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Argyle Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 648 students

 

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Posted April 28, 2014

Argyle is a great school and doing wonderful things. My daughter loves her school and she is thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

My son is wrapping up kindergarden this year and I cannot express enough how much I am impresed with the entire staff at Argyle. As an actively involved parent, I have had interaction with most of the staff and everyone seems to go above and beyond and show a genuine care for the students and the school. My son has learned more than I expected in kindergarden and has developed an eagerness to learn. HIs first year of school was definitly a success at Argyle!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2012

When this school was built in 1961, I was in the third grade. We started before the lunch room was finished and the shrubbery was planted. The PTA of our school, planted and landscaped, put pictures in the halls, manned the clinic(volunteer moms) and everyone attended and participated in the PTA. This was a great school. Academically I would have put it up against any private school of its time. I eventually did my student teaching in Argyle. Hopefully, the parents and staff of today are holding up the tradition that was started. And yes, today they are having a 50th anniversary celebration! Congratulations, Argyle!!


Posted February 29, 2012

After a failed attempt to sell our house and move to a different school district, my husband and I finally called Argyle and asked for a tour. The principal and vice principal were wonderful and took time to answer all of our questions, even addressing some false rumors we had heard about the school and its progress. We walked away from that tour with a completely different outlook on this little school around the corner. We are so glad we took the time to check out the school ourselves rather than relying on an outdated reputation, or rumors from other parents who hadn't even visited the school themselves. All this time we had a wonderful little gem of a school in our own backyard! Argyle is a wonderful school and I am so happy my daughters have the privilege to attend. I only wish others knew how good it is. The teachers are all loving and attentive, and the administration is friendly and familiar with all the students. I would suggest to any parent, at any school, to not only judge a school by how it looks on paper (test scores, etc.) but to actually visit the school, walk around its halls, talk to its administration and teachers, and then make a judgment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2011

I'm the parent of a rising kindergartener and my first impressions of the school are better than I thought. I know that they have a history of low test scores, but I know that it's from having alot of hispanic students that have english as a second language. I'm hoping that the school meets my standards. Besides, I know that Argyle has a bad rep, but I think that school is what the parent makes it. If you want a successful student, you have to start at home. Anyway, I hope the school meets my expectations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2011

Actually, I have a question, not a review. Since Argyle turns 50 this year, is there going to be any kind of celebration or homecoming event? I was a rising fifth grader the summer of 1961 and eagerly rode past the construction site about once a week to see how my "new school" was coming along. I will check this site again in case there is any announcement of such an event.


Posted April 13, 2011

My son attended this school in 3rd grade and I have to say it was one of my favorites. The principal was wonderful, very hands-on with the kids, encouraged socials for the kids like Halloween, welcome back to schools, and so on, listened to your concerns, and encouraged parent/teacher relationships. My son had one super wonderful teacher and another really great teacher. He was learning not only academically but proper behavior as well because he is very charismatic. No school is perfect but I definitely have more good things to say than bad things about this school. The staff was very friendly and cordial. Overall, I recommend this school with a smile and since we moved, I sincerely miss it. The grass is not greener on the other side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

My son attended this school and was enrolled in the special needs pre-k programs. We moved in order to get away from this school. The principal seemed to do a good job, but his leadership wasn't enough. The school my son had been in was excellent and this school was no comparision. I never knew anything about what he was learning in school, because the teacher never sent any information home and he never came home with any projects or school work that showed they were working on any type of theme. I was very disappointed with the quality of education he was getting and I felt as if this was year of his life of learning that was lost. If you have a special needs child, I would suggest you look into another area school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

I am a parent of a first grader (Ms. Owens) at Argyle. I just wanted to write a review because I noticed the majority of them are dated from a few years ago. First let me start by saying that the rating of this school is very misleading to the actual quality of the school. I was apprehensive about my daughter attending this school when we relocated from New Jersey based on the rating from this website. Fortunately, my poor expectations of this school turned out to be completely unwarranted. The principal, Mr Babay is very hands on and is always present and available to parents. Ms. Owens is a wonderful teacher, very encouraging and consistent. The school is always clean and safe. The children are respectable and the staff is pleasant. They encourage parent involvement, workshops, pta, student activities etc. I would recommend this school to other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

