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PK-12
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Decatur, GA
Students enrolled: 513

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3250 Rainbow Drive
Decatur, GA 30034

(404) 486-6737
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December 15, 2014
My son is a junior and currently attends Greenforest and we both love it there! The adminstration, staff and students are wonderful! The class sizes are just right and prayer is always a daily first. My son's christian vocabulary has increased and he has definitely learned how to pray more effective and with so much more grace! I firmly do believe that if GOD is placed first in all things that we do, HE WILL MAKE A WAY!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2014
My son attended Greenforest ELC 2010-2013. When he graduated from Pre-K he was well equipped to enter Kindergarten at a local public magnet school with a solid foundation. He was above grade level in reading and socially well adjusted. Greenforest helped to instill the Christian values we held in our home to make his foundation even stronger.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2014
All three of my children attended Greenforest. I was quit pleased with the superior quality of education they received. My children all tested above their grade level when they went into the public school system. I know that I made the right choice for my children and I recommended this school very highly. Try them for your self and you will see that they are truly Awesome .Past Parent

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
WHAT A WASTE OF $5k!!!! ..DEFINITELY BEWARE!!! 9 years prior, I'd tried RELENTLESSLY to get my then 2-yr old daughter into the school. I tried for 2yrs straight and the school was always full, with a long waiting list. The school had great reviews and I had heard many great things about it from my peers so I was both excited and shocked when I learned that there were vacancies at this school Upon registration, the staff was courteous and seemed organized. We were provided a binder that contained the school's mission, rules and expectations, and detailed curricula specific to our child's class. Everything our child would be learning were at our fingertips before the first day of class. This, along with the good things we'd heard about it in the past- were the reasons we didn't mind paying the hefty tuition. In short, the school is the greatest FACADE I've EVER experienced. The appearance is clean, updated and polished. But this is nothing more than an over-sized, low-grade, EXPENSIVE DAYCARE FACILITY! The Director is A JOKE!!! And as a domino effect- so are the teachers and the school. She has successfully tarnished the legacy of this, once upon a time, great school!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2014
THE WORST EXPERIENCE EVER!!! BEWARE... THE WORST EXPERIENCE EVER!!! BEWARE... My son attended Green Forest Early Learning Center (their daycare) for exactly one week and that was enough for me!!! The administration (Director of ELC & Headmaster are very rude, unprofessional and insensitive). They will tell you whatever they need to tell you to get you to enroll and they will not deliver. Be sure to make sure you child is properly placed in the age and development appropriate class. They assign and move children based on class ratios not based on where your child is developmental wise. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
The administrative leadership at Greenforest has declined significantly over the past couple of years, which has frustrated the school's ability to retain staff and students. The constant turnover of teachers, which frequently has occurred in the middle of the school year and without much notice to students and parents, has been unsettling to students and parents alike. While most of the teachers who remain are loyal and care greatly for the students, the teachers have inadequate resources and the school environment is very unstable. There is a lack of accountability at every level of the administration, and the school likely will continue to be in a state of decline unless changes are made at the top.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
Greenforest is a great school. IM a educator in Atlanta public schools and there's a clear difference in learning and how kids are being taught. For instance, in APS u have the common core curriculum which is fine but it only allows maybe only a few says for a.student to learn subject matter. At Greenforest they have the habikka curriculum which teach more of an old school approach to learning not just memorization. Furthermore, they have great teachers and an great Christian curriculum to help ur child mature. My son is in first grade and we love the.academics and all the program they offer. Oh let me not forget to mention smaller class sizes too.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
My son went to Greenforest for two and a half years. Prior to those years he attended our local high school where he experienced negative peer pressure, oversized classrooms and a situation where teachers could not attent to his academic needs as closely as he needed. I understood that this was beyond that school's control and they were doing the best they could. My son needed something different and Greenforest gave that to him. Teachers were were more closely involved because of smaller class sizes. Discipline problems were a minimum because of their code of ethics and morals. Students are held accountable for behavior and so are parents. My son's grades improved greatly. At his request, made the decision to allow my son to return to the local school for his senior year. He regrets it!! He misses the structure, attention, intimate class setting, the staff and his friends. He says he learned more at Greenforest. Choosing Greenforest was the best decision I made for my son's academic and social and spiritual growth. I wish he was still there.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2013
Greenforest and its terrible!!!! This is my first year there. Talk about bad first impression! The lunches are extremely unhealthy. They should just serve public school lunches. I find that some of the teachers couldn't care less about the students. There is no learning. We copy notes off the board and are told to study them. All we do all day is write definitions, write words 3 times each and talk talk talk. I love everyone personally, but teaching is NOT for everyone.

