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Ithica Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 639 students

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Posted October 7, 2010

Ithica has been a wonderful environment for my son. He has attended for 2 years now. First for pre-k and now in kindergarten. The Principal knows most all of the children by name. He is seen in the halls and does not sit in his office all days. He is involved in many of the activities. The staff is wonderfully polite and curteous. The teachers that my son has had so far are all wonderful and have taken time to listen not just to my questions and concerns, but also those of my son. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking to come to this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

Our son is in the Pre-K Program at Ithica Elem and it is one of the best classes that he has been in. The school as a whole thinks that your day is what you make it which is a great lesson for kids. We are very happy with Ithica as a whole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

Our two children truly enjoy attending Ithica. The Administrators & teachers are excellent. They not only offer a challenging academic setting, but also provide many fun activities. They truly provide a well rounded experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2010

I love Ithica Elementary School, my daughter has been at that school since 2007. The teaching program is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

I love the way Ithica challenges the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

I love this school, my daughter is in second grade and she usually made d average in florida but since we moved here shes made straight a's , her teacher is great and they dont allow anyone to pick up kids without showing a picture id, and no kids are allowed off the bus unless there parents are standing there, this school is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2009

My child is in the 3rd grade, and has been home schooled until this year. I was really nervous about putting him in public school. He really likes this school, he cant hardly sleep at night waiting for the next school day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

My child loves this school. We just moved to Villa Rica from Douglasville & we couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2007

This is outstanding school. The school is beautiful! The teachers and the new administrations are wonderful. They have children at heart. My child loves everything about his school and so do I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2007

My daughter has been a student at Ithica since kindergarten, the staff at the school has been incredible. From the front office to the teachers, even the lunch ladies go out of thier way for the kids! My child is in the special ed program for most of her studies, and the teachers are amazing. The only thing that would make this a better school would be if they offered an art program, I believe kids are most expressive this way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2007

Overall, this school is excellent! The teachers are all highly qualified and are caring and nurturing. Students are challenged academically, but are given support and encouragement to strive to their best potential. I would highly recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2007

My son has done extremely well at this school. He came to the school behind academically and has jumped two and a half grade levels in his reading in one year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2006

The classrooms are overcrowded. Although they have the mandatory student to (para-pro) teacher ratios, the classrooms do not seem to be a conducive environment for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

This is an overall great school. They work well with the parents. When they see the need to step in too help a child succeed, it is done so. A wonderful school!
—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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

113 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

113 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%
Social Studies

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
86%
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 62% 44%
Black 22% 37%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian 1% 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 School social worker/counselors(s)
School psychologist
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Distinguished Title 1 School (2011)
  • Georgia Reward School (2012)
  • Georgia Reward School (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:40 am
School end time
  • 2:25 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Karen Wild
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (678) 840-5105

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • 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
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Vulcan Materials
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • 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
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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75 Whitworth Rd
Villa Rica, GA 30180
Phone: (678) 840-5101

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