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4761 Gaydon Rd
Powder Springs, GA 30127

(770) 222-3775
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4 stars
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May 21, 2014
Varner is excellent in my view! My 3rd grader special need student got everything and more in relation to her education, to the added tutoring and the teachers went over and beyond in helping with the Common Core. If I would have another choice of schools, I'd want my children to remain at Varner. Teacher/ parent contact is excellent. Programs offered for enrichment to students and family is there. I have found all the staff kind, courteous,professional, and knowledgeable in their instruction and caring for the child. My child and I have nothing but positive experiences to say about this school. from the Principal to all staff, they have been more than accommodating to help the students succeed. They genuinely care about their students success. Today, my child came home crying because it was her last day in 3rd grade. She said the total class of 16 was in tears -minus one child-. I can just imagine what an impact these teachers made on their classroom. They dealt with this hormonal classroom in a very compassionate manner. I hand 1.000 kudos to the teachers, Principals, and staff at Varner for helping us raise caring, honest, compassionate, and intelligent children.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
If I could have sent my kids to another school or even home schooled them, I would've done it in a heart beat. The front office staff is rude and makes it seem like it is such a chore to help you. Other parents warned me about this school and the unhelpfulness of the office staff, but I had no choice to send them to Varner. I could write more but I just gave myself a headache thinking about the frustration this school has given me.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
This is our fourth year at Varner. We have a 1st and 3rd grader and both are excelling and reading above grade level. Teachers have been willing and eager to give more challenging work to help them continue to excel rather than allow my kids to get lazy. Every teacher my children have had have been wonderful! More parental involvement would be great but those parents I have volunteered with have been awesome.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
What a wonderful start to the 2013 school year. This is our 4th year at Varner. The teachers are excited to teach and are embracing the new Common Core. I appreciate the attention and fast response from my daughters teacher when I have questions about homework. I think the Principals Breakfast is a wonderful way to recognize students accomplishments. Mrs.Lair the new assistant principal is very personable and took the time to address my concerns about the increased class size. The only thing I see it that Varner needs more parent involvement. A few years ago I feel like there was much more parent involvement. - We love being part of this community and school!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
Varner school doesn't give homework on Friday. Student can easy get lasy. The school should set focus on 2 areas at least : reading and math every day + have student write a paragraph of their readings. As for teachers, they do not even follow up with homework.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
So glad my son doesn't go here anymore. Varner... What comes to mind? Uppity attitudes & lackluster school... Besides a few caring people just so glad we have moved away and moved on. Whenever I think of the dreaded experience with this school I just breathe a sigh of relief it's over!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
This is the 2nd year my children has attended. I have a 3rd grader/Kindergarten. The staff/administrators have been very professional and always voice their concern when your child has any issues. We moved from another Cobb school. As far as academics, this school has meet my expectations. I've noticed this school offers more challenging areas of study then the recent school my son attended. My oldest is in Target program since he was in his 1st grade at the old school and I can tell you the other school was not as challenging enough for my child. My kindergartener, it's his first year at Varner. Compared to what my oldest was taught in the other school, Varner has advanced the way kindergarten is learning. When school started for my kindergartener (he attended preK at a daycare for 1 month), he only knew a few alphabet letters and numbers. After three months, he has learned all the alphabets and knows how to count to 100! My support as well as education given from teachers on top of your child willingly to learn is always a key to your child's success. Reason why I did not give 5 stars,there's no such thing as "perfect". I hope many more good yrs from this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Hello Parents, Take my advice from parent to parent and do not enroll your child in this school. The lack of concern from the teachers and administrators is unbeliveable. My daughter went there for 2 years before I pulled her out.I was doing everything I could as a parent to help my daughter to excel. But when you have teachers who do not have a dedicated passion to teach, learn, help and grow the students, then you are hindering your child from learning above and beyond of what is expected.Her 5th grade teacher was extremely unhealthy and I know that was why she was so laxed. It took me 2 years to realize I made a wrong desicion in enrolling her in this school. Now she is in a great school with teachers and faculty who really care about the students. STAY AWAY!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
I have to say the teachers and administrators are very professional and treat my children with respect and desire the best from them. I think the curriculum is challenging and my children are enjoying the after school choir and art club.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
I love Varner! I have a rising 1st grader who reads on the 2nd grade level. My other children attended elementary schools out of state and neither could read above grade level when starting first grade. Teachers are kind-hearted and involved. It's only been our first year as part of the Varner family but we plan on staying for the next 5 year. ~One Very Pleased Mom

