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PK-5
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Decatur, GA
Students enrolled: 450
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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3590 Lavista Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

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(678) 874-2502
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May 23, 2014
Briarlake has not been without its Dekalb County problems but once you get past that and into the classroom. It has been a a great experience for my children. They have excelled and given many opportunites and different experiences. Testing on the very high end of all the state tests.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2012
Wonderful school. Fantastic community and parent involvement. Very active PTA. Teachers willing to listen and offer assistance.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2011
Love our school. This is our 2nd year and I have a 2nd, a 1st and a PreK student. They LOVE going to school! The teachers have been amazing, giving the extra challenges when needed (didn't want my kids to be ahead and therefore bored). And each of them have seemed to genuinely care for my kids! THe counselor is great and nips bully in the bud quickly. I have felt very secure leaving them there...even the nurse is so sweet and a great lady. (same said for principal, office staff, etc.) We LOVE where we are and we love the fact that this is the hearing impaired school for the county. The kids get to learn sign and interact with kids that may be different than they are. My only complaint is that it is not as racially diverse as I would like (63% white, 19 % Black), but my kids have not seemed to be concerned with that at all. The parent involvement is very high, it was 100% last year (PTA involvement)...not sure what it is this year, but I know that there are always parents volunteering and present.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
Briarlake is a great school. We left the area, and have been searching for a comparative school ever since. Great diversity, parent involvement, and a welcoming staff. I really appreciate the schools NO BULLYING stance, that is taken seriously by students and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
The small size and parent support is rare and wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
My daughter attended Briarlake and we feel like she received a very good, solid education foundation that prepared her well for her secondary education!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
We loved Briarlake & are going back. We chose to leave Briarlake when an opening at a local private school became available *out of fear' of public middle school. Big mistake if you have above average children who need stimulating/engaging/challenging material. The private school was very 1950s academically (but did have some pros). We found the overall education at Briarlake to be FAR SUPERIOR! We also found Briarlake's teaching staff & administration to be genuintely warmer and more sincere than the private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Great School: wonderfl caring teachers and excellent parental participation

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
I've been working in Briarlake for 17 years. If I thought felt uncomfortable or disrepected . . . I wouldn't still be here! The parents, community, and kids are the BEST! We have so much support and the PTA treats our staff with so much love.

- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2009
Briarlake Elem School has committed administrators, outstanding teachers, and involved parents who work together to ensure all our students achieve their educational goals!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
What an amazing school! My two children are blissfully happy at Briarlake. Every year I think, 'This is our best year ever!' They have had creative and dedicated teachers who have truly taken the time to get to know them and challenge them appropriately. The teachers are extremely friendly and highly qualified. The administration is knowledgeable and courteous. I was even delighted to be greeted so warmly by the women serving in the cafeteria. The PTA is one of the most active and enthusiastic I've ever seen. How privileged my family is to be a part of this wonderful community!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Briarlake is a school of excellence in every sense. The atmosphere of 'you can do it and we want you succeed' permeates the grounds. Our teachers and staff are a team of high quality instructors that lovingly surround our learners. I feel at home here. It really feels like a family. Our PTA is a supportive force that makes the teacher's needs and wants come to fruition. We so many outlets for expression as well--science club, track club, green team, book club, gardening club, signing club and choir....

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
It is a small community oriented school with unsurpassed family involvement. This is part of why 40% of the school is identified as gifted and high achievers. For a public taxpayer funded school, You can't beat it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
We have a great Library Media Center with good books and lots of computers.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
The Briarlake educators are amazing! For us, who are served by the Interrelated (special ed) department, we truly believe that they have our kids' best interest at heart and work with us as a partnership/team. We are so very lucky have them on our side! It's a special place!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
We have truly talented teachers and the most supportive parents we could have. We all believe in the education, enrichment and success of our children. Our whole community supports the education of our children.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
Briarlake is one of the few, true, neighborhood schools. The parents, staff, and students all know and care for one another. It is a place that is always striving to be the best. The students at Briarlake care about one another without care for each other's differences. It is a place that I am proud to send my children.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
This school is considered prestigious for the wrong reasons. It has its issues too! Alot of the teachers have no patience for the children and punish them just because their nerves cant take it. What happened to being able to channel a child's energy and make something positive happen. If you are not in the 'click' and your child is not a child they favor, then good luck on having them as support for your and your child.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 05, 2007
I have three sons attending this school and I have been very pleased with the individual attention each of my children receives and the ability of the staff to identify their specific needs and bolster their specific talents. This school has a very involved community and it shows in the tone of the staff and students. I couldn't be happier with this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2005
I am very pleased with the quality of the Briarlake academic program. I have a son currently enrolled in kindergarten. His reading and writing skills are developing at an alarming rate. His teacher s instructional program and constant encouragement can be directly credited for his progress and that of ALL the students in her classroom. He communicates clearly and eloquently. In fact all the children in his class communicate excellently and are encouraged to be creative and responsive. He has peer relationships that are extremely valuable to his social development. The school has a rich a diverse culture. It means so much to me that the principal, her support staff, all the kindergarten teachers make an effort to know each student. Briarlake is truly a cheerful family environment. Any parent that desires a high-quality well-rounded learning experience for their child would be pleased with Briarlake.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2004
Briarlake is a Georgia School of Excellence and a National PTA Award winner for outstanding parental involvement. Briarlake meets the need of every child at his or her level, whether they are hearing impaired, have learning disablilities or are academically gifted. Briarlake has a very dedicated and stable staff with very low teacher turnover. Many teachers are gifted-certified. All teachers are encouraged to participate in continuing education. All children have art and music instruction by specialist teachers weekly and daily physical education. Briarlake students have the opportunity to participate in many extra-curricular activities including American sign language clubs, foreign language instruction, chess, art and music. The Briarlake PTA enriches the curriculum with funding for cultural arts. The PTA raises and distributes money for the media center, art programs, sound field amplification systems for classrooms and for physical education equipment among other things. Briarlake is a great place for learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2004
In preparation for our upcoming accreditation review, parents were surveyed in Fall, 2003. On a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being highest, overall parent satisfaction in four areas such as instruction, teacher/parent involvement, etc was a composite score of 4.6. This says to me that the vast majority of parents are very satisfied with this school. Addressing specific areas of the rating that was not complimentary of this school: our climbing wall was ordered two years ago in anticipation of the building of our multi-purpose building. At that time, there were no known issues about mold on library books. In regard to the bathrooms, upgrades to the bathrooms are currently the number one priority when SPLOSTII funding becomes available. Regarding cleaning of tables, every elementary school I have worked in has student table washers! We welcome all parents to our PTA meetings to discuss issues and implement positive changes!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2004
They run out of food in the cafeteria, thrown away 800 books because of mold and had the nerve to build a rock climbing wall instead of replacing the books. Most of the parents figure that because the school is in a neighborhood of 400k & plus homes that the school is good. Well the bathrooms are dark and dingy they won't hire a staff of adults to clean the cafeteria tables so the children have to do it themselves and needless to say the cafeteria is nasty and smelly. What Briarlake needs is a dress code.

- submitted by a parent
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Briarlake Elementary School
3590 Lavista Rd, Decatur, GA  30033
(678) 874-2502
Last modified Briarlake Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Briarlake Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top