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Dunwoody Springs Elementary School

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Posted June 22, 2014

This school is a gem!! My child has attended this school for 4 years and every year I have been thrilled with my teacher, the curriculum and my child's progress. He loves his school and his school buddies. I am confident he is getting a wonderful education. His standard test scores are through the roof. The staff (both teachers and admin staff) are amazing - from the custodians and front office to the principal. They are truly focused on the children. Wish more parents would give the school a try, I would put any of our teachers and curriculum up against any private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2014

Having been involved at this school for ten years, I can say unequivocally that the teachers are amazing...not only challenging children to exceed but loving/ caring for them, and their families.


Posted December 21, 2013

Dunwoody Springs Elementary is an outstanding school. The staff focuses on personalized learning...striving to meet each student's individual needs. Teachers are very dedicated and go above and beyond the regular expectations to help every child succeed. The school is diverse, allowing for a real-world experience for students. The principal is hands-on, available and responsive. She is always willing to take time to hear feedback and take action when necessary. The school has a friendly and positive atmosphere. There is a strong sense of community and teamwork at Dunwoody Springs. More people should take advantage of the amazing school in their neighborhood. I would recommend anyone with children in the attendance zone take a tour of the school to see what goes on every day. You will not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

We moved here late fall 2012 from another state and before we moved I checked every site for ratings on the school, test scores, about the area we were moving to and so on... My daughter entered DSES as a First Grader and now she is a second grader at DSES (2013-14 school yr). I commend the principal, Mrs. Freeman, the office staff, and of course, Mrs. Reagan, as my daughter puts it, the BEST first grade teacher EVER! simple put... she is a teacher that cares about her students and there outcome. My overall review, DSES is a really good school and I applaud every teacher, office staff, support staff, for a job well done! The 2013-14 school year just started and we are off to a "hootastic" start!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

Our son is new to DSES. He just started Pre-K. We moved here from California to Sandy Springs about 2 years ago and are very excited to have him in this particular school. From what my husband and I have seen so far, the energy is great! Although it's only been a week, my son is ejoying going to school everyday. He has Ms. Johnston. i am hoping to build a good rapport with her and the rest of the school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

We had an excellent first year at 'Dunwoody Springs '. This school does an excellent job of challenging a broad spectrum of students to preform their best. The individual needs of my two children, 1st & 3rd was accessed at the beginning of the year , one is an 'Advanced' student and the other is Dyslexic with an IEP. The teachers and staff help tether them into an appropriate instructional level that allows for acceleration opportunities. Something my older kids never got at private school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

My child attends Kindergarten at DSES, and I am so impressed by how much he has learned! His teacher, Ms. V, is TOP NOTCH! She pushes them each and every day, and she is always willing to help you help your kid be the very best they can be. She knows how to run her class effectively, and the kids are always excited to learn. Love the school, love his teacher, love it all! I doubt my child would be as advanced as he is had I put him into a over-priced private school. Every parent should send their child to Dunwoody Springs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

Dunwoody Springs is an amazing elementary school. I have been teaching here for 2 years and will never be the same. We are a family in every sense. Teachers help each other with strategies, rigorous lessons, and differentiation so all students can learn. Also, our administration is fabulous! They are helpful, responsive, and always open to talk! They only hire teachers that strive to meet excellence. We are a hard working team because the students matter most and we want to meet their needs. We have our own writing specialist that comes to train us on teaching writing--it shows in our test results! Professional development is very important to every person at DSES and we attend trainings regularly. Students are taught the 4 Dolphin Norms: responsibility, respect, being positive and safe! Great school-come check us out!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 9, 2013

We have three children, and have been at DSES for 8 years. Our experiences have been terrific. The teachers are very dedicated and talented; most have degrees and professional certifications above and beyond what is required. Our school incorporates a "TAG" (talented and gifted) curriculum for all students, and teachers have special TAG certifications. Our principal, Mrs. Freeman, is absolutely top notch. She spends a lot of time in classrooms and fosters a team approach with teachers to help ensure student success. I can't count the number of parents who've told me they switched from a private school and wish they could have started over by sending their kids to DSES from the start. I can't say enough good things about our wonderful school and suggest you come visit and see for yourself how we're building a legacy of excellence!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