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2012
I daughter just "graduated" from Varner and we are pulling our 7 year old out of the school.Trust me, Varner is NOT a 4 star school, and we saw NO real improvment after six years. Although there are several outsanding teachers there and good students, they are held back by the horribly watered down/ teach to the test Cobb County curriculum. The principal and administration are AVERAGE, and don't really want meaningful parental input or involvement. If you want a paint by the numbers, bare bones, AVERAGE education for your child, send her/him to Varner. If you desire a rigorous, challenging education for your child, look at one of the better charter schools or a private one.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
proud parent, i must say i am pleased that my son went to this school, we came from sanders elementary where i really did not like the staff, i must say at verner everyone is very nice and cares about the childen, i am sad that my 14yr old daughter did not get to experience going here, but my son went here for 2yrs and now graduating fifth grade and i'm soooooo happy that he got to received great educatin and respect from verner, could not be happier, but the only bad part is we half to move now because of tapp middle school, my daughter has been there for 2yrs and that school is terrible, she was bullied so much she wanted to end her life,we reported so many times no one there cares at all about the children and now we are forced to move because of that school,plz do not send your child to tapp, but varner is a great school,

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2011
When we moved here from Smyrna, I was a little skeptical regarding the school systems. We adored King Springs Elementary and thought that we would not find a school that could ever replace it. I must say that over a year later, Varner has met my expectations in academic excellence. The teachers are very helpful, professional and courteous and the administrative staff is top notch. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone looking for a school that not only keeps the children safe but is genuinely concerned about their education.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
I am a parent of a fifth grader and a teacher in Paulding County. The administration is not asking teachers to submit reviews. I expect quality teachers and my son has received it. His teachers have been excellent, and we have been pleased every year. Stay involved in your child's education, and don't be so quick to judge the negative reviews.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
We are very pleased with Varner! We moved to Powder Springs from Atlanta and let me just tell you that it is a 100% improvement over our childrens last school. The vice principal is friendly and honest and has taken the time to answer all of our questions. The majority of the teachers have been at Varner for 10 + years. Parents are encouraged to be involved and I feel like there is a real home/school connection.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2011
Varner creates a ideal learning environment. Last year was our first year at Varner. My son couldn't wait to get to school everyday. I was amazed at how much he learned through hands on play, song, and the smart boards!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2011
We LOVE Varner!Please come and see for yourself! Varner has so many wonderful teachers and great programs for the students! My daughter is so excited that she gets to go back to school! I would encourage any parent to come and meet some of the teachers and talk to Dr. Adeli. The parents are friendly and love to help out where we can! Varner is great, so come and see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2011
Varner has excellent teachers! We have had mostly postive experiences. My children's CRCT scores prove that they are learning. They are being challenged academically. There is a sense of family at the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
Attention! For those of you who have considered sending your child to this school, please read all of the reviews. Every negative review of this school is immediately followed by several extremely positive reviews. I can say with most certainty that the administration is posting these positive reviews or instructing teachers to do it. This scam then bumps the negative reviews off of the front page, leaving only the positive reviews on the forefront. I have experienced this childish, unethical, dishonest behavior from the administration many times and this kind of behavior is right up their alley. Met another mom today who has decided to home school. That makes 11 students that I know of who have left Varner over the summer due to the horrible enviorment.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
Varner is an amazing place to have your kids reach their potential. My son has developed his independence and confidence through the careful attention of his teachers, despite a rough start. My little girl is so excited to start her Varner journey and as a parent I know she will excell in this environment just as her brother did. The PTA is amazing and the growing number of involved parents is only going to make things even better!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2011
My grandkids go to Varner and they love it! I actually think they ask for a lot of help from the parents. My daugher has a fulltime job so I end up volunteering in her place.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2011
Love the teachers, love the PTA, love Denise in the office, love Mrs. Glover the art teacher, love Mrs. Rowland the music teacher!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2011
My experience with school with the exception of the receptionist, everyone else in the office treats everyone like an interruption. My student's teachers were nice. PTA is wonderful. The principal is not personable. As another reviewer stated, I do feel the tension of teachers concerned about their performance for their jobs.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
My kids are having a WONDERFUL elementary experience at Varner. We've only had friendly interactions with the administration. From what I have experienced, there is an incredable amount of parent involvment from helping kids with their sight words, helping kids in the bookfair, helping teachers make copies, being part of classroom projects, etc. My kids love the Vocalier's and the Art Club. The Talent Show was so much fun! I'm sorry that other have had a bad experience but I think that the majority of the kids and parents are having a positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
I am the parent of a child with special needs. We had been struggling with my son's aggressive, self Injurious, and withdrawn behavior since shortly after birth. We attempted several types of private and public therapies which helped but did not solve our main concern. Within weeks of attending Varner, our son ceased self-injury. After two years, our sweet little boy has returned to us. We have been thinking of moving out of state since we moved to GA but have decided to stay based completely upon our son attending Varner. His teachers have changed his life, mine, and our life as a family. They have given us hope for a future that we were not sure was possible.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
My son is going into second grade at Varner this year and I cannot imagine him being anywhere else. The front office ladies, the lunchroom ladies, the janitors, the administration....everyone is friendly and helpful at this school. They welcome parents with open arms in the school and encourage you to be involved in your child's education. My son is excelling beyond his grade level. The teacher turnover rate is VERY low and they are challenging these students to do their best. I cannot say enought good things about this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2011
Best thing we could of done was leave this school. We did and now we are all a lot happier... enough said :)

