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130 West Spalding Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30328

(770) 551-5880
(770) 673-4070
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August 20, 2014
I totally disagree with the post below. My child attended Spalding from Kindergarten through First grade and those years were miserable. My child's First grade teacher was known for yelling at the children and this was reported and witnessed by several of parents and that teacher is still working there teaching 2nd grade. Along with the fact that the teachers and staff concentrated too much on "behavior" since my child no longer attends this school, my child has is in a better learning environment and is a candidate for the "Gifted" program at the new school. Even with the new Principal being there it does not erase the bad experience that me and my child had at Spalding Elementary, I hope with the new leadership involved that this school really turns itself around....

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
So many comments are related to the Principal who is now gone. We have a new one this year and have high hopes. My daughter was also in 2nd grade last year and I know exactly the situation described below where a substitute covered the class most of the year. Thankfully, my daughter was not in that class and I have come to realize that a teacher can really ruin a year for your child. But that does not represent the whole of the school. The school is great and the parents are very involved. My daughter has been there since Pre-K and I have been happy overall.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
The school is a really great neighborhood school. The teachers are quite good and the engagement level is high. The school was a local charter school and has now moved under the charter system framework. The recent principal did well but had a lot of communication issues, the change in principal will really help continue to move things moving forwards. There is a high level of parent involvement, and unlike most public schools, Spalding uniforms, which has been a positive situation.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2014
My daughter is in the Pre-K program at SDC. So far it has been a great experience. She has totally blossomed socially and is also learning a lot too! I hope the good experiences continue through grade school!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
Awesome staff and atmosphere. My experience so far has been most warm and welcoming. Thank you to all involved.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
My daughter attends the PreK program at this school and is very happy there. She enjoys the small community environment, the kind but requiring teachers, and - of course - her friends and classmates. Coming from a private PreK I was worried that her progress might be stalled, but the curriculum and staff seem well prepared to deal with kids of varying abilities. I've also been very impressed with the amount of parent participation. Given the state of our educational system we really do need "all hands on deck" and I'm happy to say that it appears that's the case at SDC.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
This school need a total re-evaluation by the county. I had my child there in 2nd grade and it was the worst experience in my life. It was one year of free daycare. My child did not learn anything. The teacher is not qualified to be a teacher and was on leave most of the time. She was either sick or training; and the substitute doesn't give any homework and they would either sleep or play in the class according to my child notes. I cannot say more of how disappointed I am of the schools in Sandy Springs. The school tests scores just say enough !!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
I toured this school and was very impressed! I thought I was going to put my child in private school for kindergarden but decided to tour the school since it was in my neighborhood and a charter school. Wow! It is a absolute neighborhood school! Very small classes and the kids wear uniforms. I was very impressed with the curriculum, the teachers, etc. It's like a hidden gem in the neighborhood!!

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2011
Spalding Drive is an amazing neighborhood school with excellent teachers and staff members. We are proud to have the 2010-11 Fulton County Elementary Teacher of the Year at our school. I have 2 students who have thrived at SDC due to the leadership and education they have gotten here. I, like most parents have had issues along the way and have chosen to address them with the administration. In doing so, I have always felt that I was heard and the needs of my children have been met. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2011
Some of the best teachers, one of the worst principals. You get out of the school what you put into it. Spalding Drive Charter is not the school for you if you don't plan on spending a good amount of time volunteering & generally being an advocate for your children. The tragic flaw of this potentially great school is it's principal...

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
my kids love this school and they feel loved by there teachers. if one looks hard enough you will always find a problem to complain about. consider this; are you the type of parent that is in the school volunteering, talking with the teachers asking questions, attending the activities....or are you home belly aching about it? get involved!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
I must comment that most of the reviews you see both positive and negative of schools on this site are posted anonymously. So the fact that the author of the Jan 5th posting does not share their name is neither here nor there. Given the current state of education in this country we all must be willing to hear where our schools can and should improve. I must agree that the administrative team at Spalding is overly driven by test scores and unfortunately while this may help a school to impress the Fulton County Board of Education it does nothing to further the development of our children. Principles have a duty to their community and if they aren't willing to improve in light of what their community offers both positively and negatively than they have failed in their responsibilities. Spalding Drive as many schools has much work to do when it comes to understanding what students and parents need and deserve on their road to education.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
Hi all, If you are considering Spalding Drive as your choice for an elementary school please do the right thing and research it for yourself & your child. Go to the school, take a tour, actually meet parents, the admin team and base your decision on actual information. It's never a good thing to base an opinion on one person's negative experience as there is always more to the story... yes, I am referring to the comment from Jan 5. It's awfully brave to gripe, attack, and lash out on the school principal & admin team when you aren't required to sign your name. Chances are that this parent had an issue but never spoke directly to the person they are frustrated with. So please do the research for yourself! Please feel free to contact the school- ask for me- Amy, PTA President, and I will be happy to talk to you about Spalding Drive or get you in touch with other parents/staff/faculty to give you a complete picture. FYI- I have 2 kids at Spalding- long before I was PTA President I was & continue to be an involved parent. Please make up your own mind about our wonderful, neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
My child attends Spalding Drive and I'm happy with his progress. The school's test scores and stats are lower compared to some neighboring schools in the area, but the teachers and staff are extremely nice and its a family environment. My child is always excited about going to school and sharing all the learning at home. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer time at the school and help the kids. The technology focus of the school is a great asset as well. We as parents need to do our share of ehnacing our kids education at home, and not just rely on the schools, no matter their ratings.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2011
For the most part, teachers are great but they are stifled by the principal. She is not a 'kid person' and her goals are all focused on her achievement and not that of the kids. It is unfortunate because there are a lot of great teachers and parents there. Unfortunately, the principal's adminstration of the school outweighs the great staff. She needs to go if the school is going to succeed. PS: notice all the dates of the positive reviews- the principal gave a directive for the teachers and staff to boost her ratings....

