Students enrolled 589
School leader Paula Crumbley

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841 Brannan Rd
Mcdonough, GA 30253

(770) 898-0107
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4 stars
Based on 29 ratings

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August 12, 2014
I am starting my 12th year at Hickory Flat as a parent with my 3rd child. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this school, teachers and administration. I believe that the school does a great job offering parent involvement opportunities and with communication as so what is going on in the school. The teachers have always been great about communicating what's going on in their classroom. I could not ask for a better, more loving environment for my daughters education. Even though I personally know most of the office staff I am still required to sign in and follow the rules just like everyone else and I am completely okay with that. I feel good knowing that my children's safety is a top priority while she's there. Thank you to the teachers, staff and administration for all that you do!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Hickory Flat is a great school. I am a school system employee, and I could choose any school in the district in which to place my daughter, and I have chosen to place her at Hickory Flat for all of her elementary schooling. I am also a former teacher and school administrator, and I continue to be extremely impressed with the teacher quality in this school and the visibility and accessibility of the administration. I have nothing but good things to say about this truly great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
I absolutely HATE this school! It was an okay school before they became a charter school, now it is terrible. The staff is rude and unprofessional. Mr Grant (assistant principal is clueless), they don't believe in homework or PE for the kids. The only thing they teach the kids to do is pass the things on the state test. Nothing else.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
The curriculum is great, but the Principal, and her administrative staff are horriable. Very unproffesional, and rude.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2013
Hickory Flat is a great school, I have two kids at the school and I am glad my kids attend. My only suggestion is that all grade K teachers get on the same page, I'm not as happy with my youngest child grade K teacher as I was with the oldest. However, I think it's a great school and they have awesome teachers!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
This school is good my daughter learned a lot now she's doing great in 6 grade ! Thank you Mrs.Coffman

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2013
Hickory Flat Charter has been a great school for our son. We moved here when he was in 1st grade & he's now in 3rd. We've had great teachers & he's adjusted well. Mrs. Crumbley is the BEST principal we've had between our three children. I love to see how involved she is throughout the day whether kicking off her shoes & helping clean up in the lunchroom or out in the rain in the afternoons with the car-riders. We have a select few parents who are super involved but I'd love to see more parents come up & help support our school. I believe my child does better with how involved we are. Your children need to see you up there & active. The teachers are very appreciative when the parents volunteer their time in helping with class projects.I love the steps they have taken to keep our children safe. I don't want just anyone coming in & walking the halls or going to the lunchroom. You just can't trust very many people these days. I also think it's great that we have parents helping with the car-riders in the morning. It makes such a difference in the mornings. Our son also loves the IS this year. I hate they miss recess but they are keeping them active in other ways. Great Job HFCE!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
My daughter has just started her second year at Hickory Flat Charter Elementary in first grade and I would rather have her there than in any of the other schools, including the private schools. At open house we walked in and the staff greeted her by name and talked to her. I love how her teachers keep me up to date with how she is progressing and what she needs to work on. I can't wait to see how the innovation stations encourage my child to learn. The kids no longer have a normal recess but they get to have classes on dance in other cultures and exercising to fun music. The have found a way to give the kids something fun to do where they can learn and have a blast. I have never seen a elementary school that has a laboratory class, or a sign language class. How amazing is that. I like that her school is proactive about keeping my daughter safe by having people check in anytime they come into the school. Thank you to the staff who work so hard to make Hickory Flat Charter Elementary a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Wow. Interesting post by the last parent. As the saying goes, there are always two sides to a story. My son has been attending Hickory Flat since Kindergarden, and is now in the 4th grade. My experience has been nothing like the ones listed below. Not to judge anyone or to speculate, but maybe our experience has been good for we have made it a priority to be involved in our child's experience. I have made it my business to make sure I know the principal, staff, and all of the teachers he has had. I have also made it a priority to make sure they know me and that I'm here to support them and my child in any way possible. Furthermore, I follow the procedures. I have never had a problem showing up, signing in at the front, getting a visitors pass and taking something to the classroom or attending lunch. In these days and times you can't be too careful in protecting our kids. During registration they ask for anyone who might come to pick up your child, etc...Furthermore, if it will be someone different, all you do is send a note to school informing as such. As for the grading system I have had my issues with it, but it's not a HFE policy, it is Henry County's.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Hickory Flat Charter Elementary is a community-serving school where the students receive a quality education. Their new charter status will enable children to further their education beyond traditional didactic methodology. This innovative approach to teaching allows the educators the flexiblity to meet students where they are. This school is on the right track toward inclusion of all students regarless of their abilities and learning styles. I am very grateful that this school is a part of my community.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Awesome school, climbing all heights ASAP. My kid started from 3rd grade when we moved from other county and soon we felt like a family member there. Each staff member are performing their assigned duties very well and students also love them. The procedures are very simple, straigh forward and for safety of all, so whenever we follow the rules there is no hurdle in a way. I love the part of checking the IDs when you want to attend some function, lunch, class-room celebrations, etc.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
Ran like a prison? Yes indeed! Even if it is for the safety of the students there has got to be a better way. You cannot eat lunch with your child unless you sit at a table on the stage. You cannot attend assemblies or award ceremonies unless you walk in with a person who is listed on the child's registration card. I saw a grandmother wait on the side of the wall after being told that she had to wait for someone who was listed on the card to escort her to the ceremony. Just disrespectful. You can't walk lunch to your child's classroom. You can't show up unexpectedly to check up on him or her. You can't even escort the child to the classroom to help carry things to the class during the normal course of the year. Let us not even talk about the rather bizarre grading system, (benchmark grading), which really grades the teacher on where he or she is in teaching and not on what the child has actually learned. It is possible that all of GA early elementary students are experiencing this. Whomever designed that system ought to lose their credentials. For this reason alone private school is the way to go! Charter school or not~ we decided not to enroll there this year!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
my daughter have been attending HFES since first grade she had a wonderful teacher in first grade, but for the rest of the year i think she has been hold back during to slow learners. i think its unfair to the students who are a head , for those students i think they need special class. i think the school needs more athletic programs. students need to get what they deserve too much favourtisms also.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
When my child started attending this school 3 years ago, I would have given them 4 or 5 stars, but since the administration changed the overall experience has suffered greatly. Communication is terrible. The emphasis is on the failing or troubled student. Recess and lunch time have become difficult- the children do not have a positive outlet for releasing their adolescent energy. I agree with the post date April 28, 2010, which stated the school is being run like a prison. It is a very unfortunate situation and i wander if the powers that be have a clue!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
I do not like the way things are done. Too much emphasis on children that are behind, which is unfair to the children that are ahead. Its ran like a prison. No talkng at lunch? Come on! Only 20 min recess,the kids don't have time to exercise. She took the fun out of elementary school. The place is a real stick in the mud!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
Two years later and things have not changed. Even with a bus monitor on board much of the same things are happening and administration just turns a blind eye or gives that impression. Very poor parent/school communication.... On the up side...so far I can say that the school's teachers are wonderful but their hands are tied in many ways.

