be the constant for this school, but this is not accpetable to us. Our child will be at another school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2008

This school and all of it's leadership should be investigated and reprimanded. There is a lot going on that I am not satisfied with. My students have gotten what seems worst as the year has gone on because of the lack of discipline with the 'bad' students. And of course this distracts my students from learning which should be the number one expectation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2008

I have 2 children currently attending SES. The principal there is wonderful and she truly cares about the students and their familys. The school is clean and well kept. The teachers are excellent and my boys are learning so much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

I'm very unsatisfied. They won't have the PA (venture) program intill December. The student teacher ratio is maxed out. There's no diveresity.....and no one cares. The bus drivers are horrible and its very small (gym, luch room, library). I want to take my kids out but they won't let me put them in another school, I guess they're all maxed out. Its great to know our tax money gets used wisely. These children are the future leaders of our world, I just don't understand why education isn't our top priority. If I went to school for 4+ years so I could help the world and our children it, so I could make a positve change in a child life, then it turns out like this, thats horrible. Teachers arn't babysitters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2005

I have a son in Kindergarden and he has learn so much. I think the schools does an excellent job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2003

My daoghter attended the past three years matriculated to middle school. The experience here excellent. SWES has provided an excellent foundation for the remainder of her education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2003

I have a son in Sweetwater elem. I have had good results from this school. I would like to see the class size smaller and the math pick up a little more.


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.

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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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

110 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

110 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

103 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

103 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 88% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
Social Studies

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
70%
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 58% 37%
Hispanic 21% 12%
White 15% 44%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Lithia Springs, GA 30122
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