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Sope Creek Elementary School

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4 stars

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Posted May 30, 2014

If you are a parent obsessively scouring the internet for information about public schools, I am writing this for you. Good parents agonize over every tidbit of data, ranking, test score, demographic, and unfortunately, review they can find. Intuitively, we all know online reviews are of dubious value. It doesn t take much experience to know (1) some people cannot be satisfied, and (2) the most vocal reviewers tend to be disgruntled. So, I come to my thoughts about Sope Creek, which I hazard are shared by the great majority of parents. Look at the data, come visit the school, talk to people, see for yourself. Sope Creek is an excellent school. The faculty and administration are intelligent, responsive, caring, and dedicated. The curriculum is challenging and enriching. Our children attend school with well behaved, engaged kids. The list of parent volunteers in our daughter s class was pages long. We have no doubt our children will be well prepared for the rigors of Dickerson Middle and Walton High School. My wife and I are well educated professionals. We could have paid for private school, but with public schools like these in East Cobb, for us it was a no-brainer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

My kid was at his 1st grade this year and we had the best school year ever with Mrs.Aronson. She was very kind and emphatic and very traditional. The principal Mrs.Whalen, was very dedicated and stayed back on the day of inclement weather till the last student was picked up by his parents till 10PM. The school also offers enrichment programs as part of ASP and TARGET!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

We only care only about test scores, not so much the students. We have a teaching approach that we believe is outstanding but when compared to other schools it really isnt, and the kids are actually no smarter and no more prepared then any other kids. More like "smoke and mirrors".
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 5, 2013

We had nightmares in this school with the teachers, management, etc....This school need Robots and not kids. They expect kids to do what they tune for(like Robots) and if they act like kids sometimes, they make a big deal and say the Robot is Malfunctioned and needs repair. Please stay away if you have smart kids and they only teach to the lowest grade level kids and if you have a above average kids who is smart but, can't get in to Target program then, they dont do anything extra. I've heard the once a week Target program is also a joke. I agree with the person below, my kid was lost couple of times as well I wonder how come they dont have escorts around the campus and let the kids miss their way. All that the kids do is ixl and raz kids. My kid learnt a lot from teaching home than at school. I really wonder how this school has been rated 10..probably for having lots of mpney from million dollar neighborhoods. They have no respect for parents or kids, starting from principal, vice principal, counselors, teachers etc.. Please stay away from this school and dont get cheated by the rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

Sope Creek is an exceptional school. Students are challenged in the classrooms and provided with many extra curricular opportunities. Every teacher we have encountered has been top notch. We are very happy with Sope Creek!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2013

I agree with the special needs comments, they don't welcome or want them there/ and you don't want your child there either. Send them to another one of the wonderful, caring and loving schools in Cobb County. This just isn't one of them. The principal is awful also..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

Absolutely Terrifying! Avoid this school at all costs. Education begins in ones' home. My son attended Sope creek this past year, On the first day at bus loading coming home, he walked out on to the play ground and was with the after school kids.. No one knew where he was . He was suppose to be on the bus coming home. .My wife rushed to the school .., I was prepared to call the police.. My wife found him upon arriving , he was in the After School program outside. They didnt know who he was..either. Second incident: My son and another boy had to write behavior notes before being let out to play for the little play time that they do get. The teacher let him out.. at that same time the Sub Asst teacher had brought the other kids inside.. He was left outside by himself and had to knock on the school back door to get back in. Folks we moved here from my job in Asia, not knowing anything about Georgia or Atlanta.. We looked at Great Schools for advice on selecting a good school. Sope is rated 10 However I would score them 10 on Gross Neglect, Cruel and usual punishment, over working the kids and a general feeling of depression when you walk in the school. Education begins in the home
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2012

Overall, I was told the school has great teachers. Please think twice if you have a child with special needs. While I received glowing recommendations from parents, I do not recommend this school if your child has special needs. Again, please think twice...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2012

The pricipal does not treat the parents with respect. Her philosphy is based on learning to learn, no focus on basic skills unless you count the CRCT, which is joke. Successful, experienced teachers are required to toe the line, or risk the pricipal's wrath. There are many great teachers if you are either lucky enough or volunteer enough to get one. The one day a week Target program is a poor substitute for challenging gifted children daily in the classroom. Subjects are taught to the slowest students, there is no attemp to teach to ability. My children's biggest complaint is boredom. The school feels like a prison -the bulletin boards are dull, kids marching along, perfectly spaced apart, eyes staring dully forward. Our experience hasn't been entirely negative. The vice principal knows the children and communicates honestly with the parents and we have been fortunate to have great experiences with teachers that were at Sope Creek prior to the current administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

