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Hickory Flat Elementary School

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 7, 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


Posted March 17, 2014

The curriculum is great, but the Principal, and her administrative staff are horriable. Very unproffesional, and rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

There are no resources available, unless your child falls under the "No Child Left Behind" law. They could have issues of keeping up or retaining info, and the teacher is aware, but can't offer anything. We had to seek tutoring from Core learning in order to fill in gaps for our son. They tested him as being on a second grade level and he is currently in fourth grade. Amazing......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted September 26, 2013

This school is good my daughter learned a lot now she's doing great in 6 grade ! Thank you Mrs.Coffman


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 1, 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


Posted May 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

This is a great school that my two sons look forward to going to every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 9, 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


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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

92 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

92 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

109 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

109 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

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 90% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

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

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
78%
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 61% 37%
White 19% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Paula Crumbley
Fax number
  • (770) 898-0114

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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841 Brannan Rd
Mcdonough, GA 30253
Phone: (770) 898-0107

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