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Smith Elementary School5
Posted February 09, 2015
- a parent
I have three children at SSE and the school has exceeded expectations on all counts. Solid teachers are the foundation. There are a few less than ideal faculty but they are few and far between. The PTA is very strong and the extracurriculars are phenomenal.
I am a proud alumni of Sarah Smith, and so are my two younger brothers. I am now in law school and I have to say that there isn't a better school out there to start off your education than Sarah Smith. The school provides a supportive learning environment that instills worth and value in its students, and to this day my friends and I still reminisce of the caring teachers that helped shape our wordly perspectives of today. I love coming home to Atlanta for the holidays and running into my now-adult classmates who I haven't seen since I was 10, and learning of the myriad of amazing things that they are doing now. I haven't spoken with a single former classmate who doesn't light up with pride at the thought of how much we all enjoyed Sarah Smith. With the changing demographics of the surrounding area, the school is not quite as diverse as when I attended, but I am sure that the staff now, as they did then, promotes equality, celebrates diversity, and challenges students to learn that although we may not all look the same or come from the same type of background, it is important to treat everyone with respect and give everyone a chance, which is key for developing minds.
Sarah Smith Elementary School is amazing. The parents of children who attend here are well educated and involved. Expectations of both parents and teachers are high and it shows. It has really lead to an amazing school experience for our 8 year old daughter.
My daughter has been at Smith since kindergarten, she is now going into the 4th grade. 3rd grade was one of her BEST years ever. Her teacher Ms. Truetel was great. My daughter actually said her teacher made learning fun. Best sentence to ever hear from your child concerning school. Smith has Great learning programs and after school activities. My daughter has really enjoyed being at Smith. Although Ive had my ups and downs with certain issues, overall this school is Very educational for children.
We have a daughter who just completed kindergarten at Sarah Smith. We recently moved into the neighborhood and wanted to try the local school. We could not be happier. The faculty are outstanding. They are warm loving teachers dedicated to making the children into lifelong learners. We were hesitant given the large size of the school, but were pleasantly surprised to find that instruction was individualized to the level of the student. Can't say enough good things about our experience.
Sarah Smith Elementary is one of the very best public schools in Atlanta. The faculty is amazing, parents are highly educated themselves, and there is a high level of parent involvement. From a real estate perspective, there are really very few better areas in Atlanta to purchase a home and to live than the neighborhoods serviced by Sarah Smith. Houses sell quickly here thanks in great part to the high ranking Sarah Smith Elementary. Just take a look at the real estate listings bragging about Sarah Smith and you will know what I am talking about.
I have 3 kids currently enrolled at this school. All of them have teachers who are creative, engaged and communicate regularly with parents using various methods. The parent community is very involved in providing opportunities for travel, in and out of classroom learning and extra cirrucular activities.
We had 3 of our kids go through this school and each scored exceedingly well on CRCTs. With two campuses to alleviate the overcrowded classroom and need for trailers problem, we've seen great improvement in our kids' self esteem and academic scores. This is an IB school with very high standards. PTA is booming and yes, a lot of stay-at-home or part time working moms pretty much run the show. Frankly, I am grateful they are able to do that so the rest of us can work knowing our kids receive the best care. However, we also struggled with accepting a large number of alternative lifestyle faculty in the school as well as very one-side s(politically speaking) direction in which curriculum is written. For example, in a project describing "Great Americans," 9 out of 10 were Marxist Socialists and we had no option to choose someone outside of said list. Most of the teachers are amazing but you will always find that rotten apple that spoils the bunch. In sum, great school and well executed curriculum, but you will have to do your extra work to make sure your child learns YOUR values and not that of the state.
My wife and I are both physicians and chose Sarah Smith (SRS) public elementary school as our 2 children's early years experience. When we moved to Atlanta we did not look for a home beyond the SRS district boundary as this school was for our children, by our design. Both left and entered private schools in middle school years and continued through graduation. SRS prepared them for a highly competitive middle and high school curriculum where they excelled. They have both entered into top 50 university/college. We attribute their success to the foundation that was built in elementary school years at SRS. Thanks to all the committed teachers that work tirelessly at Sarah Smith!