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Dekalb Elementary School Of The Arts

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Posted yesterday

This school does not have an orchestra teacher so musical instruction or guidance is limited to band type instruments only. So even though we auditioned with a violin to get into the school we'll probably have to change our child's major if we want to continue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

this school is great for your little actor/singer/artist or musician. although starting in 4th grade you have to pick from the arts and one specialize in 2 (BUMMER) BUT my kid loves the violin teacher and the art teacher Ms Warner. I wish this school recycled though, doesn't seem to have a idea of running a green school, the cafeteria trays are made out of Styrofoam ewwwww and when you ask if there is a recycling bin you get looked at strangely . green it up DESA seriously
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Angel is 5yo. She absolutely love her Teachers & Friends. She is so happy to come home to show me the latest moves after practice. She has scored (761/900) 85% knowledge retained on the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

Great school. I as a grandparent am concerned about the bullying that goes on there. My granddaughter has been a student there since 1st grade. She is now in 3rd grade. She has been bullied since she started. This issue of bulling has not been addressed school-wide. Maybe individually- of the whole school. Great school. Let's get on the ball DESA! Our kids are depending on us and you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

This school is AMAZING!! I absolutely enjoy it! I have gotten so many opportunities, and learned so many new things! It is a great school and i NEVER want to leave!!!!!!!!!!!! -Submitted by a Student


Posted August 24, 2011

I love this school. My daughter started in Kindergartin with Mrs. Giles and is now in the 2nd in Mr. Gilbert. The teacher s are wonderful!!!! My daughter loves learning and this school plays a HUGE part in it!!! The principal Mr. Powell shows a lot of care for the students and strives for success. He really has a gift of getting te parents to want to get involved :o)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

My daughter is in 5th grade this year, and has attended this school since kindergarten. Although all the staff is not perfect, I absolutely love the princial, Mr. Powell! He truly cares about the students & is always available to parents & students. I am happy to see this school's rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2011

I'm going to the school this year but my friend has been attending and she loves it she brags about it all the time she said she's a major at education she has one of the top scores in the school she's in discovery and she said the activities r fun and educational if u have not attended the school don't say that it is bad cause there is a lot 2 learn at the school especially education and what most kids came for the school, performing arts.


Posted March 6, 2011

I attend this school and while it has its problems that definitely need to be looked at, I am thoroughly shocked at the ugly reviews this school has recieved from PARENTS. No disrespect but honestly this is a very active school. I am a member of Shows to Go, BETA club, Student Council, and Discovery amongst a substantial amount of classes. I think before you post an ugly review of the school you should at least try to find out what's actually going on. You need to have your facts strait first.


Posted December 19, 2010

This is our first year at DESA and I must admit we are VERY disappointed. Our child is in K and upon meeting his teacher one of the very first statements out of her mouth was "Well, I was going to retire last year but...." After hearing this of course my first thought was, "Is she really going to interested in TEACHING the children." Nevertheless, we're still giving it a try, leaning more toward withdrawing our child after the new year. Yes, we discussed with the principal, and he did as he should have and professionally defended her indicating that he's never had a problem with this specific teacher. We are very active parents and upon observation over the last 4 months, we can honestly say that DESA did not live up to our expectation. It is unfortunate, but we have tried to be patient and wait it out, the proof is in what our child has obtained......nothing. Please please please, do your research on this school AND others, make your decision wisely, and place your child in a school with teachers who display a concern for our children's foundation. The beginning of the educational career dictates the future in many ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2010

Its interesting that no reviews have been posted about DESA in almost three years. Silence speaks volumes about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

My 15 yr old daughter attended DESA from K-7th grade and I was always pleased with this school. Along with my involvement with she received the education & tools needed to be the straight A student that she has always been. I was so pleased that I now have my 3rd grade daughter attending also and I have noticed how much more she enjoys school which is a difference from the last school she attended. Throughout the years I have seen the growth of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2008

