School Details

Matthew Arthur Elementary School

2500 Ga Highway 127, Kathleen, GA 31047
(478) 988-6170
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 800 students 14 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 2012
  • Houston County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
93%
90%
92%
90%
84%
98%
95%
93%
95%
89%
83%
94%
87%
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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Houston County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
97%
94%
98%
95%
90%
98%
96%
93%
87%
87%
80%
92%
87%
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.
96%
91%
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 2012
  • Houston County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Matthew Arthur Elementary School is a public elementary school in Kathleen. The principal of Matthew Arthur Elementary School is Dr. Richard Rogers. 800 children attend Matthew Arthur Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 0% of the Matthew Arthur Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 27% of the 800 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 34% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Matthew Arthur Elementary School is 14:1. Hilltop Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% 50%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 36%
Asian 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 52%
Limited English proficiency 0% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 27% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Matt Arthur is a wonderful school! This is my eighth year as a parent here and for the first time it feels like a community. The number and content of SchoolMessenger calls is perfect and they always end with and please tell your knights I said hello. Dr. Rogers supports his entire staff interacts beautifully with the PTO and is the ideal role model for the children. His love of children was evident from day one when he stood in the Grand Hall Lobby welcoming them and learning their names. Not only does he smile but I have also frequently seen him stop to tie shoes cheer successes and encourage children for making better choices. As a former teacher of the year from a neighboring state I would be richly blessed to teach at Matt Arthur with Dr. Rogers as the principal. I m sad to have another child graduating ; however I am thankful we have the opportunity to school at the castle with Dr. Rogers Dr. Harrell and Dr. McDuffie for a few more years with our youngest child.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school! I have 2 children (one currently in HS and the other in 4th grade). The teachers are wonderful and the administration is very hands on and caring. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to volunteer and be involved at the school. I am truly going to miss it when my child "graduates" next year. Highly recommend Matt Arthur!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a parent with two children at Matt Arthur Elementary. One child has a very loving caring and respectful teacher who is very in tune to the needs of my child. Unfortunately my other child has a very harsh demanding and disrespectful teacher. Going to the principal is a waste of time because the principal does not care about the concerns of the parents. The school has pro's and con's just like every other school has. However this school could improve tremendously by simply listening to parents concerns and taking them to heart.

  • (1 year ago)

    LOVE MATT ARTHUR....its great for my 8 yr old who has Autism...we have teachers who care about my child and realize that even though she maybe non verbal doesn't mean she doesn't know whats going on. So much better than where she went before. I can't even tell you - its like night/day....so glad we moved our child. GREAT SPEC NEEDS class.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love Matt Arthur!!! The teachers are teaching our children for the future!! They are ver attentive and have good relationships with the children and parents.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are absolutely pleased with Matt Arthur Elementary School. The principals each care about every student greet them each morning in the Grand Hall and know them all by name. The teachers are very professional and communicate daily with each parent through the student s agenda and when necessary by e-mail phone call or in person. The school faculty and volunteers at MAES are there for one reason only; the future of our children. The faculty ensures the best learning environment is provided through safety caring and structure. Matt Arthur Mighty Knights Rule!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Love Love Love this school. Teachers Parents Administration and all the support staff are amazing. I would recommend this school to everyone!!

  • (2 years ago)

    As a parent and teacher I adore Matt Arthur Elementary and Dr. Rogers. The transition has been easy. While each new administrator has his or her preferences Dr. Rogers has really kept the focus on the children. The programs such as Mighty Knights and 5ht grade helpers (previously Dr. Hardin's Helpers - now Dr. Roger's helpers) provide continuity for the children during the transition. Speaking as a parent I find Dr. Rogers more approachable more willing to reach out to children and do what is needed to help them and at least as caring as Dr. Hardin as wonderful as she is. His door is open he's genuine in his dealings with parents children and employees and we really can't ask for more. He is certainly an asset to the school. I'm sorry the the PP feels differently but I have no idea where such feelings come from. The school has gone no where but up since the new appointment.

