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Atlanta, GA
Students enrolled: 671

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1246 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

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(404) 802-7150
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August 11, 2014
Springdale Park Elementary has provided a wonderful learning environment for our children. The school is beautifully renovated with a fantastic rooftop garden from which the children get to sample vegetables. The teachers are warm and loving and it is a fantastic community of parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
This school is amazing: from the family science night, to the rooftop garden, to the spanish language classes (for grades 1 and up), to the science presentations for younger kids during the standard testing for older kids, to the orchestra, the environmental science program, the music and art programs (seriously the music teacher got the 1st graders to sing somewhere over the rainbow acapella this year, do you know how challenging that song is for young kids??), to the focus on reasonable personal physical activity in PE, to the supplemental reading circula, to the anti-bullying pro-self esteem focus, I could not love this school more if I tried. I'd go here in a heartbeat, if If they would let me attend an elementary school. I have a daughter in 2nd grade and a son in Kindergarden.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
This is an amazing school all around from the teachers to the parents to the administration. An active PTO and generous parents contribute extra time and money to support the school. Fundraisers and requests for supplies are always answered. While it is not immune to a bad teacher or administrator every now and then, it rivals any private school in terms of educational outcomes. The only differences are that Springdale Park has a slightly higher class size and is governed by APS. The excellent record of the school has caused the student population to grow and expansions are already under construction. I'm excited to be a part of the school and can't wait until my younger children start here.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
Great principal, excellent teachers, beautiful facility. Disappointed with experiences we have had with other administrators and staff here, unfortunately. Very involved and wonderful parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
Springdale Park is such a beautiful school! Filled with beautiful people. The principal is brilliant! Ms. Brown makes it a point to know every single one of her students. The teachers are brilliant too! They make sure every single student tries their best and succeeds. These teachers really make the best out of children. Gives a lot of work but also still knows how to have fun! School Activities are greatly valued in Spark (Springdale Park nickname). Especially the fifth grade Wahsega trip!!! So enjoyable! -former student

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2014
Highest Quality in Town! Rooftop organic garden, quality music program, accelerated reader curriculum and Hi tech in every classroom. Teachers are wait listed to teach here and the parent & community support is terrific. There are strong friendships, a supportive environment and the school is expanding to meet the InTown demand with so many families growing and wanting to attend.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2014
Great school but.....Security is terrible, there is no fence around the school...anyone could walk in, any child could walk onto the road, an accident waiting to happen. The school is good and would get 5 stars with a fence! What will it take to get that....an awful incident I think.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2013
The principal, the teachers, the gifted program, the afterschool classes, the green design of the buildings, the rooftop garden, and for so many more other reasons, we love SPARK so much. We have been thrilled with our experience over the last three years, and our daughter is thriving and loves going to school every morning. We feel blessed to be a part of this school and community. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
An excellent school with some of the best teachers available anywhere. The classes are well run and the school is well equipped thanks to the active PTO, responsible parents, effective administration and most of all the top-notch educators. This school excels despite the ongoing challenges they face within the greater Atlanta Public Schools (APS) system. If not for the political shenanigans of the School Board Members, it's possible that the entire APS system could rise up to deliver like this school does year-after-year. I would highly recommend Springdale Park as well as neighboring schools Morningside and Mary Lin.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
This is my childs first year at Springdale and everything from its organization, communication and cleanliness has been very impressive! I look forward to this school year and many more!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Springdale Park Elementary Atlanta, GA 30306 I've worked at many schools in my 32+ years of teaching and administration. Springdale Park with Principal Yolanda Brown and Assistant Principal Chante Blackwell is the number 1 school in Georgia!

