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Hendricks Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 565 students

 

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Posted November 17, 2013

This is a really great school and it should rate much higher! I currently have a daughter enrolled here in 1st grade and I had a daughter go through 3 years at this school when our was only 2-5 and I really believe she gained her love and spark for school here. Most of the teachers are extremely caring and genuinely strive to make your child a success. Mr. Dills is amazing and makes the school better everyday. Mrs Stein and Mrs sliger in the kindergarten staff made my daughters transition into learning last year so easy. The school does lack in parent involvement, but the PTA and volunteers they do have really try. I am sincerely in love with this school and pitty the people that cant look past the area its located in or the title one status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2013

The principal is newer. He seems to have good intentions. His assistant principal is rude but tolerable. Parent involvement is low. More parents need to volunteer. When I volunteer at the school, the teachers are so appreciative. The teachers really care about the students and really go out of their way to make the school what it is. My child is in 2nd grade. Her teacher is gifted and ESOL certified and truly individualizes her instruction to each child. I am so impressed with her. This school needs more parents to get involved and make a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

Response to post on Jan 21, 2013 rated 1 star...My child is a first year student at this newly. A school & PTA are only as strong as the parents. With nearly 600 students only a few parents volunteer & are truly involved. Are you a PTA member, have you volunteered or reached out to the PTA? The PTA @ the school is a new growing PTA & needs the support of more parents. I have a 3rd grader, this is the 2nd year here (come from private school) & the teachers, staff & administration have been very receptive and responsive. My child is learning, performs well & is involved in activities including the Target (gifted) program. I have also showed my support and volunteer. I wanted to move my child to another school in the district that is thought to be great, but CCSD does not offer school choice unless your school is a low performer and this school performs. Not as well as some of the higher rated schools, but those schools also have more parents that are involved. Teachers, staff & administration tend to be more excited & involved when parents are as well. I ve taken on the attitude of the best way to get your child into a great school is to make the one you are in great .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

My child is a first year student at this newly named school (2012-2013). Since day one, although everyone is nice, I have been nothing but disappointed. From the prinicipal on down no one is accountable for their actions. (with the exception of the nurse who is a jewel). The PTA is a joke. There is poor communication. Notification that is sent home is last minute- 1 day in advance usually. I am not proud of the blue ribbon award. This means that the school went from sub par to close to par. I will be actively looking for a new school for the fall. I do not recommend this school. I had to lower my expectations to keep from pulling out my hair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2012

Under-rated by Great Schools. Deserves no < 8. Teachers & students do a great job. Students perform @ or above average on county and state test consistently. The area where the school lacks is parent/community involvement. Teachers & administration care, but need the parents help. This was the principal's first year & I can say he was visible. I have 1 child that attended 2010-11 school for 1st time & I was pleased w/ extra curricular and "special" class that were offered. The teachers were approachable and helpful. The next year 2011-12 my next child attended, but some of the activities were missing due to one teacher retiring, another let go due to budget cuts and parents not stepping in to fill gaps. There is an active PTA, but it is a small core group of really involved parents who can not carry the entire school. Parents have to understand they really can make a difference in their local school. The school has seen changes the last 4 yrs and it will see more change next year with the addition of K-1st grades and a new name. Administration, faculty, staff & parents, community leaders & businesses have ban together to make this a fun yet challenging learning environment. PTA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

I am very pleased with the progress that this school has made. I was a bit apprehensive when my gifted child was to attend here, but it seems that they are really making strives to make sure that the higher achiever is not too bored in class. More work needs to be done, but definitely a step in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

This school not only excells academically but also has a good heart : 1/2 of the Clarkdale Elementary students were moved to Austell Intermediate and were welcome with open arms. Now that's what I call a School of Excellence!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

All 4 of my children have gone there, and I have been very pleased with both yeacher involvement with students, as well as Principal involvement with parents. Great work guys!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2009

My grandchildren attend Austell Intermediate School. It is a top notch school with high expectations for learning. The administrators are always visible and friendly. The assistant principal, Dr. Johnson, is first class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2009