I have taught for quite a long time - mostly in the North (NY), and being a teacher at this school is wonderful. The overall education children receive at this educational institution is way above most schools. Parental involvement is seriously lacking however, and while the school is great, it would only improve if more parents get involved in their children's education. The school has made AYP for the last seven (7) years, but even so the faculty and administration are very committed in improving the level of education provided at the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 20, 2008

My daughter was on the honor roll and the the principals list at this school for several years. I thought for a little while that she was receiveing a great education. However I think that she has failed to thrive here She is in third grade and spells olive olif. I have noticed the behavior of other children who attend this school through after school social interactions and compared to other children they are extrememely insecure. It is my opinion that this is because they are not teaching the arts through discovery. I develop an appreciation and affinity for the arts becuase of exposure to Alvin Ailey and Saragh Vaughn but my exposure is my teacher who is consistently deciding whether I have talent or not. We live in a major city. Their exposure to the arts has been woefully inadequate to be considered an arts magnet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2008

Dekalb Elementary School at Hooper Alexander is a great school. My daughter has been at this school since Kindergarden and I have been very pleased with her progress and the teachers overall. She gets more at this school than she would get at a private school there is not alot of teacher/student turnover and they really encourage parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

My child has been apart of DESA @ Hooper going on 4 years now, she will start 4th grade on this August. I am happy and pleased with the school, both the principal/assistant principals are wonderful. With the exception of maybe two teachers out of the entire school the teachers are helpful, nice, friendly and caring. But, what school doesn't have at least 1 bad seed (teacher). The Arts department is great as well, the dance teachers and drama teachers are amazing. Test scores at this school for the last three years have ranked in at least the top 4 out of all dekalb county Elementary schools. I personally think this speaks for it's self about the school, high test scores that excel most of Dekalb County other schools. Parent involvement is lacking a lot, and I think with more parent involvement the school will has the potential to become even better. My child will continue on through 7th grade and go on Dekalb of the Arts High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

This is the conclusion of my students' first year at DESA; and it is one of the more impressive programs in DeKalb County. The principal, asst. principal, and counselor are always readily available each morning and afternoon when I walk in to drop off and pick up my children. As I walk down the halls each day, I greet everyone I pass; and receive the same in return. The delivery of the curriculum is outstanding (thanks Mr. DeHart, Mrs. Robinson, and Mr. Hall); and the performance arts program and their teachers help to motivate my children to excel and identify alternatives goals in their lives. The school is wonderful, the test results are great; and with any other school, parental involvement makes the difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

I am not to fond of this school. I do not get a warm and fuzzy feeling about this school. The teachers do not appear to be as friendly as some other schools in the dekalb county area. I believe much work is needed in the area of Administration, Teacher, and Parent relationships.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

I feel okay but not thrilled with my childs progress at Hooper. The teachers, faculty and staff are pretty snooty acting and rude as a whole. I experienced on more than ten occasions visiting the school, speaking to a staff or office employee and not getting a response. I hope this year can be better because I plan on bringing this issue up at every meeting I can attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2004

Dekalb Elementary Elementary School of the Arts@ Hooper Alexander is an excellent school. The school has received various award recognition for Academic and Artistic achievement. Many of the students are in the Gifted program. A host of students have performed Nationwide. The BETA club has been ranked # 1 and #2 in the last two years. The parental involvement is a true factor in the SUCCESS rate of this school. Communicating with the teachers and administration is rewarding for both the students and the parents. I love the school I have two children that were accepted into the program. My childen love the school. They are Drama and Piano majors. They have performed in various school and community plays.
—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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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93%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

62 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

62 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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98%

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92%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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100%

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98%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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88%

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95%

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86%
Social Studies

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

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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92%

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97%

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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 90% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

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94%

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96%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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79%

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85%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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84%

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76%

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83%
Social Studies

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
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 92% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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97%

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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97%

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96%

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94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

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86%

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69%

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67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
39%
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 93% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

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99%

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100%

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99%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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100%

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98%

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Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%

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94%
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

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

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The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

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The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

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The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

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The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

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The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT 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 96% 37%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Two or more races 1% 3%
White 1% 44%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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