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1131 Briar Vista Ter NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

(678) 874-5902
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November 17, 2014
My son is there for two years & my daughter just got admitted there in pre-K . It is great school & deserve better rating. I have to mention about Mrs. vina Black who help my son in his 3rd grade to get selected for Discovery program. The school needs fund for face lift. Great stuff over there.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2014
Through my experience as a parent , I do like the school. My son also loves it and though he is non-native speaker, he develops himself significantly in a short time. The teachers are great, nice, committed, and helpful. Whenever I sent an email, I got the reply immediately. I would like also to praise the principal and her assistant for their great effort and support for students. When I registered my kid and see that greatschool.org rating it as 3 out of 10, I felt disappointed, but by experience I see the opposite and this school does deserve a higher score. All the best for this school, God bless its management, teachers, ESOL unit, and everybody

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
As a whole we love BVE. It is a great diverse neighborhood school. My son has been at BVE for two years. He had a wonderful teacher this year. Our new principal has made many positive changes at BVE. I know that change does not occur over night. Physical change occurs much faster than teacher changes. There are a lot of wonderful teachers at BVE howwever, there are still negative teachers and staff at BVE that are part of the old regime. I agree with the reveiw about the PE teacher. My son dreads going to PE. He says they mostly run laps and do push ups. I know there is a curriculum to follow however, one would think PE could be more fun and creative. My son loved olympic week because the dancing was fun and creative. We have a counselor at BVE that never smiles even at school events. She does not appear warm and friendly to parents or children. How can a counselor not be warm, friendly and welcoming? Children should feel comfortable going to a kind and friendly counselor if they ever had a problem. We look forward to many more positive changes occurring at BVE.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
My son has been going to BVE for 4 years and really likes the PE teacher. I went to the Olympic ceremonies and thought they were nice, if not a little hokey. But they were not for me. They were for the kids, and the kids thought they were awesome! They even had a real Olympian talk to the kids. Yes, it took a while to get the kindergartners in position, but if you can get 50 five year olds to line up in formation quickly, well, good luck. It would be nice if there was air conditioning in the gym, but the kids didn't seem to mind the heat as much as I did.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
Overall, this school has potential. New leadership has made a difference in welcoming people to the school. There are still numerous totally unfriendly teachers in the school who do not greet parents , don't smile, don't relate to the students and are rude. These are not isolated observations. The staff could use some training of how to communicate with parents and stop the negativity with children. Too many derogatory comments and hurtful things said to the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
I have been a parent at Briar Vista for years and this school has had huge problems with leadership in the past. Now we have a new principal who is nice and has many physical changes and maintenance at our school. She has also made teachers happier since we had a massive turnover a year ago. But she has tons more work to do in weeding out BAD teachers. Some of them are the PE teacher who never ever greets parents or relates to children. I have watched her standing in the bus lane every morning with a sour face for an entire school year. The Olympics opening ceremony are poorly organized and she barely taken any leadership role or direct kids or welcomes parents or smiles. What is wrong with her? Where are the redeeming qualities? There are several other teachers, especially the after school teacher who never greets parents, barks orders at kids and has the most negative attitude. With the friendlier way of running the school by this new principal, there are several more unskilled unfriendly uninterested unschooled up invested teachers who drag that school and everyone in it down. Some other teachers are friendly until they are mean as can be with children behind closed doors.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
Nothing but packets of worksheets by some teachers who teach very little. Since when do worksheets teach? Some teachers are not well trained and do all the so called teaching through worksheets. Tons of them. Please show those teachers the door. Test scores reflect poor teaching by some and years of lack luster investment in our children. Some teachers are so I invested and could care less about their quality of teaching and interpersonal skills with children and parents. What are their redeeming qualities? We keep hearing that the more affluent children score better and the poor kids don't. What is the school doing to teach all kids? Montessori works much better and should be expanded. Get rid of dead beat teachers. The new principal has done cosmetic things and helped morale, but academics where it is ultimately. Get rid of mean teachers. Those who appear nice, but are mean and vindictive behind closed doors. Listen to our children. Get rid of impolite and unfriendly staff. Breathe more life into this school. Do a much better job teaching all children. Get rid of teachers who teach using nothing but worksheets and having kids answer the questions at the end of chapters for months

