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Powder Springs Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 804 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2013

Great Principal & dedicated teachers in place at this school!!! They face a lot of challenges I'm sure, but they so in an effective & pleasant manner!! The teachers my son has had, have really cared about his well being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

I know this school is student orientated with small group help. The teachers are well versed n their specialty who give special attention to students needing the help. The principal is dedicated to give the students the best education possible, I am the Mother of one of the teachers. I have observed how this school uses its meager resources to help all of it students learn with the best possible technical help.


Posted May 30, 2012

The front office employee are rude ,then when you bless them out like I did they want to run and go tell they can dish it out but cant take it, I was apologetic about it after fact ,but for one of them I was asked by Mrs.Mitchell would I please apologize because Terri was so upset, then principal sends me a threatening letter that if it happens again cobb count y police will be involved, this school is horrible will allow anybody to teach and work with children , I understand Mrs. Mitchell will not be principal she will be at a new school , I pity the school she will be over they are in for a culture shock and a rude awakening because she is off the meter I feel more for the children. I hope she never makes AYP at any school for as long as she principal anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

Powder Springs suffers from a lack of communication. The administration seems to have the right heart and perspective on things, but it does not translate into action. As a parent, I am regularly informed of things at the last minute, and often find out about things after the fact. We spoke with the principal about a problem with a teacher, but nothing was done. The next year (4th grade) a passive-aggressive teacher was chosen, who regularly tried to extract information from my child and other students. Again, nothing was done, but we were to be done with her at the end of the year. As a teacher, I understand the difficulties that other teachers may face. However, lack of communication is never acceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

PSE has slowly gone down the tubes. I have a child enrolled now, and this is his third year. My older child was also in this school. Except for the new assistant principal and a handful of other staff this is one of the most unfriendliest schools I have ever seen. Many of the staff are down right rude, and I have witnessed some being very harsh with the students. There are a lot of behavioral problems, but there is a better way to handle disruptive students. I wish my son could attend a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2008

This is my son s first year and he attends this school, so far I m not satisfied with the response from the leadership and procedures. I don't deny that my son is active and likes attention, but magnifying every action to suspend him is hard for me to understand. Instead of coming up with an positive policy that will help develop good social skills on how they will interpret the first years of school and interaction with other children is confusing to me. It has gotten to the point where he feels the staff at the school just wants to get him in trouble. Except the assistant principle because he socialize and communicate well with children so my son trusts him and will trust his opinions. When you are in a position that will affect develping minds of impressionable childern, it is cirtical everyone handle situations accordlingly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

This is my daughters second year at PSE and she loves it. Last year, she had a wonderful Kindergarten teacher and this year seems to be the same. Several parents have confirmed that my daughter has been blessed with a great set of instructors yet again. Ms. Mitchell is very personally and approachable and I like that in a principal. I have to disagree with the other parents about Mr. Childress. He is very friendly and based on the kids response they love him. I try to stay periodically throughout the year and join my daughter for breakfast. The only complaint I have this year happened the first day when PSE had pizza on the menu for breakfast. Other than that, I expect this year to be a great year. Keep up the good work PSE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

This was my son's first year at Powder Springs. I have to say that we had a very pleasant year. His teacher was great. If I had any concerns she worked with us to resolve them. My son learned so much this year, thanks to his teacher Mrs. Schatz and the Powder Springs Staff. Everyone there made us feel very welcome, down to the janitors. We had a great experience this year and hope it continues through my son fifth grade year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

I would like to welcome Mrs. Mitchell as she's exactly what PSE needed. This will be our 2nd year at PSE. Last year I had reservations and was tempted to pull them out on several occassions. However, it's day 4 and I've already seen so many positive changes...beginning with leadership. I ultimately think if you're a great leader-your teachers will follow. Both my girls have great teachers this year and I'm looking forward to a wonderful exciting year. The school even have a more warmer/comfortable setting upon walking through the doors!!! Great Changes!!!! Oh, and you actually hear the principal on the intercome throughout the day!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

Welcome to Ms Mitchell she give's powdersprings a warm family feeling just what the school needed.the Assistant principal not very professional or friendly..there's a lot of great teachers this year so I look forward to great year..with Ms Mitchell and all those wonderful Teacher's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

I had two children who attended this school and decided to pull them out at the end of the 1st term. I was so dissatisfied with my son's teacher's teaching and classroom management skills. She was unable to teach him how to do handwriting, writing sentences, reading, etc. and she would never send home any homework or work he had done from school. I was totally unaware of what he was learning in class, and when it was time for progress reports, weeks after school started I was told what he needed to work on. I have to say that the assistant principal at the school is very unprofessional, unresponsive to the parent's needs, and defensive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2007

I am a teacher at the school, as well as a parent of a student. I have taught all of the country and this school goes above and beyond most schools. The teachers are professional and expect the best of their students. The school is a welcoming place for all. The grounds are kept well and the halls are full of student work.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 8, 2006

This school has the potential to become great. Unfortunately, we lost the majority of our teachers this year. The current principal's leadership is unfriendly and defensive. When problems arise the current administration is one of inaction and deflective of blame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2005

I have two children, one who has gone through Powder Springs and ne who is there now. It is a WONDERFUL school. The staff is dedicated to seeing the students succeed. The administrators are always up beat about the students doing the best that they can and always take that one step further in life. The music, computer lab teachers are wonderful working with the students daily during specials.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2004

Our children were students at this school for two years. The dramatic change in their academic performance was astounding. The educators are indeed dedicated to their students. We're pround to have had our children attend this school. Proud parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2004

Powder Springs Elementary is an extraordinary school. The principal and many of the teachers are truly dedicated and devoted to their students. We have had 4 children go through this school and I can tell you that they cater to each students needs, whether it be the Target program or special needs. This is a school that will treat you and your child with respect and feel comfortable with their open door policy.
—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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

116 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

116 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

110 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

110 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
64%
Social Studies

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

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
63%
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

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
66%
Social Studies

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

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%

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

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 66% 37%
White 17% 44%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Darlene Hunt Mitchell
Fax number
  • (770) 222-3748

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4570 Grady Grier Dr
Powder Springs, GA 30127
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