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Stonewall Tell Elementary School
3310 Stonewall Tell Road
College Park, GA 30349

(770) 306-3500

Grade Range: PK-5
Enrollment: 907
Full-Time Teachers: 61
Students per Teacher: 15
WWhite/Non-Hispanic 1.1%
BBlack/Non-Hispanic 95.6%
HHispanic 0.7%
AAsian/Pacific Islander 0.0%
NAmerican Indian/Alaska Native 0.0%
Ethnicity Data Source (2006)

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Standard Ranking 152.9 42/1126  6/67 
Gr 4 LA Exceed 49.4 17/1126  5/67 
Gr 4 LA Met 96.6 28(T)/1126  6/67 
Gr 4 Read Exceed 69.0 70/1126  7/67 
Gr 4 Read Met 96.6 36/1126  5/67 
Gr 4 Math Exceed 34.5 110/1126  7/67 
Gr 4 Math Met 92.0 73/1126  7/67 

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Number of Reviews: 1

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Much Better Than Adequate Progress, Apr 20, 2006
By Karin Chenoweth

Located next door to a federal housing project, Centennial Place has about 520 students, 65 percent of whom qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Two nearby homeless shelters provide a steady stream of children. Ninety-five percent of the students are African American. About 8 percent of the students are identified as having disabilities.

For the past few years, all but a very small handful of children have met state standards, and in 2005, half exceeded standards in reading and 20 percent exceeded them in math.

Cynthia Kuhlman, principal:

"When we first opened, in 1998, we were haunted by a story that no student from Fowler, the school Centennial Place replaced, had ever attended the Georgia Institute of Technology. The children grew up literally across the street from one of the most prestigious science institutions in the South, but none had ever been admitted. We agreed that a science theme school would best prepare students for Georgia Tech --- or at least for college. We worked with Georgia Tech faculty to develop the thematic units, and the students study biology, geology, physics and botany through hands-on projects. We have also worked hard to bring the arts to the school. Chuck Davis, the founder of the African-American Dance Ensemble, taught a week-long program here on African dance and on one memorable afternoon, the members of our orchestra met with Yo-Yo Ma, who put the children to work testing the acoustics of the Georgia Tech auditorium.

"We don't teach to the test here at all. We have a curriculum that is mapped to the state's standards, and we teach almost entirely through theme-based projects. You would be hard pressed to find a worksheet at Centennial Place.

"Teachers here collaborate all the time on lesson plans, on developing thematic units, on organizing field trips and other activities.

"Twice a year I send an engraved invitation to each of my teachers and we meet individually to go over all their students' data and what their plans are to make sure each student gains ground. Students who are behind need to be caught up, and students who have mastered the curriculum need additional enrichment.

"With that kind of careful analysis of the data and thoughtful curriculum, we do not have as our goal making Adequate Yearly Progress. We would never be happy meeting that. AYP is not good enough for us.

"That said, in 2004, our school's data identified an issue with our students with disabilities. Only 50 percent had met state reading standards. We took it to heart. We went through a period where we didn't acknowledge that our special education students weren't doing well, but No Child Left Behind helped us focus.

"We made sure that students with disabilities had access to all the programs and enrichment that other students have and we made sure that classroom teachers and special education teachers had enough time to plan and consult together. We focused the curriculum a little more tightly so that we taught fewer topics in more depth. The result of that effort is that 87 percent of our students with disabilities met or exceeded state math standards in 2005 and 85 percent met state reading standards.

"Georgia's standards are about to be made more rigorous, which means making AYP may be a little more difficult. I am all for that. I think our children are up to the challenge, and our teachers are too."

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