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Pooler, GA
Students enrolled: 1,438
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2135 Benton Boulevard
Pooler, GA 31322

(912) 395-6000
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May 02, 2014
Excellent school with fantastic teachers, high goals and expectations that are being met daily. My kids have been going to Godley Station K-8 for 4 years now.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2014
This is a great school. It is the largest in Chatham County and Principal Jones is very welcoming. I am pleased with the elementary side of the school. The teacher we have is great, and I am sure with every school parents will have issues but I feel very comfortable with having my child attend Godley Station.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
This is my daughter's second year at Godley Station, and I couldn't be more pleased. She has had two really great teachers, and I absolutely love the amount of communication I received from both of them. She is also involved in the gifted program at Godley Station, and I really enjoy getting emails about what she's learning each week. It's important to me to be involved in my daughter's education, and all of the staff at Godley Station has always made me feel welcome. You do have to submit a background check in order to volunteer at the school, but I personally think that is a great security measure to make sure our children are kept safe. There is a courtesy officer on campus at all times, and that gives me peace of mind knowing that Godley Station values the safety of our children just as much as we do!! I can't say enough nice things about this school!!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
I will be moving to Pooler in May and Godley is close to where we will be living and reading these reviews have me scared to send my children there. I will snap if they get bullied and snap if a teacher does not take pride in my childrens education. It looks like a beautiful school, I was so hoping to read good things :(

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
Was very disappointed in this school. At first, the teacher seemed caring and interested. Our child obviously needed extra help in reading but was never referred to the appropriate intervention classes to help her. After many teacher conferences and private (expensive) reading tutoring, we decided nothing had changed for our child. The teacher promised to help her and give her extra attention but this never happened. If your child is in gifted classes, they will be fine at this school. If your child needs extra help in a subject, this is not the place for them. The children in the class were not that kind either. We felt "community" was not really stressed here. In fact, many of the children in the class were cruel to the children that were not in the gifted program. Sounds like bullying to me. We are teaching her at home now and she is doing great. K12 Connections Academy is a great home school program..

