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Port Wentworth Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 535 students

 

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Posted October 28, 2013

One word: HORRIBLE! A few teachers need to find other jobs because they have no patience to teach in an over crowded classroom in a shady area. My son kept getting bullied and I kept sending notes to his teacher who in return yelled at him for all the notes. She laughs in his face when he is terrified of a flying moth. My son also gets yelled at by the after school tutoring teacher because she is frustrated at his progress. Principal offered no help, so I called the board of education and have my kids transferred to another school. After that I said good riddance and thank God no one is yelling at my son anymore!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

This is our second year at PWES and we are really happy. Our kids are in 4th, 2nd, and Pre-K. Their teacher have always been able to understand their strength and their needs and to focus on each of them individually and they have gone above and beyond their duty to help them. The ESOL team is amazing and they work in great collaboration with each teacher in the school. Since last year the school has a new principal and this year a new Vice Principal. They are full of energy and ideas and are working to use every resource to give the kids the best. I've always felt welcome to have a conference whenever I had concerns and I've always felt listened and that we were working together! this school gave so much to our family. Don't look at the old building, it is just the outside appearance and anyway they are building the new school that will be ready in less than 2 years. Look at the smily faces of both students and teachers and you'll see a very happy environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

Port Wentworth Elementary School is an old building is an understatement. The place looks like the scene of a horror movie! My child s classroom had 1 teacher and 26 students (11 of the student had English as a second language). When I said that my child would never get help, her teacher said that she did not even have the time to help the children that really needed help. I said that this means that my child is going to be left behind and her teacher told me that she would pass. My child s bus was 20 minutes late every morning and 50 minutes late every afternoon. My child went from loving school to crying every night because of this school. We had to start homeschooling her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

Port Wentworth Elementary School is an old building.....truly "old school". But, with that being said, it is an excellent elementary school in this day and age. The children are truly cared for and watched carefully as well. The book fair is a wonderful addition and actually encourages the children to read and appreciate the world around them. MOST of the teachers have been there for many years which only shows that they are happy and content with the administration at the school. That makes for a happy classroom and happier children. I would not want my granddaughter attending any other elementary school in Chatham County. Even though it is bursting at the seams with students, I have watched as each and every student got the attention that they deserve. It is a shame that more parents don't actively participate in their children's education. That is what makes any good school a great school and Port Wentworth could be great.


Posted May 23, 2012

So far, so good! Our daughter just started her first year at Port Wentworth and seems to enjoy it. The staff seems pretty good and they have an excellent ESL program which is important as our daughter was born and raised in Scandanavia. The only complaint we have is that the school seems to make decisions at the last minute. For example we asked in May when summer school would start and were informed they still hadn't decided if they were even going to have summer school or not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

My children have been attending Port Wentworth for the last 4 years. This school is battling over-crowding, a high percentage of english as second language students, and low parental involvement. With all this to get through, the school still has excellent teachers who really care, a strong caring principal, and great academic programs. We did have one bad year with a teacher who seemed to be burnt out. Mrs. Newton, the principal, got very involved and made sure my child got the education he deserved. The teacher is no longer working at the school. Other than that,we have had some great teachers, and I am perfectly happy at the school. I will be sad to leave when my children move on to middle school. Mrs. Tyler, Mrs. Lowe, Mrs. Sample, Mrs. Walker, and Miss Edwards are ALL outstanding teachers who truly care about their students and their well-being. This school could be better, if more parents would get involved, the teachers and school cannot do it on their own. I am at the school usually once a week, doing what I can to help. That is my job as a parent. If Parents, schools, and teachers work together- ALL schools can be as wonderful as Port Wentworth Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

Great school. Wonderful teachers. Not perfect, as NO SCHOOL is, but doing all that they can, and more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

Port Wentworth Elementary is an excellent school! I do not know why there is so much negativity here on this website. We are from out of town, and were very learly about bringing our child to Port Wentworth because of this website. The principal has an open door policy...a true open door policy. You may not always agree with decisions which are made but they are ALWAYS IN THE BEST INTERST OF THE CHILDREN. The staff members go out of their way to help. In the afternoons, there are two persons that stand in front of the school to make sure the students are able to cross the street safely. Many parents argue with them, and I WAS ONE. Until I saw the lady almost get hit by a car driven by a disobedient parent to keep a child from getting hit by a car. We love her teacher, Mrs. Walker.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Port Wentworth Elementary School has good administration and dedicated teachers.


