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Arnold Elementary School is located at 216 Stockbridge Road in Jonesboro, Georgia. Arnold opened for operation in 1963 to serve Jonesboro’s African-American student population in grades one through nine. Clayton County Schools integrated in 1968 and Arnold was assigned a school boundary that included neighborhoods immediately surrounding the school. In addition,the Early Childhood Research and Development School, co-sponsored by Clayton County and the University of Georgia, was moved to Arnold where the program continued until 1972. As Jonesboro grew from a small town to a suburban community, Arnold changed to a neighborhood school for mostly Caucasian middle class students. Arnold was a pilot school for the state kindergarten program in 1972 and was selected as a model school for reading in 1976. Arnold has 35 full-time, certified faculty members who include one principal, one media/technology specialist, one counselor, 18 classroom teachers, and one art, music and one physical education teacher. In addition, Arnold has one Early Intervention Program (EIP) teacher, three resource teachers, one SCORE teacher, and one part-time English Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher. There are 20 full-time, non-certified personnel. These are six paraprofessionals who work in the classrooms, one Parent Liaison, one secretary, and one bookkeeper. There are six cafeteria staff member, including two monitors, and two janitorial staff members, and one full-time Healthcare Technician.

Arnold’s current demographic data includes a population of 50.10% males and 49.89% female. Arnold’s Subgroups include:​

​7% Asian
63% Black (African-American)
11% Hispanic
13% White
0% Native Americans
6% Multi-Racial
10% Students with Disabilities (SWD)
5% ELL Students
Currently, one of the major challenges for Arnold is closing the achievement gap between our fourth and fifth grade math groups. For the 2011-2012 school year, Arnold’s fourth grade students (all students) went from 86% meeting/exceeding standards in Mathematics to 80% meeting/exceeding for the 2012-2013 school year. Fifth grade students maintained Math Score from 2012 (95%) to (93%) for 2013. There is an achievement gap of 13% to 15% points between grade levels.
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