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Richmond Hill Elementary School

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 27, 2014

My child has been in RHES for two years now, and I think it is mostly great. I love the Special Education staff. They are always willing and able to work with you to make decisions about how to best help your child achieve his/her best. My child has ASD and has had a hard time with reading, and If it weren't for 1 "special" education teacher in particular I'm not sure where we would be. He has made leaps and bounds in his reading lately and I know we owe it all to her. However I do not think the special ed staff are used to their fullest potential, if they had more control over how their students are taught Or just had their own classes instead of inclusion I believe many students would benefit from it and I think my son would have progressed even farther this year. Especially since for my son to excel in school a basic routine, making sure you have his attention before giving instructions, and specifics are very important for his learning process. It has been a battle trying to get some teacher(s) to make that effort on his behalf and he has suffered for it, no matter how many times I have tried to convey the importance. Therefore I have decided to put him in private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

As a military family, we move quite a bit (ok, a lot would be a better description) and I'm incredibly pleased with RHES. School is kept in impeccable shape. Granted its a newer building (I think around 5 years old), but all areas are incredibly clean/perfect condition. Front office is welcoming & the double door entrance ensures my children are SAFE! No one gets through the 2nd doorway without a "buzz". All the exterior doors are locked from the outside so no visitors without the front office knowing! My children's teachers are INCREDIBLE! Knowledgable, energetic, & friendly educators challenge my children to learn while providing fun projects/experiments. There are a good # of young teachers, but they're amazing as are their older counterparts! One of my children was served through the Special Education program & made incredible gains w/ the help of the sped teacher & assistants. IEP team looked out for the best interest of my child & listened to my concerns & ideas before a final "plan" was put into motion. Professional approach to make sure every child learns! School's technology implementation is beyond great. I come to visit on occasion & am warmly welcomed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

When we found out that we were getting stationed in Georgia 8 years ago we came to this site to look up the schools. The RH school district had excellent reviews, so we bought a house here. At the time our daughter was 11 and our son was 1. Our daughter didn't like the school but she was a good student so there were real no issues. When my son started school things changed dramatically! My son has been in the Bryan County school district since Pre-K and we have been in a struggle of wills (between and the school) since. RHES has been a continuation of the educational experience from heck! My son has ASD and the school is in NO WAY prepared to deal with special needs children. They never come out and say "put your kid on stronger medication", but the implication is there. They develop IEPs that call for behavior intervention plans, but fail to develop or implement them. They will, however, send bad reports home every day. I will be the first person to admit my son is difficult! However, his special education teacher acts like he is Satan's spawn. If you have a special needs child DO NOT BRING THEM HERE!!! Unless you are up for the battle of your life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2013

This is our daughter's second year in RHES, and she has progressed academically. While we have been pleased with her progress, she is losing her teacher mid-year to a geographic move to CA (trailing spouse). This comes after having her previous year's teacher depart for Atlanta. In a town that is heavily populated by military personnel, I have to wonder if teacher retention is an ongoing issue. The rental housing market experiences heavy turnover with military deployments, so this town feels like it's heavily populated by transient residents. While I was initially concerned about the relatively young age of teachers, it appears that what they lack in decades of experience is countered by a high level of energy and a willing embrace of technology. What I would like to see is more of an effort to facilitate parental involvement in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Excellent especially in comparision to surrounding counties. We were concerned about the school quality in the South and feel that this school system is on par with schools in Ohio (Our previous destination).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

I am not thrilled with the school system in the area. Your kid cannot miss school without a dr. or dds. note. So if they are vomiting, you must get a note. They place kids by timed tests. They do not have regular parent teacher conferences, you must schedule that on your own. They can receive in school suspension for the smallest offenses. I don't really know anything about the teacher since they keep parents out of the school unless they volunteer. siblings are not allowed to come, so if you have younger kids, you cannot volunteer. The classes are over crowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

I'm very happy with RH Elementary and have no desire to send my child to a private school. They also have a very strong group of volunteers who help out the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2011

The staff is excellent! I have never met such wonderful and caring people before. We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

I really like the school, and my daughter likes it as well. The new building is nice. As far as public schools I wouldn't have my child at any other school besides here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The new school building is beautifully design. The teachers all seem to care deeply for the children and their education. My granddaughter enjoys the extra activities that the school offers and shares with the families. Kudos!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

My child has been going to RH schools since prek and she is enterin 3rd grade this year. She will be attending RHES in the new building. Her teachers have been very good all the way through. I do agree that the schools teach to the CRCT test too much and it is very stressful for my daughter. Also I think that most days there is too much homework. The school nurse at RHES and the front office staff are friendly. The after school program is wonderful. I do wish that parents were allowed in the classroom more often. I understand the need for security but in RH schools the supposed security measures are really just window dressing and serve to not allow parents access to their children. A true security threat would find a way in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

We moved here 6 months ago from Savannah-Chatham County schools. This school has been wonderful! I email with my son's teacher all the time!! There is a weekly 'What's Up' newsletter sent home. I visit the school monthly - the office staff is nice and freindly and the school nurse is wonderful. This truly is a Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2007

It's really interesting to see some of the responses, and then you look at the test scores. In comparison to other schools, RHES is doing a really good job in preparing these children. I recently moved and hate the fact that the schools in my area can't even touch the quality of RHES's curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2007

I am so dissapointed in this school. Teachers dont communicate well with parents, and the homework is out of control. The sports and activities are superb.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

We moved here from Franklin TN 6 months ago, and were so disappointed that we took the kids out and I am now home schooling. I hope we move soon just for the kids sake. There were things my children were seeing and hearing that no child should be aware of at their young age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2006

We arrived to R.H., GA last year and they did absolutely nothing for accelerated children. They think and act they are something special here and are defensive when asked to work beyond the average. They don't honor good students. My daughter is in the SEEK program which has been our savior this year. We cannot wait to get out of this place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

I am very disappointed with the Richmond Hill elementary schools! I have only been a resident here for 5 months. During that time, I have had many unsuccessful attempts trying to become more involved in my childs school experience. Unneccessary discipline appears more important than teaching and safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

Parent/teacher communcation poor. Conferences are not mandatory. No thinking outside of the box in this school...It's all about prepping the kids for the state exam. I've never seen anything like this. I feel a lot gets shuffled under the rug here; and I know many others in this area feel the same way. It's truly saddening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2005

We moved here from Richmond VA and are VERY pleased with the Richmond Hill Schools. I know one thing for sure, they are way ahead of the VA school system. My children are more challenged now and much happier. The staff is dong an excellent job. THANKS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2005

We moved here for the schools, i did lots of research online about the schools in the area and this one was by far the best. Coming from a School close to Boston Ma where education was suppose to be the best, I find that the schools here are ahead in Academics. The things my sons are learning here are ahead of their peers in MA. It is a wonderful school and i am glad i choose to send them here.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

438 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

438 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

438 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
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.

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 44%
Black 14% 37%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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473 Frances Meeks Way
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Phone: (912) 459-5100

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