Posted September 16, 2009

Discipline is meted outed in a positive way
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The building is pretty old and the buses are constantly late, but the teachers and principal seem to care about the children they teach. This is one of the better elementary schools in Chatham county, from my experience
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

My husband and I moved here from Alabama last year. Upon arriving here my husband left within a month to go to Egypt. It was very hard to adjust for all of us, but I was thankful for his teacher who worked really hard with him and helped him to bve more confident in himself and the school counselor Mrs. Beane (spelling?) who was incredibly loving when my son was having a rough time missing his dad. This year both my kids are attending the school; 3rd and Pre-K and they have awesome teachers in Mrs. Lowe and Mrs. Carmichael. I communicate with both teachers via email and notes and have always gotten prompt responses. I also appreciated Mrs. Carmichael calling me personally before she went on maternity leave to ask if I had any concerns about my child. Thank You All for Your Support and Help!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

This is my child's first year at the school. She is presently in grade 3, Ms. Rayburg class. I am pleased to say that my child is doing well and the teacher is very organized and she responds in a timely manner. The only problem I have with the school is with their buses. I feel as if when the buses are late parents should be notified. Also, notes that are sent home from administration should be parent friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2007

Poor quality staff and service - the few good teachers get over shadowed by the others who make school unpleasant. My kids use to love school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

Overall I am very happy with this school. This is my daughters 4th year at this school and other than a horrible kindy teacher (but an excellent teachers helper who made up for it) she has had a good experience. My son is now in the Pre-K program and he is doing well with his teacher. My only complaint is that communication between the staff, teachers, and the parents is not always what it could be. Part of that responsibility lies with the parent and I have changed my ways this year to do all I can to fix my side of things. That does make it better but it would also help if teachers answered their e-mails and notes sent in with the kids. I love the new principle. She is intimidating at first but once you talk to her you see that she loves these kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

This is my child first year at Port Wentworth. In the beginning my child had a great teacher(Mrs. Baker). Due to classes being overcrowded my child was removed from the class where the teacher was well organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

This is my child first year. In the beginning my child had a great teacher(Mrs. Baker). Due to overcrowded classes my child was removed. My husband and I have complained about Insufficient homework, lack of descipline in the classroom and no AR testing and more. We were told that the issues are being investigated. Its now November and our complaints are not resolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2007

Terrible coming and going - buses, principal, and staff... rude is equal to professional at this school from the top down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2007

I don't work at the school and know what's going on. I guess if you don't empty out your child's bookbag, you wouldn't know what's going on. My son had a super teacher (Mrs. Baker) who even brought him home after a PTA program, which he wanted to participate in, but I had to work and couldn't attend. He also had a good teacher last year, Mrs. Edwards, who attended one of his ball games. The staff seems to truly care, and it is family-oriented. I don't understand how anyone could have a bad experience from this school. It is a super school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

I will like to thanks to Ms, Smaily and Ms, Blair whom really work hard but very optimistics with my 8 years old daugther. She has gotten a lot of skill and knowledge from the last school year. My daugther is in the Esol program learning English. Without the teachers help, she really wouldn't learn as well as she is lerning now. Thanks a lot!!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

120 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

119 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

139 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

139 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 88% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

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

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
67%

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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
67%
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 39% 37%
Hispanic 31% 12%
White 24% 44%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Julie Newton
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507 S Coastal Hwy
Port Wentworth, GA 31407
Phone: (912) 395-6742

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