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2014
Briar Vista Elementary offers Montessori and traditional education tracks in a diverse multicultural setting. The new principal, Cammie Neill, has breathed fresh life into the efforts of teachers and support staff. The school will be receiving a face-lift to bring it into ADA compliance this year and the PTO is well on its way to funding a new playground. The atmosphere at the school is warm and friendly - teachers and staff know kids and parents by name and greet them as they walk through the school. School events such as the Food Truck Fridays, International Night and the Fun Run get all the families involved. Our son has had a wonderful year in kindergarten, is devoted to his teacher, and feels completely at home in the school. The Montessori program has suited him well and he enjoys after school activities including extra-curriculars. Positive changes, large and small, pervaded the school this year after the arrival of the new principal. The parents and teachers all seem to feel that she hears their concerns and works to address them. This, in turn, has encouraged renewed investment of time and effort from the school community. Briar Vista is the next Fernbank!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2014
Briar Vista is a hidden gem! The 2013-2014 school year will be marked as the year this little neighborhood school was reinvented. The new principal has turned Briar Vista into a school that will soon be THE sought after school to send your kids. Very much looking forward to when the secret gets out and Briar Vista gets the accolades it deserves!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2014
I am a teacher at Briar Vista Elementary. I am extremely happy to be part of this great school. Ms. Neill is an excellent principal. She is a team player and promotes a very positive atmosphere for both staff and students.

- submitted by a teacher
March 09, 2014
I am a Montessori teacher at BVE and am so happy at school this year. Ms. Neill has been wonderful to work with .she listens to the teachers and does an excellent job of getting us what we need to teach our children. There are more and more parents getting involved. It's a happy place!

