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Jacob G. Smith Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 403 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 25, 2014

Our daughter is attending kindergarten at Jacob G. this year, and we are nothing but impressed! Our daughter is making great strides with her sight words and reading!! Her teacher and her assistant are amazing, always willing to go the extra mile to help her and all of the students. They always make themselves available to not only the students but parents alike. We feel very safe sending our daughter here. It is located in a great community in which they involve the students. Keep it up, Lions!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

JGSmith has been fantastic.....very warm and inviting community (which is great for the students and parents alike). It is also comforting that not all students are expected to learn at the same level, and those who are ahead can keep progressing. We have loved our first 2 years here and will look forward to the next 4!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

I am a former student of Jacob G. Smith. It is an AWESOME school. All the teachers have been very nice. I was only there for 5th Grade but most of the teachers have called me by my name. It sets very high standards,but the teachers help us exceed that standard. I am now at the Stem Academy and I have to say that my teachers' advises and life lessons have been very helpful. They always try to improve this school so it will be the best. The year I was there it felt like the best year I could have possibly have. However, they managed to make it even better.


Posted September 19, 2011

This little school is a gem. It is a warm and caring environment with clear expectations of the students both in terms of high academic achievement and in character and good citizenship. Every child is greeted by name with a smile when they get off the school bus or walk into the building, and it just seems like a happy place to be. The Latin program is back this year and there are opportunities for students to participate in violin, dance, soccer, drama club, garden club, fitness club and more. We are so, so happy to have our children at JGS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2010

I am disappointed with the experience we have had at this school. My child has been here since kindergarten. K and 1st grade were wonderful, due to the exceptional teachers, since that time, the changes that have been made have been awful. Teachers are visibly unhappy, and this passes on to the students. The Latin language program has been dropped and the gifted program seems to be on the back burner. Academically there are no challenges and parents are made to feel unwelcome in this school. This school is not what it used to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

J G Smith sets high academic standards in a firm yet , very loving environment. The test scores are high and my children always looked forward to attending school. They look up to their teachers and talk about the teachers and what they have learned on a daily basis. Although my son still attends, my daughter has since moved on to middle school however, she always wants to visit and say hello to everyone from the teachers to the cafeteria personel. They strive to make the children feel important and instill in them a desire to learn and exceed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

We have the best school because of our principal and our fabulous teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2009

I am a former student at Jacob G. Smith and I am in sixth grade now. Pre-k was added the year after I left. My sister still attends the school. The principal left the year I left, so I am not sure how it is run now, but I attended the school since kindergarten. I attend Coastal Middle School now. I loved Jacob G. Smith and I cried when I left. The school doent only set a high standard in acedimics, but also in sportsmanship and life values. This school has the gifted program, safety patrols, beta club, and cheerleading. The school offers many oppurtunities to all ages and I hope you send your children to JGS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

My child has been at Jacob G Smith for a little over a year now. He is getting a wonderful education by educators that are truly concerened about all aspects. They do know that these children need to have more than school and that the families need to play a key role in the growth and development of the children. We have a new principal this year. I have found her to be wonderfully involved on all levels. She is very aware of the committment level that is needed to have a wonderful productive educational environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

We love this school! We have 3 children attending Jacob G. Smith this year and couldn't be happier with the academic and social growth we're seeing in our children. The teachers are approachable and are dedicated to the academic success of the students. I also like the student drop off/pick up changes that are being implemented by the Administration. These changes foster an even safer environment for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

Teachers and Administrators strive fr excellence at this school. I have 2 children enrolled (magnet program) at Jacob G. Smith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

My child attends kindergarten at Jacob G. Smith. He has always had a difficult time learning,due to the fact that he is ADHD. Because of the excellent reputation that the school has, I knew that I wanted my son to have a 'solid, traditional education'. He is doing an excellent job there, and for the first time...he actually seems to enjoy school. It is so funny, because when I go there he is always reminding me of the school rules like: no running, quiet in the hallway, and walk on this side of the hall. He knows the school better than he knows our own home. Most of all, he has very loving and attentive teachers. He adores Mrs. Dougal and Mrs. Holland. Not to mention all of his pryme tyme teachers. I take pride in saying that my child is a student at Jacob G. Smith. 'The best!'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My daughter attended the school from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Low staff turnover, wonderful principal, excellent strings program, and great extra-curricular activities. The after-school program has been a little boring for the kids, however, the staff is *very* dedicated, and you know your child is *safe* there. Latin instruction and Chess club are phenomenal. PTA meetings are standing room only due to high level of parent involvement. Teachers are very dedicated when it comes to preparing the kids for middle school. Admin staff are always very friendly and professional. Kids learn to focus on school activities and teachers do not allow rough-housing or bad language. Gifted and special students have many opportunities. You can send your child to this school and not have any worries. This is the best elementary school in Savannah, GA. Parents care a lot, and teachers do as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2006

I have two children at Jacob G. Smith. My oldest is a 5th grader preparing for middle school. Talk about never knowing what you have until it's about to be gone...until I started looking closely at area middle schools I never appreciated how absolutely fantastic Jacob G. has been. Our teachers have all been committed and hard working. At times when our children have struggled in certain areas, they have each had teachers tutor them after school for several days each week and for MONTHS on end until they were 'caught up' with their classmates. Because my kids have liked all their teachers, they actually enjoyed the tutoring because it gave them a chance for more one-on-one time with teachers that they liked! The school building is bright, airy and colorful and located in a nice neighborhood that feels very safe. The uniform policy is a definite plus. I love the strings and band program. My children have gotten a wonderful musical education and the only expense to parents is the price of renting the instrument(s) and minor supplies. There is also a very exciting and innovative SEARCH program. The only flies in the ointment are a repetitive menu of poorly balanced hot lunch options and a very weak P.E. program. Elementary children spend long hours in the classroom and yearn for fun and challenging outdoor activities. Unfortunately the P.E. teacher has been known to set the children off walking 'laps' while she chats on her cell. If the P.E. program was of the same caliber as the rest of this school's offerings, then there would be no finer elementary school in the city. There is an adequate after school program which is unfortunately supervised by the P.E. teacher. The program is safe, and homework completion is a top priority - it's just dull.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2004

This is a wonderful academy. There is a low turn-over rate for teachers, the principle is a strong leader, the students receive a quality education, and the teachers work very hard for their students. I am impressed with the teacher who volunteers her time (after retiring) to continue to teach the string students after school. There seems to be a lot of dedication in many of the other parents to be involved in school activities. There is always room for improvement, but I believe that a large role in that lies with the parents, because they have to be willing to give their all to make sure their kids are challenged and nurtured. My child has been at this school for almost 5 years now. I would like to see some improvement in areas, but overall this school is a 'Diamond' among the gems in the rest of the city. Bravo!
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

68 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

68 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

67 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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

52 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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Social Studies

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

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
78%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
76%
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 57% 37%
White 34% 44%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Savannah, GA 31405
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