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2408 Henderson Mill Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

(678) 874-3102
(678) 874-3110
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February 17, 2015
I was hesitant about sending my gifted child to a public school and seriously investigated private schools instead. I am very glad that I have my child at Henderson Mill. In addition to being the first elementary school in Georgia with STEM certification, Henderson Mill has a VERY strong Discovery (gifted) program. The school doesn't just pay lip service to its STEM program. The children have constant and ongoing emphasis on Sciences and Mathematics. The new principle is outstanding. He is very hands on when it comes to the education of the children within his school, going so far as to "race" the kids in mathmatics on a weekly basis. In addition, the gifted program is strongly emphasized and is a pull-out program. My gifted child is encouraged to excel both in the Discovery class and in the homeroom class. I would highly recommend that if you want a great, learning environment for your child, Henderson Mill is an excellent choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2015
Overall I think it's a good school but could use some improvements. I agree with a previous review that states that the school is not parent friendly. I have been emailing my son's 5th grade teacher for about a month now, requesting a conference and about homework. I have yet to get a response from her. I do not like that. I prefer to be involved in my child's schooling and not answering my emails or returning phone calls is not a good thing to me. We will be moving to Henry County in the next few weeks. Hopefully the new school will be better.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2014
This school is not parent friendly, too many attitudes and rudness around. Teachers lack of professionalism and communications skills. Very disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
My son has been at HMES since kindergarten. He is in 2nd grade now. This school Is awesome. Friendly environment. My son could read perfectly in kindergarten. Thanks to his wonderful teachers. I LOVE this school and recommend it 100%

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
With the help from Henderson Mill my daughter has excelled in learning to read, write and speak. She is in a special needs classroom and the teachers treat them with respect and take the time to adjust their teaching skills to help the children understand. They communicate on a regular bases to discuss whats working or NOT with my child, they included me in all around decision and help me understand why they came to a certain decision. They are professional at all times and they care for the well being of ALL children not just mine and in today's time that mean allot to ANY parent. The doctors did not think my daughter would speak and she is reading, writing and talking do to the help of the teachers. As a parent of a special needs child you have your moments when you melt down! But the teachers help build you back up and let you know your not in this fight alone and they help you along the way. Over and beyond is a under statement of the staff members and with all the things going on in the world this schools makes the world a better place and the safety of your child is never in question. I appreciate everything the schools does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
HMES is a wonderful school. The teachers are fabulous and the new principal is very caring and involved (as was the previous principal). The parents are the icing on the cake. Parents are involved and make this school a community!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
HMES is a wonderful school, based in the neighborhood, with a great community and active parent involvement. The school was the first K-5 school in GA to become state STEM certified (Science Technology Engineering and Math). It has very dedicated teachers, a diverse population, and committed parents who organize night events, fund field trips, etc The school has PE everyday (rare in metro Atlanta), art, music, a dedicated science teacher, and all the special education teachers needed. You will not be disappointed if you send your children there. It also offers an active after school program with free activities, as well as other ones for a small fee. In 5th grade, students can choose band and/or orchestra. The gifted program is also a strength of the school. I love the discovery teacher who tries to expand the students' abilities and horizons even more. The biggest strength I see, is that teachers work together, teachers and parents also work together, and all the children benefit. A very good sign too, is that staff and teachers usually ask for their own children to come to this school!!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
HMES is a great school. When we first looked at schools, we were hesitant to explore public school education, but have been absolutely delighted with our choice to attend HMES. Positives for us are the great teaching staff, wonderful leadership from the principal, well-kept facilities, art and music instruction and PE, a high expectation for student performance, a great gifted program, and many opportunities for parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
Henderson Mill is an excellent school because of the wonderful principal and teachers! It is the first traditional public elementary school in the ENTIRE STATE of Georgia to be "STEM certified" by the State Dept. of Education. "STEM" is science, technology, engineering and math -- the school has incorporated fun LEGO and engineering projects, gardening activities, etc. into the curriculum. These enrichment activities engage the kids, and they don't even realize they are learning from them! Henderson Mill has an excellent pull-out gifted program as well -- I understand that Oak Grove doesn't pull out for gifted, so that is a real advantage at Henderson Mill. Don't be put off by its Title I status -- gifted students get wonderful support too, and the Title I status has provided funding for a full-time Science teacher. The gifted students at Henderson Mill do just as well on testing as those at Oak Grove, Briarlake, or Evansdale - don't just look at overall test scores. Because of its proximity to Emory, this is a diverse student body, with many cultures - great preparation for the global society. My kids have friends from China, India, Ethiopia. HMES is a hidden gem!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
the school is close by at walking distance. the principal seems to be genuinely caring, so are the staff. it would be perfect if aftercare can serve more students.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Teachers are nosy. Principal is rude. My child was bullied twice by students 4 years older than him. Once he was slapped on the bus in front of everybody, another time he got kicked in the face at the bus stop. No one ever did anything. What happened to all this ANTI-BULLYING that they make such a big deal about. Turns out it is all for show. Also they are constantly asking for money. They wanted 5 dollars to cover postage of a one page letter that was to be mailed for a project. STAMPS COST 50c