- submitted by a teacher
March 06, 2014
My school is Briar Vista Elementary. BVE epitomizes a truly "neighborhood" school. It is small, friendly, diverse and full of life and energy. Teachers we've known are outstanding and care deeply for the students - not just how they perform academically (although they care about this!) but on a sincere, personal level. Our child has been taught well and loved well. Contributing to this environment is the new leadership at the school. Ms. Neil, the principal, has made an unbelievable difference not only in faculty morale but with school spirit and parent involvement. We are very pleased with BVE now and see it trending even better in the near future.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
My son is enrolled in the Montessori program and loves it! The new principal has brought the school to a new level. I've seen the reviews from the past years and please know that under this new leadership, we expect the school to take off!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
We went to Briar Vista after 3 years of private Montessori schools and we were not disappointed! The staff and parents are dedicated to the Montessori way while helping students with important tests that wouldn't be presented in a private Montessori program.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
Briar Vista is a gem of a school. This is our second year there and it only keeps getting better. We have a new principal this year who has dramatically improved the whole morale of the school. i love the fact that we have a choice of Montessori and traditional school tracks. Our daughter has thrived there and we are thankful for the diversity that exists in Briar Vista. We feel like she is getting a taste of the real world! Her teachers have been amazing and she has thrived there!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2014
Briar Vista is an incredible hidden gem in our community. Our new principal is dedicated to making Briar Vista a viable school and to meeting the needs of our children. Not only to do they provide traditional classrooms, but their Montessori program is outstanding. My son is in the 1st grade Montessori classroom and whenever I enter the classroom every student is engaged. Not only are they working, but they are happily working and helping each other. The parent and teacher involvement is also on the rise. Our PTO has done a fantastic job raising money for our campus and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2014
BriarVista Elementary has been such a pleasant surprise for our family's first experience in public school. We were so apprehensive to place our child in a public school, not knowing how they would be treated when dropped off and what type of education they are getting. Well, I can not say enough praise to the amazing men and women who care so deeply for our children day in and day out! Our new principal is a true gift to our kids, teachers, parents and community with a true desire to help us grow into the school the kids deserve!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2014
Recently, this school has implemented new measures to improve overall performance of students. The new principal is instrumental in bringing all these changes. Teachers are working hard in the classrooms which is directly reflected in the students. The also have special classes on Tuesdays to boost students knowledge. Parents are also seen to be very keen in participating extra activities. I wish good luck for all the efforts made by the school in making it a top school.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2014
My child has really enjoyed her experience at Briar Vista. Caring teachers, wonderful Montessori curriculum, and so much diversity! It is easy to get involved and make a difference, every family is welcome at BVE and it's not clique-ish like other nearby schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2014
This is a great school. The teachers are involved, well trained, and are always very quick to answer any questions or concerns I've had as a parent. The new principal already knew all the kids after being at the school for only a couple months. The extra classes (gym, health, art, music, science) are interesting for my son. The Montessori Program is really special here. My son is never bored and is allowed to work along at his own pace. Plus working with older kids in his class has given him some great role models close to his own age. The events outside of school are great (Fall festival, Spring Fling, International Night, etc) and bring the community together.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Briar Vista is an excellent elementary school with a caring and engaged staff. It offers teaching in the Montessori method, a unique opportunity amongst public schools. The size of the school is not overwhelming. There is good parent involvement and support.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
I have three girls at BVE in 3 grades, this is our third year there. I had always heard lukewarm reviews about the school, but we were determined to make our local school work. The girls are on the Montessori track and we have been thrilled with the education they are receiving. The teachers are engaged, smart, and caring. At BVE, all of my girls have blossomed into students who love learning and who are EAGER and EXCITED to return to school this year. As parents, we are proud of the school and proud to send our kids there. Under the leadership of a new principal this year (Cammie Neill), we have great expectations for the best year yet!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Positive changes at Briar Vista are making it a great place to be! This will be our second year in the Montessori program with daughters going into first grade and pre-K. Last year was great thanks to our wonderful teacher Ms. Mendello! I'm expecting this year to be even better thanks to the leadership of our new principal. The mood at the school is positive, welcoming and vibrant. Our PTO, administration and teachers worked so hard over the summer to reinvigorate into our school. With parent involvement continuing to grow we are looking forward to an exciting year with Ms. Lakus and Ms. Rogers!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
I c bad reviews above esp regarding the teachers and staff. However this year in 2013 We have an awesome new principal who has turned the school around we also have at least 10 new teachers. Our pto has expanded and done tons of improvements in the school that I'm so happy with. I think this school is up and coming. This is also a school that is part of the cluster charter with get bank elementary. This being a new year I would give this school another chance!!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
Ran into a problem when trying to get my son in for prek. They were unorganized about how to sign up and downright RUDE. The front office and principal need to find another career path bc they hate what they do. So sad because children are involved. We moved to Gwinnett for the better schools since and couldn't be happier. I would NEVER have sent my son here. We aren't desperate. I wasn't going to post a review until I read the reviewer below me. I completely agree with her words. I cannot speak for the teachers or the school only my first impression of the front office staff. That was enough to scare me away.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
Briar Vista has an awful principle and the staff is extremely rude. It's seems like they dislike the children and it pains them to be there. The afterschool is not any better, the parents are spoken to aggressively and so are the children. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE....

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
My son is just finishing his first year in the Montessori program here in Kindergarten. He is able to read beyond a first grade level, he can do math I wouldn't expect to see until 2nd grade and his maturity level exceeds my hopes. His teacher was committed, responsive, involved, and completely dedicated to her class (how many teachers have you met that would come to one of her student's birthday parties on a Saturday afternoon). Everyday my son comes home telling me what he learned and excited to go back the next morning. I don't think you can ask for much more.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
This is our first year at BVE and we are really excited to be in a public Montessori program! It is fantastic and our teacher this year is wonderful! We have been following what has been going on with the PTO and are excited about our future with BVE!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
I was not pleased with my experience at BVES. The focus is not on children in younger grades, only on CRCT testing grades. I was forced to move my child to a private school because I felt that the education being provided was inadequate. The school has a very high hispanic population and I don't feel that their voices are being heard. Administration leaves a lot to be desired. There is a disconnect between the needs of parents and the support provided.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
I am very happy with my childs progress this year and the 1rst grade teacher. He is very happy about going to school and seems to be learning well. I do do not know how to communicate with the facality and wonder if they even want me to be involved. I do not feel we are a team. It is hard to meet the other children and their parents. My son wants to have play dates but there is no school directory and many parents do not speak English. The apperance of the school is poor. In the end...my son is happy and doing well.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
Briar Vista is a very unique school in that there is such heart among the teachers for the students. You can see it at school events when you see a child light up at seeing their teacher and the teacher shines right back. Many parents volunteer at the school doing in class rooms and support roles for the staff. Culturally the student body is very diverse due to the location near the CDC and Emory University. When the school has their annual International dinner it is very much a international affair. The school has been doing this for over 2 decades and really shows how wonderful life could be if we all could sit down and break bread with one another

