I used to go to Kittredge up until I left for Chamblee. I absolutely loved the school! Sure, I lived about 30-40 minutes away, but it was worth the drive! At first, I was really sad and angry I was leaving my home school and all of my elementary friends, but I soon dropped all regrets as soon as I went. All of my teachers were wonderful, helpful, caring, and overall engaged and made learning fun! I made so many friends that I love, and I felt that I belonged at Kittredge, and felt truly accepted. You are expected to be responsible and do your work. The pace is much faster, be prepared, and you'll get much more work! My elementary school never gave us a lot of work, and going to Kittredge and getting the work load was a shock. As I progressed, I grew to love Kittredge. We had over night field trips going to Rock Eagle in 4th and 6th grade, and Jekyll Island in 5th. The over night tips were a blast and gave me many good memories. Club days and other celebrations, like Pi Day, are just few of the many things Kittredge did to ensure we were having fun, as well as learn new things each and everyday! I really miss Kittredge, and would do anything to go back!
My daughter attended Kittredge for three years. Overal, it was a wonderful educational and life experience. It is important to note that the children who live on the south side of the county are at a disadvantage. They do not have the same opportunity for tutoring, after school activities and other extra curicular activities due to limited hours and travel distances. Unfortunately, some of the minority children felt the sting of discrimination. I explained to my daughter that she would have to realize this is the reality of the diverse world in which we live. I am glad she learned the lesson early. She now knows how she is percieved and can focus her energy on being a wonderful world citizen.
Kittredge is a hard school. They give more homework and cover topics in far more depth than the average public school. Because of the accelerated pace, they have little ability to hand hold. Kids are expected to manage their time and complete their homework. Their philosophy is that if a child is struggling then they should go back to their home school and let another high achiever take a shot. That being said, every subject has a tutoring session once a week after school. My son was very nervous the first semester because there is always the specter that you could get kicked out for not maintaining a B average. They also have a monthly club day where the kids blow off steam by attending the Science Fiction Club, Board Game Club, Gardening Club or another of the 23 clubs during school. The kids really look forward to this. There is no community feeling because kids come from all over the county. Parents are less likely to volunteer because of the distances from home to school and consequently the PTA is always looking for volunteers. A student in our car pool last year replied that Kittredge was the first school where he really felt appreciated .
I was thrilled when my son got in through the lottery for fourth grade; however, since then, we have experienced teachers with no sense of accountability or follow-through, administrators who do no respond well to parent concerns, constant lack of or mis-communication, and an overall unwillingness to respond appropriately to parental concerns. I am completely flummoxed by a new set of rules put in place under the guise of tightening security after the Sandy Hook tragedy that do not in any concrete way deal with the very real security holes at the school but instead prevent parents and taxpayers from reasonable oversight of the teachers and administrators. In addition, they do seem to teach to the test and, despite their over inflated sense of themselves the teachers and administrative do not seem to infuse any creativity into the lessons. Given the way Kittredge teachers and administrators present themselves, I am very disappointed. My son is extremely unhappy and bored to tears. I am looking at other options for him. Hopefully, the new principal can inspire change and make Kittredge what it is rumored to be: a school of excellence.
We had high expectations for our 4th grader, but have been sadly disappointed. Students are from all over Dekalb so there is no sense of community or social interaction; there is no relevant PTA; the principal (who just resigned mid-year) is rarely seen or heard from; technology is dated and poor. The positives are the teachers, who are kind, caring and seem to love teaching, there is music instruction, and the class size is slightly smaller than other Dekalb schools. But in general we wish we had stayed at our neighborhood school - our child would be with his friends and he would be learning the exact same curriculum.
This school is a great place for sending your child so you shouldn't spend your money on some fancy private school. Kittredge is an awesome and you can do a lot of hands-on activities. It is not like a regular public school, it has no bullying what so ever and at regular public schools you don't go to overnight fieldtrips like Kittredge. And when your done with Kittredge you don't have to worry about sending your child back to thier home school they go to Chamblee Middle to Chamblee High automactically.
This school rates well for a public school. However, my daughter transferred out of this school to a private school after one year. I felt that this school was still "just teaching the test." Nice teachers, nice kids, but still just a typical public school. If you are looking for a true challenge for your high achiever, make the sacrifice and send her to a private school.