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2010
I have four children at this school and we could not be happier. This is our sixth year and every year has been such a positive experience. My husband and I have lived in the neighborhood for over sixteen years and have seen this school transform into the wonderful school that it is today. We are so glad to be a part of the Spalding family and community.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
I have two children at Spalding Drive and have been very involved for a number of years. The teachers are truly top-notch and are very accessible. In my experience the teachers have gone above and beyond to communicate with me and bring out the best in my children. The curriculum is challenging and children are grouped according to their individual level. While this creates more work for the teachers, the teachers and the school are committed to continuous achievement. While I agree with some of the comments about the administration, my focus is on the fantastic teaching staff. The parental support is also very strong. I don't know why anyone would pay private school tuition when they have a school like this in their backyard.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
I have 2 children at Spalding Drive Elementary (4th and 1st grader) and we love the school. Two years ago we transferred to Spalding from a private school. The teachers my children have this year are outstanding! They are dedicated, hard-working and they genuinely care about my children. I love the level of parent involvement at this school. Parent involvement is welcomed and encouraged, which makes it so much easier to truly see what your child does during the school day. We are extremely happy we chose to move our children to this school as they are excelling in their schoolwork due to the support and dedication of their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
My son is in kindergarten and we have been very happy with Spalding! We have a wonderful teacher & he is really excited to be learning to read! Spalding is a great neighborhood school w/ a lot of parent involvement. I would recommend it!!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
My son just started kindergarten at Spalding Elementary. He loves it! He is so excited to go to school each day. He is already reading and comes home full of information to share. We love the fact that this school is truly a neighborhood school. Both myself and my husband have volunteered to participate in classroom activities so we can get a feel of what is really going on in our child's day and meet all the new friends he has made. Spalding's focus on technology is very unique and will give our child a wonderful foundation for learning for years to come. Our fear of "public" schools has been laid to rest! Spalding has exceeded all expectations.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2010
Our family could not be happier at Spalding Drive Charter. We have been at the school for over 5 years and have three children attending. Each child is very different but all three have excelled academically. The quality of the teachers is above average and the principal does a great job of thinking outside the box. The technology focus of the charter allows our children to utilize tools that other children their age never even touch. If you are looking for a small neighborhood school, with a very warm, friendly atmosphere, then you will be happy at this school. You will be hard pressed to find the quality academics and down to earth feel in any other school in area.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2010
We have been at Spalding five years and could not be more pleased. Every teacher our daughter has had has been absolutely wonderful. The teachers encourage different forms of learning. Technology plays a big role in the school. Our daughter loves doing homework on the computer, learning spelling words by creating her own crossword puzzles online and other such inventive ideas to make learning fun.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2010
Our family is entering our 4th year at Spalding Drive Charter with a rising 4th grader, 3rd grader and kindergarten student. My husband and I have both been very pleased with how our children have been challenged academically. They have also broadened socially with exposure to a wide variety of experiences in and after school. We love the wholesome diversity at Spalding along wtih the tight-knit community. We were especially impressed with Spalding's first year with a major auction party fund-raiser that far surpassed all goals - a true testament to what can happen when school leadership, staff, parents and students all work hard together. Very pleased with our school choice!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
This school was not good for us. We realized it when kids went there, but we understood it even more when we moved and placed them in different school. When you have experience of really good school, Spalding drive compare to it is at very low level of education. There is a lot of haos going on in Spalding Drive. Tichers don't know what they are doing, half of the students don't even think about doing their home work and behave very poor at school. So the second half is always affected by this 50% of lazy children. Do not recommend.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
SDC is wonderful for my son. The teachers there take such pride in their work, and so the students do too. They offer many different ways for the parents to volunteer. They encourage parent involvement. It's just an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Spalding Drive Charter school is one of the best schools around. My son is a kindergartner at SDC and absolutely loves it. He used to have trouble paying attention before he started school at SDC. Now, in just a little month, he's already starting to read and do math! SDC is an excellent school. Their fundraiser this year, instead of going around selling that unhealthy candy, was a 'Tiger Trot-a-thon'. The students collected pledges and donations and ran small laps to raise money. It was such an awesome idea for a fundraiser! They make parent participation mandatory, which I think is wonderful. Parents should always be involved in their child's education. SDC is just an amazing school. I couldn't be happier having my son in that school.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2009
I can not say enough wonderful things about Spalding Drive Charter School. The Charter which focuses on teaching with technology has provided amazing opportunites for SDC students. SDC has Promethian whiteboards, digital cameras, computers, digital projectors and more in every classroom. Students are taught curriculum through daily computer lab use, virtual field trips, special software and learn claymation, web design, digital broadcasting among other skills. A strong music program offers guitar, chorus, band and orchestra. The majority of teachers are warm & caring. The Charter mandates parent involment hours and the parents are very involved with a strong PTA. Spaldings biggest issue has been overcrowding which will be relieved in the 2009-2010 school year with the opening of Ison Springs Elementary. The population is dropping from 700 students to 400. With all of these opptunities in a small school setting why pay for private school?