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
Godley Station School is awesome!! This is our child's second year and we love it! The faculty and staff are kind, professional and really do care about the children. The school is always very clean and safe. We hope to be able to keep our daughter here through 8th grade and our infant will be able to attend here also. Can not say enough good!!!! Keep up the great wrk Godley Station!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
Stay away from any school in Chatham County. This school is too over crowded. The younger grades are okay, but 5th grade and above are horrible. Bullying is bad and nothing is done. No communication with teachers. This school has potential, but needs a lot of things changed. If you are just moving to the area then go to Effingham County!!! Much Much Better!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
The school is over-crowded resulting in classroom sizes being beyond the teachers capability to manage. Bullying is allowed to take place without intervention or the "bullied" being blamed because the teacher didn't see what actually happened or cared enough to know the facts...and children are ostracized for reporting it. The push for high scores on standardized test also far outweighs the "teaching of true content and skills" which is replaced with memorizing answers instead of "how to/why"- the teachers are under extreme amounts of stress to make the grade most days leaving them in moods that some in turn take out of children who just can't make the grade. Some children are openly embarrassed by teachers when they miss an answer or forget something. Positive reinforcement take some children farther than ridicule and embarrassment. Children should be able to make mistakes without fear of being called out in front of their peers. It is those mistakes that help them learn-but if they fear making a mistake they won't even try!!! My child's year has started off terribly and I don't have much hope in that changing. I am certainly considering homeschooling or private school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I think on an over view, the school is very well secure and thats most inportant for the children. And also the school is very clean, and to me that is awesome. I have meet some teachers and some in front office.I could not of ask for so nice of teachers and staff.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
I will make this short and concise. My daughter was in middle school at Godley for three years. The principal is AMAZING. She does the best she can with what she has. Her efforts are outstanding. The problem is dealing with the incompetence at many levels before reaching her. There are good and bad teachers. However, it seems they generally turn their heads when it comes to bullying. The behavior allowed in the classroom is unacceptable. Your child will be at the mercy of the peers that happen to be in the same homeroom. Events are okay but typically unorganized. And if you do not join the PTA be prepared to pay for it by other means i.e. sitting in the very back at your child's band or chorus concert, or not having a seat at all. Seeing a pregnant woman or women with infants standing in the back during and entire performance is really uncalled for. In short, this school is not going to make you feel okay about sending your child to a Chatham county school. If you have to live in Chatham County, either buck up for private school or home school. We are moving to Effingham county this summer. Lesson learned!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
I am confused because of this site on where to send my child to school or where to move. The bad is far greater than, the good on all the schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
I would have to say that I am very glad this year is over. It has been a very full year. The testing seemed overwhelming and although I had a good relationship with the staff and teachers the special education department is very lacking. It takes a very long time to get services for a special needs child or for the staff dealing in those areas to respond. I would also say that some of the teachers do not have control of their classrooms having teachers pets "running" things and knowing personal information about other students which is totally inappropriate. The bullying situation in this school is also out of hand and not taken seriously.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
It is the end of the year and I must say it is very disappointing to not be able to write a good review for Godly Station. I think the staff and teachers are pleasant but I really think they hate the way the school is organized. The teachers are extremely exhausted with the over testing that they do. They are not giving a chance to teach they have to rush the skills and then test. If you look at the grading scale you will see the test over shadows the scores for homework, quizzes and classwork grades. So even if your child came home will good grades if they failed at least one test their final grades will make you feel like your child is stupid. Something has to be done with the school system and the sad part is it just falls on deaf ears. The teacher has to deal with this issue because this is their income and challenging the system can cause them to lose their job. I hate that it feels like I am the teacher and all I do is send my child to school to be tested. I am not his teacher. The rule is the teacher teach and when my child comes home I go OVER what he learned. Does anyone out there understand that home schooling in the savannah area is growing? Think about that.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
I have two kids in this school, and I can not wait for the year to be over. I'm sorry to say that I don't like anything about this school, in fact, I'm quitting my job to home school my boys, because of the terrible experience my kids have had here. Last year my kid was threatened with a pocket knife in the bus, this year was called gay because he has long hair, he has been humiliated an screamed at by teachers in front of other students. One of the music teachers started screaming at my kid in Spanish, when my kid doesn't even understand just because of our last name and told the class that my son was a disappointment. Just to say some, this is everyday, the teachers don't care for students and this school is over crowded 30 kids per room. The staff is rude. If you are moving to this area RUN!!! from this school for the sake of your kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
As a parent of Godley Station I see some points of other parents concerned about the overpopulation however is not up to the principal to change that is up to the county and the budgets, and they are working on it of course it s not going to happen overnight. How a parent can complaint about racism against Caucasian I find that outrageous, since the diversity in the school is very large. Being a parent of a two children that attend the school I am very pleased with the education my kids are receiving and with the immediate information we receive from the teachers. Communication; When one of my child was having behavior issues I handled it as a parent immediately. I believe most parents this days leave everything to the teachers and don t handle most of the problems their kid have. I agree that some teachers are not the best but you have do your homework and see if there is a possibility that the child can be transfer to another classroom. The teacher my son had in First grade was great and 2nd grade is ranked as good however they have both been a positive experience for my youngest kid. I believe cooperation from parents its what is needed and less complaining.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
My daughter had a great experience in Kindergarden at Godly Station but has had the complete opposite in 1st grade. Many parents have said that they have had the same problem. Year to year the experience is great or miserable depending on the teacher you get. This seems to suggest that they are not held to any standards or accountability. My child's teacher this year, for example, is unorganized and downright rude to the children. Though her Kindergarden teacher was amazing, her assistant teacher was completely incompentant. We are changing schools this year. We can't leave our child's education to chance.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
Yes,I only agre whit the past coment on the subjet that the school is ober populate, but parent have to be more realist it about the good or bad of the school, is not only a reflection of the staff . Paren are very inportan part of that. Don't pretend the only is the staff problems , by sending the kids to a day care facility every singer day to get food and pretend that your kid is perfect and the staff are Is the proble. My kids are in Gadly Station and they come from a small school were everything was perfect. Life is not perfect and my kids have to learn how to work in any tipe of environment and both have a exelent academic grades.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2013
Really tired of seeing these bashing reviews. If your child has been a problem at school....handle it at home. Don't complain about the discipline your kid receives....he/she should have been following the rules and they wouldn't have gotten in trouble. I have volunteered at other Chatham County schools.... and let me tell you....they wish they had the technology our classrooms possess. Teachers are paid to teach....not deal with behavioral problems. If your child falls into the low/averg spectrum our school has several programs in place to help them master the State mandated Common Core Standards. Ask for help! Our school is awesome. Our teachers are amazing. Our administration is wonderful. It's very hard to meet the needs of 1,567 students but this school makes it happen! I am a proud Godley Station parent and active PTA member / volunteer.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
I just recently switched to home school. I WAS SICK AND TIRED OF THIS GODFORSAKEN SCHOOL. Take it straight from someone who when there form, well, if i say it, it will be obvious who I am. Godley Station is not what its hyped to be. Overpopulated and underplayed, nobody respects anyone. The administration pays no attention to a student in distress if they have caused a problem before. If they have, the punishments are all VERY extreme. Id give it an absolute ZERO. Good day, Darlings.

