School Details

Varnell Elementary School

3900 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, GA 30721
(706) 694-3471

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 472 students 14 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

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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.
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About this school

Varnell Elementary School is a public elementary school in Varnell. The principal of Varnell Elementary School is Lisa Jones and can be contacted at 472 children attend Varnell Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 20% of the Varnell Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 68% of the 472 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 69% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Varnell Elementary School is 14:1. Beaverdale Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 57% 56%
Multiracial 5% 3%
Hispanic 33% 38%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 1%
Asian 0.4% 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69% 69%
Limited English proficiency 20% 18%
Economically disadvantaged 68% 69%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    The last post was March 5 2012.Seems nothing is happening at Varnell. Depend to much on outside influence on important decisions.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is in 4th grade and has attended Varnell since kindergarten. Each and every teacher she has loved and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the teachers we have dealt with at this school. They truly love teaching and are the reason why my daughter loves going to school each day.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter Mikayla Crider just started kindergarden and we are very happy with the results from her class and teachers Mrs. Cresswell and miss. Valerie. I have been hanging out at the school and think that everything is great. The Principle is awsom and all the teachers i have came in contact with are wonderfull. Im very excited for my daughter and it is easier to leave her at school knowing that she is taking care of. Thanks to everyone at Varnell Elementary School. I love all you guys.

  • (5 years ago)

    Varnell has a dedicated group of teachers and a meticulous principal. This makes for a winning combination.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has attended Varnell for 2 years and has I am very proud of his accomplishments and learning progress. I think Varnell is the best elementary school in Whitfield County. The parent - teacher communication is great and the principal Dr. Ellen Thompson is awesome...she sets a great example for our school. I would highly recommend this school to others.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter attended this school for one six week period. It was then that my husband and I decided to enroll her in another school as Varnell did not meet the student's needs on many levels. The teachers didn't display the committment level that one would expect from a role of a teacher. The school focused more on their financial needs and gains rather than the needs of the students. I was not in any way impressed with this school and surely would not recommend it to any parent.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has not had much of anything to challenge her at this school. She is expected to wait while the others catch up. The only challenges she has faced are social and nothing has been done to help her in that area. I thought elementary school was a place where a child could grow in every aspect and not just at the pace of the slowest child.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter is in 2nd grade at Varnell Elementary school. She is in Miss Herrons class. Varnell is by far the best Elementary School in Whitfield County. Ms. Ellen Thompson is the principal. She is awesome!

  • (10 years ago)

    Absolutely impressed w/ teacher and parent reations and dedication. Curriculum is excellent!

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