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Russell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 680 students

 

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Posted yesterday

We were skeptical when we started looking at schools 4 years ago. We toured Russell and were blown away with the options at this school. They have so many opportunities for children to get involved in programs that help them "think outside of the box". Their space program is amazing. This is not offered anywhere else! The administrative staff is always helpful. The PTA is wonderful and provide numerous ways to get involved in the school and the media center is nothing short of amazing. I HIGHLY recommend this school to anyone. I would pay no attention to the rating on this site. It is a fantastic school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2014

The principal is awesome. The PTA is friendly and supportive. The teachers we've worked with are phenomenal. My daughter is a 1st grader and attended Kindergarten here. She loves to go to school and jumps out of bed almost every morning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

Russell is a great community school. The staff is full of Masters degreed, hard working, amazing teachers! The administration is top notch and is constantly working to make sure each level of student is challenged. Don't be swayed by test scores and numbers. Bring your child to tour this school. You won't be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

I absolutely love this school. This is my children's 2nd year here. They previously went to a couple of elementary schools in Coweta County. They focus on actually teaching the students, all their teachers have been very caring! There are many different after school programs for them to participate in and the principle does an exemplary job of trying to get the parents and community more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2013

My husband and I ,were disappointed with quality of education and we will pull out of that school our 8 year old son, I have spoke to miss Watson about concerns about the teacher's attitude and the bullying of the students, nothing has been done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2013

The principal and assistant principal are doing a great job at Russell. Thought it is a Title I school, that is never used as an excuse for expecting the best from students. Our children have been here for several years and will be headed to middle school. They are using technology in the school and are now using ipads in some of the classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

The teachers yell at these kids and tell them they don't get paid enough to teach. The school only offers crct prep. There are no projects, fun learning motivation and no field trips. The students here are very disadvantaged and as a result are treated poorly by the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2012

My son was stabbed in the eye w/ a plastic fork by another student at lunch w/ such force it bent the prong onnthe fork. The other students at the table saw my son fall to the floor and the bent fork and they started calling him superman because he survived w/ his eye still in it's socket. My son told the lunchroom monitor (there are only 2 who don't monitor but sweep up after the lunch tables are dismissed) and the monitor told him to go sit down and did mot get him medical attention. My son told his teacher when she came to collect the class after lunch to go to the playground and she told him to go play. When I picked him up at 2:20 (he was a car rider because a 5th grader was bullying him on the bus) he told me his eye hurt and what happened. I took him directly to Cobb Eye and he had a severe laceration which needed antibiotics and monitored in the office 2 days. I called the police to the school and tried to file charges against the school for denying my child medical attention and not notifying me but the police could not file a charge against the school only the 6 yr that had stabbed him. I did not file a charge. I hate this school! Smyrna is a poor area and we're moving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2012

My son went to this school for 3rd and 4th grade. Unfortunately, it is just one of the examples of the poor educational system here in Georgia. They have a one track mind focused only on testing. There is no creativity in teaching and hardly any projects that were given to stimulate the student's interests. My son only went on one field trip each year that he was there. If you are looking for a challenging environment this is definitely not the place for you. Thankfully, the principal retired this year because she was not a people person and made no effort to interact with the parents or students. My son often complained about teachers bashing other students and saying that they would not make it to the next school year and telling the students that they don't get paid enough to deal with them. He also complained about fights actually breaking out in his classroom. I am upset that I let him even go for 4th grade but his 3rd grade teacher was so nice I had hope. I am very happy that we have chosen another option for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

We too were disappointed with quality of education and pull our child during Fall 2011. What we observed was an advanced level of a day care facility. We desired a more challenging and nurturing environment which we found via the private route. We really wanted this to work for us too...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

Our child's special ED class (pre-pre K) has been amazing, but the K for our five year old has been a REAL disappointment. Even though we spoke directly with the principal about our concerns about the teacher's attitude and the bullying of the students, nothing has been done. We desire to move to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2010

My son is in the first grade, and he loves school, and does really well. All the teachers and the staff are really friendly, and the school environment is really good. I would reccomend this school to enyone who asks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2010

I loved russell! it had many activities for all interests and grade levels. space team was the best though. i will never forget russell. go space team!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted September 7, 2009

The teachers at this school do a great job! I do question the efforts of the prinicpal, Dr. Nancy DiPetrillo.She does not address problem students, but rather expects teachers to. Discipline problems and grading are not handled properly. It is more productive to handle discipline according to district standards and accurately record student grades.


Posted June 10, 2009

I am so impressed with this school. I believe this school is getting better every year. The teachers are the best. They take their teaching seriously. I love the school safety. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2006

This is my son's first year (1st grade)at Russell and it has been a wonderful experience. The Principal's great leadership is reflected in the wonderful can do attitude of the teachers and all staff at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

Russell is a great school. The teachers, administration and parents are involved and care about the student and their success. We moved here from a private school and have been extremely satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

You cannot ask for a better school than Russell Elementary. It is a small school and everyone knows my son. He is now 8 and has been going there for 4 years, since Pre-K. My son has special needs and he has grown so much. The teachers are so caring. They spend a great deal of time and effort making sure my son is on the right track, and they communicate often. The academic programs are excellent and organized. The extracurricular activities are stimulating and fun. Also, the Special Needs program is above and beyond the call of duty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

My daughter is a Kindergarten student at Russell. Her teacher, Mrs. Flowers and TA, Mrs. Nasworthy are the greatest. They really take the time to know the children and promote their capabilities. I have never felt like my daughter was just anoer student. The priceless indication is not only my daughter's academic success but her pride in learning and eagerness to learn. I have found that no matter how much information is presented to a child, tests, etc. the willingness to learn is key to ultimate process. Like any other school there are nuances with the administration as a whole that may not be in sync 100% of the time, but overall this school is a closely-knit school and a great choice for the conscientious parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

It's been a while since my attendance at this school (in college now), but it was an awesome experience. My 5th grade teacher Mrs. Cobb was my favorite, so parents, if she's still there, try to get your child in her class! Field day and the 5th grade luncheon & parade was the best! B.Hutchins
—Submitted by a former student


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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

109 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

109 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

130 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

130 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
59%

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 94% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
75%
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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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
Black 45% 37%
Hispanic 29% 12%
White 18% 44%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Nancy DiPetrillo
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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3920 S Hurt Rd SW
Smyrna, GA 30082
Phone: (770) 437-5937

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