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
My son completed Kindergarten at Spalding Drive and had a wonderful year. His reading and math skills are greater than we could have imagined. If I could have designed the perfect teacher for my son it would have been the teacher carefully selected for him based on his personality and abilities. We are looking forward to another great year at Spalding.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2009
My experience with Spalding Drive charter school was not great. After being at this school for 2 years both teacher starting from kindergarten and first was not that great. I would say please look each school before putting them into this school. They were focus more on the tag students verse all students. They were not teachers that cared about the students. What has happen to the school system. A young teacher can be good but also bad because they don't have the experience with children. I would not recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2009
We moved here from out of state where we loved our children's schools. We were worried about the transition. Our children thrived at Spalding both academically and socially. I have worked at the school for the past several years so I have the dual perspective of parent and employee. Both experiences have been wonderful. Students are challenged and nurtured in a warm and caring environment. I don't know why parents would pay for private school when there is such a strong public school available.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2009
I have been fortunate to teach at Spalding for the last several years. The neighborhood is fantastic and the parents are so supportive. The class sizes are small and the staff is vibrant and caring. The administration makes the students the priority.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2009
I love Spalding! I moved to the Sandy Springs area when my son was ready to enter kindergarten. I was a bit nervous considering the reputation of Georgia public schools but I've been very impressed with Spalding. My son is now about to enter the 2nd grad and I'm absolutely amazed at how much he's learned and the level of commitment the teachers display. The school fosters parent involvement and they make you feel like the parent is a part of the school. I feel absolutely moved to volunteer and participate with the school as much as I can. The school truly feels like a community. The faculty, right down to the cafeteria staff are very helpful and truly care about the kids. The curriculum is AWESOME and I think it can stand up against private schools any day. Spalding is definitely a diamond in the ruff!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
We have been a part of the Spalding family for the last 5 years and have been very happy with our experience at this school. Ms. Young has done an outstanding job in recruiting and retaining wonderful teachers and promoting a loving and respectful environment for our children. Technology is a major focus of our charter. This has allowed Ms. Young to integrate the sort of experiences that this generation will use throughout their lives. Not only do they have Promethean white boards and LCD projectors available in every classroom, each grade is offered an enhanced technology skill such as web page design, video production and digital photography. When I consider the art and music programs offered to my kids, I feel my children have received a well rounded educational experience at Spalding Charter. My family is very fortunate to have such a great school right in my own neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
My two children have been at Spalding since Pre-k and are now in the second and third grades. We have been very happy with Spalding! Our kids are challenged academically based on their own individual levels. The staff are warm and friendly, and the teachers are well qualified. Spalding has several computer labs, interactive white boards that are used in every classroom to enhance lessons, and a great art and music department. Overall, my children love going to Spalding and we are pleased with the education they are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2009
I moved to Spalding Drive Charter in the 2007-08 school year after having attended private school for years. I was very hesitant about my children going from a private to a public school. HOWEVER, I could not have been more impressed with this school and the administration! Spalding Drive Charter is a hidden treasure! I have not looked back since my children have been at SDC and absolutely love all it has to offer! My children are very happy, love their teachers and never want to leave Spalding Drive Charter!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2009
My two children have attended Spalding since Pre-K & we have had nothing but positive experiences. The staff is always helpful, the teachers top-notch and the gifted program is exceptional. My children have received individualized instruction based on their talents and have always been challenged to achieve higher. One of the most wonderful aspects of the school is the sense of community. Many families from the surrounding neighborhoods support the school & make it feel like a big family. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 12, 2007
I have had 3 students at Spalding, starting in 2000. The youngest is now in 4th grade. They have all had wonderful experiences there. The environment is warm and nurturing, yet provides challenges for high achieving students. The PTA is excellent. My only complaint is that many of the families in the neighborhoods do not consider it for their children because they have been told 'you can't send your kids to public school in this area.' Recently there seems to be some reversal of this trend, so I am hopeful.I have been very happy with the educational experience my children have had at Spalding. Check it out, I feel certain you'll like what you see.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2007