- submitted by a community member
February 26, 2013
Most of the high ratings are from office staff or teachers from this school, to cover their buns!!!!!!!! This school does have a lot of problems and well it's not getting any better. Been at this school for 2 years but this is our last year at this school, we have had enough. The subdivision I live in, well most of the kids are home school now after experiencing something traumatic from this school. Also when I write a comment on here for some reason it is removed... I agree with Feb. 20,2013 comment fully and maybe Chatham County School System needs to remove the whole staff and put in people who can actually handle the job of that many kids in a school. Not bashing anyone or being mean but when you are manager of other jobs you need to be able to keep the business under control and well that's not happening here at this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
Daughter loves it here! Moved form Whitemarsh Island area since we were disapointed there! Great education system and everyone is so kind.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
This school opened three years ago to support the middle class/white collar overflow who wanted to get away from Savannah. The school was staffed with the teachers with the highest performance ratings. It was great in it's first year, but has rapidly gone downhill. The zoning includes a demographic area and group that is statistically proven to be a cause of many negative aspects in society. There is a lot of racism against Caucasians. The principal and staff do absolutely nothing about it. Many in my neighborhood have pulled their children out to either attend the other Pooler school, home school, or have moved specifically to avoid subjecting their children to Godley Station. We are planning to do the same as soon as possible.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
Godley Station gave us a lot of problems and our children are still suffering the consequences. They push the kids really hard for scoring high as a school but they fail in giving support to the ones who for any reason cannot stay at the pace. The counseling office is totally incompetent and not able to do their job. The first grade program is developed in a way that makes it very difficult for the kids to understand and succeed. Discipline in the school is very tough and not always in a positive way. My children complained that adults didn't respect kids and were screaming. It is not a caring and supportive environment and definitely not the example that I want significant adults to set for my children. Some teacher is really caring and competent but unfortunately the school is leaded as a school for gifted and they succeed in eliminating the ones that are not. The ones who struggle are just left behind. Lots of parents decide to home school their kids or move them in a different school if they can. I think that a public school should not be allowed to choose its students! I moved my kids to another school, they are beginning to love to go to school again! zero star.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2012
My son was transferred from a private school which has good reputations, but I surprised how this school has a better curriculum and children's support system than the previous school. I don't know much about middle school part, but as far as I know, elementary school curriculum and systems are superb compare to other west Chatham area schools and small private schools. My son is always challenged by lots of competition opportunities, extra curriculum such as band, musical, Spanish, and chess, demanding academics as well. If you see test score sections, you will know how 3rd and 5th graders did good. I hope these elementary kids will do well in middle school, too.This school is truly getting better year by year. Thanks for principal, teachers and staffs who are hard working for our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
Let me just say we moved from New York and I hand picked this school even over many in the private sector. I have 3 children attending and this is our second year here. They have a state of the art gifted program and start Spanish classes in Kindergarten. HOWEVER I have a younger child that requires an inclusion class. The level of TOTAL incompetance with the inclusion and special education teachers is not only shocking but down right wrong! I am choosing to pull my son out and home school him because his teacher actually said and I am quoting her "I dont have the time" If she doesn't have the time let me ask exactly WHAT are our hard earned tax dollars paying her for???? If you have a child that requires inclusion I would strong suggest looking to a different school district. We are planning to stay because for my other children this school is amazing. Then again they arent dealing with the high level of incompetance from the special education side of things either!! Great school unless your child is special needs. If your child is special needs, well let me quote a 2nd grade teacher and say "They dont have the time"

