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3920 S Hurt Rd SW
Smyrna, GA 30082

(770) 437-5937
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April 24, 2015
I am extremely impressed & excited about my son attending this school. I was uneasy about it due to the ratings not being that great, but as I have learned working in property management that people usually only write reviews when they are upset. My son attended Nickajack elementary & I was extremely disappointed with the education he was getting. I understood that all schools have a curriculum that they have to stand by but, I was also told if my son was not being challenged enough he would get other work. That never happened. My son was becoming withdrawn. He began at Russell in Feb. & there was a big difference. He loves his teacher Ms. Miller & the communication we have is great. Ms. Miller is fantastic & truly loves her job. His other fav class is computer class. The principle & staff are doing a great job. Heck, even my car rider pick up experience is better. Being a first time mom of a Kindergartener & experiencing 2 different schools in the same year. My son has gone from withdrawn & introvert, to running my car with a big smile, ready to tell me about his day, whether he was crowned role model for the day or learned something new and I feel like that s a win in my book.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2015
We currently have a daughter in kindergarten and are really impressed with her classroom lesson plans and her ability to share her learnings with us at home. The principal, Mr. Manson, and all the teachers are highly engaged and responsive to all students. Russell offers numerous after school clubs that support collaboration, diversity and mostly fun. In addition, the PTA is really creative and organized. Bottom-line, our daughter absolutely loves Russell!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2015
Both of our children attended Russell and are doing well in middle school. Russell did a great job preparing them. They had field trips and various activities at night to keep students and families engaged. Mr. Manson is working hard to engage the community. They have a space program which has brought NASA to the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2014
Russell Elem is a great school! Mr. Peter Manson is an excellent leader as the principal who listens to teachers and parents while keeping the students best interest a priority.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2014
Love Russell Elementary. My son has been in this school for 4 years now and has only gotten the best education and help he needs. The teachers are amazing as well as the principle. If there is ever an issue it is addressed immediately. I love all the programs they have for the kids and parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2014
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
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
May 09, 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
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
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
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
December 03, 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
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
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
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
December 04, 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
November 03, 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!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
May 05, 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
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
October 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
August 22, 2003
Russell is an awesome school. I have had four children attend this school, 3 which started in kindergarten, three have gone on to middle schools in this district, and one is now in second grade. The teachers are excited about their jobs, and instill a sense of wanting to learn, and striving to be the best. And their test scores and children's positive attitudes reflect this. This is an awesome school!

- submitted by a parent

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Russell Elementary School
3920 S Hurt Rd SW, Smyrna, GA  30082
(770) 437-5937
Last modified Russell Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Russell Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top