We love Ashford Park Elementary! Wonderful neighborhood school with amazing community support. Teachers, students, parents, PTA, school council and Foundation all help this school be one that everyone loves.
Ashford Park is mediocre overall. I greatly appreciate the German immersion program but it can be disorganized and lack resources due to its "newness" . The teachers are largely helpful but occasionally you will get attitude or no responses (apparently teachers have 48 hours to respond to an inquiry due to school / union rules). School facilities are below average and DeKalb County simply does not care about the residents of the City of Brookhaven - it has other priorities apparently.
We are new to AP and it has exceeded our highest expectations. The school administration and teachers are proactive and engaged with parents to allow each child to get the best learning experience. Academically, the AP curriculum was ahead of the private school we left, and there are a lot of opportunities for a child to find whatever fits their learning needs and style- such as Odyssey of the Mind, STEM, and G&T. Even with the many great achievements by the school, the principal challenges herself and the school to see where they can do better for all children in the school. The parents are equally amazing- very involved in the school and supportive to each other.
I am quite surprised by the Great Schools rating. I have two children in this school and could not be happier. They both participate in the German immersion program. The teachers and parents involved in this school are amazing. The school gets better and better each year. Please don't pay attention to these Great school ratings. Check out the ratings or come see the school for yourself.
We have two children at this school and have been very pleased. There is a real sense of community and school pride. I can't imagine a school with more parental involvement. The teachers truly care about the children. An added bonus is the opportunity for our kids to learn a second language in a dual immersion classroom. I never imagined my two children would be speaking German to each other, but after just one year in they are already able to converse. There is a lot of research showing that learning a second language as a child has tremendous life long benefits. I wouldn't allow this GS rating to scare you away. This is a great little neighborhood school with an incredible staff and amazing student body!
I have 2 children at Ashford Park and I have been pleased with the level of rigor in the classroom and the expertise of the teachers. The teachers and administration are very warm and supportive. Great parent support. I love the small, community school feel.
The administration team is not helpful and at times just out rude. You walk into the school and it smells like sewage. The principal pushed the teachers to teach to a test and not the child. I would not recommend this school or district.