Students enrolled 587
School leader Cathy Ann Swanger

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2613 Tyson Rd
Villa Rica, GA 30180

(770) 651-4300
(770) 651-4303
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3 stars
Based on 30 ratings

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September 09, 2014
Excellent school and teachers! The current principal leaves a lot to be desired unfortunately. PTA is superb. Specials are wonderful. Support staff are great.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
My child has attended two elementary schools in Douglas County, one being a lower socioeconomic elementary school and one being Mirror Lake (currently attending). My child has spent 2 1/2 years at each school and I'm sad to say I thoroughly regret moving him from the lower socioeconomic school he initially attended. The teachers at the first school were so compassionate and dedicated to their student body. The students were cherished, loved, and given an abundance of attention from the teachers. The atmosphere was positive and comfortable and EVERYONE (janitors, lunch ladies, office staff, etc.) made you feel as if you were part of a sweet, loving family. There was a modest, humble spirit that embodied the culture there. Unfortunately Mirror Lake, on the other hand, is like a bipolar opposite. The majority of teachers and other staff (that I've dealt with thus far) have horrible attitudes and seem to want to be anywhere other than dealing with the children they're entrusted with. Communication is horrible and the atmosphere is frigid. I'm rarely greeted when I sign in in the office and when I ask a question of anybody I'm made to feel like an inconvenience.Very dissatisfied overall

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2013
I am thrilled with this school. My grandson could not be happier. He is working far above his grade level thanks to the great Teachers. The gifted program exceeds our expectations. There has been no evidence of bullying and my grandson is in 4th grade. Keep up the good work Mirror Lake.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Minority students BEWARE!!!!!! You should look for a different school to enroll your children. This school is not all it claims it is.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Go somewhere else! There are better schools out there. You will be thoroughly disappointed at this school. Don't let the test scores fool you. Know the components of the test scores before choosing a school.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2013
the staff is ok..... i went there when i was a child but some of the kids that go there are rude kids there bullies and now my little sister attends this school and we moved from sharps creek back here and in sharps creek all the kids were nice and no bullies and my sister was at the top of her class and loved school now when we moved back she said that the kids kept being mean telling her she cant read she cant write good the list goes on there only in 1st grade my sister has gotten to where she doesn't even wont to go to school most days because of them there stuck up little brats that need to stop its been going on since i was there and im 18 she sat in my lap crying saying the kids call her a terrible reader i think this school needs to have a assembly on anti bullying and needs to send letters to the parents to talk to there kids about bullying and that what they say actually hurt the kids i would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
December 26, 2012
This is my daughter's 4th year (3rd grade) at MLES. She absolutely loves this school. The teachers are so caring. I think that the 3rd grade teachers are phenomenal, the 4 of them work as 1. It is amazing. I have seen my daughter grow so much this year. I would love to move, but my daughter has begged me to stay. She truly loves the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2012
MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN THERE FOR ALMOST 4YEARS AND I CAN NOT BELIEVE HOW HAPPY SHE IS THERE..SHE DOES NOT WANT TO CHANGE SCHOOLS..I HAVE NOT MOVED FROM THIS AREA JUST FOR THE QUALITY OF THIS SCHOOL

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
I had posted this message previously, sorry if it duplicates. I wanted to address the comment made on 9/2/2012. Enrollment data based on special programs and ethnicity by school is not confidential information as long as it is requested aggregately versus by individual student. I was able to obtain the data specific to MLE and Douglas County District from the District office. This is public information and is mandated by the federal government to be collected for each public school district in America and must be granted if requested. Know your rights. The information is also available for view on the US Department of Education website and by request through your local school district.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2012
There is a male teacher at the school. Most elementary schools do not have a lot of male teachers. There are 5 African American teachers. How do you know how many African Americans are in remedial programs or special education programs? Do you know how many African Americans are in the gifted program? That is confidential information. Teachers don't just put kids in special education. The parents are a part of the process. This is a great school where the teachers work hard. My child had a great experience at this school. The teachers sent out a weekly newsletter and homework sheet to let me know what was being taught. They were always available to answer my questions. This school provided a great foundation for my child.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
I LOVE this school! And my children LOVE it! The teachers and staff are absolutely amazing. I love everyone there. I don't have a single negative thing to say about the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
My son is in Kindergarten and he loves it there. He stays in the ASP program 3 or 4 days a week and has asked to stay all 5. When the school year started our son didnt know how to read yet but now (March) he is reading at a 3rd grade level. It might be the teachers and not the school, but either way its working great for my son. Mrs Holland and Mrs. Paseno are his Kindergarten teachers and if you have a choice, that is where you should put your kids! Only negative would be the way the front desk makes you feel if you check you child out or in. We have checked my son out 2 times this year and checked him in 2x's but we are made to feel like it is a weekly thing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
My child is an student at this school and this school is a great school with some great teachers

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
This school is filled with teachers and administrators who truly care about their children.

