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Wesley Lakes Elementary School

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Posted September 8, 2014

I have 2 kids at WLE, kinder & 5th. This is my 5th graders second year and my K's 1st year despite the ratings for WLE I chose to remain at WLE. Here's why: >The Staff of WLE CARES and if you speak to any one of them at random you will know this. SERIOUSLY visit and see for yourself or if you are also a WLE parent stop a educator randomly and talk to them, ask questions that matter to you. The 1st yr for my oldest then(4th grade) was rough and when the educators realized this they contacted me at the end of the 2nd wk of school. We begin to jointly work through a plan that eventually helped my child improve significantly(5th grader now). > Many resources for you to help your child at home(Educating YOUR CHILD is a JOINT responsibility help out get involved) >Test scores for the 14-15 school yr improved, stayed the same and also declined see website for the results, use this as a factor in judging. >WLE is updating the equipment, resources and interior so far its awesome. >Drop off/Pick Up is rough without the crossing guard and police posted to catch the speeders. >Could use an assistant in the parent resource center. >Small PTO participation A village raises a child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

my child will not be returning to this school period. he is in kindergarten and this year has been horrible. the first teacher he had was nice but not stern and had no control over her classroom and failed to inform me of areas that my child needed extra help with. i continually went to the school sat in the classroom and spoke with the principle numerous times and when i suggested that my son be moved to a new class the principle insisted that he was in the best class for him and i completely disagreed. once he moved to the new teachers class his behavior improved slightly and academically they were very uninterested in keeping me updated on how he was doing i did not find out until 4 weeks before school is over that he was struggling in areas and that he was going off in a small group to get extra help. my son has improved significally with reading sight words because of me what i have bought to work with him at home. the classrooms are way over crowded and my child has not benefited from anything from this school since he has been there everything he knows at this point i have taught him. WESLEY LAKES GET A F IN MY BOOK AND I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND ANYONE SEND THERE CHILD THERE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

My daughter has been at Wesley Lakes for 3 years now and My husband and I are very pleased with her progress, and the staff. Mrs. T. Harris, Mrs. Paris, and Mrs Hertwig are 3 of the B E S T teachers that Henry County has to offer. They keep/ kept the lines of communication open between parents and they keep/ kept me up to date on my daughter's progress. My daughter is typically shy and mild mannered. However, since being at WLE she is building her confidence and breaking through her shell and I am very proud of her! The ladies in the office (Mrs. Montague and Mrs. Britt) are very professional and such pleasures to encounter each visit. My husband and I are considering a move/ home purchase, and one of our primary goals in to find what we want in THIS school's district. Thank you Wesley Lakes for caring for my little love bug!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2013

This is an okay school if you're looking for an average school. This is not a school for you if you're looking for opportunities for your children to advance in higher learning. It may be helpful to enroll your child in learning programs as far as after school goes. The parents aren't too involved either so that could be part of the issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

My son attended Wesley Lakes for Kindergarten and first grade '10-'13. Our experience with Wesley Lakes was good. I especially appreciated how his kindergarten teachers recognized his capabilities and kept him challenged. Mrs. Cortez, his assistant teacher in kindergarten was the best. There are a lot of good teachers there and I never had a problem with staff. They had the drama club after school free of charge and did their best to accommodate the many children who signed up. They always encouraged parent involvement with I mom & All Pro Dads. Someone mentioned that the school is not diverse, it is primarily African American because that is the race that lives in the area but he had a sprinkle of other races in his classroom. All the kids in his classroom were very sweet on the occasions that I would have contact with them. A lot of them would remember me when I came to the school and come and give me a hug. This was my experience. I think if you have good communication with the teacher and try to be involved, you would have a good experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2012

Wesley Lakes Elementary cares about their students. The teachers here would love to see more parent involvement! We have seen an increase in our parent involvement and it has made all the difference in the world. I strive daily to provide quality instruction and invite you to see the changes in our school. So often a few negative opinions can unjustly give our school a bad reputation. Come and experience the changes here at WLE. We are changing for the better. Come and see the new WLE!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2011

