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Hollydale Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 738 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

Hollydale is a great little neighborhood school. The teachers are great and many of them have been teaching at the school for over 10 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2012

I'm on here because my son is begging me to send him back to a charter school like the one we moved from. He said the teacher is taking away recess tomorrow because he was trying to be nice and laughed at a friends joke.....when the whole class was talking and she was busy. I asked him if he was loud and he said no she just was mad. He said the students are unfriendly and the teacher is grouchy. He is an A and B student so I do believe my son, he tries very hard for me and is well behaved. I have heard the teachers here state that the children are very much alone at home and they think it is sad. There seems to be some classes were student behavior is an issue. I would have to say though that we are in the minority and my children are not bullied or made fun of. They do seem to enjoy school at times even though there are some awkward days for them. There have been two minor incidents and the teachers handled them professionally. This is not a bad school but if your children come from a school where the teachers were able to teach throughout the day, then you might find the culturally diverse setting a little unorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

The only thing I can agree with from the posting from May 25, 2011 is that the Kindergarten at Hollydale is very good after that it goes down hill. My child was at Hollydale from K thru 5th grade and the only good education received was in K w/ Mrs Palen & Mrs Cagle. 1st grade started the nightmare, my child was moved to a new teacher whose class consisted of 95% of children who could not speak any English. Which resulted in the other English speaking children being left behind. 2nd grade the teacher recommend getting my child tested for ADHD(against the law) and then the "Academic Team" (another useless group at Hollydale) suggested retaining my child. 3rd grade the teacher was useless communicated once the entire year only to say my child was about to fail. 4th grade had a wonderful teacher that actually took the time to teach my child & of course she was let go at the end of the year. 5th grade, the teacher harassed, bullied & tormented my child to no end to where my child left Hollydale hating school. If you love your child, think hard before sending them to Hollydale because the quailty of education here will result in your child being left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

I was very impressed with the level of caring from the teachers and the amount of information my children were taught. Overall 'm very impressed with all the teachers my children had and I had 3 kindergarteners to attend this year. They left kindergarten reading, writing and knowing how to add and subtract, acitvites at the school were well balanced. I love this school's attentive to the indivdual child. Kudos to all the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2010

My experience w/ Holydale is bittersweet...due to the fact I had 2 students attending this school....I feel that most of the teachers (not all) base their relationship w/ students on personality and not performance which affects a students level in their education. I was able to see this within the different personalities my students have in how they were treated differently while attending.... However, Holydale has many good strong areas also...I just feel that it is very important for a school to also focus on teacher/student realationships as well as they do parent/student ...teachers are one of the biggest part in a students motivation in learning so a good realationship w/ a teacher makes a good learning experience and a student will appreciate education more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

I am a Mother of 4 whom has already had 2 children go through Hollydale from Pre-k to 5th Grade, I in 3rd Grade and 1 about to start Pre-k there. I love Hollydale because they have been wonderful with my children and for my children and I have seen staff changes and all still Hollydale is amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

The principal at Hollydale for the last 5 years was the WORST principal I have every seen. She never set foot in my son's classroom once during the entire year and she ignored the needs of the students. There was no respect for the parents or the staff. My child will attend a new school for 3rd grade this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2010

My son completed the end of his fourth grade year at Hollydale. It was horrible. His teacher RARELY assigned homework and when she did it was completely baby work. not challenging at all. I went to her and asked what they had already covered so I could fill in the gaps. She could not provide me a curriculum or a plan for what she'd done nor what she planned to do. To be fair. She did not teach there the next year. However the administration defended her at all costs. Also, we had a bullying problem that I don't think was taken seriously enough. I moved my son to another school for fifth grade within district but I had to drive him the 18 miles each day, back and forth. Thats how much I dislike Hollydale. I never met the principal there. At the new school, principal greeted parents each morning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It's is a wonderful learning enviroment for the diverse make up of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2009

First of all let me say that I am a teacher here at Hollydale and have been for some time. I know that this school is constantly changing to meet the needs of all children despite what might be said about this school. The staff is highly educated and willing to go the extra mile for the children no matter how stressful it may be. Hollydale is a family all in its own and is exceptional. Even if I wasn't a teacher I am impressed with the amount of hands on learning that takes place each day in every classroom.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 24, 2008

Hollydale provides a caring environment for both staff and students. I teach at Hollydale, and my child goes to school there. I love that the standards are the same for every student! Teachers are willing to do whatever they need to so that students can not just succeed but reach thier own potential. I know of times teachers were at the school for 12 hours in one day due to a student in crisis.


Posted August 13, 2008

I was skeptical about Hollydale before enrolling my daughter. But, I have to say that I have been satisfied so far with the staff of Hollydale Elem esp my daughter's kindergarten teachers, Ms. Conrad/Mrs. Jordan. They gave homework almost everyday, but that kept my daughter learning new things everyday which was good. These teachers were great all year round. My daughter loved them and that makes me happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

My daughter has been going to Hollydale since Kindergarden and I must say I have enjoyed all her teacher. They have been excellent. I couldn't find any better. Mrs. crawford, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Carter are awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

My son was a kindergarten last year. I loved his teachers Mrs.Palen,Mrs Cagle. The teachers worked very hard with the students, he started off slow he is now excelling. I would recommend Hollydale anytime
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

My daughter was in Mrs. Palen & Mrs. Cagle's class this year. She is doing wonderful with reading and spelling. She had to change schools in the middle of the year and came to Hollydale at that time. The adjustment went very well and she was learning more and more everyday. It is amazing that given the right opportunity how children can learn and grow in such a short period of time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

my daughter is in Kindergarten and she can Read 2nd grad books, she can add and subtract double digit numbers, and she can write complete sentences. Im extremly happy with her teachers . Ms Palen, Ms Cagel. I strongly feel that any parent who child will be attending Hollydale for the first time need to try it out and not base their decision on this report...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

An excellent school. The teachers and staff are great, and inspire academic excellence in all the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2007

my grandson has been at Hollydale for 4 years, we love the school and it's teachers, from the teachers, they really go all the way with our children. I would like to thank each one of them for all they do. thanks also to bobby phillips the school nurse that takes such wonderful care of the students.
—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 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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

115 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

115 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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

122 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

122 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
56%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

124 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
74%
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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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 48% 37%
Hispanic 36% 12%
White 9% 44%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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2901 Bay Berry Dr SW
Marietta, GA 30008
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