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Sycamore Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 720 students

Building leaders and helping our community

 
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5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 13 ratings
2013:
Based on 10 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted yesterday

My school is so awesome! They are the most loving school in the community. I love it here, and will for sure send my children here! Thank you!


Posted yesterday

Absolutely a wonderful school! After transitioning from a small southern town to a larger public school, this school has proven all the horror stories to be WRONG. My wife and I are so in love with this school and it's staff. We are both volunteers and look forward to many years here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted yesterday

This is an amazing elementary school with the friendliest staff. My child has learned so much and been supported both academically and emotionally. The school is small so you feel like your child is going to a private school because everyone knows you and your child. All of the teachers are caring and very involved and go above and beyond. You see them at all of the before and after school activities and school functions. I highly recommend sending your child to this school. The principal knows every student and almost every parent. She has been at the school only two years and has brought the test scores way up in that amount of time. She works very hard to make sure the school is the best it can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted yesterday

My grand-daughter transferred to Sycamore the 2013-2014 school year to the fourth grade. It has proven to be a very good move. She is growing academically, socially, and emotionally. The staff has the spirit of excellence in everything they do, and they are always looking for ways to improve on what they are doing. I believer Sycamore will continue to thrive and excel in the field of educating this generation. Again I must say the staff is awesome, caring and bright...The teachers are some of the best in Georgia. Thanks for a great transition to a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted yesterday

My two kids attending here for two years. They definitely love Sycamore. Both my kid's teachers are wonderful and dedicated. I have been doing volunteer for two years willingly. Because I always thankful for everything what they have done for children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted yesterday

Sycamore is an excellent elementary school! My granddaughter has attended there for two years, and has had two superior teachers. I have volunteered in the classrooms one day a week for both years, so I have first-hand knowledge of the teaching practices. Children are challenged and encouraged to do their best each day. They are also taught to be considerate of their classmates and to be polite to each other. The faculty and staff of Sycamore Elementary are very friendly and welcoming to visitors, while maintaining safety for the children. Anyone entering the school is required to sign in and out and to state a reason and destination for their visit. I am proud to say that my granddaughter is a student at Sycamore Elementary, and look forward to many more years at this school.


Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sycamore has a dedicated staff who are passionate about the students they teach. Student achievement has really increased thanks to new administration and new teachers. Teachers in this school provide opportunities for students to be involved in many clubs and activities. Recently, Sycamore has added a swing set and an outdoor classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My husband and I love Sycamore Elementary's staff and administration. My son is in the FLIP program in Ms. Buchanan's class. She challenges my son to never stop learning and excelling at everything he does. This program has been great for his confidence and social skills leading into middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My daughter is just finishing up her first year at Sycamore Elementary. Last year as we were preparing to send her to kindergarten, I toured several schools in the area, including private schools. After careful consideration, I decided to send her to Sycamore and I am so thankful that we did. She has had an excellent year. Her teachers are so creative and truly enjoy being there. I love how the school recognizes the children after each nine weeks with an award ceremony. The kindergarten also does a Community Week in the spring and it was incredible! The learning at Sycamore has been so hands-on and interactive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The grass is greener here! Do you want your child to be highly educated, highly valued, and highly cared about? This is the school. The staff at Sycamore truly wants to challenge and encourage your child! My child had a wonderful experience at this school. She tremendously grew as a student but was never a "number" on a test! Go Huskies!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sycamore Elementary is a school where students learn, lead and succeed by academic achievement, teacher support and parent involvement. My 3 children attended Sycamore Elementary and love the teachers and administration. My children are challenged by their teachers and exceed in test performance. The leadership at Sycamore is outstanding in every aspect. The school offers opportunities to join many clubs and after school activities that are curriculum based. Thank you Sycamore family for all you do for the students and families in our great community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

Sycamore Elementary is a place where students are able to learn, lead, and succeed! The Administration and the staff at our school are focused on student achievement; making sure every child has the opportunity to achieve their personal best! We are a staff committed in providing our students the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful as they continue their education at the postsecondary level and/or enter the workforce.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 11, 2014

I have two children at Sycamore Elementary. I have been extremely pleased with their education. The teachers are great, and so helpful. The administration is dedicated to continuous improvement. My kids miss going to school when on break, and never complain about getting up to go school. In fact, I rarely hear a negative comment about school. I love how small the school is and the great sense of community that is fostered there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

