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Briarlake Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 450 students

Our school is know for it's hearing impaired program.

 
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Posted 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


Posted January 11, 2012

Wonderful school. Fantastic community and parent involvement. Very active PTA. Teachers willing to listen and offer assistance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 24, 2010

The small size and parent support is rare and wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 5, 2009

Great School: wonderfl caring teachers and excellent parental participation
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 17, 2009

We have a great Library Media Center with good books and lots of computers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 1, 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


Posted December 5, 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


Posted 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


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.

About these ratings

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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

67 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

67 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
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

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

90 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

89 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
88%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 44%
Black 20% 37%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Amharic
  • Other
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mary Jenks
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (678) 874-2510

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Amharic
  • Other
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Local school bus
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Science club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
50
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
50

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Henderson Middle School
Lakeside High School
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3590 Lavista Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
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Phone: (678) 874-2502

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