Argyle Elementary is a wonderful school with caring staff. The Teachers work well with each student and make every effort to ensure that every child get a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

I transfered my son here from a charter school and despite it's location, it was an awesome school. Ms cook was my son's 1st grade teacher and she was deligent, caring, dedicated and made it obvious through her actions that she loved her job. My son scored higher on the state tests here and obtained more knowledge then at the charter school. I was hesitant at first from rumors, but it turned out to be a great educational move for my child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2008

Argyle Elementary has a wonderful staff , the teachers work with each student and makes sure that they are on grade level or above. The school has met AYP standards for the past 5 years . Its the Parent involvement that slacks... The teachers can only do so much... when it comes to PTA the parents do not want to participate We have a great new Principal and Ast principal years
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

As a parent of a first grader at Argyle, some parents make negative comments against the school, but how many of those are involved in volunteering for their child's school. If we as parents want changes then, join the PTA and one of its committees, the teachers I have worked with are more than willing for any outside help from parents. Part of volunteering is not only to get you involved and get to know what is going on at Argyle, but a time for you child to learn to give back and be involved with making changes. Many of our active volunteers, are regulars, they manage their schedules and work at most all school functions. If you want a Spelling Bee, then suggest it and work to organize it. We have a new principal, Mr. Babay, and a new PTA with elected members, so give them a chance to shine!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2007

My Kindergartner is at this school and academics are not stressed. Parents are not treated as an important element in their child's education. The school does not encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom (its ok for fundraising activities). The PTA donated to a homeless organization but has never said/showed/explained how much money was raised and how much was spent and where. The PTA never sponsored any academic programs! Did this school have a Spelling Bee this year? All sorts of flyers get sent to parents to raise money for the school but where does it go? The administration and the PTA are in need of a big change! The focus needs to be more on academics at this school! Good luck with getting a good teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2006

I am very pleased with the quality education my child is getting at Argyle. She's already reading! She loves going to school every day. I like Argyle and my daughters kindergarden teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

both of my children attended this school,I've never liked the school. the school is raggedy,in need of repair. more parents need to speak up about the school. thereare some good teachers at the school but i think a lot of the older ones are burnt out and they just dont care anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2006

Overall, Argyle is a great school. The teachers work really hard with students who come from mostly a transient area. My child loves going to class each day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2006

My child is enrolled in the Pre-K program at Argyle Elementary. Mrs. Kniffin and Mrs. Powell are great. That is where it ends. The staff are unfriendly. When situations are reported the principal will give you a well rehearsed and politically correct answer but will ultimately do nothing. The front office staff are rude, the majority of the teachers don't speak when you say 'good morning.' I am highly disappointed and would never recommend this school to anyone. My child will not be returning to this school next year. If it wasn't for the great job that Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Kniffin do on a daily basis I would have withdrawn my child from Argyle Elementary months ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2006

Argyle is not an upscale leadership school by far. The school represents a stand still of unknowledgeable, non chalant staff, no consideration for the future, disrespectful attitude at times, and no power to excel themselves and the students. I have never been so disgusted at a school since my child has been attending Argyle. Paying for a better education would be much better then attending this low rank school. As for the Principal she represents what the school is all about. 'Argyle is like a low budget film.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2005

I am very happy with Argyle Elementary. I moved here from Boston over a year ago and my daughter attended Teasley last year. Her and my experience this year is much better.
—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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

114 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

113 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
64%
Social Studies

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

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
53%
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

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
80%
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
Hispanic 45% 12%
Black 44% 37%
White 7% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Robert Babay
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  • (678) 842-6802

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2420 Spring Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
Phone: (678) 842-6800

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