My first impression of Sycamore Elementary was a pleasant one .I am continually impressed of how welcoming all of the staff are.The school is always clean .I love and admire the principal Mrs. C Cooper Thompson for her gentle but firm sprit with the kids.My daughter is in the first grade of which Mrs .W. Aristilde is the teacher , I think is a wonderful teacher who exudes confidence and positivity .This reflex greatly on the students .My daughter loves her and looks forward going to school everyday. I really love the fact that parents can visit your child's class and have lunch with them just about anytime . Keep doing what your doing SYCAMORE ELEMENTARY!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2013

My duaghter just started her 2nd year at Sycamore Elementary and we are very happy with the progress thus far. We have encountered great teachers; last year, Mrs. Zeigler and this year, Mrs. Aristilde. They are both top rate teachers who show genuine concerns for their students! We are pleased with the overall faculty and staff. Everyone is always smiling and courteous to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My 3 daughters have been in Sycamore & it is our 6th year there. Have had a wonderful experience with the teachers & other faculty staff as well. They have the Focus, Gifted program as well as accelerated subjects. My oldest daughter was also the only elementary school goer in the entire Gwinett county to represent the Spelling bee at the District level. So, I would just say Go Sycamore Go.................
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

I love the principal at this school, she genuinely cares about the everyone in the school. You know how you go to some schools and you can tell that the teachers hate their job?...... Well, you will not get that feeling at this school, the teachers are always smiling and they greet anyone and everyone in the halls. Don't be fooled by the label "Title 1", this is not your regular title 1 school. A lot of these kids are not only meeting the standards, they are exceeding. It's a great community school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

Sycamore Elementary is an outstanding school full of energy and compassionate teachers. What I love about this school is how the students feel free to express themselves and learn to the best of their ability. This school has grown to 720 students and continues to soar. The staff is willing to help students and the parents are very supportive! I strongly encourage you to send your child here. They will learn, be enriched and feel loved and supported!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 29, 2013

My daughter was educated in my home from the time she was 3 years old. Entering Kindergarten, I had very specific expectations for her education, and honestly was comfortable educating her in the home if things didn't work out. I was pleasantly surprised! Mrs. Gonzalez and Mrs. Peralta's were the best. I swear by multi-age programs now. I am not a proponent of standardized tests or intense curriculum, but must admit I never bore witness to student stress from any of the children in older grades. I could be wrong with such limited dealings with the school, but I was very impressed with the caring attitudes of the teachers. I also have to note that one aspect of the school I really enjoyed was that I never witnessed any teacher yelling at the children or putting them down as I have witnessed in other schools. In fact, I commonly witnessed teachers reminding students to be good leaders. I love this, because it reiterates the common theme of the school, while simultaneously reminding students how they should behave without berating them. PTA is very involved, with parent involvement highly encouraged!! Great job guys!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

The teachers here are very caring & work hard daily for the kids. I have had one child complete K - 5th grade at Sycamore and another child going into 2nd grade in the coming school year and overall I have been pleased with their education. There were a few problems we ran into but after bringing it to administration's attention it was addressed and taken care of. The Prinicipal and AP's are available for the parents and have a open door policy and have the kid's best interest at heart. Sycamore had a new principal this year who came and made some changes many of which I have to say were for the better for the school and the students. Sycamore also has a very active PTA who desires to help enrich the children's education there. This year they raised enough money to have swings installed on the playground and they also bought and paid for two mimeos for the school. And to address some of the parent's concerns below regarding PE...yes the kids are on a rotation for PE, however the kids have daily outdoor recess where the children are able to run, play and be physically active unless weather is not permitting. We are proud to be a part of the Sycamore Husky community!
—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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

123 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

122 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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

110 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

110 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
90%
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
Hispanic 41% 12%
White 39% 44%
Black 13% 37%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Korean
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Title I School of Distinction (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • Crystal Cooper Thompson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (678) 714-5790

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Sugar Hill Church
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club
  • Game club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
720
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
720

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Lanier Middle School
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5695 Sycamore Rd
Sugar Hill, GA 30518
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Phone: (678) 714-5770

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