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Brandon Elementary School

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Posted June 22, 2014

The previous Principal was horrible. The teachers are not all that good except a chosen few. I agree with the previous parent, Mrs. Leathers is absolutely amzing. My son had her last year and she was amazing. There not too many great teachers like her. If your child is not a "typical learner", this is definitely not the school for you. teachers are not going to go above and beyond to ensure your child is learning. They teach to the test ( CRCT)not to ensure the child is learning. If you are not apart of that in crowd you are treated like an outsider. They ate getting a new Principal so hopefully things will change. It is very political and some of the room parents worry more about giving the teachers enormous gifts rather than holding them accountable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

My son (grade 2) and daughter (grade 3) attend Brandon. We moved from LA mid-year and transferred after the holiday break. My kids' teachers were so warm and accommodating in helping them get acclimated to their new school. Ms. Leathers, Ms. Bass, Ms Guttery, truly amazing teachers - simply the best! I love the academic pace of the school. Keeps the kiddos on their toes but in a way that's fun. Lots of school spirit here and great parent involvement. No tolerance for bullies either, by the kids, teachers or parents which I adore. Everyone looks out for each other. The carpool system is so well organized. Mr. Featherstone and other grown ups who help with carpool really go above and beyond. Its a happy place for a kid to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

Brandon does not do well with children with learning differences. It is unfortunate that this population of children get left behind and fall through the cracks. Parents have to resort to hiring an educational advocate just to ensure service are in place and remain in place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

I sent my child to Morris Brandon Primary Center for grades 1 and 2,and my 9 year old for 3rd grade at the main campus. I did not particularly like the teachers or the principals there, but I thought the principal at the Primary Center was a good one.I recently took my children out and I sent them to Pace Academy which I thing is a better fit for them. Overall I don't recommend this school to parents looking to send their children to a good elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Morris Brandon is an awesome school! Sadly this is my son's last year. If you are looking for a dynamic educational foundation this is the school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

Great school, big though so parents should stay involved to know whats join on around the school and classroom.


Posted June 6, 2012

Morris Brandon is absolutely fantastic! Our kids have loved the school, and have thrived in this very kid-focused, achievement oriented environment. The teachers do a great job of connecting with each child and sparking intellectual curiosity based on that child's individual interests and talents, in spite of the large classroom sizes noted elsewhere in the reviews. We really couldn't be any happier, and feel as though our kids are geting a better-than-private school education without the private school expense.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2011

I love this school as miss it now as had to move to another state but I can dare say if you are not here you are missing a lot...my special thanks to miss Washington...she is a amazing teacher...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2011

I moved to an apartment in this neighborhood for my son to attend Morrirs Brandon, I love this school and the educational aspects but its hard to fit in with all the mega rich families in the neighborhood. The downfall of this school is the large classroom sizes, my son's first grade class has 24 students! I know it's an issue with all public schools, so I have learned to deal with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

They better fence off this property as their own and STOP stealing public education funding! A mob of connections ripping off public school system to benefit a select few. Many teachers are not even able to speak or communicate properly. They are watching their back as they try to defend the principal. Full of fund raising and so called PTA activities to fill the void of their empty lives. Education and learning are just their excuse to show off. Principal is out of touch and often hides in rich friends' house as "meet the principal" hours! They label their program IB but are in contradiction with IB principles from the very foundations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

Morris Brandon is a top notch school due to the extremely high parental involvement (70 assorted PTA committees), dedicated teachers who challenge and provide additional assistance to students when needed, and a surrounding community that actively supports the school (including business sponsorships). Test score results are very important and the school's culture is VERY ACHIEVEMENT driven. Students, teachers, administration, and parents know very well the high standards expected. In spite of the rigourous academic standards, it is also a nurturing and friendly environment. It surprises me how well the staff can remember everyone's name, siblings, etc. For a public school, you can't do any better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

Morris Brandon has often been called a private school in a public school building. The involvement of parents, teachers , PTA and the local community is the principal reason for this school's success. There is no magic formula. The building is full to bursting and the Atlanta Public School system is typically challenged, but it is the individual involvement of parents and high expectations for children which propel this fine school to exceptional results in all categories year after year. A quick check of Georgia CRCT scores and other standardized measures will reveal objective testimony to the performance of this elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

Morris Brandon staff is dedicated to the children ensuring that they reach their full potential. The school is surrounding by a housing community which speaks a lot about parent dedication to the success of the school. The afterschool programs are slim but the ones they do have are fulfilling and enriching to both parent and child. French is the second of choice for the school. Parent involvement will lets just say if the parents had to do an annual performance review the principal would not questions that across the board the parents should get a raise. You get suburban style commitment in a city environment. The best of both worlds at your door step. I am glad I moved to the school area to give my child the best education I can afford. Can I say the same to you? I challenge America to adapt this school ways for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

this school has a lot of wonderful teachers. My children feel safe and welcome. one area of concern is that the ESL program is not very strong. I highly recommend the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2006

Morris Brandon is in the middle of Buckheads bedroom community. All the surrounding neighborhood kids attend the school and all the parents are proactively involved. The school's academic reputation, curriculum and facilities are second to none. Rated #1 in Atlanta!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

Morris Brandon is A+++ all the way Parent Involement is 200%. Lots of Fund raising, to which all proceeds go to the enhancement of our school. My first grader reads at a fifth grade level, and our first graders rank #1 in the nation for First in Math. It has exceeded my expectations. Our kids take French and other enrichment classes. They also offer free after school tutoring, piano lessons, etc. In my eyes, there is no better school. Other schools can take their cue from Morris Brandon Principal, Teachers, Parents and staff. A++++++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2004

By every objective and subjective measure, Brandon is one of the finest public schools in the nation. In 2003, the US Department of Education recognized Brandon as a National Blue Ribbon School. Its test scores routinely rank among the top three elementary schools in the state of Georgia. The teachers are a dedicated group of professionals, many of whom proactively targeted Brandon as the school where they wanted to teach. Every student studies French starting in kindergarten. Active parental involvement is expected at Brandon, and the parents deliver generously with their time and financial support of the PTA to supplement the curriculum with programs and resources. In short, Brandon is an example of public education at its finest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

You will be hard pressed to find a better public school than Marris Brandon. From the fantastic teachers to the Watchdog Dad's to the choral presentaions to the jumprope team, my hat is off. You will never see so many smiling faces in an elemantary school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

202 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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99%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

202 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

202 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

193 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

194 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

193 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

147 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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93%

2011

 
 
94%

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89%

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96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 44%
Black 12% 37%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Karen Evans
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  • (404) 350-2826

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2741 Howell Mill Rd NW
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