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Howard Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 820 students

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Posted September 24, 2014

My family moved here from Michigan summer 2014 and we were nervous about differences in schooling from MI to GA. May Howard and all of the staff have made the transition seamless for my 3rd grader. The school is wonderful and everything runs very smoothly. The structure the staff provides the students is phenomenal. I have nothing but great things to say about May Howard and the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2014

I attended may Howard for 7 years. PreK through 5th grade. Some of those years were the best expirences of my life. I learned to love to read and to learn to love learning here at may Howard were the teachers always want what's best for you. This school was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. If your searching for a school for you child to go to, send them to May Howard!


Posted May 9, 2014

My husband is now 52 and went to this school and we are proud to have had our 2 children go here as well. This is a wonderful school. I can't imagine why any parent living in the school zone would pay for your kid to go to private school when you can go to the best elementary school for free. My son was an honor roll student here and had wonderful teachers. The only downfall is that the building is very dated and they use a few trailers that need some up keep. They have an after school program for working parents as well. We will miss our children being at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

This is a wonderful school. My daughter has gone here since K and I couldn't be more pleased. The principal is a wonderful woman who cares about her students and her students' parents, and I honestly believe that her enthusiasm and attitude filters down to the teachers and staff. They don't tolerate bad behavior, and my child is bright and confident. I take my child's education VERY seriously, have my finger on the pulse of that school, and must say that I feel very fortunate and blessed that my child attends such a fine educational establishment. Bravo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

The teachers and staff are dedicated at this school. Both of my children are in the gifted program and it has been amazing. They have tons of science fairs and trades. The school really is advanced in technology and the groups they have created. I wish we were attending it longer but the last two years have been amazing. I think this school should be a 10 and not a 9. Very caring teachers. The community always comes to accomplish fund raisers and support the education of all the children. The military may move us but this school will forever be in our hearts! It is growing and they get more teachers in and keep the classes at the right size (about 18-21 students per class). The teachers assistants are such an equal part in the children lives and we are grateful for their love for the children. They have amazing gardens and picnic tables to have lunch with your students. Communication is daily with the teachers, emails and updates. It is a safe school and they have drop offs made easy in the back of the school. It has been a pleasure attending May Howard. We'll miss this one for sure! Tons of great field trips. It's a wonderful school and everyone will be pleased there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2013

We moved to the Island specifically to have our children eventually attend May Howard. We are very pleased with this neighborhood school and the programs offered. The principal is supportive and fair and has the students' best interests (academics and safety) at heart. While there are always teachers you don't prefer as much as others, the staff is fair and willing to work with you to solve problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

May Howard is great if your child is an average child that fits the mold or if you are an average parent who fits the mold. Very bright children (with say an IQ over 130) are not accommodated and when they are bored in class, it is common for teachers to jump on the ADD train. I would NOT recommend this school to anyone who's child fits that criteria or to any parent who thinks "outside the box". We will be switching to Tybee Island Maritime Academy for the upcoming school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2012

We moved here from Saint Louis in Jan 2012 and have had nothing but problems. The teachers, not all but some are extremely rude. The information specialist is very rude and doesn't smile. I'm very saddened at the way my children have been treated as well as I have as a parent. Extremely disappointed. I don't recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

We have been very pleased with this school. We moved here from out of state and without the advantage of word-of-mouth suggestions. The additional programs, gifted classes, and advanced projects that they complete are well focused and add to overall development and learning. The involvement from partents is amazing as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Our grandson is in Kindergarten at May Howard. I pick him up 3 days a week after school and when I ask him how his day was, he always says 'Great!' He's learning a lot but he thinks they're just having fun. The teacher to staffing ratio is excellent and the quality of the staff is top-notch. I don't see how a private school could possibly do better than this school is doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The teachers,staff, and administration were VERY supportive of us. They were the one bright spot of my child's day. The physical building of the school however, was below average. Also, the school doesn't have a very diverse student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

May Howard ES is one of the few bright spots in our public school system. The outstanding teachers are talented, hardworking and dedicated to student learning and success. Our wonderful parents are involved in their childrens' education and are supportive of the staff. The students are the best anywhere!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 1, 2007

My son is in Pre-K May Howard now, he never stop talking about his activity in his class and so many great story about them (his teacher, his friend, his class, his playground, his library etc.) and the teacher is so unbelievable, she so caring, full attention, so creative and so many awesome thing from her. We just love her very much. And all about May Howard just the best.
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Posted February 6, 2006

I have 2 children at May Howard and think highly of the school. It is academically challenging and the teachers really care about the students. My children really look forward to the days that they have art, music and P.E. There is a positive climate and lots of parental involvement. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

This is a top-notch school! Academics are top priority. The staff is always striving to challenge and engage every student in all areas of learning. My children have exceeded what was expected for the grade level on standardized testing every year. Teachers provide learning in a fun but meaningful approach. Music, art, and PE are taught at all grade levels. My daughters have participated in extracurricular activities such as; chess club, drama, chorus, walking club, 5th grade basketball game against teachers, media festival, GA Young Authors, and much more. The parent involvement is enormous! The PTA raises tens of thousands of dollars for the school each year. The school logs thousands of parent volunteer hours each year. You better arrive early for school functions or you will have to park down the road. This school has accomplished a lot because we work together like one big happy family.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

125 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

122 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 85% in 2010.

104 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

106 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

104 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
100%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Social Studies

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

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 90% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

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 94% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Social Studies

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

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
85%
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
White 82% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Black 4% 37%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Georgia AYP Highest Performance, Silver Award (http://www.wtoc.com/Global/story.asp?S=13911622) (2011)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ethel Bowles
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (912) 898-3934

Programs

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  • Gifted / high performing
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Student clubs

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  • Gardening
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Islands High School
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115 Wilmington Island Rd.
Savannah, GA 31410
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Phone: (912) 395-3925

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