- submitted by a teacher
May 17, 2013
My three children attended SPARK for three years and it was such a wonderful experience for them. Great teachers, curriculum, and parent involvement. My children were always challenged with the school work, enjoyed the extra-curricular activities, and facilities were new/modern. I would say this is one of the best elementary schools in Atlanta.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
Overall SPARK is a wonderful public school in Atlanta. Teachers are competent and involved, the school environment is great, they have all the latest tools (media, computers, smart boards, etc.) that any public school would only dream of, and they have a genuine emphasis on being "green". I am not rating it 5 stars because i think it still needs improvement regarding security. The school is not gated and located near a major 2x2 road (Ponce de Leon) I find it amazing that the kids are in recess, but any child could walk to Ponce, or any stranger, could walk up to the recess area. The school will tell you that they have teachers/staff watching the kids during recess to make sure no one is going outside of the school boundaries. The school is new and is only about 4 years old. Unfortunately, one day, an accident will happen, and they will finally decide to put a fence around the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
I have two children at SPARK and we have been thrilled with their educational experience. There is a strong focus on academics (As expected - it's school!). My kids are equally challenged to grow in areas or accountability, citizenship and responsibility. The parent, teacher, student community is fantastic. We have been very happy with SPARK.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
We attended Springdale Park and decided it wasn't a good fit for us so transferred to another public school. What an amazing difference! It's wonderful to have teachers who are teaching and parents who are listening. The curriculum is much more on track with Ga state standards and they don't just teach the test. If you are looking for babysitting Spark is for you, if you are looking for an education for your children, look elsewhere, there are some truly wonderful public schools in Georgia.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
Springdale Park is a great school. I am really suprised by some of the comments that are appearing on this site. Springdale Park has only been in operation for four years. From what I can see and hear, it is one of the best and highest performing schools in APS. Ms. Brown and her staff are fantastic. Yes, the school is academically focused, but there are so many other great activities and enrichment for the kids. I have been very pleased with the school, the parents, the strong leadership and wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2012
This is our first time in a public school setting. Have been disappointed in the inconsistencies of the school from Principal on to the teacher. It appears that the school is so consumed with the academic side and forgets the overall picture of the child. Listening to students is a scarce commodity at Springdale Park. This School is below average overall in my opinion. However the environment is clean.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
I agree with the recent reviewers here. The school is better than most APS schools in terms of its environment. The parent involvement is awesome. The physical school environment is lovely. The communication, however, is terrible. Their measure of achievement is purely based on CRCT testing and there is little or no experiential or hands-on learning. My child was bored and not enthusiastic about the worksheet approach to learning. With so much student talent in the school, I am surprised they are not using that to their advantage and doing more. Unfortunately, math and science do not seem to be a priority. Honestly, I don't know what the long-term vision for the school is. They seem to be riding on a few years of high CRCT scores and perhaps a few too many parents who are complacent with an all A's report card.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2012
Springdale Park is surely one of the better public schools in Atlanta. The students are challenged. Parents are incredibly involved. However, the administration seems overly concerned about test scores and other measureables versus fostering an environment which promotes meaningful (vs superficial) understanding and love of learning. This is perhaps the fault of many public schools, but the principal here does not seem attuned to the desires of the broader community of parents here which demand more than proficiency at state-mandated minimum standards. A more involved administration would improve Springdale Park.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
I'm glad to see positive and negative reviews. As a "Spark" parent I feel communication could be greatly improved. This school is just okay, we will decide over the summer if we will return or try private.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
I have had a great experience with both of my children at SPARK. The teachers and Mrs. Brown( the principal) have a genuine interest in seeing the children succeed. The school is recognized for academic performance and green initiatives and there are great after school activities. I couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
Someone is obviously spamming this cite in the last two reviews. Springdale Park is an extremely rigorous learning environment that does not cater to parents, but instead tries to do the best for the kids education. We have many parents who are extremely involved. However, parents don't simply get whatever they want and sometimes this makes specific parents upset as you can see below. Spark is a fantastic school with an amazing principal and staff and it is in extremely high demand. 95% of zoned parents send their kids there and there are MANY requests for out of zone transfers that can not be accommodated.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
Springdale is one of the greatest schools in Atlanta. Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Blackwell are outstanding administrators. The staff has a great love for all of the students. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting and the teachers are great! Go SPARK!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
My son has been attending this school for 2 years now. Our experience overall has been very good. When we moved into the Midtown area from Dunwoody, we were intially not sure about this new school, and the standard of teaching. But the school has met high standards, kudos to the fantastic Principal, and the rest of the staff. My son is happy with the school, and has recently been placed in the Challengeprogram, and we are looking forward to growing even further.

- submitted by a parent

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Springdale Park Elementary School
1246 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA  30306
(404) 802-7150
Last modified Springdale Park Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Springdale Park Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top