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Nickajack Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted Sunday, July 20, 2014

I'm really happy with this school. Our daughter went to Vinings Academy and entered school about 1 year ahead of grade level, according to GA and Cobb County curriculum. Now, entering 2nd grade, she's still 1 year ahead of grade level. Instead of let her be bored, our teachers have allowed her to learn additional material and guided us on extra material to give her at home to keep her ahead of grade level. I'm extremely satisfied. I'm relatively new to Smyrna, and from what I understand, the principal and all the wealthy people moving into the area has improved the school a lot. The only thing I think the school could improve on, according to test scores, is math. The rest of the score differential with other schools is because there are a small percentage of disadvantaged students in the school who didn't have the advantage of preschool, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2014

I have little faith in the accuracy of this rating given what I have experienced first-hand in my son's 5 years (PK-4) at this truly great school. The facilities are good, but more importantly the teachers, staff and faculty are terrific. Parents and the greater community are involved in hands-on learning and fun extras. For several years, we've had a foundation that raises money for a computer teacher (which the county should fund!) and other things on Principal Llyod's wish list. When we moved here everyone said, "You'll have to send your kids to private school." They were wrong and we've saved thousands while our son has learned what being part of a community means.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

I have a first grader at Nickajack and have been very happy. I like that there are activities other schools just don't have. Garden Club is one of them as is the running club. I've been very pleased with the multi-age program and the Target (gifted program) teachers are just fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

If you are an engaged parent at Nickajack Elementary School, the school is fantastic - the teachers, administration, staff and volunteers - and if your child attends, she or he will have a solid foundation for becoming a great human being and citizen, well educated, well socialized and with wonderful opportunities for their future. If are not an engaged parent, I am sad for you and your child. No school should ever be the primary provider of your children's education - none. As it should be, we reap what we sew. If you don't like your child's scores, do something about it. If you don't like the extracurricular activities, do something about it. Who complains about anything, any situation, without themselves demonstrating a willingness to improve it? Hopefully no one - but especially no one who'd like to have their child anywhere near mine. I've got enough to worry about, and I'm doing something about it. - Seth 770 778 8552
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

My school is the best possible school to go to. If you want your child to be safe this is the place for them to go. I went here pk-5 and I wish I were still there. The teachers are amazing and take the time to make sure each and every child is to the best of their ability. The kids are always improving their grades. To get ready for the CRCT they hold a prepralley to get ready. We do jump rope for heart, for the American Heart Association. It is a school I am proud to say I was apart of.


Posted March 31, 2014

Don't judge a school by it's Great School rating. They are based on test scores, and if your only concern is test scores - well, you are missing out on a much bigger picture. Nickajack is a wonderful school with fantastic staff and community. I have a 3rd grader and a kindergartner who are thriving. Of course there are positives for smaller schools with "better" test scores. But elementary school is about socialization; character development; real-world learning, exposure to other cultures & so much more! We have it all at Nickajack. This is by far the most involved PTA I've seen in the area. And if you are a working parent - your child doesn't have to sit in an ASP classroom until 6pm - they can partake in an array of enrichment clubs - from chess, to drama, to science, to spanish, sports, LEGO, jogging, gardening.... We have the best facilities around. One location, a new addition, great fields for outdoor activities.. At age 8, I truly believe my son knows every administrator and teacher at the school (and it goes both ways). And probably 90% of the kids! For a larger school, it's a very close knit community. TOUR schools and ask questions - don't rely on a number here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

We will, sadly, be leaving Nickajack after this year even though my children are still in elementary school. I don't buy this Great School rating for a moment. Nickajack is a wonderful school with a caring staff, fabulous teachers, and the most involved parents I've seen anywhere (and I've toured a LOT of schools in Cobb County). These ratings are based on test scores (of kids as young as 6 mind you!), and Nickajack is improving greatly in that area. But true learning and an atmosphere of caring are so much more important than any test! Want to know about character? Nickajack is all about teaching good character! Our guidance counselor, Nicole Pfleger (Weber) was named the TOP COUNSELOR IN THE UNITED STATES by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA)! My kids LOVE their teachers, they rave about "specials" - P.E., science lab, music, art. They WANT to stay after school for chess and Brainy Builders. My kids are getting everything they need here and them some. As the community has changed, so has the makeup of the school. It is diverse in the best of ways. This is a wonderful place. Visit the school website and read about the NES foundation. So much to be proud of!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

We moved here from the West Coast. The communication from the teachers is excellent and our children were welcomed and fit right in. The school is very diverse and there are a lot of activities that the kids can be involved in. I have never seen a PTA so involved with school improvement and fundraising. So glad we chose this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

