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West Chatham Elementary School

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Posted April 4, 2014

Generally speaking, the school has a good environment. However, we are not satisfied with the IEP staff and/or counselor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2012

i was a student there all my life up until 6th grade in the middle school then i left. i love the teachers!!! that was a good school for kids exept for the bullying.....


Posted January 13, 2012

My children have been going to WCES since 2007. I am very hands on when it comes to my childrens education and at WC. I am able to be there as much or as little as I like. The staff/pta are great and really know your children. We moved to pooler so my children could go to WCES and I am happy with our choice. Being a military family brings it's challanges but everyone at WC has been amazing and they understand the difficulties we go through and are more then willing to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

I absolutely love this school. Both of my children are enrolled here and have been now for 3 yrs. The faculity are extremely helpful and very concerned for the well being of your child and their education. They are always willing to help and will do anything they possibly can to make sure your child is getting the most out of their classroom. Also, the communication between the teachers and parents is wonderful. Not once have I ever felt out of the loop in what is going on from a day to day basis with my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

My son has been at WCES for 2 years and we love it! The teachers and principal are wonderful! They make learning fun and exciting! The school offers many after school activities for students and parents. This school definitely deserves higher that 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2010

Wces is an ok school. Mt child is there in the 4th grade and i have major concerns w/race issues the teachers or parents dont address!! also there is a lot of favoritism towards the students whose parents r in the military. The school is loosing its spunk because of the different 'type' of children moving to the area. Not impressed @ all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

I love West Chatham Elem. The teachers are awesome and the staff is accommodating. I have my children on restricted release due to fear of their father taking them out of school without my knowledge, and they have been very strict about who my children can be released to. My only complaint has nothing to do with the school directly, it is with the buses and their scheduling difficulties. But the principle has been very pro-active about getting that straight. We are not a rich family by any means, and the staff at the school have been very accepting of that matter. They have helped us with uniforms and last Christmas my children's names were placed on the Angel Tree. The volunteers who buy the gifts for the children were the angels. Without them my children wouldn't have had a Christmas because I couldn't afford it. Thank God 4 them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

have been involved in pta and as a volunteer since my oldest son started there six years ago,now my liile one is in second grade and we still love it....our principal and teachers are excellent trying to help everychild to acchieve their best .....parent/school communication is awesome ...a happy safe place to send my child to
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2009

I've always thought highly of West Chatham. The teachers and staff have all been very accommodating and professional. Students seem to really get a good education, especially in 3rd grade. Tammy and the other teachers seem to really know their work and try hard to make it interesting for students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2009

I have to say that we really like West Chatham Elementary. My son is a vegetarian and brings his own lunch and he is never told he can't bring his beloved PB&J (where he gets his daily protein). The staff and administration have always been super pleasant and understanding. His teachers so far have been top drawer. We took our son out of private school and put him here so that he wasn't part of the elitest cliques in town. He gets a more realistic and diverse background at West Chatham. He is also in the gifted program at school and loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

I'm not impressed with this school at all. The only thing that i can say i love is my childs teacher. She is the only reason i have not took on another job to put my child in a private school. Saftey is only used when it benefits someone other than the student. Saftey is only used when the faculty thinks about it that day. If i can afford it my child will not be returning next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2008

Do not send your child here with Food Allergies. They are more worried about a child's right to eat peanut butter than a childs right to live. We had to get a lawyer involved and have a 504 plan just to protect our son. We didnt ask that kids couldnt bring PB&J from home, just that they didnt have it on the menu because of cross contamination. They refused so we lived all year sending my sons food and worrying about is he would have a reaction. It was as if they had never had a food allergy in the school. We moved to Effingham County and WITHOUT EVEN ASKING they took peanut products off the the menu! His teacher also made his classroom a peanut free Zone and does not allow parents to send peanut products for parties. Something else Chatham County/West Chatham Elem would not do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

I was not very impressed with this school at all. In the beginning I was excited that my child would be attending this school. It looked like it would be a great school. My child was in special ed, and it was the most miserable experience of my life. We had to fight for any services that he received, when he did receive services, they would gradually take them away from him. I don't think I was expecting too much, it's not too much to ask that he be able to read by third grade. He was supposed to be getting OT, and the last year he was there they didn't even have an OT for the majority of the year. He attended from K-3. There was no encouragement for parental involvement whatsoever. We finally got tired of fighting with them and moved him into the magnet program. What a relief!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2007

So far, we have been very satisfied with WCES. Our family has lived in the area before and returned last year; there have always been horror stories floating around about the quality of Chatham County Schools. Thankfully, we have had a very positive experience so far. Our daughter has had a very good 4th grade year and will be returning for the 5th grade in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2007

This school is wonderful! The teachers are excellent and very hardworking! They go above and beyond for those students! Sometimes i drive past in the evenings and see teachers' cars at the school until 6:00 or 7:00 in the evenings! They are very dedicated and it definitely shows. The students love them and they really learn a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

My child has been going to West Chatham for 2 years now and overall I am satisfied, not impressed. School safety could be tightend up a bit. The teacher invovlment however is excellent!Also the principal is very involved with the children. I have never been to a school where the principal is involved as much as Ms. Creech is, including the schools I went to. Parent involvement could be better. Overall acedemics wise the school is great. My child was diagnosed with ADHD and the teacher has rolled with it and helped my child through his struggles. Which in turn has made it easier for me to tackle knowing that my childs teacher is there to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2007

We moved last October to Kentucky. I really wish we could have taken West Chatham Elementary with us. I miss Kelly Schubert. She was an awesome teacher. She really new how to teach. Thanks for the great experience West Chatham.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2006

I have concerns with the school system at West Chatham Elementary.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted August 7, 2006

We moved here from Louisiana in 2004 were due to low academics in public schools had to put our doughter in private school. We have been so impress and happy with West Chatham Elementary, she is on her 3rd year there having tons of fun, loving it and learning so much. The Teachers are so good and friendly and the admistration is extremly helpful. i recomend this school over and over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Other schools could take a lesson from West Chatham. It's great, the entire staff (teachers and principal) as well as the facilities. A special salute to the Third Grade teachers, they are very good!
—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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

168 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

167 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 85% in 2010.

148 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

151 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

149 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

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

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
75%

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

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
81%
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 44% 37%
White 38% 44%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Two or more races 6% 3%
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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  • Peter L. Ulrich
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820 Pine Barren Rd
Pooler, GA 31322
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