We moved to the area a year ago from Tennessee due to a job transfer. Before the move, I had done a lot of research on the area and the schools. I can say without a doubt that this past school year was one of the best my children have ever had. The teachers were so kind, and they really helped make the transition to a new school as easy as possible. I felt my children were really challenged, and they learned a lot this year. I felt that the administration of the school was very approachable and caring as well. As for the person that posted the comment on June 8, you birthed the child...it is YOUR responsibility to make sure YOUR child behaves. The teachers are overwhelmed with academic responsibilities, and yes they have HIGH expectations. I am very thankful the teachers at this school have high expectations. When the bar is set high, the children will rise to meet those expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

Sope Creek is an extraordinary school. I have two children there, one of whom needs special services (language arts help). I cannot speak highly enough of the teachers, staff and especially administration and their caring attitude towards everyone's children. There are 1100 students, but you'd think it was a school of 200 with how plugged in the administration is to our children. My older child has an IEP and is served wonderfully by the special ed staff. I also want to mention, you see the admin staff all the time. They are very accessible and responsive. Also, your emails, calls or concerns are answered quickly and candidly. It is a great, great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

My son goes to Sope Creek, and at the end of the school year we will be moving to another home in order to remove him from this school. The first year he went to this school, he had the most wonderful teacher and thrived. This year, he has a teacher that is just filling in a spot and that is too lazy to actually care. The administration may be wonderful, until you question them, even politely, about their actions regarding your child. The principal has consistantly ignored request after request for a private meeting regarding our issues, and we are now at the point were we are disgusted. I am extremely disapointed, considering we moved here from out of state, and chose this house in order to have our son go to this school because it is supposed to be one of the best. I would have to strongly disagree.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

Excellent school! Good teachers! great admin and support staff. And principal will personally look into even an individual request/note sent to her attention. I disapprove some of (but not all) their fund raising activitiies. Boosterthon is absolutely criminal and should be banned from not only this school bur all schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2010

We moved to this area specifically for the schools. Sope Creek is an excellent school. I really do not understand some of the comments regarding unattentive teachers. In fact, a couple teachers have spent hours with us working on special plans for our oldest son who tends to get bored easily with the overall level of work. Upsides are excellent academics in regular and advanced classes, attentive teachers (if you treat them well) and great kids. Downsides are overly aggressive parents (this is a famous East Cobb trait), an administrative staff that can be aloof and not attentive to individual needs and a lack of language and arts (typical of all public schools). Overall, we could not expect more out of a public school. If we wanted more academic options on languages or arts and less focus on politically correct social studies, we could choose to send them to a private school. However, with a few exceptions, these may not have a higher level of fundamental academic rigor (math, science and reading).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2010

My two sons went to Sope Creek Elementary School and received an excellent education they are both in advanced classes in their middle and high schools and are well prepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2010

My oldest daughter went to attended Sope Creek for 1-5. I have a daughter who is attending now and a child getting ready to join next year. We love Sope Creek. The schoool is inviting the teachers are positive and go above and beyond the call of duty. My oldest has ADHD and was treated wonderfully in the classroom and now excelled to Gifted and advanced placement classes at Dickerson. Yes there are alot of donations for things and request however I have seen a noticable decrease in the request for donation in the past 2 years. I am very happy to send my kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

I ended up pulling my two boys with ADHD out because they were segregated from their "typical peers" for 95% of the day! The majority of the staff had no understanding of how to teach students with learning disablities, and no care to change. I felt left out and not included by most moms, even though I chaired a committee in PTA. We need to stop segregating students! All students can benefit from working together! Test scores have become too important. We may be producing kids with high IQ scores, but at what expense? Compassion and acceptance for others are not measured on CRCT tests, but they are extremely important to becoming good people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

OOPS....I meant to say personnel on my below review, wish there was a better way to correct it?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Excellent school with tremendous opportunities for hands on learning and development. The school always tests well but just as important are the intangibles. My daughter graduated from Sope Creek with a love of learning and a strong work ethic and I couldn't have asked for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

A great school for over-achieving, Ivy League bound students. If your child does not already fit this mold, look elsewhere as it's not a good fit for the average student. Also, I've never been in a school system that wants so many mandatory and pressured 'donations' for everything from t-shirts to field trips (even 'in-school' filed trips??). At times it feels like I'm paying tuition to send my child here. This is our first year here and I'm seriously considering making it our last.
—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.

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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.

175 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

176 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

175 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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

188 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

187 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 88% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

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

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Social Studies

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

189 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

English Language Arts

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

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

165 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
93%

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97%
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 74% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 3%
Black 6% 37%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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