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
I have a child in 3rd grade and in Kindergarten and we have been with the school for 2 years. The staff at the front desk is helpful and informative. The principal is full of energy and is an involved leader of the school. The teachers are perceptive in knowing who our children are and are helpful in offering suggestions for areas where children could use help. The PTA has been overwhelmingly successful in its endeavors to raise money for the purchase of smart boards, newer gym supplies and so much more. They had 100% membership from the Varner Elementary teachers and administration and had the greatest number of parental PTA membership ever. The community donations that the families give every year and the beautification of the outdoor areas of the school by the students and parents shows just how much the school and the students mean to each other.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
The administrators are unethical, immoral and in my opinion, they are no better than the administrators within the Atlanta Public Schools that were recently caught. I completely agree that the teachers are terrified of the administration. I strongly believe that these teachers have our children's best interest at heart but they are terrified to speak up in fear of losing their jobs. Kudos to the teachers who do speak up! There are many parents who want to volunteer at this school and be a part of their child's education but all too often the administrators discourage or flat out prohibit parent involvement. Every negative review of this school is immediately followed by several positive reviews. I can't help but wonder if the administration themselves are writing these positive reviews. I personally do not know of any Varner parents that are happy with this school. My children will not return to this school and several of my neighbors are now home schooling due to the hostile environment within Varner Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2011
I have 2 at Varner - 3rd grade and K. I am so pleased with their progress! It's tough for teachers with no child left behind, yet the teachers have found creative ways to teach the GA required learnings - I think sometimes the kids forget they are learning. My Kindergartner is adding double digits, reading and full of facts! They love to go to school - a sign they are happy, challenged & comfortable at school. I apprecaite teachers sharing their ideas and concerns with me via phone & email and their willingness to partner with me to help my children. Front office staff is always so considerate - how do they remember all the people they meet!? Varner is a family, one I am proud to be a part of. Looking forward to 2011-12!!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
I m substitute teacher at Varner and a parent. My kids have gone to Varner for 5 years now. The teachers work very hard to teach every child to their full potential. Teachers and administration know not all students learn the same way. I think our PTA has worked very hard to provide parents and students with fun ways to interact outside the classroom. PTA has also made great strides in keeping parents informed about what s happening in our school. While there is always room for improvement, I think Varner is heading in the right direction. I would encourage anyone that was interested in sending their children to Varner to go to the school and meet the administration, meet some of the teachers and meet the PTA leaders. I think you will like what you see!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
This is my daughter's first year at Varner and I couldn't be more please with the experience thus far. Her teacher is absolutely wonderful!!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
The administration is incredibly unethical, the teachers are frightened of her and because of that, there is a trickle-down effect to our students. There is a horrible lack in communication between them and the teachers. The teachers try to do the best they can but they cannot be effective with their hands tied behind their backs. The PTA leaders are self centered and uneducated which leads to ineffective parental involvement in anything extra that can be done to help. We will not re-enroll our child there for the 2011-12 school year but continue to hope for a change in all leaders in all aspects of Varner so that it does not continue to go down the way that it is and has. If you have ANY choices at all, do not enroll your child at Varner Elementary School unless you want to experience an unhappy child who doesn t have a chance of learning to his or her potential.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
The principal and adminstration are not receptive to new ideas that will create a more productive learning environment. This administration is only interested in getting through the year with a passing grade. They are more interested in discussing playground mischief rather than giving the children a better environment in which to express their needs and enhance the childs education level. The teachers are not given the opportunity to teach to each childs individual needs. They group students together and simply teach to the curriculum. I am very dissappointed in the decline in the quality of education. Your child will need a tutor in order to obtain a quality education if attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2011
This our daughter's first year at Varner. She has had a great year thus far. Her teacher is phenomenal! She enhances their learning experience with computer technology and individualizes her teaching plan based on the skill level of each student. Our daughter is in kindergarten and she is already reading on a first grade level. They have smart boards in each class, a luxury most private schools enjoy! We are very pleased with Varner as a learning institution thus far.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
My experience at Varner has not been a great one by any stretch. Office staff has been very rude to me. Your only allowed 45mins in the class a week which I DONT UNDERSTAND! This school does not welcome alot of parent involvement. I plan to take my concerns to the board.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
I think this school has ratings be the teachers because I can't see how people are talking about the same school. This is not a good environment. There is a reason why the great schools score is going down! Let me tell you it isn't getting any better! This school has done nothing but go down hill.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
Our second daughter started Varner this year and I am extremly please with her teachers and the program she is in. My oldest daughter is in second grade and has a wonderful teacher as well. The teachers in both grades work extremely well with children of various temperments.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Staff is very friendly to the students and parents, Exceeded expectations in teaching my student in first grade. Wonderful learning enviroment!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
We have nothing but positive things to say about Varner. Our son has just blossomed!