This school is excellent. Best in Fulton County by far!!! Teachers are great - they actually teach and the children learn something. Speech techer is great!!!! Ms. Finoli (often in the library) is just wonderful. My daughter loves this school and does quite well. Classrrom sizes are very acceptable. This school reminds me of my school growing up back home in Chicago. Way to Go Spaulding!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2007
My children transfered here from another school. Based on the reviews I thought this would be a much better school for them. The transition in the middle of the sholl year was not a good one. My children where just thrown into random classes. Not enough emphasis on CORE subjects. Tebhnology seems to be the primary interest.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2007
Spalding is a wonderful school. Both of our daughters have gone all the way through Spalding from Kindergarten through 5th grade. We have had excellent teachers and a challenging curriculum. The curriculum is as strong as private schools if not stronger. The diverse climate has been wonderful for our children as they are growing up in an ethnically diverse world in which they will be prepared for. I have always felt my children to be safe at Spalding. We are lucky to live in a neighborhood with such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
I am continually amazed by this school.We moved here from New York 5 years ago.I had been told by several parents to start looking for private schools because the public school system in Atlanta was awful.Spalding proves the critics wrong. The experienced teachers, the student to teacher ratio,the quality education based on each student individually. The list goes on and on. The parents are involved at Spalding.I know that they are in a warm and educational environment. The teachers are very accessable. The PTA is very supportive and active at Spalding. There is a non-profit foundation that was started last year to fund great programs for the kids. There is also an outstanding music and art program where my Pre-k and 2nd grader know VanGoh,Mozart and can't wait to join the symphony! I love our school and so do my kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
Spalding Drive Charter is an amazing school. Music, Art, Acting, Technology-all at one of the lowest teacher/student ratios around. My 1st grader did a powerpoint presentation for me this month! Respect is taught and expected and the staff truly cares for the children and their academic achievement. As with most programs-what YOU put into the school is 10 times what your child will get out it.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2007
This school is wonderful! My son is in kindergarten there and I am so amazed at how involved you can be as a parent! It is very encouraged and the teachers are very experienced and constantly communicate with the parents to inform them of the progress their child is making. I definitely made the right decision here.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2006
We moved from Virginia in March, and my daughters started in 1st and 2nd grade during the last grading quarter of the schoolyear. We were really impressed with this school, the teachers, and the programs. We loved the small classroom sizes, as well as the level of parental involvement. Our daughters felt truly welcomed and adjusted quickly and effectively. My oldest daughter even made the A Honor Roll! The level of communication from the teachers was excellent. Again, this school welcomed my children with open arms and provided the proper supports for them to excel in what could have been a very difficult situation.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2005
I have had children at Spalding since 2000. We have been very happy with the overall experience they have had. Each child is challenged at their level and allowed/encouraged to excel. It is a safe environment where good behavior is expected and realized. The teachers and staff are friendly and caring. The PTA is strong and getting stronger.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
We are in our second year at Spalding and are so pleased with the school. The teachers are excellent, the classes are small and the school is committed to challenging each child at their individual level. There is a great group of very involved parents and the school really feels like a family. My daughter is so happy there and I am grateful that she can get such a great education in a diverse environment. She has a great peer group of friends. I feel her education will make her well-rounded and prepare her for life in our global society.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2004
My three children love Spalding, and it is amazing how much the teachers care about and challenge the students to their educational potential. We find Spalding to have an inviting environment that promotes learning with a neighborhood school feeling.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2004
We love Spalding! My children have the opportunity to experience a wonderfully diverse environment without any of the drawbacks. First, there is such a balanced mix of ethnicity that you don't see 'mostly white' or 'mostly hispanic' - you just see 'mostly kids' (the way it should be!) Although some of the children come from homes where English is not spoken there is really no language barrier there. Spalding's ESOL program is a magical thing! And as for my children, who are in the gifted program, they are challenged and engaged with above-level course work. They love their school! The staff is outstanding, and the PTA is phenomenal with 100% membership!

- submitted by a parent
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Spalding Drive Elementary School
130 West Spalding Dr NE, Atlanta, GA  30328
(770) 551-5880
Last modified Spalding Drive Elementary School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Spalding Drive Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top