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Fulton Sunshine Charter Elementary School

Charter | K-5 | 560 students

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 2, 2014

As a parent and employer I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. The administration at this school is USELESS and a disservice to the school's community. They are afraid of the PVO and give in to their every whim. The classes are set up to fail the students. They are set by test scores and behavior so all low scoring students and those with behavior issues are in one class and it gradually goes up to highest performers and best behaving students. Socially this teaches the children no balance and the poor teacher who always gets the poor performers is exhausted. The school has no discipline plan in place. I have seen students throw books, chairs and kick things around a gym and classroom. They pride themselves on never having suspended anyway which is accurate even though it's ridiculous because there are students who by now should have been expelled. And yes there are some good things about the school, the bad far outweighs it. I will not have my child returning as a student and suggest you don't send your child here either.


Posted April 28, 2014

This school has been a true blessing for our family. Warm environment, focus on academics and yes, competitive standards for a child to be the best as he can...including support and assistance of children with special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2014

The reviews posted before, were most likely submitted by over achieving parents who work for the PTA and like keeping the school's high test scores. The truth is, this school only cares about test scores period, The staff is immature, meaning most of them are straight out of college and have no prior experience teaching, lack common sense for early childhood education and that is not a good thing. Most of the experienced teachers were furloughed as in let go from previous teaching positions and work there. None of the teachers live in the county and travel far which I think gives them a bad attitude, which is understandable. As a parent at this school, I got to know many members of the staff and trust me, these people are mental! The principal is a nice man, but he seems to be a puppet and isn't aware of key issues going on in his school. In closing, if you want your child to pass test, this is excellent school to send them to, but if you want them to actually learn and grow in a loving environment, don't sent them to FSA!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

This is the absolute best elementary school in Fulton County hands down. The on-level work here - seems to be TAG work from Sweetapple and if you child is in advanced classes - WOW...they will learn so much more than they would at the other public schools in the area. The teachers are so dedicated and teaching is their passion. I would give this school 10 stars if I could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

Excellent school! My daughter started this year in first grade and has improved her language skills tremendously. I have a great communication with her teacher. They offer afterschool program and tutoring classes for kids who need extra help. I am very satisfied with the level of the education my daughter is receiving at FSA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2012

My parent/teacher communication was no existent at this school. I am used to great communication with my children's teachers as I like to know what we need to help reinforce at home and help them grow and transition through the different grades and subjects, but every-time I tried to connect with his 2nd grade teacher, her response was " I only have him for 2 hrs a day". He was in special education bc he does not care to do his work at school and gives no problem to do it at home, but I feel they ignore the parents and students in this program to get them out of the school to appear more high performing than they are. We were very excited about this opportunity and it was very miserable. Our older child in the FSA High school is doing wonderfully and enjoying his classes, peers and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

Excellent school with advanced cirriculum, great teachers and an administration that aims to help each individual student reach their goals. After 3 years at FSA I am extremely satisfied. My son has been given a tremendous opportunity with a very advanced cirriculum and teachers who are given the latitude to teach outside the restrictions of most public schools. Some Turkish influence, however, as the mother of a caucasion/blonde haired, blue eyed child, I have never felt as though it's being forced upon my child in any way. They offer an absolutely amazing after school club program, help sessions everyday for kids who need extra assistance and wonderful / educational field trips. Of course, every school has it's share of glitches. A little too much homework for my liking, a very multi-cultural student body (although this has really helped my child understand and appreciate other cultures}, only one teacher has a strong accent (all others are similar to what you'd find in a public school) and it's a highly competitive environment. Overall, this has been a great fit for my son and has, no doubt, prepared him extremely well for middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

This is a great school! We have two children at the FSA. The teachers are fantastic. They are highly qualified and extremely motivated. Academic standards are high but our children have thrived, whereas at our local public school our children weren't living up to their full potential. Science is hands-on and taught by teachers with a passion for the subject, math teachers are great and the music and art teachers are also outstanding. The after-school clubs and field trips are great. Our children are so happy at this school. The smaller size and great administrators also help to make this a great environment for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

The academics at this school are far and above what my children were receiving at our public school. They are being challenged by teachers that have great ideas and great ways to teach. The teachers are allowed to use their imagination to come up with great teaching projects. They go on at least 2 field trips to enhance their education. This is our second year and we are happy with the school. No school is without its faults. The biggest one I see is the principals lack of effective communication. Although others in administration do a great job. They also need to increase the number of classes/teachers or reduce the number of students accepted to keep class size low but it's still better then the public school in that respect. They have also improved the carpool tremendously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

Fulton Sunshine Academy is great. Its small environment is perfect. Actually, the uniforms aren't that bad. It's cool to (for instance) have a science and math teacher from Turkey. That way, you can learn about their culture. This is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

2010

 
 
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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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

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100%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

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96%

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94%

2010

 
 
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Social Studies

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
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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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
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Social Studies

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

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
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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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 41% 3%
White 38% 44%
Black 14% 37%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 2% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 56%N/A51%
Female 44%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • GA Governor's Office Bronze Award (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:40 am
School end time
  • 2:20 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Murat Cetin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (770) 410-1551

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Academic Teams Coaching
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • 1 School Bus Available
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Running
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Running

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student Council
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Fulton Sunshine Academy (FSA Elementary School) is a Tuition Free, Public, Math and Science focus, Fulton County Public Charter School located in Roswell - Alpharetta area in Fulton County, metro Atlanta, Georgia. Fulton Sunshine Academy provides strong academics and after school programs such as Science Olympiad, Math Olympiad, FLL Robotics, Technology Fair, Spelling Bee, Geo Bee, Imagination Destination, Chess, Duke TIP, After School Clubs and After School Care.
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2 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
211
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
893
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1335 Northmeadow Pkwy
Ste 100
Roswell, GA 30076
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Phone: (770) 410-1500

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