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2013
Quality of school is thumbs down! I had a daughter that attended this school a few years back and i was greatly impressed. However, since my son has been enrolled over the course of 2 years i am sadly disappointed. Specifically the business staff is difficult to deal with and the registration fee and the increase in tuition is ridculous and the school does not justify the reason for the increase. Overall its just not worth it spending my hard earned money to a school that doesnt care about its parents and students. All they see is $$$ signs. I will say the curiculum is ok but nothing special that you cant get at another school in the same community thats more affordable and shows more appreciation.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2013
The ELC has been great for years, however I am greatly disappointed over the past 3 years.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
We now have 2 children in the early learning center and 1 in the academy- this is a wonderful place for any family. My children are soaring there.Very high academic standards-my 12 year old is in beta club & cheerleading,my 4 year old is taking piano lessons & blossoming and my 2 year old is completely potty trained and knows all her letters - we are blessed to be at green forest Saffie Muna Jeter

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2012
I am very happy with Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy. I have two kids who have attended school since the ELC Building. I have been very blessed because I have always landed on teachers who were ceritfied teachers. My kids are both grounded A students, who are advanced for their ages. 6yrs going into 2nd grade and 7yrs going into 3rd grade. If they were to go into Public school, the work would be too easy. As a parent I work in the Public school system and I see how poorly their academics are and how the schools keep failing. Im glad a made the right choice to place my kids in private school where they stay ahead of the game.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2012
This is an awesome school enroll your child in the ELC and the Academy Today!

- submitted by a community member
January 04, 2012
My son has attended the ELC since he was 3 and he is now in the Academy. I had the total opposite experience with the ELC. AT times I felt the work was to advanced and aggressive for 3 and 4 year olds; however, it helped my son tremendously. I also enrolled my daughter in middle school and have not had any problems.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
I thought my son was attending a Christian early learning center, but instead it was glorified babysitting. The facilities are bright and pristine, but the quality of care is severely lacking. My son attended the ELC for almost two years (from age 1 to almost 3). During the time he was there, I saw no evidence of curriculum-based learning (although they advertise the A Beka curriculum), untrained and unprofessional staff who did not speak to the children with dignity and respect, non-nutritious snacks (there were several occasions where my son was given candy, bubble gum, and lollipops as snacks), and the overuse of TV. I had to wean my 18 month old son off Elmo after discovering he watched youtube clips all day in the 1-year-old classroom. At 2, he could recall TV characters and movies that he had never been allowed to watch at home. And to make matters worse, the director of the ELC comes across as aloof, disconnected, and unconcerned with what goes on in the school. I chose to remove my child from the ELC and place him elsewhere, and noticed a difference in him within 2 days: he was disinterested in TV and talked about the educational activities he did at his new school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
Our child has been a student at this school in the ELC for 1 year. We have truly had a great experience. Wonderful staff & great parents. We highly recommend the school. Great instruction, Christian values & at home feeling. Our child loves to go to school Dr.& Mrs. Jeter

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
I have had five children to attend Greenforest's ELC, elementary, and middle schools. I have been very pleased overall with the academic foundation that they've each received. That being said, in the 17+ years that my family's been associated with the school, I can count on my hand the number of teacher complaints/concerns that I've had (that's pretty darn good). If you are looking for a school with some great teachers and a great curriculum, and you are looking to play an active role in your child's education, Greenforest may be the place for you. I have read the other reviews and can't speak about the current challenges at the ELC. We haven't been there for six years.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
Greenforest-McCalep is an excellent school for all grade levels. The school offers great academics, self awareness, our to live a christian life as young as 2 years old. The school has a great band and music department, their Black History Program, Grandparents Day Program, etc. are always outstanding. There sport department also excel.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
This school now have the GACAPS implemented and the environment has changed completely over the past year. Parents pants are sagging as they enter and exit the buidling and so is the childs! I totally agree with the Parent who posted on March 3, 2011 and would like to add that I feel that this program was accepted because this is for sure money from the State of Georgia to Greenforest. I can't believe that Greenforest would accept such a program to increase $$$'s and many parents that has supported Greenforest for years are very disappointed. This is not what the late Rev. McCalep had in mind when he built this Early Learning Center!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
My children have attended Greenforest since they were one year old and next school year my oldest will be going up to the elementary school. Thank goodness for that because they dont accept public assisstance in the elementary school. Accepting public assisstance was the worst thing Greenforest could have done. The entire atmosphere has changed since this has happened. Parents now bring there kids to school wearing pajamas or clothes you can see through(the parents)and gold teeth. Once one of the parents scared me so that I reported him to tht office as an intruder! Not to sound stereotypical but I dont pay 1200$ a month for my kids to go to school with children who dont care about morals and education.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
My son attends this school and he has made some great friends. His teachers are down to earth and he actually has grown attached to them. I was surprised that just the other night, he knew all the words of our father's prayer and he loves to sing. He was pretty advanced before he got there, so I'm not sure how to rate them academically. The school is okay but unfortunately, he will NOT be returning because the director of the school is just rude.....she lacks any and all personal skills and it is time for her to RETIRE....period!! It's a shame because I would have loved for him to continue to go but I refuse to give any more of my money to a place that allows this type of woman to be in charge!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
They have an excellent educational curriculum and teach respect for treating people with respect and religious guiding.