Kittredge is one of the BEST schools your child can attend for the early educational years. It emphasizes good learning skills, motivates your children to find a zeal for school, and also is above and beyond most of the rest of the states' test scores and reading levels. There is rarely a problem with teachers, as they are busy challenging your child's mind everyday. It is enriching in every way- reading bowl, math club, science club, you name it. Also, the teachers and staff are truly heplful in getting your child to succeed. Teachers do get to know students on a basis as to know how students like to learn. Having attended this school myself, it is excellent in preparing you for middle, high school, and in the future, college. Kittredge churns out some of the brightest minds I've ever seen.
This is a "one size fits all" approach to education. The emphasis on testing and test scores interferes with the teachers' ability to get to know the students as individual learners.
Kittredge is a really nice school. I'm in 6th grade and all the teachers are really nice and make sure you succeed. We just got back from an overnight field trip and it was AWESOME. I'm so lucky we can go on a field trip like this. Some people think that Kittredge is really lame but its really cool and I would recommend it to anyone.
I am a 6th grade student at KMS and I don't know what everybody else is talking about, but Kittredge is an AMAZING school!!!! ALL of the kids here are super nice, and so are all of the teachers. Anyone would be LUCKY to get into KMS. We do the best things here, like go on many fun trips like Jekyll and Rock Eagle. A lot of people say that Kittredge gives way too much homework, but it honestly doesn't. NOTHING here is boring. Once you come here you WON'T want to leave
I am (was) student at Kittredge Magnet School that just graduted (Class of 2010). I can honestly say that the past 3 years at KMS have been unfogettable ones. I feel the teachers go out of their way to help us set, reach, and exceed in our goals. Although I had doubts in the beginning, I can say that having the chance to attend this school was a true blessing. I have made so many close and unforgettable friends, have done so many fun activities (that you probably NEVER do at a regular school, e.g., Club Day, Pi Day, and other fun activities), and have learned so many things, that have put me one step (or steps) ahead of the average rising 7th grader. I would definitely recommend this school to any one that wants a great learning exprience.
i like the school in general but i dont like the enviroment. dont get me wrong, its a nice school but you can do better.
I am writing because my daughter is in her 3rd/last year of attending Kittredge Magnet. Prior to that she tested as very 'gifted' 'high performing' and 'creative' and in the discovery program at one of the top elementary schools in the state. She in the top one percent in the country in the ITBS, etc. Still it's lot of work. When she sees her friends at her old school (she is still close with them)they usually complain about how 'boring' it is. My daughter enjoys going to Kittredge and always says so. She likes the variety in the curriculum & club day; music, etc. Also she has great friends and great teachers there. In the last year she has really gotten her act together and does all her homework and projects completely on her own. There are some ADD/ADHD as well as Asperger kids there- surely a challenge. Nothing is perfect.
The previous review refers to Kittredge as a school for those who are intellectually gifted. This is NOT true. It is for high achieving students, though, because of the test score requirement, many students who are there ARE gifted. Also, gifted students generally pick up on topics quickly, and typically need LESS homework, and certainly less busywork.
Excuse me for my mistake, but as the review below stated, Kittredge Magnet School for High Acheivers, is, as its name implies, for high acheivers, with the great majority being gifted. Being gifted, these children, i agree, are quick to understand topics. They also, i have observed, tend to be more creative and think 'out of the box.' That is simply what I meant, sorry if it caused any confusion. None the less, Kittredge is a wonderful school.
My daughter attended Kittredge Magnet School. She loved the teachers, atmosphere and students. I felt that from day one, the teachers helped her learn organizational skills that she has kept to this day.
I'm a fifth grade student of KMS. I think kittredge is great because it has challenging work that's really fun. One thing I don't like about KMS is that it sometimes pushes kids too much to do their homework and it can be really stressful.
Kittredge is simply exceptional. The teachers and staff are well trained and the administration is very capable. I had my son who just graduated from KMS and my daughter is a 5th grader. I have nothing but good things to say about this wonderful school.
Kittredge does an wonderful job overall in challenging their students in ways that are interesting, with a lot of project based work. The majority of the staff seem to care deeply about the students and their learning. The school has been a god-send for my child. My only complaint is that the homework load is far too heavy, and that because the school is so well respected and does what they do so well, school leadership does not really seem open to listening to parent feedback, at least not in this area.
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