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Sycamore Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 720 students

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 23 ratings
2013:
Based on 10 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted June 26, 2014

This is going to be the second year of my child in this school and I can ask for better school than Sycamore! I am also a volunteer in diferent areas at the school and it been a blessing expirience being part of this school! Your child is not only a student here is more like a big family! All the staff is very professional and kindness and our Principal is a very hard worker and always giving the best of her!! Give you child the opportunity of being part of this big family!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2014

Teachers and staff are very welcoming to visitors, and they seem to enjoy each others' company, also. I have been volunteering in classrooms, in the Media Center, have eaten in the cafeteria frequently, and been on the playground with different classes. The teachers always seem to get along well with each other and work together well in various situations in working with students.


Posted June 11, 2014

This is not your typical Title 1 school! All levels of students are served included advanced and gifted students. The Principal is devoted to excellence and achievement and it shows. There is also an active and involved PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2014

There is NO place I would rather work at AND have my children attend with me than Sycamore for the past 6 years! 2 of my children were permissive transfers INTO my school because we now reside in Hall Co., but when I lived in Sugar Hill yet worked in Norcross, I chose to send my now-11th grader to attend Sycamore for his 5th grade year. What a wise choice I made as my last child is about to graduate Kindergarten-where she is thriving-and I will have her with me at Sycamore for the next 5 years! How blessed I am in so many ways! We love our students and truly desire for them ALL to exceed! Sycamore Rocks!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 26, 2014

Great School! Great Teachers and administration!!! I have had two children be a part of this school and we have been very blessed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

I am a proud teacher at Sycamore! It is a wonderful school, filled with hard working, caring teachers and eager students that are ready to learn. The focus is consistently on teaching and learning and ensuring that all of our students are being taught on their instructional level in order to push them to exceed expectations.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 21, 2014

Students, teachers, and parents all work together to help make Sycamore a great school for our children to grow!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 21, 2014

This is a great school with hard working teachers and students that are eager to learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 21, 2014

We transferred to Sugar Hill in 2008 after spending the previous (8) years in Fort Worth,Texas. Our son started in Kindegarten at Sycamore Elementary in August 2008 and will complete 5th grade in May 2014.During the six school years at Sycamore, which included leadership changes,the education opportunities provided have assisted in developing Jacob and preparing him for Junior High School. The special activities,including AP Math,Music Club and Beta Club, have provided our son with exposure to the skills and expectations of other kids and administrators while recognizing his achievements. As parents,we are impressed with the educators and their genuine care and committment to the kids and their overall well being. Principal Thompson and the Assistant principals are true professionals who display great organization and planning skills.The PTA support and the alignment with the educators have resulted in key accomplishments including the expanded playground and annual carnivals. We are proud to be parents of a child who has recieved early education at Sycamore Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

I like how this school has an abundance of teachers who truly care about the success of the students. My son's fifth grade teacher actively communicates information about the happenings in the classroom and the flip program. We have been welcomed to many events such as awards ceremonies and recently a volunteer tea. After being at a different Gwinnett elementary school before coming to Sycamore I realize how wonderful this school is and I feel comfortable sending my child here every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

My school is AWESOME! I have been at numerous other schools in Gwinnett County and I can honestly say that Sycamore ES is the friendliness, warm and caring schools I have ever worked in. Amazing teaching is happening daily and students are achieving. The focus is always on EXCEEDING and being the best you can be!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2014

Amazing school...Very warm and friendly environment.. Students are genuinely cared about. The teachers are fabulous. I am so impressed with the quality of instruction and what the children are learning. I would recommend this school to anyone in the area and even those who might be looking for a great place for their child to receive a world class education.


Posted April 17, 2014

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 April 17, 2014

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 April 17, 2014

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 April 17, 2014

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 April 17, 2014

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 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 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 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


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
White 42% 44%
Hispanic 39% 12%
Black 13% 37%
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

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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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)
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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

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  • 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
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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
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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
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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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