I feel that this is a great school. The teachers are caring and they work really hard to ensure the students are learning. They spend alot of time planning and spending time after school. As a parent, we need to spend more time at the school. I volunteer and I don't see our faces. I see faces of other parents and we make up majority of the student population. We need to be more visible!!! Don't you love the Asst. Principal Dr. Johnson...She is awesome. Yes, my son has been in the office and she kept it real. She doesn't tell you what you want to hear, she tells you what you need to do. I think Mr. Terza is a good guy. He has lead the school in the right direction and they are doing well on the CRCT.
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Posted June 16, 2009

This is an excellent school. Mr. Terza has really done well. The teachers are awesome. My twin boys have attended Austell for six years. It is so sad that they will not be attending there next year. They will be moving on to middle school. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

Over time things are getting better. The teachers care and the admin is helpful. The school can use a few more extracurricular activities for sure. We are so happy to see that discipline is so much less of a problem than it has been in years past. Thanks for all the hard work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

This is my daughter's second year here, and I must say that it is progressively getting better. Mr. Terza is really listening to what the parents have to say and doing his best to make the environment a great place to learn. My daughter and I are enjoying our time here and all the good things to come!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

This is the 6th year my boys have attended Austell. They have always made excellent scores on the CRCT. Mr. Terza and the staff are dedicated to the children. A lot of the children get out of hand which is a preanting issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

So many of these reviews are old. Austell has a new principal since most of them. My grandson attended Austell and I was impressed with the level of commitment from the teachers and the principal. I don't think this can be an easy school to teach at but most teachers work very hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

My son has been at Austell Intermediate since 2nd grade & is now in the 5th. I am very dissappointed with the principal and staff. The children are not being challenged. The tutoring programs are horrible & there is little or no homework & my son has never had to do any reports or research on any topics. Thank God we are moving to a great area this summer. This school will not succeed because the principal is too busy being in denial instead of fixing the problems that parents address as concerns. Don't make the mistake of sending your children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

Austell is not a good school for any child. The children are not taught anything, the teachers are having to be more concerned with the ill behaving students that cause disruption from learning. My niece and nephew were attending Austell and did not like it at all. The teachers, for the most part, tried to make Austell a good learning environment, but one person can only do so much when there are 10-15 kids out of a class of 25 that do nothing but yell, argue and disrupt the children who do want to learn. Now they are in a different public school, and after only 1 week there, are loving it more than they ever did Austell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

My son had attended Austell elementary this past fall. We were apprehensive about putting him in school there beacause of the school's low scores. However, we were hopeful and took the plunge. I can only say that our experience there was about what we had expected, only worse. Despite Austell's struggle for improvement,t hey are failing those children miserably. The emphasis is so much on work and scores, that there is little or no time for recreation and socialization. Children need this in order to motivate them to learn. In Austell's defense, the reading labs were a good decision, but as for the rest of the school experience, we weren't happy, my child was not happy, even the teachers didn't seem happy. We have moved to a new public school that chooses to mix learning with fun. My son is excelling and loves going to school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2005

My experience at Austell has been, and continues to be be very positive. Dr. Kitchens was great until she retired and Mrs. Jackson has been equally as good. The front office is always friendly and helpful thanks to Mrs. Bates. My son has gotten good grades, learned so much, and loves school thanks to Mrs. Dennison (K), Mr Kuzner(1st), and Ms. Adcock(2nd)!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2004

Overall the school has been a great school for my son in his fist three years of attending Austell Elementary however each year has been basically the same no better, no worse. I'm looking for things to better here in the coming year. His teachers have been wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

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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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

142 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

142 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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
55%
Social Studies

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

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
71%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 66% 37%
Hispanic 16% 12%
White 14% 44%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Patrick O'Connell
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  • (770) 819-2389

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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5243 Meadows Rd
Powder Springs, GA 30127
Phone: (770) 819-2387

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