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
Our daughter is in her second year at Briar Vista. She has excelled there and is in the gifted program. She loves going to school and hates to miss it when she is too sick to go. The two teachers she has had, have been very good and committed to there work. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2011
Briar Vista is a diamond in the rough. I little gem of a school. We offer 2 tracks of education - Montessori and Traditional. We have music, PE and Art.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2010
When we choose Briarvista we had seen the negative comments but spoke to parents, who said the contrary. My daughter is excelling and she loves the school, this is the most important thing in the world. I also have other family members that have children at the school and they love it, too. The preschool program is amazing and I hope to get my youngest in, next year. To provide a balanced review, Briarvista is not perfect but they are dang good. The administration seems to have a top down approach to leadership. I have noticed that teachers do not seem happy to be there many times. I understand that having discipline is very important but I want my daughter s teacher to be happy, period. I also wish there were more afterschool activities for the lower level children. I have not noticed that teacher discontentment has jeopardized my daughter's education in any way. I get weekly reports and curriculum updates from her teacher letting me know how she is doing. I have noticed that the school is always trying to improve, so I am sure some of the negative aspects of the school will correct themselves in due time. We are very happy with Briarvista and I am sure you would be, too.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2010
Briar Vista continues to prevent the nonsense going on the DeKalb County School System level from penetrating to the classroom. We have 2 children there in the Montessori program and they are receiving an excellent education. Adding the traditional track has been a boon as Montessori teachers are no longer forced to try to teach the Montessori method to upper elementary children with no prior experience; imagine being a 4th grader who has already learned long division using a paper and pencil and having to learn how to use the beads and other manipulatives--annoying to say the least. At the same time, students who do have the self-control to direct their own learning are not frustrated by having to wait passively for the teacher to tell them what they are doing next. Montessori is great! This is our fifth year at the school and we haven't had a bad teacher yet. The only negative thing about the school is that there is a small core of parents who are involved, and a large number of parents who are content to sit back and let others do the work.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2010
Don't get hung up on standardized test scores. Until this year Briar Vista was a 100% Montessori school, a teaching method that emphasizes the individual not the test. This is the best kept gen in Dekalb county. As of this year both Montessori and Traditional classes are avaialbe but the empasis on the individual remains.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
I'm interested in an update, what about the atmosphere for 2010? I have friends relocating to Atlanta with small children and although they are not school age yet, the real estate in area and location is desirable.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2010
I agree, the principal is AWFUL !! New to the state & hearing so many great things about Briar Vista..I must say how terribly disappointed I am. From a school that absolutely supported the students & parents in every possible way, to Bria Vista where the Principal has no warmth what so ever & shows very little care or concern about the children or the school itself was painful!!. Yes.. maybe she would do better working with the military...Certainly not with Elementary School children. I find that the teachers share her lack of enthusiasm & warmth. Again, coming from a school where personal pride & striving for excellence was taught daily & demonstrated everywhere.. from staff , to the school grounds ..what a contrast to Briar Vista a school that demonstrates MEDIOCRACY.& SLOPPINESS! I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
Yes, the leadership could be much much better. But the creative curriculum is a good thing. However, as of Aug 2010, it will only be available for students who have been there a long period, and any new students will have traditional learning. The turned their curriculum into traditional this year, so now, I don't know what the plus about BriarVista, or if there is one.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
The administration is not supportive! Well, unless your mom is on PTA. She is awful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
The principal is definitely more fit to work in the military. She has a tolitarian type of manner when dealing with the kids. She is not warm, or welcoming