So far so good!!! We are new here from Baltimore & this is the zone school for my complex. From the moment we walked in the door everyone welcomed us and acknowledged there was a new student in the school. My son comes home everyday excited to do homework and loves his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

My daughter attended Nickajack for kindergarten and first grade. Since then we moved out of state. When deciding where to live in our new location, school was the top factor. We are now at a school with a Great Schools rating of 9. I am terribly disappointed with this school thus far. With a conceptual learning (vs. rote learning) philosophy, excellent extra curricular options, emphasis on character, great communication efforts, cohesive administrative and teaching staff, and more, Nickajack is a far superior school. The formula used for these ratings completely misses the mark!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

This is my son's first year at Nickajack and he loves it! I had my reservations about Nickajack, partially because of its rating on this website. But I am pleasantly surprised at how great my son's teacher is! Honestly, I have nothing but good things to say. The staff is friendly and attentive, and parental involvement is higher this year than ever before. It is a good school in an upcoming area, so I expect it to only get getter with time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

Our 4th grade son had been attending a private school until this year. We were apprehensive about making the change to Nickajack. We could not be happier with his teachers, classmates, and the administrative. The school has so many enthusiastic volunteers. I can't wait to get more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

So far, so good!! The teachers are friendly and knowledgeable with many years of experience. I especially enjoy the array of activities offered for youth that attend this school. There is always something going on and opportunities to participate in my child's education. There are also Special Education services that will support your student. I like the experience my child is receiving at Nickajack Elementary School and the diverse environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

We have been at this school for three years and have nothing but good things to say about it. There is a lot of parent involvement, the teachers genuinely care and we have had good relationships with each of them. The administration staff and counselors are outstanding as well and always very visible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

I was hesitant about sending my daughter to Nickajack for Kindergarten. She was at Primrose for Pre-K and it has not been a good transition. Her Kindergarten class has 23 children with 2 teachers and a floater. She is one of 7 or 8 girls.Everytime I have volunteered all I see is chaos. The teachers cannot control the children with clear behaviorial problems. I do not see how my child can learn in this environment. She also says that she hates school almost every day which she has never said before. Therefore we are enrolling her in a private school for 1st grade. I cannot imagine how it will improve adding more students next year. There are already 7 Kindergarten classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

This is a great school, but don't be alarmed by the low score (compared to King Springs). If you read the reviews 99% of the low ratings were 2003-2006 before the administration changed over and the socioeconomic condition of this part of Smyrna improved. Nickajack just completed an expansion project a few months ago and my 2nd grader has done extremely well in the new space. She was a Woodchase Adademy kid and has excelled at Nickajack socially and adademically. The teachers at Nickajack are excellent, and my daughter's 2nd grade class is a great size - only 17 students. We also have a 3 y.o. who will attend Nickajack in a few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

Our son is in 1st grade and so far, we have been very pleased with Nickajack. The teachers are all great, there is active parental and community involvement and support, and strong leadership from the Principal and two Assistant Principals. The guidance counselors are excellent as well. The school is diverse, which is a quality we value. The staff focus on teaching character, community, and personal responsibility in addition to required academics. And finally, the active PTA makes sure there are multiple extracurriculars to choose from to enhance the ASP experience. Overall, we are so pleased we gave Nickajack a try before looking at private schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2012

Only words can explain how happy and satisfied I am with this school. My daughter is in special Ed with Ms. Duris she loves coming to school because they make her use the walker. In Labelle my daughter was left in her wheelchair and her mobility skills were declining. This is what she told her doctor " I like my new school because they make me walk" Thank you Ms Duris and God bless you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2012

We are starting our fourth year at Nickajack!Our kindergarten year was good. Our first grade year was not - due to teacher. Mrs. Parks, Mr. Perkins and now Mr. Foster are good leaders and love all the children. The teaching staff is great. Our PTA is very involved and while over the years may seem cliquish is trying to appeal to all. Get involved volunteer be at the school with your child it builds their confidence and gives them reason to smile! I volunteer as much as I can and my child loves me being there. I try to have lunch with my child and classmates. Test scores are just numbers seeing what and how your child is learning is the key. While I would like to see strong learning programs I and my child are enjoying NICKAJACK !!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2012

Our son truly enjoys Nickajack, it is a great school and we are excited to see his progress and joy for learning. Thank you
—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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

144 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

145 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
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

 
 
83%
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

 
 
89%
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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
68%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
82%
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 48% 37%
White 34% 44%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4555 Mavell Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30082
Phone: (678) 842-5814

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