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Barksdale Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 532 students

 

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Posted August 26, 2014

This is by far the BEST school here! We just moved to Rockdale and my kids were very nervous starting a new school. Now they can't wait to wake up to go to school! Kudos to the staff at Barksdale Elementary! You all go over and beyond for the kids and parents . Thank you all! , Aimee Pirkey
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

My youngest child is starting 1st grade this year. He previously attended c.j. Hicks elementary, which was an ok school. He has already met many teachers at Barksdale and everyone has been so supportive and kind to my whole family. Most of the teachers there have been teaching for over 20 years. They were kind and helpful with the whole changing process. I personally believe Barksdale is one of the best schools in the district. If your looking for a warm, friendly enviornment, then i suggest Barksdale
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2013

I give my school 5 stars because learning is the number one priority always! Barksdale is high above standard for Rockdale County Standards. GO PIRATES!!!


Posted May 2, 2013

We have been so pleased at BES. The staff is amazing and our children have thrived here. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2012

Love this school! Cannot say enough about how great the entire staff has been to my family since 2009.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

Great, engaged and proactive teachers, advanced curriculum. My daughter loves it here and its the closest thing to private school in a public format!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2011

Barksdale is an excellent school to send your children to. As a mother of 2 I'm very pleased with this school. Diversity is honored at Barksdale by all walks of life. They welcome you to join the learning community that is instilled in the day to day routine. Teachers and admistratlrs are very dedicated towards helping children grow and learn. Everyone is very friendly beyond expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

Hello to everyon, I have three children at barksdale right now, 4th,3rd, and kindergarten. I just wanted to say that everyone is going to have a different experience at any school. I am a black parent and I don't feel the school is racist at all they have always treated my family with the up most respect. I have often wished there were more black teachers on staff but through a little research I have found that number one this town use to be mostly white so they had more white teachers here. Some of the teachers have been here for 20, 30 years, now, to me as long as they are not racist that;s fine. When people love their jobs and where they work they stay. Should the school fire white teachers so they can hire new black teachers, I don't think so. I do pay attention to when there are opening like there was a few moths ago and they hired a new para a good friend of mine and she's black. Now do I think they should only hire blacks until they catch up no, that would be unfair to every other race. Young black mother from Decatur loving barksdale and the town it's in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2010

I have one child who attended BES 1st-5th grade, another who is a rising 3rd grader, and another who is about to begin kindergarten. I cannot give enough praise for the professionalism, concern and dedication of the teachers and staff at BES. From the principal to the custodians, everyone there seems to have an eagerness to see our children succeed. I'm proud of BES and very happy that my children are a part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2010

I'm a single parent with a father that just passed away. The principle ignored a letter that I sent to her about my child's attendance. Unless you are a stay-at-home soccer mom, you are constantly being harassed by the school. No understanding for working single parents whatsoever!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

Fantastic teachers and great students... I love Barksdale Elementary! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

As a parent of a child at BES, I am saddened to read such ignorance. BES staff teach each child utilizing the same tools regardless of skin color. The admin. should stick together if your child is in the wrong. It takes both the school and parents working together to raise an educated and well behaved child. Do your part! The school only has two black teachers because noone had applied for teaching positions there in awhile that were black, and even if they applied - there has to be an opening. Most teachers have been in their career for quite some time, at the same school. My child is white and reaps no extra benefit! The tools, textbooks, and expectations are the same for every child, no matter what their skin color. I'm here to stay too, so let's work together to raise educated children, not bigots!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

I have had no complaints at all this year. The teachers all seem to be truly concerned about the welfare of my child. I had a concern that I emailed to the guidance counselor. Within two days, I had a message back from the principal addressing my concerns. My child is happy and secure, and learning new things every single day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

I have had a student at this school since 1998. Now I only have one more year to look forward to , until my youngest moves on to Middle School. The teachers, administrators , teacher assistants , and cafeteria staff are the best. They are all very supportive of the children and only want for them to do their best. Everyone knows their role in the process and really steps up to the plate in making magic happen. When my oldest left for Middle School she embarked on an adventure that really has changed her life. Thanks to Barksdale she was ready for it. Now, I am hoping the same for my youngest. If you are looking for a place to live and send your child to public school, this is the place to choose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

I am a parent whose fifth grader has attended Barksdale since Kindergarten and at present have a second grader enrolled. I have nothing but praise for this school. I have never encountered any problems with the administrative staff or the teachers in the many years we have been there. I say we because Barksdale welcomes the whole family and not just the student. Their primary concern is excellence in education and helping parents encourage and nurture productive citizens in our communities through many community service projects and fundraisers. The success to any school environment is parental involvement at the onset and not as a problem arises. I have not encountered any racial strife or racial tension in my many years as a Barksdale parent and I am a Black woman.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

I am a retired teacher that taught at Barksdale for over 25 years. This is a school that truly cares about its students and the community. The teachers are hard working and want only the best for their students. The administration is always right there supporting the staff, parents, and students. It saddened me to read the review that implied that children/families are treated differently according to their race. Nothing could be further from the truth. It sounds like the reviewer came looking for problems or more likely brought them with her. Folks who wants to live in the Atlanta area knows that they will be living and working in a racially diverse environment. Its a fact of life. Any parent who wants to roll up their sleeve and work with the Barksdale staff to provide the best possible education for their child will be welcomed with open arms.


Posted May 28, 2008

Barksdale is a wonderful place. The teachers, administration and staff are always warm and friendly. I truly beleive that the staff are there for the students and are willing to do whatevr it takes to help. They embrace the changes in Rockdale county and are working together to help ALL students succeed. I am glad to have had my chidlren attend Barksdale and wish them much success in years to come!


Posted March 11, 2008

My children have been at Barksdale for 4 years now and my youngest is in the second grade so we still have a few years left. As a parent, my experience at barksdale has had its up and downs. The administration is difficult to deal with when issues arise with black students, they all stick together. They only had one black teacher when my children first started and now they have two. The racial tension at Barksdale is so thick, you notice it as soon as you walk through the door. It has the potential to be a great school for all children but right now it is more beneficial for white students. I hear the complaints and read them in the Rockdale Citizen about the 'type' of people moving here from Dekalb County and how unhappy the original Rockdale community is ... Well leave then!! We are here to stay!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

My son has attended Barksdale from K-5th grade. Overall, it is excellent for a public school. They do a great job with average students. However, very bright children, like my son, are not challenged. Attending 'Program Challenge' once per week is not enough. I found most of his teachers did not encourage him to work at his potential. They were content for him to do the minimum required coursework. As a result, my son was often bored at school. However, this is very dependent on the teacher. Parent participation at Barksdale was outstanding. Every meeting or event I attended was standing room only. Students were very well behaved, and school discipline was excellent. Barksdale should remain a great school for the next year or two. With the current influx of people moving to Rockdale from Dekalb county, things will gradually worsen. For now, Barksdale is the best in Rockdale.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2005

As a mother I want the absolute best for my children. I went to Barksdale for my elementary career and I am so proud to be able to offer my children the same chance. The school staff makes you glow inside with confidence...they did when I attended and they still do as my daughter attends. I can honestly say I would'nt have my children anywhere else, whether it be a public or private school! Barksdale is the best!
—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.

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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 86% in 2010.

68 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

68 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

68 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

89 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

89 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
76%
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 45% 44%
Black 43% 37%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Jana O'Kelley
Fax number
  • (770) 483-0665

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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596 Oglesby Bridge Rd SE
Conyers, GA 30094
Phone: (770) 483-9514

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