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Peachtree Middle School

Charter | 6-8 | 1344 students

 

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Posted September 30, 2014

In my honest opinion Peachtree is a really nice school. I've been attending for 3 years. I really like the teachers and many of the clubs they have to offer. Maybe some teachers are tough but, as far as I know if you do what you are told to you are fine. I really enjoy the 9 week art class they have to offer! P.E. department is okay. Running should be limited, but is not. Running the 6-8 laps isn't that bad.


Posted August 19, 2014

Teachers are not there to stay based on the new review process. They are evaluated on how they teach and coached and trained to improve. If that dies not happen there is an action plan for their dismissal. That is a new system as of 2014 and the teachers that want to improve embrace it. Teachers for the most part get into the profession because they want to make a difference since it certainly is not for the money. Peachtree has some teachers that are gems and at the end if the day it is what you as a patent make of it together with your student. Being involved in the school and with their homework makes a big difference. Getting to know their teachers and keep in communication with them is the key whether public or private.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

If you're in gifted classes, I think your child will be fine. However, in the high achiever classes, there's a large discrepancy in the quality of teachers. You might have a really good one for one subject and a really bad one for another subject. Nothing you can do about the bad teachers. They're there to stay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2014

I would not in a million years send my child to this train wreck! It is a continuation of the circus from the local elementary schools. Please don't be fooled by this school being located in Dunwoody. Do your research , talk to parents !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

It is almost impossible to get any services. Token classes are assigned, but the assortment of children within these classes and the skill level of the teachers make individual work with these children impossible. A remedial reading class that tries to address dyslexic needs along with significant intellectual impairment is a disaster. IEP meeting after IEP meeting gets token verbal commentary, but will not address the recommendations given by the latest psychological, even though they paid for the test to be given.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2013

Honestly, the school is about average. I am currently enrolled in the gifted classes in this school, but I am not overly impressed. 6th grade was a nightmare for me, due to the lack of understanding between the teachers and their students, but who knows that might've just been me. 7th grade went very well, and I picked up all of my grades to high A's, though some teachers seemed almost incompetent to understand what they were doing wrong. Just minor things here and there, though. 8th grade is going well, and I have yet to judge this grade! First semester has gone quite well, though the 8th grade teachers seem to not fully understand the idea of homework. Last thing to mention - students that are not enrolled in the gifted classes tend to encounter unfriendly or hostile peers, both in high achievers and the general courses.


Posted October 30, 2012

Our experience so far is mixed. Our child has several teachers she likes, but also has one who discusses emails from everyone's parents in the classroom, in front of all students (even singled out one student's parents by name). Some teachers are limited in their teaching styles and can only effectively address one type of learner. I am hoping the administration will push them to grow and develop their skills to be more effective. Also, I get the sense that some lesson plans were developed a long time ago and are religiously adhered to, regardless of students' responses or the appropriateness of the material---the low average grades on many assignments should be a cause for concern, but I have yet to see any response/effort to change from the administration or the teachers. We are hoping we can stay in the school but are undecided right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

My son attended this school for 6th and 7th grade. It was a nightmare. Previous to coming here, he was an honor roll student, who always received high praises and comments from his teachers in regards to his behavior. There were two teachers in particular that made his life miserable. They sat in a conference with me and my child and degraded him the entire time. They had not ONE positive thing to say about him - while he was sitting right there in their presence. Their number one complaint was that he was out of compliance with the dress code. Not that he was fighting, or causing a disturbance in the class - but the dress code - his shirt tail was constantly out. My son literally hated school for 2 years. You can't expect a child to respond and learn when he feels that the enviroment is hostile. Ironically, I have spoken to other parents that have had the same experience. When I went to withdraw my child for this school year, two of the teachers very quietly told me that it was the absolute right thing to do. He is at a new school now and is flourishing. The teachers have nothing but nice things to say and he absoulutely loves the new learning enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2012

PCMS is run like a juvenile detention center, not like a school. I witnessed an asst. principal yelling at students in the morning to "hurry up!" as they walked to homeroom. My 6th grader told me how his math teacher yelled at students daily; to the point where kids would cry. And, the counselor would not place my son in the correct level of classes so he was doing math that he mastered 2 years ago - getting the homework done in 5 minutes while the rest of the class struggled. Is that education? We didn't think so. So, we pulled him after 2 weeks. Saving up for private school & I will home study him with retired teachers & tutors for now. Stay away from Dekalb County Schools! Your children will thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

Great school my daughter has been there 2 years possibly 3 next school season, and love how disciplined they are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2011

me too I did not like the PE period its all about runing only and the coach is very tough with the kids, my son gets tierd of runing ..also I do not like the idea of dividing the students into teams, they do not communicate or see each others ... but in term of education and organization its a good school.... Faye
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2010

I find PCMS to be a good school so far, one complaint I do have is the LACK OF HOMEWORK!!! My child is a honor student which helps because these students dont get home work. Therefor I had to develop my own system to enhance my childs studies daily.I would like to see these students challenged more academically!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2010

My child has been there 3 days and, so far, we're underwhelmed. The website is confusing. Information about pre-registration was unclear and hard to find and when we got there, the office staff was less than helpful. Staff was standing by the front door the first day handing out warning slips to children they deemed were dressed inappropriately. Our child, wearing what she thought was in compliance with the dress code, failed to wear a collared shirt the first day, so immediately received a Notice of Violation of Dress Standard and possibility of suspension next time. She reports that the gym teacher yelled at them the whole, first day class and another teacher spent the entire class time going over the DeKalb County student handbook. Another teacher gave them busy work the first class for about 15 minutes. I hope the rest of the year is better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

My son has been there for 3 years and the experience has been great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2009

My daughter did like the teachers but did not get to see her friends very often. The teachers discouraged socializing, however my daughter was a very social girl and did not like that at all. They divide each grade into teams: P, C, M (6th grade only), and S. S is generally the gifted team, P is the high achiever/general, as is C (and M, for 6th grade). The students from the various teams did not see each other often--if ever. Another thing my daughter did not like was the PE classes. Mostly the only thing that they do is run. The coaches deal with everything by making the students run. A program that they run is CV Day, every Monday where they have to run for the entire (55 minute) class period--not counting the 20 minutes they give the students to change. Overall it is an OK schoool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2008

I love this school! The teachers work together as a team and the communication has been wonderful. My child is not only doing well and learning, but he is also having fun and enjoying being a part of all academic and extra curricular programs that Peachtree has to offer. I am so proud to be a part of this community school and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a diverse, loving and challenging school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2004

This school is great and the teachers help out my child and told me what problem where with my child and let me know when his grades where falling and they have free lunch program that is great and awsome.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 21, 2004

Peachtree is a very pleasant Dekalb County school. The teachers are very caring and they really challenge the students to do their best. They don't baby them at all! They encourage parent participation. In fact it's mandatory!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 92% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

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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 93% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

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Reading

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The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

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

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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.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

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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 82% in 2012.

373 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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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The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 44%
Hispanic 24% 12%
Black 21% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 49%N/A51%
Female 51%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Brian Heptinstall
Fax number
  • (678) 676-7710

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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4664 N Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30338
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