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Varner Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 796 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 5, 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


Posted October 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted March 8, 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 1, 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


Posted August 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 3, 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


Posted August 3, 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


Posted August 1, 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


Posted August 1, 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


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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

127 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

127 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

141 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

140 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 88% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
75%
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 46% 37%
White 36% 44%
Hispanic 11% 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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4761 Gaydon Rd
Powder Springs, GA 30127
Phone: (770) 222-3775

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