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Norton Elementary School

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Posted May 30, 2014

My thoughts on what makes Norton a great school is the willingness to collaborate and work together with our team members and staff---(teaching and learning, planning days, field day K-registration etc.) Everyone has different personalities and perspectives but when needed there are always people that are willing to work together and collaborate to get a task completed for the good of the Norton Elementary Community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 30, 2014

When I reflect about what makes Norton a great school, the first thing that comes to mind is the family we have here. It takes a group of people who care about each other and care about what they are trying to accomplish to be able to get the job done. That s what for the most part a family atmosphere is like. We have a group of people who are friendly and willing to help if the need arises. The teachers show respect for each other. Most everyone shows pride in being a part of Norton s family as a whole. The teachers love the students and go out of their way to be involved in the education of the children both academically and socially. Norton is a great school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 30, 2014

The new technology the school received this year will enhance all of the great instruction taking place at the school.


Posted October 18, 2012

I have two boys that attend this school. One in Kindergarten and the other in Second. My oldest has been there since he was in Kindergarten and it has been a little bit of a roller coaster. Overall I think it's a wonderful school and I am very happy with the way that the leadership is diverse and I feel there is more diversity this year than I saw last year (as far as student body). Last year was rough for my oldest and I with his First grade teacher. She started the year very rough and changed my son's outlook on school. He became afraid to raise his hand scared that he would get the wrong answer and didn't want to speak out. I became very active and things changed. This year has been completely different. Both of my boys are very happy with their classes and teachers and my oldest is in the Cub Scouts with a lot of the other Second Graders and he's back to his normal self, having fun and learning. He's even on the Honor Roll and said that he'll work hard on staying on the Honor Roll for the rest of the year! I think the foundation is there but you have to really be involved to get what you want, and that's probably with almost any school. Hope that helps :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

I know of alot of post that have been submitted, but none seem to be posted. Unfortunately any truly negative ratings get lost or don't fit the criterior. If this site was set up to be an informative rate & review site then please let people see all the reviews regardless of someone in position of decision making not liking the review.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2010

My son had a great experience at Norton. His teachers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade were excellent, and very supportive. My daughther had challenges and her K teacher did not respond with as much support. The teacher seemed set on a rigid path. A new prinicipal promises to give the school more accountability, and she has already improved communication. Parent involvement has improved with the new PTA leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

My daughter has been going to that school since kindergarden and now she is in fifth grade. She is doing very well. The problem is with the parents. They don't get involved as much as they should. The principal is doing a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

My son is in his 4th year at Norton and I have seen a definite improvement. The trailers are gone and there is a new principal who seems dedicated to excellence, not just getting by. I recently went to the Awards Ceremony and was pleased to see a great deal of children who want to learn and feel pride when they do well. There are some teachers who focus too much on behavior and nit-pick every little thing, but my son's first and 3rd grade teachers were wonderful! Also, there is a new parent resource center that is run by a former Norton teacher who does a lot to involve parents in their children's education. I'm happier with Norton than I was before, and I'm hoping it will continue to improve under the new leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2008

In the 3 years that my son has been going to Norton, we have had one teacher who actually taught the kids instead of focusing on their behavior. I have been sorely disappointed with the support that the teachers receive and that the curriculum has shifted from education to passing the test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

I have to say that I am very much disappointed with Norton. I went to elementary school all my life and have never seen it as substandard until now. My daughter is in 1st grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2007

I gave high ratings since the things we are disappointed with are much the same as pointed out by others, and not the fault of the school or its staff. There was a major expansion completed this past year, and the teachers our children have had there (3 kids through, and 1 still there) have been great in spite of the pressures of crowding. Keep up the good work teachers at Norton!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

As a teacher at Norton, I too have seen Norton decline. My personal opinion is growth. We have approx. 2000 students in a facility designed for 1200. We feed lunch starting at 10:15 and service until after 1:30. The lunchroom was expanded a year ago, but the students are elbow to elbow. I am constantly amazed by the quality teaching that happens here amid all the distractions caused by the overcrowding. GCPS is building a relief school. (Rosebud opening fall 2008) It will not be much of a relief. I have heard that we will only lose 400 students. We have a septic system that you can smell, especially when it rains. I wonder if our demographics play into county decisions.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 12, 2007

