Chestatee Elementary

Summary:

Chestatee Elementary is a public elementary school in Gainesville, Georgia, serving 1,228 students in grades PK-5. While the school is part of the highly-ranked Forsyth County School District, its performance metrics suggest areas for improvement, particularly in addressing racial disparities in academic achievement.

Chestatee Elementary has a significantly higher percentage of white students (77.2%) compared to nearby schools like Gainesville Exploration Academy (7.04% white) and McEver Elementary (30.37% free/reduced lunch). However, the school's test scores, while above the state average, lag behind the Forsyth County district averages across most grade levels and subject areas. For instance, in 3rd grade English Language Arts, Chestatee's proficiency rate was 42% compared to the Forsyth County average of 60.9%.

Chestatee Elementary's performance is generally lower than nearby schools within the Forsyth County district, such as Chattahoochee Elementary and Coal Mountain Elementary, which have higher test scores and rankings. Additionally, the significant differences in free/reduced lunch rates and test scores between Chestatee Elementary and Mundy Mill Arts Academy in the Gainesville City district suggest potential equity issues that may need to be addressed.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 6945 Keith Bridge Rd
       Gainesville, GA  30506


(770) 887-2341

District: Forsyth County

SchoolDigger Rank:
418th of 1,243 Georgia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,857 Help


Students who attend Chestatee Elementary usually attend:

High:    East Forsyth High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.1 Help
Number of students:  1,228

Racial breakdown:

White:
77.2%
Hispanic:
15.9%
Two or more races:
3.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  30.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Chestatee Elementary ranks better than 66.4% of elementary schools in Georgia. It also ranks 20th among 21 ranked elementary schools in the Forsyth County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 63.13. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (77.2%), Hispanic (15.9%), two or more races (3.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 30.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Chestatee Elementary is 15.1, which is the 8th best among 21 elementary schools in the Forsyth County School District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Chestatee Elementary is $8,857. 13 elementary schools in the Forsyth County School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Chestatee Elementary was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Forsyth County:

SchoolDigger ranks Forsyth County 9th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Chestatee Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 63.37 458th 1101 58.4%
2007 70.23 344th 1125 69.4%
2008 76.37 217th 1134 80.9%
2009 78.07 195th 1133 82.8%
2010 72.47 317th 1183 73.2%
2011 77.36 257th 1212 78.8%
2012 72.95 326th 1201 72.9%
2013 73.03 338th 1225 72.4%
2014 68.40 429th 1231 65.2%
2015 73.63 279th 1240 77.5%
2016 72.53 294th 1233 76.2%
2017 70.41 307th 1205 74.5%
2018 67.75 350th 1209 71.1%
2019 82.26 198th 1234 84.0%
2021 66.99 356th 1214 70.7%
2022 70.56 339th 1244 72.7%
2023 63.13 418th 1242 66.3%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Chestatee Elementary Test Scores
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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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All ratings (Avg rating: 2.3)
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by a parent
Friday, January 20, 2017

Open Quote Excellent school!! Great teachers and staff!!! Patients with children! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Chestatee Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 989 5 1 108 1 n/a n/a 0 1104
2005 1038 2 5 126 1 n/a n/a 15 1187
2006 1119 10 9 150 2 n/a n/a 21 1311
2007 849 4 8 87 1 n/a n/a 23 972
2008 899 2 8 97 1 n/a n/a 22 1029
2009 891 4 7 105 4 n/a n/a 28 1039
2010 854 6 6 157 5 3 24 0 1055
2011 822 11 7 148 2 4 19 0 1013
2012 826 6 8 147 2 1 14 0 1004
2013 848 11 7 168 1 1 17 0 1053
2014 788 13 10 161 1 1 22 0 996
2015 766 15 8 152 0 1 25 0 967
2016 800 12 3 154 0 1 24 0 994
2017 788 12 6 178 0 0 23 0 1007
2018 777 11 5 172 1 0 26 0 992
2019 961 19 7 226 1 0 41 0 1255
2020 990 26 9 209 1 0 42 0 1277
2021 927 25 10 200 1 0 41 0 1204
2022 943 22 11 209 6 1 41 0 1233
2023 948 23 12 195 10 1 39 0 1228

