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Parkside Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 469 students

 

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Posted October 9, 2013

I was previously happy with this school but after this past school year I am very disappointed. My child made high honor roll but unlike most parents I wasn't happy. Why you may ask? Well I often assess my child to see if she is in fact learning what she is supposed to. I was so disappointed because what they said my child knew she didn't and it was impossible for her to have been on honor roll. I often times asked about certain things I knew she should be learning and was just told oh everything is fine. On top of that they do a very poor job of recognizing the few parents who volunteer and stay involved. I knew it was time to go when my own child asked to go to another school. I am Black but I come from a very culturally diverse background and grew up with people from all races and nationalities and that is one thing I desired for my child. If this is something you want for your child, you will not find it here. However, they will be well educated in AA History, Sororities, and Fraternities which is not a bad thing at all except when its all you display. The world we live in is not just Black and not just White. I don't know when APS schools North and South will realize this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

We have had a terrible experience and can't wait to find another school that we can switch our daughter to. We have had issues where other children have hit our daughter & used racial slurs at her and teachers who do little if anything about it. We are 1 of the VERY FEW white families at this school and have not been warmly welcomed. I have spoken with the administration they state that they will handle it yet nothing ever changes and no follow up is ever received. The staff seems to care very little and I was shocked that they did not have a required daily planner for the students to use to teach them responsibility, time management and self confidence. There is no cultural diversity amongst the staff, all staff is of black decent except the principal. The gym is full of roll models and their pictures, all of which are black. There seems to be quite a bit of racism toward white families & we feel uncomfortable here. I hate to have to say that as we try to show our children that everyone is created equal and how someone acts is more important than how they look. This does not seem to be a value that the school and many of the families we have come in contact with seem to follow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

If negative reinforcement, belittling, and yelling is your parenting style, this is the school for you. My child attended this school for Kindergarten and that was one year too many. We escaped this school and moved to another school district where the teachers care, love kids and love teaching. The para "professional" ( there was nothing professional about her) told my child that a picture he had colored was awful, the classroom was always in complete chaos and the teacher acted as though she did not even like children. The administrative staff was uncooperative, unprofessional and rude. Anyone who gives this school a good review has extremely low standards for their child. If you are even thinking of sending your child to this school, I would seriously reconsider. I was given no choice but to give this school 1 star, which is much more than it deserves. On my own scale I give this school negative 5 stars. I wouldn't send my dog to this school. I feel as though we escaped, and my child feels the same way. Run, do not walk, but RUN from Parkside,, sending your child to this school would be one of the biggest mistakes of your life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2013

My daughter is a kindergartner at Parkside and as a parent I've gotten heavily involved in volunteering. The teachers are warm and committed and enthusiastic, and do a great job at keeping the students motivated and well-behaved. There are a ton of fun school activities that promote wellness, literacy and culture, and lots of opportunity to parents to get involved in making this school even better. And the resources are fantastic: a fully equipped science lab and computer center, a beautiful library (media center), a school garden that is just getting resurrected, and a bank of computers and a promethium board in every room.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2012

I'd have to say this school is average but nothing more. Like the other parent said some of the teachers have poor English skills but are very sweet to the kids. Education wise? Well you've seen the news and if you look up the ratings for all APS schools the testing scores have dropped dramatically. Bottom line is I wouldn't keep my child here for long, they just don't have the resources and education level I'm looking for...and this school is supposed to be one of the BEST APS has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

Great School!!! My Nieces take FREE Ballet classes with a lot of these students at The Art of Confidence Performing Arts Alliance in Atlantic Station and they are all GREAT KIDS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

I am the grandmother of Devaunte' Thomas and Tonya Cosby, 3rd grade and Kindergarten students at Parkside. I would just like to commend Dr. Phillip Luck (Principal) for his genuine concern and love for the students not only at Parkside, but due to his great personality, i am convinced that it extends to others. I have witnessed his caring countless times. During a recent tragic event with little Jaquavis Hannah, a resident of Trestletree apts, as predicted, Dr. Luck and Ms. Hall (counselor) were right there to check on the situation. I truly appreciate Dr. Luck for all that he does. He checks on the children in Trestletree Village apts. During the summer, he may stop by to play football with them and just say hi! Also, My Sincere appreciation to Mrs. Ulrich (3rd grade) for her great work and support in encouraging my grandson Devaunte'. She does a marvelous job. Thanks to all of the other staff for their outstanding work..THEY ARE THE GREATEST!!!!! Vernell Grooms


Posted February 14, 2011

Wonderful and caring Teachers, Principal and Staff...in an excellent atmosphere. A rigorous curriculum along with excellent extracurricular activities and top of the line technology. The staff at Parkside actually cares about the students. My daughter absolutely loves going to Parkside. Keep up the GREAT work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

I love the atmosphere, expectations, and love shown everyday! I am very pleased with my son's progress and attitude toward learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2011

We moved our boys to this school after a very bad experience in a highly recommend and rated school also in Atlanta. I was very worried how the boys would find the move after starting this school year and after 3 weeks moving them to Parkside. Well I was very silly to worry as all the staff and the principal were so friendly, warm and reassuring that we had made the right move.... After 1 month at the school there was a huge change in the boys attitudes and they grade cards showed it even more....This was by far the best move for the boys and for us, as they both look forward to going to school and we look forward to going and volunteering.. At Parkside they really do care about your child and what and how they learn and grow.... I am looking forward to the next few years.... and Dr. Luck is by far the best principal my husband or I have ever meet....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2010

Wonderful staff, principal, administration, and parental involvement. Parkside is definitely a hidden jewel in the Grant Park community! Dr. Luck is such a caring principal, totally devoted to the students and staff. The administration is wonderful! Exceptional counselor(Go Ms. Ball!) and everyone from the secretarial staff to the janitorial staff are always warm and friendly! My girls are excited to go to school each day and as a parent that warms my heart and makes me feel like there must be something going on great at this school! Keep up the Exceptional work, Parkside!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

Our son is in his 2nd year at Parkside and we could not be happier. This is an excellent alternative to Charter in Grant Park. From Dr. Luck to Cub Scouts, the programs are first rate, teachers are very accessible and school pride is right up there with the best. Our son will have met his HS requirements for foreign language at the end of this school year, with the total immersion program, he sounds natural in Spanish. Grades are up, attention to his needs are consistent, just all around a great school. Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

Families and teachers work well together. The principal is very productive and an excellent motivator and communicator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Principal & staff-compassion for their students,dedicated to their profession.


Posted April 13, 2010

This school maintains to reflect the excellence of a private prep academy. It has a clean and sanitary environment and I have not seen too many of the teachers that speak with poor english habits.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

My two daughters are having the time of their life at Parkside. Principal Luck really loves the children and nurtures his teachers and staff. Finding a middle school that compares will be very very hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

Parkside is an excellent school ! The Parents, Teachers and Principal really are involved with the students getting the best in education ... Go Parkside !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Best teachers and staff in the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

Parkside is the best!great school,great teachers,great everything! Love it,Go Parkside...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

Our principal, staff, and PTA are simply amazing!!!!
—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.

About these ratings

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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

77 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

77 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

92 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

92 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
63%
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 78% 37%
White 12% 44%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Phillip Luck
Fax number
  • (404) 624-9855

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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685 Mercer St SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
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