I chose this county because everyone stated that it was one of the best school curriculums. My experience with them has not been good at all. For my son to hardly improve over a period of 5 months is just not good. The teacher has concentrated on just certain things. Very Disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

This is the beginning of my daughters second year at Norton. She is currently in the 2nd grade. Over all academically we have been pleased with the teachers at Norton to date. The schools scores for last years CRCT test were 95% . The school appears to run in a very structured and orderly manner. This amazes me because of the sheer number of students attending Norton, currently approaching 2000 students, unbelievable remember this is an elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My son has been at Norton for the past two years and we are very happy with the school. The curriculum is awesome and both years, he has been lucky enough to have teachers that are very involved and enthusiastic. I have not been made aware of any issues with bullying or problems with student safety--in fact, in my opinion, it seems that the disciplinary measures set forth are a bit stringent for an elementary (although this could be due to problems that I am merely unaware of)--but my son is an older student and very amiable. The only problem that I have is the large population of the school--it has grown speedily and this is disappointing, but to the credit of the administration, you don't feel that you're in a huge school. They are very helpful and our classroom sizes have been under 25 both years. We really love Norton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2006

My child has attended Norton for 3 years. There are twice as many children attending this year compared to last year. With this sudden growth in the community, the teachers continue to do an enormous job in educating the children. The CRCT results are proof that the faculty is working hard to maintain the same quality of work in spite of the amount of children in each class (21 in my sons 2nd grade class). They do a great job in disciplining the children and it shows. When I visit my son for lunch I am always pleased with the orderly conduct. I have worked closely with my son s teachers over the years as a teacher Mom and I think parent participation helps the teachers and the students. Keep up the good work Norton, it is greatly appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2006

Norton has steadily declined over the last four years, it has been sad to watch. They teach on the lowest denominator and the rest of the students are left to learn on their own, if at all. My child is in 2nd grade and has learned more about sex and drugs this year than math. Bullying is a problem and has not been addressed even close to enough it is as if the administrators are afraid to discipline, for whatever reason. Needless to say, we are moving, unfortunately a lot of people are moving out of this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2006

This school has seen a steady decline in the past four years. School administration is not equipped to handle the growing number of students and the concerns that go along with such a huge school. A decline family values, area income levels and cheaper housing is having a great impact on the school. Safety is starting to become a greater concern also. These classrooms are sooo crowded. There are lots of good teachers but it is doubtful that they will stay long in these conditions. We are losing fantastic teachers every year. Most of the staff is overworked because of the growing numbers and no relief is in sight. This used to be such a nice school and it has become quite a disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

My children have attended Norton Elementary for 4 years. I have always loved the school and been impressed with the teachers, how my children learned and grew under their care and the parental involvement. In the most recent years, though, the school has become far too crowded. Even with the latest additions many classes remain in trailers. Bullying has become a big problem with us and, despite their claims they do not tolerate bullying, we have had little support on resolving bullying issues on the bus,play ground and car pool wait. I've also watched a big decline in the parental involvement and role of the PTA this current year. The overcrowded school, bullying and diminishing parental support have been a big part of our recent decision to move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

I have been a Norton parent for over four years and have loved the quality education that the teachers provide. I often speak on how passionate the teachers are about education. Through the years I have enjoyed working with my son's teachers: Ms. Luckmann, Ms. Curry, Ms. Cugnasca, Ms. Elliott, and Ms. Anderson. They have all expressed genuine care and a love for what they do! Kudos to Norton. Keep up the Quality Education and astounding leaders will come from the foundation that you have set before them!
—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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

179 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

179 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

224 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

224 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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

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 90% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

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 94% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
83%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 70% 37%
Hispanic 12% 12%
White 12% 44%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Terry Watlington
Fax number
  • (770) 736-2005

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3050 Xavier Ray Ct
Snellville, GA 30039
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