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
My son has special needs and Hendersonmill Elementary has a great staff of teachers who cares about their students.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
Henderson Mill Elementary is a wonderful school. The curriculum is outstanding. Some (not all) of the teachers at HME are not as engaging with children as they should be, if you know what I mean (for a lack of better words). The administrative staff is very rude and makes you feel as through you and your child is of no importance. Again, this school is wonderful. If you want a great curriculum i.e. education for your child I guess you can't ask for a great attitude with it , at least not at HME. This is just my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
On the way to Henderson Happening 2010 my daughter told me she loves Henderson Mill Elementary. The PTA is large and involved which in my opinion is the reason why the school is great. Teachers are encouraging and well equipped to help your child succeed. The administration is good also. One thing I appreciate about the Prinicpal is that she knows your child! Academically my daughter is doing well and likes going to school. I think the school is doing their job.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
This is our 5th year at HMES. We have 3 children & they are all students there this year. We love it. It is an exciting environment & our children are learning a lot. It is a great neighborhood school as well, lots of neighborhood kids in their classes. It is a diverse school as well and that has been invaluable for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Terrific administration, staff, and teachers! Also, wonderful, caring involved families!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
Our daughter have been at the HMES for 5 years and she love it... We Love the school, Dr. Jackson is always there to answer the parents questions, The teacher are so nice, prepare and very professional. When we live to the middle we are going to miss them very much.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2009
my son is on first grade. he loves this school, the teacher (Mss Etwurtzel), and the principal.

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September 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
We have been at HMES for three years. Both of our daughters attend school there, and we could not be happier. The diverse environment continues to teach our girls that although people do not all look the same and speak the same language, we are all unique, special and should enjoy the same opportunities to learn. The teachers at HMES really take an interest in each individual student and many parents are extremely involved. What a special place....it feels like family when we are all working together towards the best education possible for our children!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2008
Henderson Mill has been a great fit for my daughter. We have been at HMES since 2004 when she was in kindergarten. All-in-all, the teachers are excellent and enthusiastic even though they meet challenges teaching in a very diverse community (i.e. language barriers). The PTA is fantastic and has many great activities for families. The administrators and office staff have always treated me with respect and courtesy. We love Henderson Mill!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2008
Teachers try hard but there are some discipline problems; secretary's curt; not a lot of supervision with after care; school lunch choices too full of fat.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
In this age of high-staked testing, I find it a pleasant surprise that my daughter, who is in kindergarten, has PE class EVERYDAY! I was told only 4% of Georgia schools have daily PE class and I am so glad that HMES is one of them. Everybody is concerned about childhood obesity and related illnesses, I applause HMES for a real step up to help children to fight this war. I am also impressed with parent involvement and student diversity at this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2007
When we looked at school districts I thought I would want one of the 'big'named schools, but I'm very happy we selected the HMES district. Because it is under the radar, there isn't the huge overcrowding problems other schools are experiencing and at the same time the children are receiving a wonderful education. My older child has several learning challenges (dyslexia, audiotory processing, ADD) and the school and her teachers have gone above and beyond in helping her excel. Honestly I think too much emphasis is placed on the scores of the schools regarding their ranking. I am much more concerned with what my children are learning and retaining on a daily basis and HMES does that. Regarding the scores, the school has a hearing impaired program that is wonderful ESL program which has helped make my kids more emphathetic towards others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2007
Our child attended this school for 2 years, before transferring to private school. We were extremely disappointed in the lack of excitement on the part of the staff. Our child's teacher used antiquated teaching methods. The office staff was unfriendly and unable to answer questions appropriately. The administrators were not very approachable, and were actually rude, when we tried to discuss serious concerns with them. The school environment was not one that was uplifting for the students-it was rather depressing. I hope that Henderson Mill will implement some new teachers with fresh ideas.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
My child was in the after school program which did not provide a disciplined, positive environment. The administrative and teaching staff was lacking in enthusiasm and drive. Parental involvement was less than desired due to the number of families who did not speak English. Would have loved to have met them, but language and cultural barriers prevented us. Not the right fit for my child.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2007
This is a great school. Everyone looks at test scores and ours are going up, up, up. The scores on this website need to be updated. Check the DOE website. The teachers really care about the children, and it is a safe environment where children are learning all day. Come see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
My kids have done very well at HMES and have had very good teachers. The principal, Dr. Jackson, has been successful in leading the teachers and students to increase test scores. The PTA is very active and was successful in getting Kaboom! to install a new playground (thanks Ms.Kiesling).

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
I am a parent at this school and my daughter LOVES it!! She is leaving this year and DOES NOT want ot leave. She loves all her teachers, gets taught VERY,VERY well and parent involvement is great. We even are getting a computer lab!! This school has 3 thumbs up!! Any child deserves to go to such a GREAT school!! - A VERY Satisfied Parent

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2004
Great school near Emory Univ and Mercer Univ. A lot of families are associated with Emory/CDC/VA/GT/GST and Downtown companies. Frequent winners in Math tournaments and chess games.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2004
Last year was my son's first year at HME and it was wonderful. The teacher were nice and also the coach. My only concern was the fact that he did not have a lot of homework on a weekly basis. But,other than that the teachers were very wonderful. I hope the same for next year which will be his last year.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2004
I love this school and the staff, all the way to the bus driver. My daughter is in a special hearing impaired class and has had nothing short of a wonderful expierence. We are proud to be HME Hawks parents!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2004
some really good things are going on at this school. Likewise, they're stuck in a rut in other areas and could use an infusion of administrative/teacher enthusiasm.

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Henderson Mill Elementary School
2408 Henderson Mill Rd NE, Atlanta, GA  30345
(678) 874-3102
Last modified Henderson Mill Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Henderson Mill Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top