School Details

Lake Windward Elementary School

11770 E Fox Ct, Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 740-7050
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 895 students 12 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fulton County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fulton County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
95%
94%
95%
90%
90%
98%
94%
93%
94%
81%
80%
95%
81%
81%

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 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.
97%
87%
80%

Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fulton County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Lake Windward Elementary School is a public elementary school in Alpharetta. The principal of Lake Windward Elementary School is Martha Messina, whose e-mail is messinam@fultonschools.org. 895 students attend Lake Windward Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 7% of the Lake Windward Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 895 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 7% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Lake Windward Elementary School is 12:1. Bridgeway Christian Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 42%
White, non-Hispanic 60% 35%
Hispanic 5% 10%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 22% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.06%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 39%
Limited English proficiency 7% 6%
Economically disadvantaged 3% 36%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    My son goes here for special needs preschool. So far we've had nothing but wonderful things to say. His teacher really cares about him all the specials teachers have been wonderful and we love the principal and office staff. It's been a great experience for him and we are hoping that next year is as wonderful for us as this year has been.

  • (10 months ago)

    Lake Windward Elementary is a horrible school where the teachers profile children. They want your children to be robots and do not speak unless spoken to. They do not allow any social interaction at all with the kids. I find this school nothing short of a prison for kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child loves going to school. Her Kindergarden teacher really cares about the children overall learning experience. I love that the teacher promotes healthy eating by having weekly tastings of fruits and healthy snacks. LWE is great!

  • (1 year ago)

    The thing that I like the most about LWE is that is an inclusive school... Special needs kids (like mine) interact with normal students during different moments during the day week month year... The teachers are great! they really love teaching and their passion can be easily feel through the halls. The school works really hard on making parents involved with the school activities. There is a very active PTA with great ideas and spectacular events that keep all year round the community together; volunteer work is something that I really like from this school!!! There are lots of "extra hands" that keep helping every day and in different areas and we feel very proud about it.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was comparing 6 different elementary schools (near/around LWE) today just to see how our school was doing and could not be more happy and proud to say it OUT STOOD in all fields. Let it be the teachers excellence Principal's involvement PTA involvement parents involvement class activities extra curriculum activities sports and of course the test scores we excelled in each one. KEEP IT UP LW.

  • (3 years ago)

    The Principal and Teachers are great my daughter is now in 4th Grade. The Fulton County requirements need to change.

  • (4 years ago)

    It's my son's 4th year in here. The teachers are really great in a way to give lots of chances of challenge for each student. Most of all my son is really happy here. Also my daughter is in kindergarten now. She is also having great time with such experienced teachers and staff and friends.

  • (4 years ago)

    LWES is a great school overall. The problems in academics is mostly because of the fickle Fulton County requirements and not necessarily a tru reflection on the teachers and administrators. PTA involvement is highly encouraged. There would be relatively little out-of-the-classroom experience for the kids without them. Sometimes there is a big gap between 'fun' and 'school.' Except for the newly installed Science Olympiad there is no school activity that challenges the students outside of the classroom. LWES has no spelling bee accelerated reading program talent show honor roll etc. The TAG program is not intellectually stimulating at least not for my child. All of my child's teachers (K-5) have been stellar. Overall we had a great experience here with lots of memories. As in any place you have to make it your own.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter started Kindergarten last year here. I loved the staff and teachers. They were wonderful to my daughter. And communicated great. It was a shame we had to move after the first couple months.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a third grader at LWE. My child's teachers (K - 3) have all been incredible! They have perfected the balance of having fun while learning. Of course all the teachers do not have the same teaching style but each one has positively impacted my child's love of learning. We can't wait to begin 4th grade. As parents we couldn't hope for more in a school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have twin girls on 1st grade at LWE and we could not be happier with the quality of their teachers and the school in general! We moved to Alpharetta 3 years ago because of LWE.

  • (5 years ago)

    I moved all three of my kids out of private school because the standards were not where they should have been academically and the general beahvior was poor. LWE has been amazing in all areas - academic arts music - and the teachers are all highly educated and certified in GA. I continue to be very impressed with my kids' education and find they are excelling and achieving. They are also constantly tested to ensure they are receiving the highest possible learning experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    LWES is a great school. The academics are challening and their test scores are well above state averages. The teachers are cream of the crop and the PTA is very active. Parent involvement and teacher communication is extensive in the lower grades but seems to dwindle in the upper grades in my experience. Overall however we have been very happy with our experience at LWES.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school located in a wonderful up-scaled district. We are lucky to have our daughter in this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have a kindergartener and a 3rd grader at LWES. Both of my kids have had a very positive experience! My 3rd grader has a wonderful caring teacher and he is really challenged. I feel as though he is getting a better education than at his private school in VA where we came from. My kindergartener has a very dedicated first year teacher and the class size is small only 18 kids. She is reading so well and has better handwriting than most adults. I only wish there were regular PTA meetings..it was very hard to get involved in the PTA as a new comer to the school. Most teachers encourage classroom volunteerism. Ms. Z and Dr. Reddish are both wonderful to their staff parents and students. The after school science program is great as well.

  • (9 years ago)

    A lovely school but very limited parent involvment allowed. Also the Art program needs some more creativity and all diferent kinds of media to work with besides crayons.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter attended this school for two years the principal is fantastic and involved. The level of parnet involvement is spectacular. Teachers really seem to care. Greta program for Special needs kids school really tries to embrace acceptance.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter attended Lake Windward Elementary for kindergarten. It was great because there are two full-time teachers for all kindergarten classes. And they didn't allow more than 20 children in the class. This school focuses a lot on neatness of writing. There is a lot of parent involvement which is not hard to come by.

  • (10 years ago)

    Lake Windward is a wonderful school! Test scores are high and student to teacher ratio low! But most important to me is that there is a lot of communication between the staff and parents. Parents are very involved and supportive at this school. One of the things I was looking for was also a school that encouraged diversity respect and learning about cultures -- they do that! They also teach important values like courtesy remaining drug-free staying healthy taking care of the environment and each other. These are important lessons that cannot be measured on a test and that I want my children to learn.

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