At first after reading all the reviews on WLE I wasnt happy at all that my child was going here. However, with the new teaching methods, smaller classrooms and communication I have received, I see that this school cares to turn things around for the best. My child just started to go here this past year but from what I have seen these parents care, the school faculty cares and this school seems to be trying to improve and really change things around for the best. With all of the different support groups for moms, dads and SEIP programs. Good for you WLE, Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

Horrible School all around. No parent involvement. Lack of money and funding. Teachers do not even take the Box Tops when I sent them in. The school is not diverse in race. Old school building. Just not a good school in general.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2009

Wesley Lakes Elementary is a Title I distinguished school that despite their lack of parental support is one of the top scoring schools in the county. The teachers do their best to support student achievement and will go the extra mile to meet the needs of every student. I do agree that the discipline and school rules can be enforced much better and they could be more organized, but you cannot find a better group of teachers who really care. Instead of complaining, get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

So far my experience with Wesley Lakes Elementary has been wonderful. I think it truly is up to the parents to be more involved with their children and their education. I have two daughters there now and I have fantastic and wonderful teachers who keep me informed and involved in their individual progress. I can reach them anytime for conferences, advice, etc..parents you carry the weight and responsibility of ensuring your child's success in school, no matter what the obstacles are. As parents, we have more power than we know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

This is my child's first and hopefully last year at Wesley Lakes. We have had nothing but problems. I have lost all faith in this school and its employees.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2008

This school has teachers not just employees and I am a very proud of the academic success I see in my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

It seems like the school has low expectations for teachers as well as students. Teachers are sloppy and rules seem to be seldom enforced. School-wide behavior is very poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2007

My Daughter learn so much in this school that i couldnt believe how much she progest i love her learning experance and i wouldnt chane her school even if someone offer me a100000000 dollar this is the best thing that happen to my family and they could never tear down the school you can actually see were their money goes to my chid teach me thing that i didnt even know
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

This was my childs first and only year at WLE. There is no parent involvement. If your child likes to excel, this is not the school for them. The teachers act like they could really care less, nor are the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2007

Wesley Lakes is a wonderful school. My son is in the first grade and both his teachers in kindergarten as well as first grade have been wonderful, hands-on, compassionate teachers. His kindergarten teachers identified my son as gifted and had him tested as well. The gifted program here is so much fun and educational for him, and I feel so lucky to have had teachers that cared enough about his education to have him tested. I feel like this school and the teachers and staff really care about the children and really see the potential in everyone. They always have wonderful programs like father daughter dances and family game nights. The staff and principal are great too! So far I couldnt ask for a better school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

Wesley Lakes gets 5 stars from me! I have 3 children attending now 1,3,and 4 grade.My kids teachers are awesome!Good job Wesley Lake teachers!My kids are on track! My children love to walk around the house singing songs they learned in music, they play games in the backyard they learned in P.E.and my kids love telling me what they did in art class. I believe there should be more parent involvement. Yes, I do volunteer at the school! So,to those who complain about about the school,you should take more time to be apart of parent volunteer day school! Don't just sit around being negative stand up and make a difference! Also, Good Job Mrs.Squires,principal and good job Mrs.Griffin,assisttant principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2005

Wesley Lakes Elementary is a wonderful school. My oldest child, who is now in 8th grade, was a student there from Kinderg. to 5th grade. I now have two other children in 1st & 3rd grade. My 3rd grade child has ADD. He qualifies for after school tutoring (free of charge) and special help during school. We were assigned to a student support team who has been wonderful. I have seen changes since my oldest child was a student there but that is expected with growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2005

I would never recommend this school to any parent that wanted thier child to exceed! This is my sons first year in this school and will definately be his last! He is being held up in class by the other children that are not catching on, and when I asked if he could be considered for a advanced learning class, I was never given a response. My childs things are constantly missing from his bookbag, and when I go to the school to try nd resolve anything, it is like talking to a wall. No one ever has a straight answer to give you-they just push the problems onto other people. If there is any way you can avoid enrolling your child in this school, do so!
—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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

100 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

100 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

101 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

101 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
88%
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 76% 37%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Two or more races 6% 3%
White 5% 44%
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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School Leader's name
  • Lori Squires
Fax number
  • (770) 914-9955

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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685 McDonough Pkwy
Mcdonough, GA 30253
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