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Sawyer Road Elementary School

Charter | PK-5 | 765 students

Intrernational Baccalaureate Primary Years Program World School

 
 
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Posted yesterday

We love this school! It really isn't a school as much as a family! My second son just started Kindergarten this year and he is excited to get up and go to school everyday! The teachers and staff are amazing and dedicated to all the children who attend. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is second to none and the Marietta City Schools district offers children the chance for the IB diploma when graduating high school. This is highly sought after by colleges! Wouldn't think of sending my children anywhere else! Go take a tour and you will see what it is all about!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2014

This school is absolutely amazing! My daughter attends and will be starting 2nd grade. She has been excited to go to school since she started attending in Kindergarten. The teachers are dedicated and wonderful. The school is an International Baccalaureate World School (IB World School) and also identifies and serves gifted students through the MILE program by having in classroom gifted certified teachers. I have been very happy and impressed with the curriculum as well as the diversity of the school and the learning experiences offered here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

This school is more like an ededucational community. The teachers, principal, and staff are amazing. Also, the school is one of a few IB Primary Years schools in Georgia, however you can leave Sawyer Road and finish through high school in the IB Program since Marietta City Schools had the program for K-12th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Sawyer Road Elementary is a great school.The teachers are wonderful and the best principle ever. I have a lot to say so I will just sum it up and say they have the best people working at Sawyer Road Elementary schools and people who cares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

Sawyer Road is AMAZING. We are districted for Sawyer Road and looked around at various public and private schools. We could not be happier with the choice we made. The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum integrates all the subjects helping the children make those connections and learn better/quicker. Our kindergarten student has made leaps and bounds in just the first four months of school. The staff is amazing, truly cares for each student and meets each student where they are at and then challenges them to get better. Rather than the one size fits all approach. I was initially concerned about the high diversity (socio-economic and ethnic) but now truly appreciate it. Our child is getting to experience many different cultures and backgrounds. Better preparing them for life and interactions with people of all backgrounds. We would strongly encourage any parent to send their child to Sawyer Road.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

Sawyer Road is an excellent school. The school is committed to providing excellence in education. The teachers are always willing to work with you and the principal is amazing. She is so involved and cares about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2010

As a parent, I could not be more please with the quality of the education my son receives at Sawyer RD. The teachers are caring, devoted and extremely skilled. The leadersip is outstanding and strives to inspire teachers/staff to continue to learn, be creative and use their talents. There is so much opportunity for the children to develop their interests and talents through a challenging yet nurturing approach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2009

An International Bacceloreate (IB) education for elementary ages children will provide them with the extra advantage needed in the global market we live in. Many families pay $15,000 + a year for an IB education at local private elementary schools. This opportunity is unmatched. Once you realize the value, prestige, and rigorus academics an IB education provides you will love this school as much as our family does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

This is a great school. I am very grateful my kids attend this school. Teachers and staff are wonderful. Sawyer Road is an IBO school, and their learner profile teach students values that will go with them the rest of their lives in addition to teach students to love education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

Sawyer Road is a wonderful school! As a parent I am grateful my kids attend this school. Teachers are wonderful. I have seen how they do their best to make sure my children reach their full potential. The building is new, lots of windows, computers and SmartBoards on every classroom. My kids love the Starfish Reef and the discipline plan is awsome. THe principal is the most caring principal I have ever met. She loves all the kids. Specially, I love the IBO program. The IB learner profile where they want students to be communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, open-minded, reflective, principled, balanced, inquirer, thinker, and caring, is exactly what I want for my kids to have for the rest of their lives. At Sawyer Road, teachers and staff understand that a child-centered education is the best for the student. I am grateful for the
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2009

My son is now in first grade and absolutely loved his kindergarden year last year. He read 74 books over the school year and we are so proud of not only him but to be a part of the school and the wonderful teachers. Thanks Sawyer Rd.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2009

This is a fantastic school... great principal.. great teachers.. IB certified.. best teacher in all of country.. both my kids went their and they absolutely loved it.. Whenever I had a problem Principal was right there to talk to me.. she listened and handled it.. Principal is at car rider door every morning greeting each child as they get dropped off.. Just an Awesome school ...very very neat and clean.. well kept..great positive atittudes.. both my kids are in middle school now and I miss Sawyer Rd Elementary....Janet M. (Pris and Jason)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2009