  • (2 years ago)

    we love Dr Rogers he is a blessing to us. teacher and staff are all wonderful people. i wouldnt put my child anywhere else. we have the best school!

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids and I love Matt Arthur! The teachers and the entire staff care about the kids and want everyone to succeed. I think the new principal has done a great job and has made the transition easy for the kids parents and teachers. Every parent and teacher I have talked to all agree. The atmosphere at the school is the same or better under the new leadership and I can't wait to see what happens in the future. I would definately recommend the school to anyone.

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids LOVE Matt Arthur and I am going to cry buckets of tears when my oldest leaves MAES for middle school next year. The school has been as much my home for the past 5 years as it has been his. (Thank goodness I'll still have a third grader at MAES). We loved our former principal and love the new one too-- maybe even more. The new principal is friendly and approachable and really cares about the kids and I completely disagree with the previous comment. My experience with him has been nothing but positve and since he has only been here 1 month I think it is VERY unfair to criticize him already. Any time you change leadership it takes a while to learn their style and expectations. That is a NORMAL part of getting a new leader and not a reflection on him.

  • (2 years ago)

    What has happened to this school!!! It has been on a downward spiral since gaining a new principle. It is not like it used to be. Nobody even teachers seem happy.

  • (3 years ago)

    I completely agree that Matt Arthur Elementary is one of the best schools in Houston County. All of the teachers are incredible. The principals are very accessable they are seen every day in the hallways both in the morning and the afternoon. From the Med Tech to the principals to the lunchroom staff and the custodians they try to get to know each child by name! That is amazing in a school of 700+ students. There is great parent support but I feel that is because of how welcoming the people working there are. I would HIGHLY recommend this school to anyone!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is one of the best schools in Houston County. My son excelled and had a great experience there. The teachers were great the music program was excellent and the principal was one of the best I've observed. Anytime I had a concern there was someone who cared. This is a great example of how a school should be run and I mean this sincerely.

  • (4 years ago)

    This has been our first year at MAES & I must say this is the best school we have ever been to. My daughter is a 1st grader & I have never met a more welcoming friendly & loving group of parents teachers and staff. Moving to a new school is very hard for a child but this transformation was very easy for us. MAES has become a second family for us & we love our school!! The educations your child will receive that at this school is top of the line. We are hooked on learning at Matt Arthur Elementary School!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have two children currently at Matt Arthur. It is by far the best school I have ever been involved with. The administration is caring and the teachers are the best.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was considering taking a job in Atlanta and was searching on the web for schools that were rated a 10. Out of the 100's of schools there were only a couple that had earned a 10. Just for fun I checked the Houston County schools and was not surpirised to find that Matt Arthur had earned a 10. My daughter has been at MAES for 4 years and it has been an enjoyable experience. Due to the extra hard effort that Mrs. Faletto put into her reading she went from a C reading level to atleast an M in first grade. Most days she does not want me to pick her up before 5 because she loves the after school program and she is excited about getting involved in the extracurricular activities once she gets into third grade. I don't think we will be moving to Atlanta!

  • (5 years ago)

    The negative comments about the pricipal here are absolutely correct. I believe that effort is made and the heart is in the right place. But the results speak for themselves. Much controversy has taken place this year and nothing seems to have been done to make anything better. Starting in January we will be home schooling our child.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was shocked to see some of the negative comments about the principal on this site. Although she may come across as being very direct she has a job to do and she will not be able to please everyone. If you look at the past school successes (Governor's Platinum and Bronze Awards and the CRCT scores) you will see that the school is one of the best in the county. I have had three children go though the school under two different principals. Her leadership style may be different but she is fair and does what is best for the school and the students.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is great! I am a parent of a Pre-K student who will be going to kindergarten this year. The teachers are very enthusiastic and the energy in the building is exciting. I haven't had many dealings with the administration although they seem welcoming and friendly.

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