- submitted by a community member
November 11, 2009
I've been generally disappointed. Our child mastered most of the standards before entering kindergarten. My fear was that she would be unchallenged for much of the year and I see that coming true. Just as concerning is the lack of information flow. I have to pull information from the teacher about what we should work on at home. It's difficult to be a partner with the teacher if the teacher doesn't share information back. To be fair, our child loves the teacher and enjoys school. The classroom is vibrant and the teacher is obviously knowledgeable. There just doesn't seem to be any attempt to let parents participate in the learning process beyond reading with the child and doing sight words. For students who are ready to move beyond the standards, I think the school is failing - for students performing at grade level, I'd say the school is top-notch

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
Love it, great school, great teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
This school believes that you should pass your child up, regardless if they are learning the work or not.They will try to say its a disibility the child has to keep pusing them up. This has happenend to my child. At this school. The school is not a good school, I regret ever sending my children their.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
I always hear great things about mirror lake elementary from my nephews !! they love their teachers & principals

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2008
As a parent I look for a school with great teachers. This year I asked the parents I knew which teachers they liked best- every parent named a different teacher meaning ---they liked all of them. Aftere the first few months of school I am thrilled with my teacher!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 11, 2008
As a parent, I have found MLE to be excellent! My husband and I have been very impressed with the teachers and administrators. The thing that surprises me most is the 'open door' policy. I feel they encourage parents to have lunch with their kids and the teachers are great about keeping you informed. The PTA is well supported by parents and teachers. Great job Mirror Lake Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
I have three children in Mirror Lake, One in kindergarden, 2 in 2nd grade. For a public school that's governed by 'No Child Left Behind' this school does great. Wonderful teachers. Strong leadership. Great parent involvement. Great community support. MLE offers gifted, art, music, PE, drama club, chorus and more. Low student to teacher ratio, 2nd grade class was 15 to one teacher. A lot of bright children at Mirror Lake. One son was below grade level, the combined efforts of myself and staff support programs (SST) he ends the year above grade level in reading and at grade level in math, all done in a regular class. The principle & teacher supported a tutor (I hired) who worked with him 2 days/week. One son is gifted. Daughter bright. They are all thriving. MY efforts to improve him were met with sincerity and devotion. School supports strong parent envolvement.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
The the most part this is an excellent school. My one criticism would be to focus on teaching, and not to focus on getting these kids to pass the standardized tests. It's not about numbers, it's about readying these children for their future, and a standardized test is not that importeant to THEIR future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2008
The students at Mirror Lake are treated with love and respect.

- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
My son started at Mirror Elem. in Kindergarten and went till the end of 1st grade. He did not attend pre-K and the teachers insisted that he was slow and need to be placed in a remedial class to help him keep up with the other kids. We now homeschool our son and in 2 years skipped a grade level by completing 3 grades in 2 years. He scores ave 99% on all quizzes, test's, and homework. Our son did not need a remedial class, only school failure to recognize his genius ability are some of the shortfalls of public education. If you have a way, Homeschool. It is off the charts a better way to educate your child.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2007
We have had an excellent experience at Mirror Lake. My daughter is currently in the First grade and has had excellent teachers both in Kindergarten and First Grade. Both teachers truly were invested in my childs education and were more than willing to partner with me as a parent to ensure her academic success. My daughter also enjoys the music and art programs offered at Mirror Lake. From a parents prospective, you (being the parent) HAVE to PARTNER with your childs teacher for ultimate success. It it no longer ONLY the teachers responsibility. Nannette Folsom

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
I think that Mirror Lake is a wonderful school. We brought our child here from Riverside Elementary where they were failing miserably and he has done nothing but improve since he got here. I have not found the school to be racist as a former poster said. In fact there seems to be an embracing attitude. I think the attitude of the parent counts 100% if you want it to be a negative experience it will be. My son's teacher is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
My child attended Mirror Lake for 3 years. I can't express in words how may ways this school fails. My child was not a good reader,the answer the school had was to put her in a 'special class'. It was told to me that the students get extra help and target problem areas so they can get on grade level and then be transfered to a 'regular class' again. That was far from what actually happened. Not only did she not improve but became worse. Had it not been for tutoring and a lot of work at home she would have never passed the CRCT. I really feel this school looks at 'numbers',and the students who are not on 'level' are the ones who suffer,they are set aside so that it doesn't reflect poorly on the school. We started a new school this year.She is on grade level and loves school and herself finally! You be the judge.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
Moving from Louisiana to Georgia is such difference and to be able to find a wonderful school for both my 1st and 5th grader was amazing. Mirror Lake Elementary is a very good school and the teachers my son and daughter had were very caring, welcoming and challenging, which is just what they needed to maintain their academic standing.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2005
I absolutely love this school.My child has learned so much the past two years. His reading level has increased dramatically. The teachers are very caring, loving, and informative. Thank you Mirror Lake for a wonderful two years. Reanna Neal

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
Our child is in kindergarten this year and has learned so much! When our child started he could only read a few words. It amazes us to hear him read and to see how he has developed a love for math. Way to go Mirror Lake!!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2004
This school as really defined the word 'racist' in my opinion, my children and I have had nothing but problems being new minorities to this area. Someone needs to address this issue.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2004
Mirror Lake has provided wonderful experiences for my two sons. The staff is warm, friendly, and supportive. I would recommend this school to any parent who wants such as experience for his/her child.

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Mirror Lake Elementary School
2613 Tyson Rd, Villa Rica, GA  30180
(770) 651-4300
Last modified Mirror Lake Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mirror Lake Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top