All those people who wrote bad reviews should think wisely before talking. I actually attended this school and personally, I loved it. Both of my parents were actively involved in the school without being in the PTA. Even when my grandmother came to visit from new york the school allowed her to volunteer. About the school's academic abilities, our school's reading bowl, which i was in, won, beating the magnet school. Also, in the district spelling bee, our student, which was me, came in 2nd place. By the way, this was all in the first year Sawyer Road opened. Marietta School District is one of the best districts in the state, so get your facts straight before writing stupidity. I love this school, it has much to give to students from a beta club to safety patrol. I'm a freshman in highschool now.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2009

Great school! I was hesitant because this was an MCS school...but I have to be honest, our experience has been great! My daughter did exceptionally well on her testing, and her wonderful teacher played a huge role in getting her prepared. I am really satisfied, and plan to continue with Sawyer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! The pricipal is GREAT! She fights for her school and is constantly writing grants to improve the progress and learning capabilities of our future leaders, doctors, lawyers etc. Sawyer is an International Baccalaureate School. My daughter has rapidly advanced since she has attended the school. I've never known a principal to stand in the hall, greet and hug EVERY SINGLE CHILD that passes through. Its sad to say that a lot of our children don't get that kind of affection and reasurrance prior to being dropped off at school. The teachers take pride in their jobs and want to see each child grow to be mature and successful adults. If you are considering relocating or want your child to have the best education, Marietta City Schools is the way to go. Keep an open mind when reading reviews. The truth is you can't please everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2009

My daughter was in a wonderful Cobb County School but transferred (divorce) after her 3rd grade year to Sawyer. I went in kicking and screaming--not knowing much about this relatively new school. My daughter loves this school. She is involved in extracurricular activities and is in the Junior Beta Club. The principal and teachers are all wonderful; the kids love this school. I am extremely pleased with the love, commitment that is brought to the schol every day. I travel frequently for work, but I never worry about my child while I am away; Sawyer is a community with a home town feel--something our children so desperately need in the world we live in today. I
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2008

We are very happy with Sawyer Road. My son transferred from out of state a couple of years ago in the middle of the school year and he was made to feel very welcome. His teachers have pushed him to explore all of his abilities and to not settle for just finishing the work. The principal and staff work very hard to fulfill the IB mission and it shows with two of the teachers receiving prestigious teaching awards in the past 2 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

SAwyer Road is by far the best Elementary school in the district and County. We moved from a County school and di extensive research. Sawyer was and still is our choice. Principal, Teacher and support staff is always friendly and involved. Sawyer Road has an ecellent amount of computer available to all students, all grade levels.The lunch room has a friendly feel. The Starfish Reef is a 'blast' like my son says.Mrs. Board is always smiling and friendly. Mrs. Sims is an excellent principal she is always interacting with parents and students. A school to be recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

I was very nervous when my daughter first came to Sawyer Road. We were redistricted and when she began 1st grade, we came to Sawyer Road. We loved our old school. However from day one I have been impressed. First you walk in to a beautiful extremely clean building, brightly painted with lots of sunlight and beautiful decoration. The library is wonderful! The children can earn passes to the Sawyer Road Starfish Reef for some (educational) R&R as a reward for great behavior, good study habits, helping a friend in need, etc. The Principal is a beacon of light. Always smiling and always accessible to parent, student and teacher alike. My daughter could not wait for school to start! My son can't wait to go. She loved Mrs. Leonard,me too! We love Mrs. Powell! We love the volunteer parents and PTA (also parent volunteers, Parent,Teacher Association). We love Sawyer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

I have two children attending Sawyer Road Elementary, 1st & 2nd grade. My kids love the school and so do we. The school recently received IB accreditation as well as Charter status. The school is equipped with state of the art computers, interactive 'Smart' boards, etc. What I appreciate most about Sawyer Road is the feeling of community and the teacher s commitment to teaching my children excellence. I believe the test scores of any school speak volumes and Sawyer Road test scores have been steadily increasing each year. My 2nd grader scored really well on the ITBS (which is a nationally test that measures children s academic standings in comparison with other same age/grade level children). I am a very active parent at the school. I personally believe my role is aiding in the success of the school to benefit most importantly my children. I strongly recommend Sawyer Road.
—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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

104 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

104 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
66%
Social Studies

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
80%
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 48% 12%
Black 32% 37%
White 12% 44%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/A51%
Female 50%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Urdu
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jill Sims
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (770) 429-9936

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Global
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Girl scouts
  • Science club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • volunteer for the food rescue program
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy
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840 Sawyer Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: (770) 429-9923

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