- submitted by a teacher
October 12, 2010
My daughter has attended Greenforest from the time she was 2 years old, until the present. She is now in 1st grade, and she is more advanced than the higher grade level students I teach in public school. In addition, I love that she is being taught in a Christian environment, as this reinforces our religious beliefs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
It fosters and develops young children in a Christian environment and provides a safe, nuturing atmosphere for children to be creative and molded into independent thinkers.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
The school is really making great strides. I've been more inpressed with the administrative's level of involvement. Also, the parents who are involved are passionate about the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2010
Where do I begin. Greenforest ELC started out as a great school. But after my daughter's first year, I quickly realized that she lucked up and got some really good 2 year old teachers when she first started. After that, it went downhill. If you don't get the 'good' teachers, then you will not be happy. And now that will be hard because the 'good' teachers are leaving (finding somehwhere better) or getting fired for no reason at all. I cannot understand how you would get rid of one of the best teachers just because of one parent complaint. Needless to say, this is my child's last year and the Academy is not even an option for me. I will not even recommend anyone to this schol again.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2010
My child attends the ELC and I am truly disappointed. I have the same complaint as others do, which is the Administrative staff...all except about one person has the worse customer service skills I've seen, and to be a Christian Learning Center....you would think that they would have better attitudes. Not, half of them want even speak to you. And the teachers ( I can only speak for the few that my son has to deal with) just say, I'm getting worried about leaving my child with them. I'm seriously thinking of taking him out.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
We recently started Greenforest ELC this academic school year. I have a 2-year old son and a daughter in the infant room. The teachers I have are GREAT!!!! But it is much to be said about the administration staff. The director of the school has not customer-service skills at all. (The leader of the school). I think there needs to be an overhaul with administration and bring bright and vibrant individuals to make you feel comfortable with leaving your children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
I have had two children to graduate from this fine school and I now have a daughter in the 10th grade there. I have found the school to be the greatest asset in their educational lives. The relationship between the teachers and the parents has always been great. I consider the school a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
What a let-down...I expected more from this learning institution. The excitement of saying 'my child goes to Greenforest ELC' soon wore off after various encounters with unprofessional staff. This is too bad...such great facilities too.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
I was very pleased with the the Early Learning Center which my child entered at 2. However, each year has gotten increasingly worse. My biggest issue is customer service as with some of the other reviews. The administration has no idea what goes on in the building with their teachers. Many parent complaints. I teach public school and find that the children who filter into our school from Greenforest are generally academically lower.

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- submitted by a teacher
no rating December 17, 2008
I was able to walk into the school, met my geandaughter in the hallway with another little girl, and talk to her for 5 minutes and no one knew. I would like to see tighter security. It would be inconvenient but I would like to see stricter security measures enforced.

- submitted by a community member
no rating December 07, 2008
Well, I am a student at Greenforest. I think that it is an excellent school and that sometimes, teachers are not to be blamed when it comes to the education of us students. As an eyewitness, Ive noticed that some of us do not want to pay attention in class but some teachers are to blame about being in control of their classes. Other than that, Greenforest has some great Christian morals and values, and not to forget our fabulous team, THE MIGHT EAGLES!!!!!, with a great sports program.

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2008
Greenforest ELC is a great foundation, however they treat the teachers, their prized possessions, like crap.....Regardless of the treatment, they perserver and produce great students. The academy was not so great and we were quite displeased. And let's not even talk about the lack of customer service among the administration, it leaves a lot to be desired. This school should take notes from some of the other top/first class schools in the private school industry in the Atlanta area. They have a new Pastor at the church so hopefully he will see the administration for who they really are and clean house.

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- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
Greenforest christian academy is a good school for prek and elementary students but for the higher academy ( Middle and High School), I see that they don't screen their academic staff to well therefore some of the staff bring their own personal issues and belief into the classrooms. The business office conducts business in a slow an unfavorable manner when it comes to dealing with your finances and they lack in customer service and communications skills because they never return phone calls when it comes to solving issues.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
Greenforest Christian Academy is an excellent school. It provides a rigorous academic curriculum and a sound spirtual environment. This school should serve as a model institute for other schools to emulate.

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December 04, 2007
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October 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2007
I am very pleased with Greenforest Christian Academy. It provides a strong academic program coupled with a solid Christian foundation. The administrative staff and teachers are passionate about the success and well being of each student.

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July 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2004
Greenforest has given alot of instruction. Since we had an overload in the middle school. We have big class sizes. In Greenforest the elementary gets out at 3:00 and middle and highschool 3:45. There are extra cirricular like basketball, golf, cheerleading and more. Get ready to celebrate homecoming a great year to come. Come to our school and tour the campus. Even though it costs a little more your child will get a good education.

- submitted by a student
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Greenforest Mccalep Christian Academy
3250 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA  30034
(404) 486-6737
Last modified Greenforest Mccalep Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Greenforest Mccalep Christian Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top