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
This school started off with an overwhelming amount of kids. Even though there chaos, order seem to reign. I believe it takes a strong principal to make a school run smooth. I see her thru the hallways always present and approachable. My child started off timid an scared to go to school. But the teachers he had go way beyond the call of duty. THey made him feel warmed an welcomed. Hes currently in his second year, more confident than ever. I see my kids doing well at Godley. IT also takes parents involment.Which I see no shortage of. The front office is always busy with volunteer signing in. THe school staff are friendly and always there to help. Everyone work as a team and I love that...

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2012
This is the only school in GA we've been to as we just moved here in Jan from WA State. This school is HUGE, but it doesn't feel crowded or worrisome when you visit. I had a 1st grader this past year, and will have a 2nd grader and a kindergartner this coming year of '12-'13. I felt the office staff were very friendly, the principal is always present. You'll see her walking around the school, and at all the special events. My son's teacher welcomed me to visit the classroom as often as I wanted. My biggest complaint that that, being a new school, the PTO is also new. I do wish that there were more in class contests, like with box tops. At his old school, they earned tickets for being caught doing a good deed or great behavior and had a drawing to win a Wii play date and lunch with the principal. Things like that are missed, but my son excelled in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
(((Over Crowding and too many violent children))) Teachers quitting, kids moving into different classes to much, variety of harassment, children having hard time learning due to other children as disruption, teachers being hit by kids, kids cussing teachers out and children setting on floor of bus on their way to school. Being a new school I understand they are trying to get roots but the kids are crazy out of control. My child is afraid of riding the bus, being in class, and abused almost every week by kids and nothing is done... Kids who are raised properly and have good heart are ending up hitting kids back as a self defense .... Trying to get threw the rest of the year and get my child into another school. As my opinion there should be a zero tolerance for hitting, kicking, and harassment.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
As a parent who values education above all, I am extremely pleased with GSS. The teachers are top notch, the administration has the kids best interest in mind in all decisions and the student makeup is varied enough so my child is learning about other socioeconomic groups and races. Which is important to be because I am raising a compassionate, tolerant child but also a very intelligent child who gains a lot from the gifted program here.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
As an educator myself, I am pleased with this school. The teachers are skilled, empathetic, and professional. The administrative team is visible during the school day (walking through classrooms) and at after school events. My only complaint the first year the school opened (SY2010-11) were the number of families using addresses in the school's zoning area that they did not actually reside at so their child could attend the school out of district. This led to overcrowding. While the school tried to act on these issues, it was difficult for them to do so in a timely manner. The district should consider rezoning again since the enrollment is several hundred over what they anticipated. This second year has been better, but rezoning could improve enrollment as this is supposed to be a "neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2011
I personally don't like the school. I've been in the office to check my kids out and the receptionists are very rude. The principal has been in the office a few times when I was in there and she has never said a word to me. I've been to all of the PTA meetings and I still have no idea who the assistant principal is and if they even have one. My boys are not too excited about attending this school and rather go back to Pooler Elementary. I would like to be more involved in what is going on at the school but I dread going to the office. On the other hand, my boys have had great teachers this year and last. I would not recommend this school to others! *0 stars*

- submitted by a parent

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Godley Station School
2135 Benton Boulevard, Pooler, GA  31322
(912) 395-6000
Last modified Godley Station School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Godley Station School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top