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October 15, 2008
It has improved since the new administration. I'm more pleased this year than in the past with things. They still need to work on being more inviting and communicating w/parental input- not just one sided. There are some friendly people, but there are some real snobby people to within the make up of the Varner staff that can be a real strain and hindrance when you want to be involved. With that said there have been improvements and this is our best year yet.

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no rating September 07, 2008
We're starting our second year at Varner. Kindergarten was wonderful, the teachers really did a great job and it was clear how much they cared for their students. I love the fact I can have lunch any day with my child. So far so good in first grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
The Administrators, teachers and staff at Varner Elementary are the best. Parental involvement is huge. Varner is an excellent school.

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no rating July 18, 2008
I find Varner to be a great school. They have wonderful caring and involved teachers. The teachers treated my child and his class as though they were his own children. Great response when a concern was made. We need more teachers who have as much passion as this one.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2008
Not up to standards of other schools in area. Faculty and Administration unresponsive to concerns of this parent. Very disappointed.

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no rating November 23, 2007
It's a good school generally speaking though overrated. There is just something really lacking in the continued efforts for improvement. It's a shame, because Varner could contend with Kemp, Still, or Vaughn, but falls short of doing so.

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September 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
Varner is a good school overall. Improvement can be done in school activities. Maybe with new leadership, some new changes will take place.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2007
Overall I have been satisfied with Varner. Communication between the school and the parents is its biggest weakness. We have loved every teacher that our kids have had so far.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
Outstanding school, Loved it. Small classes, with heartfelt teachers to help my children learn. I have an 2nd and K there. They love it. having to move out of state, wish I could take the school with us. Great Job Varner keep it up!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2006
This is a great school for students to come to.I have a forth grader at varner in Mr.stone's class he has gotten all A's so far.This is a Great school.

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December 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2005
I've had a wonderful experience with Varner. I had a daughter who attended 1st thru 5th grade, and a son currently in the 4th grade. The teachers are great and very involved. The parents are very involved and willing to help out in any way.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
I have a 3rd grader at Varner and for the most part have been very pleased. There was only one teacher that my daughter encountered who left something to be desired. Otherwise, all her teachers have held Master's in Education and have been instrumental in getting parent's involved in the classroom. My daughter is in the gifted program and I have seen her perform over and above what is expected of her as a result of the Advanced Placement Program.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Varner is an pretty alright school.It is a little better than some of the ones in Paulding County.The academic standards are average.Parental involvement is not encouraged as much as it should be and they tend to not be real receptive of it.When it comes down to it teachers here are not as willing as they should be to go the extra mile to ensure a students success.

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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2004
Varner is overall a very good school. An excellent school is one in which individual teachers are held accountable for their actions. An excellent school is one in which the phrase, 'Parental Involvement' means more than parental fundraising and lip service from the administration and teachers. Overall rating: 3.65 My Varner Viking is currently entering 5th grade and is an excellent student with varied extra-curricular activities independent of the school.

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Varner Elementary School
4761 Gaydon Rd, Powder Springs, GA  30127
(770) 222-3775
Last modified Varner Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Varner Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top