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April 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 27, 2008
This is a great school that my two sons look forward to going to every day.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
My Daughter started school here in december when we moved to the area. In a matter of a month she was sounding out words and reading. I really like the school. They have activities for parents to get involved in, and feel informed about what it going on. My daughter is also involved in the after school program. I do wish they had other activities besides gym time, movies/tv, or art projects. At my daughtes last school the after school program had golf, swim, cheerleading, etc.(but they were partners with the YMCA) The price for after school is reasonable though.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2007
Excellent school far as curriculum but need to resolve its bus issues; overcrowded buses, bullies on the bus. Transportation does not return phone calls; everyone seems to just wish the problem just goes away. Need a bus monitor.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
I had a 5th grader and I have a 2nd grader at HFES. I have only great comments about the school academically. Both my kids have excelled in their studies. My kids thoroughly enjoyed both the music and art program. The Physical Ed program introduced our kids to many new forms of exercise. HFES has a very good parent volunteer program (every Thursday parents meet in the media center to assist the teachers with classroom tasks: sorting, cutting, gluing, assembling crafts, papers, etc). I have actively been a parent volunteer for six years. There's a place for every parent to volunteer be reading time in the classroom to the younger students or volunteer Thursday.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
I have two children at Hickory Flat and I am very pleased. I think that it is a good school, my children have excellent caring teachers, and I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2006
My daughter just finish her first year at Hickory Flat. I have never been so satisfy learning process. This school is great, has great teachers.

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June 05, 2006
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no rating November 23, 2005
Kindness is not the top priority for anyone in this school! I haven't even been asked to volunteer, what kind of school is this anyway! no parent involvement?

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
July 25, 2004
My daughter transferred from clayton co shools at the start of her 2nd grade year to hickory flat. I have an older daughter who is ready to graduate from high school this year. In all my years of dealing with schools and teachers I have never been so satisfied as i was with hickory flat. They helped my daughter to excell in all areas. Mrs houston was an excellent example of what teachers should be. I was very pleased with all aspcts of the school and personnel. I am truly gratefull we have such a wonderful school in our district. Thank you to all of you.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2004
My son has has been with HFES from Kindergarten through now in 3rd grade. He's had excellent teachers at each level who truly cared about his education and well being. When he was a first grader, I requested he be evaluated for speech therapy because I noticed he could not pronounce certain letters correctly. He was evaluated and was in speech therapy for half of his first grade tenure. By the time he was halfway through 2nd grade, his teachers determined he no longer needed the speech class since he was pronuncing letters appropriately. However, after a meeting with them, I requested he stay in the program through the end of the school year and they allowed him to do so. It did not interfere with his regular classes and I am proud to say he received straight A's in 2nd grade and continues to do so. Excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
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Hickory Flat Elementary School
841 Brannan Rd, Mcdonough, GA  30253
(770) 898-0107
Last modified Hickory Flat Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hickory Flat Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top