This is an amazing school! I pulled my children out of private school and was apprehensive of placing them into the public school system. The teachers and staff are amazing! The quality of education that my children are receiving makes me wonder why I ever paid for private school. The curriculum is great, they teach the children wherever they are and the teachers are great at communicating with the parents! The test scores are awesome and they are among the best in the Sandy Springs area! I would challenge anyone to take a tour of this school and not fall in love!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

If your 1st grader attends Ms. Glazier's class they are in for a real treat. While this is her first year at Dunwoody Springs she is not jaded to some unethical actions and routines like some of the long time teachers and have a genuine love for teaching. The staff is very close nit so beware. Over all the curriculum is great it is the front office staff and other teachers that makes the experience not so good. I give my overall 2 year experience here a C+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2012

Really like this school. The energy in the building is really fabulous. You can tell the teachers and admin really care about the children and WANT to be there. They use in-school field trips and technology to enhance the education the kids are given in the classroom (most classrooms have those Promethean boards - great stuff). Everyone is very loving from the custodians to the front desk personnel to the principal: the kids (and their parents) feel welcomed and appreciated. We're really enjoying our experience there and so glad we chose public over private. My two students are thriving at DSES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2011

Dunwoody Springs is an AMAZING school! You cannot find a more highly qualified, creative and caring staff! We all go above and beyond the call of duty to provide optimal learning experiences for ALL learners! We believe in educating the whole child and I am proud to be a teacher in our building!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2011

I've been a parent at Dunwoody Springs for 4 years and I've been thrilled with the quality of education my two children have received there. Every teacher they have had has been stellar and my kids are continually challenged and encouraged even though they are very different learners - I know they are not using the 'cookie cutter approach' there. The principal is great and has the best interest of the kids at heart (probably because she also has a child attending the school). I would like it if the parent involvement would be a bit higher than it is, but it is growing steadily and the parents that are involved are great. Can't say enough good things about Dunwoody Springs; I would recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2011

What a great school. The principa, Mrs. Freeman is amazing. She knows her students, parents and teachers well. She fits the school to best benefit the needs of the kids... My daughter has Mrs. Agri. I am so thrilled with her. She is kind, sweet and above all one of the most spectacular teachers I have ever been with. I have 3 older kids who are now in middle school so I have seen a lot of teachers. Not one holds a candle to this one
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

Great teachers and great principal! This school is an undiscovered jewel hiding right here in plain sight!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

We finished our first year at DSCS and all I can say is WOW! My daughter received a private school education at a public school. Mrs. Agri was the BEST! She motivated my daughter to above and beyond the normal expectations. Lucky for us, she is moving to first grade and taking her entire class with her!!! Mrs. Gainey could not find a better teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2008

I am new to Dunwoody Springs. My son has Mrs. Agri. It was nice to see her name splashed all over this sight. She is pretty amazing. High expectations, a caring disposition and a really funny sense of humor. I think we need to let more parents know about this sight so we can see opinions of some of the other great teachers at the school. I am sure it is full of them.. Great job Mrs. Agri! Ahall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

Excellent School sad to hear Mrs.Bennett is not there any more! She was a great principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

It's only been 6 days in Mrs. Agri's class for us and I have to say that we are extremely happy with our decision to send our daughter to public school. Mrs. Agri is keeping us busy and keeping us involved. We love it! We're looking forward to a great year!!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

125 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

125 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

120 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

120 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
73%
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
Black 49% 37%
Hispanic 24% 12%
White 19% 44%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 54%N/A51%
Female 46%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ivy Freeman
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  • (770) 673-4064

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8100 Roberts Dr
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