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Briar Vista Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 380 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 14 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 9, 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


Posted March 6, 2014

Briar Vista is a great school! The teachers are fantastic, and my son is having a great experience at the school. He is learning a lot and loves going to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 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


Posted March 6, 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


Posted March 6, 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


Posted March 6, 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


Posted March 5, 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


Posted March 5, 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


Posted March 5, 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


Posted March 5, 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


Posted March 5, 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted August 7, 2013

We love Brair Vista Elementary! The Montessori curriculum is fantastic! My daughters teacher is amazing! Briar Vista has a lot of very dedicated and caring teachers. The new administration is wonderful! Briar Vista has a new principal that is very positive, caring and dedicated! She is already making wonderful positive changes to the school. We are looking forward to a great school year!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 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


Posted July 9, 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


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 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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

63 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

63 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

51 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

50 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
69%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 42% 12%
White 28% 44%
Black 17% 37%
Asian 10% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1131 Briar Vista Ter NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: (678) 874-5902

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