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Mount Bethel Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 994 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 5, 2014

We have been at Mt Bethel for a total of 3 years. One of my children receives the majority of the special services he requires. The financial constraints placed on the school make it very hard to accommodate kids with special needs. The speech therapy and occupational therapy programs could be much broader. Additionally, the county is not equipped to deal with children who have social/emotional type needs but are NOT failing in the school. We struggled to get services for one of our children who had multiple diagnoses and letters from professionals stating that the child needed services. The battle was long and expensive. It seems as though special ed services continue to be cut annually - not specific to this school but across the county and state. We have been very fortunate to have teachers who went above and beyond to help our children. The dedication of the teachers combined with the funds provided by parents continue to make this a great school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

Having read some recent reviews of Mt. Bethel I felt compelled to comment. There has been criticism over class size at the school and I want to point out that sadly, this is the case across the county, not just at Mt. Bethel. Class size is a concern for us as well but this is not really within the school's control, they are bound to county numbers. The administration has changed for this school year and I do hope we get more attention to parental concerns going forward but the staff and the teachers that we have experienced thus far have been of high quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

So far, so bad. My child has now attended for 2 years, and we are not happy. The classes are definitely too large. The students do not get the attention they deserve and need. They get one chance to build this foundation for their the rest of their lives, and it's weak. The teachers that we have experienced are nice people, but not strong educators. We feel like our child has fallen through the cracks and has not received adequate leadership and guidance. What's worse is there is a sense of of frustration among the teachers, too. They are instructed to focus so heavily on Math and English and cram so much into the students' curriculum, it's exhausting. When we moved to the area, everyone told us how great the school is, but I personally feel like everyone has been coerced. I think they are just blindly repeating what they have been told by others. Yes, there are worse schools, of course. Mount Bethel is not a terrible school. However, if you are looking for smaller class sizes, teachers that care (and are not overloaded), a more thoughtful curriculum, more diversity and strong leadership then you may want to consider looking elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2012

This is a really great school! It has excellent teachers, challenging academic programs, and great leadership...highly recommend
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

I just graduated from Mount Bethel and it was amazing!!! The kids and staff are so great. I was a new kid in 1st grade and everyone was so nice and excepted me as an individual. Teachers are very good at making sure the kids do well. For example, my friend and I were having trouble with math. My teacher let us stay after class for a little while and gave us both individual attention on what we were having trouble with. Mount Bethel is amazing!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2011

The teacher to student ratios are too high. Simply put, not enough attention on the students as the teachers are overwhelmed. If there are disruptive children in the class, which is the case in our son's kindergarden class, then everyone suffers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

The teachers at Mt Bethel Elementary are exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

We moved to GA from abroad, and chose Mt Bethel after reviewing and touring all the schools in the East Cobb area. And what a great choice we made - our daughter adores school, has been exposed to so many opportunities and activities, and is achieving well beyond our (high) expectations. We simply couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2009

Five stars! My son is going into third grade with confidence, awareness, and strong reading and math skills. Great teachers, great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

The teachers are terrific ensuring each kid performs very well. The kids tell you they are excited to be at school in each grade level. There are tons of extracurricular activities for kids to patcipate before school and during ASP e, unicycling, gymnastics, spanish chess ethics. Parents are involved in school activities and principal is excellent. My kids love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2008

My 3 children are constantly motivated and challenged by the wonderful teachers at Mt Bethel. There is lots of parent involvement, sometimes too much. Target program needs to be overhauled. Overall, high standard of academics and terrific exposure to the arts. Good selection of after school enrichment opportunities. Happy to have my children enrolled at Mt. Bethel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2006

Mt. Bethel is an outstanding elementary school. The parent/teacher involvment in each students progress is second to none. The additional programs funded by the PTA and the Foundation are excellent and extremely enriching. I would never send my children to a private school when they have access to such a first class public elementary as Mt. Bethel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2004

Mount Bethel is the best! I truly believe my children are attending one of the greatest schools in the country. We moved here from CA and carefully chose the area we wanted to reside by the quality of the schools. Everyone at Mount Bethel is committed to an exceptional standard of learning. They want all children to be success stories and they do everything possible to make it happen. Not only is academic achievement a priority, but Mount Bethel also recognizes and rewards children monthly for exhibiting outstanding character traits. My children are very happy there and are challenged and encouraged to do their best. We feel so fortunate that our children will benefit for a lifetime from the education they are receiving at Mount Bethel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2004

My son has attended two other elementary schools, one of which was also considered a school of 'national distinction.' While his experiences at both of these places were certainly positive, the teachers, staff, and parents at Mt. Bethel have provided the ultimate in a nurturing educational environment. In truth, sometimes I think public schools lower the bar in frustration for kids who aren't achieving. In contrast, Mt. Bethel keeps the bar high and gives students the skills they will need to still leap right over it. I'd put my son's education at Mt. Bethel up against any private academy in Atlanta.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

Quality education is a prority for us and for all the families at Mt. Bethel. The parents and kids are energetic and commited to high standards. We chose Mt. Bethel Elementary as the best school for the children three years ago. We were moving across the country, leaving behind friends and a very exclusive private prep school in Los Angeles. But we found the right school. Mt. Bethel Elementary. We have not been disappointed.
—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.

176 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

176 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

176 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
100%
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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

137 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

136 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 88% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

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

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

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

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

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 94% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Social Studies

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

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

187 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
99%
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
White 82% 44%
Asian 11% 3%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 37%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1210 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
Phone: (770) 578-7248

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