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
I am pleased with everything except the principal. She is not the best at her job.Some of the teachers are good. The more involved you are in the activities in the school, the more helpful the staff tends to be towards your kid. So plan to join the pta, or your kid may be in trouble.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2009
I have two children at Briar Vista and am very pleased with it. My daughter and son have both been there since pre-K and are thriving in the self-paced Montessori learning environment. My children's teachers have been excellent and the administration is supportive. We love the multicultural student body created by the proximity of Emory and CDC. There is a high number of English Language Learners here, but they are just as likely to be children of Emory researchers as they are to be from a lower socioeconomic status. Parents are involved in the many activities, and even if it wasn't our neighborhood school we would be entering the lottery to send our children to Briar Vista.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
I believe this school is a hidden gem that is frequently overlooked because it SEEMS to have horrible test scores. Here are a few facts... BVS has a very diverse population which, to me, is a selling point. One fifth of the schools population receive free or discounted lunch. If you remove that fifth from the test scores...suddenly Briar Vista scores well above average. Also, BVS is the only full, public Montessori school in the Atlanta metro area. Unfortunately, the parental involvement is low - most of these parents work . The folks who DO volunteer, do so wholeheartedly and are hopeful the image of the school will eventually turn around. But the fact remains that the majority of folks in my neighborhood send their kids to private school. I believe that will change one day soon as more and more people learn about the program at BVS.

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- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2007
This is our second year at Briar Vista. The Montessori curriculum is not for everyone, but is very effective for our child. We have had two great teachers. The principle and supporting staff have also been good to work with. We are involved parents and appreciate the commitment these people have to us and our child

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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
My two boys have gone to Briar Vista since Pre-K. They are now in the 5th grade, so they have been going there for 7 years. I have found Briar Vista to be a great school, with a great staff and there is a lot of parent involvement. I am not a member of PTA, but I always notice that parent's are there for so many other activities. There are always volunteers to help with anything that is asked for. The only concern I have is the drop off in the morning. With the buses and the parents going whichever way they want to there is no organization to it. Last year they had the parents drop off the kids in the side driveway and everyone was going the same way. This year that is not happening and that concerns me. There are too many people driving fast.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
The teachers are great, but the school is not run effiently. Communication is abysmal and there is the worst PTA I have ever encountered. There is little or no leadership. The carpool is not safe, you must go into the school and walk your child out to ensure safety. The MOntessori Program from PRE-K - 3rd is tremendous and does outweigh the lack of management. Discovery is FULL and several who qualified have to do Discovery in their classroom without the Discovery teacher. Parent involvement is the worst I have ever seen. THe school will have a very difficult 05-06 year due to attirement and attrition. IT is hard to hire Montessori professionals who also have state qualifications! This school is a constant disappointment - but the classes are good and the teachers are great. The school is run by an inexperienced 2nd yr, Principal and a 1st year AVP.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2004
Excellent! I have been a parent at Briar Vista for 5 yrs and am always impressed at the schools focus on the entire child. The public Montessori Education has blossomed over the last 4 years. I have 2 children in the program and both are excelling in state and national test, but more importantly they enjoy and our challenged at Briar Vista.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2004
Briar Vista is an excellent school with a lot of parent participation. The Montessori curriculum and the diversity of our population makes the school very unique. Briar Vista has one of the best principals in the county. She is always available to listen to your concern because she cares.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2004
Our child is 10 now and attends school in Florida but she attended here for kindergarten and 1st grade Montessori. We can't say enough positive things about this school. The environment is one of kindness and concern with a real sense of family. There were so many positive experiences that carried over into her success now. She had the top points for Accelerated Reader for her grade last year and constantly gets great grades and recognition. She talks about 'when I go to college' at 10 years old. Briar Vista strives to provide a strong foundation for her students and the sky is the limit!

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Briar Vista Elementary School
1131 Briar Vista Ter NE, Atlanta, GA  30324
(678) 874-5902
Last modified Briar Vista Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Briar Vista Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top