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Hesse School

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Posted May 24, 2014

My children have been at Hesse for the past six years. I have found the administration, faculty and staff to be among the best we have experienced. I am thankful that we attend one of the top ranked and most well-run schools in the County. Mr. Butler & the other administrators are fair and work hard to meet the needs of the children and very often meet the wants and requests of parents. With having a school of over 1,000 kids, I know it is impossible for Mr. Butler and his team to meet all requests and wants of the parents, but I know that they work very hard to listen to the requests and do what's best for the children and families they serve. I am thankful for the leadership and instruction my children receive and know that they are being well prepared higher education. Thank you Mr. Butler and the Hesse staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2014

Hesse is suppose to be the best school in Chatham County. If this is the best, than I would hate to see the worst!First of all, the Principal tells you one thing than does another!If you have a problem or a concern, good luck getting the man to call you back or even email you back.He does not want to deal with any kind of issue.The teachers are not bad but I agree with the other comments that a lot of them do the minimum insofar as teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2013

Hesse is a terrific school with an awesome faculty/staff. My children have experienced tremendous success since being enrolled. My family is very happy with how the school functions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

Hesse elementary school in savannah ,ga they have great teachers, but the principal is not a very good leader. He shows favoritism he is always talking about being over crowded yet he lets his friends send their children not in the attendance zone all the way from the other side of town to attend. He is only concerned about statistic and test score if your child is average or above you are in luck, if you are below average and Hispanic the first thing he does is send your child off to Windsor forest elementary. This school has an ESOL program for foreign children to learn English. My children know English they were just struggling with reading comprehension, no one ever told me they were doing bad until the situation got so serious my children were failing. I signed them up for tutorial all they needed was some more attention in the reading part but this was enough to send them away. Not to mention the fact that this principal took my child out of the class room to question her regarding where we lived, after he was told where we lived. Also saying why are the children late "it looks bad for the school" he has NO right questioning a child disrupting their learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

My daughter has attended Hesse for the past 2 years. The teachers we have had have been great, the administration is so so. My daughter is advanced but doesn't like the gifted program because she is pulled from class. Her teacher's have done their best to helo her stay ahead but I'm not sure how much longer it is going to work. If I could afford it she would be in private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

Hesse Elementary school in Savannah, GA has really great teachers but is lacking in administrative leadership.


Posted May 14, 2013

My boys attend Hesse, and I have been very happy with the school. The teachers are great - they challenge the students, but they are nurturing, as well. They keep parents informed and are constantly available. The PTA and Booster Club is active and supports the teachers. I would love to see a school-wide Field Day at the end of the year to blow off some steam after the CRCT - that is my only suggestion for improvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2012

Hesse is beyond disappointing. The principal is not a leader and most of the the teachers only do the minimum. It was a major mistake sending my children to Hesse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2012

I absolutely love Hesse School. My kids have been to many schools and Hesse has been the best! My kids have their issues and the teachers and principal are very helpful and caring!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2012

I use to love hesse before my chiildren came home and told me the principal was prejudice. sending all the other kids to barlette for shoes lance not tied. But want do anything to his son for hitting other kids and talking back to teachers while children are trying to learn. Telling parents the school is over crowd but let his friend 3 kids from private school in telling them they are not over crowd. Wow can't wait for my child to move on to high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2011

We moved back to Savannah and moved to Hesse district for this school. We heard it had a great reputation. From the start it was a disaster. My child hated school. What a mistake. Need less to say we have change schools. The administration is horrible and unavailable. I wouldn't leave my children in the care of this school. I assume at some point it had a great leader but not now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Mi hija dejo la escuela de Port Wentworth hace 2 anios pues nos mudamos para el lado Sur de la ciudad. Como madre sola, tuve temos de que mi hija fuera mal vista por ser Hispana y porque su acento no le permitiera seguir desarrollando sus habilidades en el aprendizaje del Ingles. Hoy en dia, despues de 2 anios de estudios en Hesse, sineto que mi nina ha aprendido mucho y sobre todo veo que sus profesoras no soloamente le ensenan Historia, Matematicas, etc tambien le ensenan a liderar y a respetar a los demas. Me siento muy orgullosa de los logros de mi hija como estudiante pero sobre todo , como ser humano.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

We love our parents and teachers at Hesse, the problem is the administration. We have been at Hesse for & years and it has been just the last few years that we have been dissatisfied. It would be great it the principal would care about his students, teachers and parents as much as he cares about the numbers on test results.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

We have 2 children at Hesse (K & 2nd) and have been extremely pleased with their academic growth over the year. The principal and teachers are excellent. We are content knowing that our decision to take our child out of private school and give the public school a try was a good one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Wonderful, caring teachers combined with a good, fair principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

I have had a terrible time with the newer principal at Hesse. He is not supportive and unconcerned about the children s success. Granted he talks a good game as long as it is his way on his terms. He doesn't return phone calls and seems too busy to deal with parents. For children that have absolutely no issues I am sure Hesse is a great school. If your child is average good luck. As for me and my children (K & 1st) we are going to Private School this year, at least they hear me and want what is best for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

My son goes to pre-k at Hesse. We pulled him out of a private school we thought was much too focused on worksheets and less on the overall learning experience. We couldn't be more pleased. Communication from the school is very good both via phone and by notebooks from the classroom. Parents can be as engaged as they want and encouraged to participate. The teachers are experienced and there is a good feeling at this school. My child is very happy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

First of all the students in the 'gifted cluster' have been identified for the gifted program, which is a state mandated program with state guidelines. Those students deserve to have their academic needs met. They are 'peer tutors' and often in classes with students who are performing below grade level that is what they are used for. They are often made fun of when they are not with their academic peers making school a miserable place for them to be. Hesse is trying to provide the best learning environment for every child. Unfortunately, with classes allowed to reach over 20, that is very difficult but it is not Hesse's problem. I applaud Hesse for not leaving the gifted or academically high achievers behind as they try to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

Overall execellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

Hesse Elementary has an outstanding reading program. It encourages students to read and their reading levels seem to be high for most students. Our daughter is in 1st grade and has a reading level of 3rd grade. The teachers are great to work with and encourage parental involvement. We highly recommend Hesse Elementary.
—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.

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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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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84%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

77 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

77 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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

English Language Arts

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

90 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

90 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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 88% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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90%

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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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85%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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93%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

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85%

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Social Studies

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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82%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
92%

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95%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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87%

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89%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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93%

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91%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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86%

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86%

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Social Studies

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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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 94% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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98%

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93%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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94%

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90%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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95%

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92%

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Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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87%

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Social Studies

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

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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78%
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 92% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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78%

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78%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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98%

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96%

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98%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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79%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

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60%
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 93% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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92%

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96%

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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99%

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100%

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

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70%

2011

 
 
54%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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70%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%

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77%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 82% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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84%

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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

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

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Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

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Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT 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
White 69% 44%
Black 16% 37%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Lawrence Butler, Jr.
Fax number
  • (912) 303-6450

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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