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Chestatee Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 1104 66.5 16.6 28.1
2005 1187 75.5 15.7 28.6
2006 1311 83.5 15.7 31.8
2007 972 69.5 14.0 28.7
2008 1029 77.5 13.3 30.6
2009 1039 74.5 13.9 33.9
2010 1055 70.5 14.9 38.4
2011 1013 67.0 15.1 39.2
2012 1004 62.5 16.0 37.9
2013 1053 68.5 15.3 44.7
2014 996 68.5 14.5 47.6
2015 967 64.0 15.1 46.8
2016 994 64.0 15.5 46.6
2017 1007 67.5 14.9 41.9
2018 992 69.0 14.3 39.4
2019 1255 78.0 16.0 35.3
2020 1277 87.1 14.6 35.4
2021 1204 83.5 14.4 32.8
2022 1233 82.0 15.0 n/a
2023 1228 81.2 15.1 30.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Chestatee Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 1104 66.5 16.6 28.1
2005 1187 75.5 15.7 28.6
2006 1311 83.5 15.7 31.8
2007 972 69.5 14.0 28.7
2008 1029 77.5 13.3 30.6
2009 1039 74.5 13.9 33.9
2010 1055 70.5 14.9 38.4
2011 1013 67.0 15.1 39.2
2012 1004 62.5 16.0 37.9
2013 1053 68.5 15.3 44.7
2014 996 68.5 14.5 47.6
2015 967 64.0 15.1 46.8
2016 994 64.0 15.5 46.6
2017 1007 67.5 14.9 41.9
2018 992 69.0 14.3 39.4
2019 1255 78.0 16.0 35.3
2020 1277 87.1 14.6 35.4
2021 1204 83.5 14.4 32.8
2022 1233 82.0 15.0 n/a
2023 1228 81.2 15.1 30.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Chestatee Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $596 (6.7%) $8,274 (93.3%) $8,871
2018 $575 (6.0%) $9,046 (94.0%) $9,621
2019 $146 (1.6%) $8,711 (98.4%) $8,857

Data source: Georgia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Chestatee Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 198th of 1234 Elementary schoolsRanks 418th of 1242 Elementary schools
 17.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Chestatee Elementary)47.342
 5.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Forsyth County)67.860.9
 6.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4238.6
 3.4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Chestatee Elementary)61.754.6
 7.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Forsyth County)77.671.1
 6.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Georgia)5245.6
 6.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Chestatee Elementary)59.336.3
 23%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Forsyth County)71.756.8
 14.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4236.1
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Chestatee Elementary)71.350.2
 21.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Forsyth County)79.872.3
 7.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4945.7
 3.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Chestatee Elementary)69.843.6
 26.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Forsyth County)72.363.7
 8.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4541.6
 3.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Chestatee Elementary)58.348.5
 9.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Forsyth County)74.568.3
 6.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4137.4
 3.6%
5th Grade Science (Chestatee Elementary)60.939.6
 21.3%
   5th Grade Science (Forsyth County)70.562.1
 8.4%
   5th Grade Science (Georgia)4340
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students12551228
 2.2%
African American1923
 21.1%
American Indian110
 900%
Asian712
 71.4%
Hispanic226195
 13.7%
Pacific Islander01
White961948
 1.4%
Two or More Races4139
 4.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients35.3%30.4%
 4.9%


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Students who attend Chestatee Elementary usually go on to attend:

High : East Forsyth High School

Students at Chestatee Elementary are 77% White, 16% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races, 2% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,228 students attended Chestatee Elementary.

Chestatee Elementary ranks 418th of 1243 Georgia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Georgia Department of Education.

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