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Roberta T. Smith Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 930 students

 

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Posted June 23, 2014

My daughter has attended Smith since kindergarten and is now entering the 4th grade. She is very smart and all of her teachers have challenged her throughout the years. I think the teachers and administrative staff are very enthusiastic about learning and the children recognize that. They have made many improvements and they strive to be the best. What the school is lacking is parental participation and support. I think Smith is doing a great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

This is the worst school my children have attended since I have been living in Clayton County the teachers do not look out for the kids well being every time I turned around they wanted me to give money for what????..no extra activities to help better the child's education I would have did my research before sending my children to a school that is ranked #2 out of 10..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

This school year 2012-2013 at Smith has proven to be the year of the fake it til you make it. We have been mislead by a Principle that makes everything look great with tutoring programs where the teachers are not even in the room, party every Friday with money raised to be spent on more parties and not educational activities, no real plan to get test scores up, but try efforts to say we put basketball and cheerleading in this school. The teachers must know that they can get away with this sorry ability to teach with no one learning anything, for them to put fake grades in gradebook that does not match the very low CRCT scores. The Special ED program is the only thing worth keeping the doors at Smith open.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2013

My school is fun. We have many activities. More than you can count. The education is good as well. We learn in a fun way and actually your child will have fun and not even realize that your child is learning so much.


Posted May 24, 2010

It is hard not to compare previous leadership to the current, but after having such great leadership from Ms. Rhudaseal you expect it. Unfortunately we have yet to see the same display from the principals we've had the last 5 years! I have had two children attend to this school and sadly had to watch the standards decline! I hope the school can get back to the Greatness that once flooded the hallways!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2010

they teach very well i think it's a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

I am a parent and I have been nothing ,but pleased and over joyed at the education my son is and have received. The family of teachers and principal is excellent Sat schooling ,PTA and other great teaching skills they offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2008

My daughter is finishing kindergarten, splitting her time between specialized autism services and a mainstream classroom. I have been incredibly pleased with the services, teacher support, learning opportunities and overall sense of community at Smith. My daughter's teachers, her parapros, and principal Mrs. Brictson have demonstrated great professionalism while also being friendly and accessible to parents and students alike. I've seen the students in both her classrooms make great progress over the course of the year. Call me pleasantly surprised, given the county's negative publicity overall, but I think Smith is a school to be proud of and it's on track to keep improving. We're happy to be returning next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

I have 3 children at smith. I cant express myself more. This is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are great. I want to thank these teachers for there great efforts and hard work, m.Woodfork,t. Mitchell,mrs.Johnson,ms.Cook,ms.Fletcher, lenoir,ms.Outlaw and ms.Brooks. I'm not saying that all of the teachers are not good teachers. I've just had a great experience with these teachers. And last but not least I would like to thank our wonderful principle ms.Bricston. You are a great insperation to our school and I know you are not told alot, but you are great. And from the parents at smith we love you. Keep it moving smith we are not finish yet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2007

Thanks to the entire staff at Smith Elementary. Special thanks to Ms. Banks for all your hard work and dedication because of you my son is now equipped for middle school. A solid foundation is a must in order to be successful in life and he has received that at Smith. My son has been in attendance at Smith since Kindergarten and each grade along the way has been a success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2005

I have three kids at Smith Elementary and my children are doing quite well. I appreciate the teachers and all of their hard work. The principal is very involved and takes our children's education to heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2005

My child is in the ausitsm program at Smith and I am very happy with the supports she has received. She is mainstreaming very well into her 2nd grade class and I receive the services that I ask for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

This is an exellent school! The teachers are very postive and helpful towards the students. The principal is very involved with the students. I give this school 5 stars!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

My son attend R.T. Smith this is his thrid year there and I'am very please with the entire staff. The learning program is very positive for the kids and the staff lets the parents know how important it is to be involved with our children education. I truly would give this school five stars for their hard work and positive attitude towards the children. R.T. Smith has a great team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2004

I have 4 kids that attend Smith Elementary and I must say I am so pleased. Mrs. Rudeseal and the entire teaching staff are absolutely wonderful. Being a Principal is not an easy job but I must say that Mrs. Rudeseal knows each student and is interested in his/her sucess. She will go above and beyond to help any child. The teaching staff has a very strong support system amongst each other as they all work well together. I have to rate this school as outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2003

My two sons attented R.T. Smith, it's a great school. You very seldon find principles involved in the childrens activities, but I beg the differ with you on Mrs. Rudesell she's very involved and also concerned about the well being of all students at R.T. Smith. The teachers are out of sight. Over all I would rate the school outstanding.


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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
68%

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 90% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
51%
Social Studies

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

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%
Social Studies

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

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
81%
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 68% 37%
Hispanic 19% 12%
White 6% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Machelle Matthews
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  • (770) 960-5764

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6340 Highway 42
Rex, GA 30273
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