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Ashford Park Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 539 students

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 23, 2014

What really makes the school impressive is the level of parental involvement and support which only continues to improve as more and more people move into the surrounding n'hoods. It is one of the best neighborhood/parent supported schools, in my opinion, in all of DeKalb County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

My child has been in the inaugural German Immersion program at Ashford Park, and I have to say, Das ist Ausgezeichnet! What an amazing opportunity, and a fun family adventure. I could not be more pleased with the teachers and parental commitment to the school. We are joyfully looking forward to the years ahead at our gem of a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

We love Ashford Park School and couldn't be happier with our decision to send our children to APES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

We have just transferred to this school from the Cobb County School District (East Cobb). I have to say that I have been very happy with this school. I have a 2nd grader and he is doing better academically than ever. His teacher and the entire administration has been wonderful to work with. I feel that they truly care about each and every child and embrace their differences. I am very happy with the community and APS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

My school is Ashford Park Elementary. I have had a child there for five years. She was screened in kindergarten and put in the gifted program, which is one of the best I have ever seen. I love that the kids get to go on field trips, we, as parents are hooked up online with the teachers and can communicate easily. Ashford Park School has a large and very active PTA community, with great support from local businesses as well. The volunteer spirit is strong and the grounds are almost exclusively cared for by parent volunteers. We have done many beautification projects so that it is a pleasure just to drive by the school. There are lots of great after school programs encouraging science, athletics, chess and others. The school is so popular that many parents have moved into the area, filling the school to capacity. I think the only improvement we might need is a bigger facility!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

We have been at Ashford Park for 5 years and we now have two children who attend. It truly is an amazing school that has a strong foundation that is built upon a caring and compassionate Administration, hard working teachers who go above and beyond and last but not least very involved parents. The partnership that now exists between the Administration, teachers and parents is immeasurable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

APS is an amazing school and really enclosed in a great community. We have fought hard to stay in this district because of the vast improvements we've seen at the school in the last few years. Kudos to teachers, our new principal and parents who continue to support APS growth and improvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

APS is a gem! We've been at the school for 3 years now and just love it. Tons of after school options for the kids, warm loving teachers who teach to the child, wonderfully involved parents and a Principal who is forward thinking, accessible and determined to take the school to the top. What else could a parent ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2013

I am the parent of a 3rd grade student. My child has had all A's since Kindergarten. The teachers are fabulous, and well prepared to teach. I am very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2013

I have two children at Ashford Park Elementary and I have been extremely pleased with the education that both have received to date. Ashford Park is a great community school with rock solid leadership and high quality teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

We have a son finishing up first grade at Ashford Park and a daughter who will start in Kindergarten there next fall. We have been VERY pleased with the quality of education our son has received at APS so far. We have loved both of his teachers, both of whom care about him on a personal level but are not afraid to hold him accountable from both an educational and behavioral standpoint. He is clearly getting smarter, both inside and outside the classroom, and has a ton of great friends that he has made at the school. We have considered several of the private schools in the area, and still might for middle school, but at least through his elementary school years we are overjoyed to have found a fantastic place for our kids to learn and grow like Ashford Park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

Ashford Park School has seen a wonderful increase in test scores, parental participation, achievement awareness, and after school programming over the past 4 years. Many of my good friends are parents of my children's classmates. We have met through a mutual participation in many events/functions at the school. If I were grading the school, I would give it a 91% (great, but still some polishing to do),
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

Great teachers, great school and in a great neighborhood! We feel fortunate to be in one of the "good" schools in DCSS.


Posted December 16, 2011

Been w/ Ashford Park for 5+ yrs. Our son started out in K and is now a 4th grader. Could have opted for a $15k/a private school. But why? I love the diversity,and all the teachers are on top of their game. Plus, he gets to experience all that life has to offer! No preselection by income, color, faith, language. Ashford has it all, and all the parents stand behind it!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2011

Ashford Park is a wonderful community school. The teachers are caring (a few weeks into school, it seems as if every teacher knows every child's name in the hall, even those they don't teach), the parents are extemely involved (and we continue to see more and more involvement each year), and the students are learning so much. We feel fortunate to be in one of the "good" schools in DCSS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

We've had our children at APS for three years and are thrilled with our experience there! The level of parental involvement is amazing. The teachers truly care about the children. This year there are several new after school activities being offered which is wonderful and further enhances our children's learning experience. What a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

We are very pleased with our experience at Ashford Park School. We have been there for 1 yr and have thoroughly enjoyed the teachers, staff and PTA. The PTA is full of very involved parents who help to make the school "excellent". I am also very happy that the school requires uniforms which brings the children together and helps them to concentrate on school and not "who's wearing what". The community around Ashford Park also give generously and are applauded for this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

I am so happy my child is going to Ashford Park. The teachers and the staff are caring and loving. The kids are learning so much. I could not be happier! It is a very close knit community, with lots of parental involvement. I'm glad to be a part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2010

We moved our boys to Ashford Park three years ago from private school. I can only say that we wish we had made the move earlier. The quality of teachers and staff is phenomenal. It is a happy school with a friendly group of parents. What my children have learned since being there has amazed me. As you consider your options for schools, I encourage you to get over to Ashford Park Elementary and check it out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

The people and the love they pour into the children
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

79 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

78 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

62 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

61 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
64%
Social Studies

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
81%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
White 43% 44%
Hispanic 31% 12%
Black 14% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Third Place - Divison I Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (2012)
  • Third Pace - County Spelling Bee Winner (2012)
  • Honor Orchestra Participation (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • German
Foreign languages taught
  • German
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. LaShawn McMillan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • email PTA: ashfordparkpta@gmail.com
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (678) 676-6710

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • German
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • German
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutorial Program
Transportation options
  • School Bus
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Run Club
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Run Club

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Beta Club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Leadership Roundtable
  • Run Club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Provide School Tours
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Ashford Park Elementary is a neighborhood school that is nestled in the middle of Brookhaven. We have dedicated teachers and strong parental involvement. We are also very proud of our cultural diversity and our high level of academic achivement. Ashford Park Elementary is the best kept secret in Brookhaven!
School leaders can update this information here.

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Chamblee Middle School
Chamblee Charter High School
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2968 Cravenridge Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
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