Students enrolled 1022
School leader Robert Benjamin Thorpe
Transportation options Yes
District Dekalb County School District
After school Yes

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3100 Mount Olive Dr
Decatur, GA 30033

(678) 874-7602
(678) 874-7610
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4 stars
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September 18, 2014
DHMS has exceeded my expectations and my son is clearly learning and happy there. He is in 7th grade. When he was mildly bullied at the beginning of 6th grade I informed his teachers. They responded in a way that was both effective and sensitive... and enrolled the bully in a sensitivity program. The "bully" came up to my son and gave him a sincere apology 10 days later, and the two have been good friends ever since. Amazing! Middle schoolers can and will be mean, but the school's response was stellar. I have been very impressed by the new principal Jackie Taylor and the team system has been great for my son. The "connections" classes (French, Music, etc) have also broadened his horizons. I think DHMS is an excellent middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
This is a really good school, contrary to what a select few say, as well as many people who have never set foot in the front door. My daughter is a straight A student and still feels challenged.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
So far we have been very impressed with the new Principal, Ms. Taylor and what she has been doing for this school. She took over last year (2013) and already we see change in the air! As two Doctoral level parents, we strongly feel education the key to the future of our children and the foundation of, well, everything. I personally am on a mission to get more parents involved and really make this school great.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
Druid Hills Middle (DHMS) has had several years of excellent principals and very active parent/PTO involvement, a proven formula for success. DHMS is one of the most diverse schools in the nation, offers IB pathway, and broad extracurricular offerings. The campus, a former high school, has ample athletic fields, one of the best cross country courses in the metro area. Counselors, special education are outstanding. While middle school years are rough at all schools, DHMS has something to offer each child, keep them busy, educate them, and hopefully have some fun along the way. Look out for the annual Ossabaw Island marine science trip at Skidaway/MAREX facility near Savannah each year.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
My school is diverse. The teachers are nice. The trip to Ossabaw in 7th grade was awesome. The Beta Club trips are fun. In 8th grade there are opportunities to take some classes for high school credit.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2014
Druid Hills Middle School serves an incredibly diverse population (demographically, educationally) with the limitations inherent in many of our nation's school districts (finances, politics, large central offices). One of my children is now at the high school and my other child is in 7th grade. They received an excellent education, academically challenging and grounded in the real world. Is everything perfect? Of course not. Its middle school so, inherently, it can never be perfect. There are some great teachers but no school has only great teachers (its as true here as it is at an Ivy League school). And, while I am cautious about over-relying on test results, I can see from the results for my children that they have learned much. Leadership is strong. Principal Taylor is in her second year, having spent a number of years as the AP both at the middle school and Druid Hills High School. She is also a parent so she is attuned to the constant challenges arising in middle school. At the end of the day, I judge a school by whether my children are happy, educationally challenged and well prepared for the world in which they live. On these criteria, DHMS does the job.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
Druid Hills Middle has an excellent group of teachers who really go out of their way to make this school a better place. Although my children moved onward and upward several years ago, teachers who had them frequently ask about them by name when I meet them. The new principal, Jackie Taylor, has been an acknowledged leader in our feeder pattern for several years, and she is a real proponent for getting new parents involved. DHMS brings together kids from an astounding variety of social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds and does a good job of motivating all of the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
Don't waste your child's time with this school. The program is thoroughly unchallenging to a driven student. Much of the student body and even a few teachers are wholly unmotivated. Even the gifted and high achiever classes can be out of control due to lack of administrative support and effective discipline. Due to the lack of control, any students who truly want to learn are required little effort to maintain stellar grades. Such students are also in danger of ridicule from their peers, just for trying hard. In my time at DHMS, I made straight A's with little or no effort learned little. Some students were entirely ugly to me simply because of who I am, the grades I earned, and the recognition I received from teachers. My personal experience in my two years at DHMS tells me that this is not the way a school is meant to be. I have attended public school all my life and DHMS is by far the worst. Lack of funding does not merit lack of effort, nor is fist fighting, verbal violence and other ugliness among students acceptable. If you are a parent and are considering sending you child to this school, I sincerely urge you to consider any other options. --A former student

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2014
Druid Hills Middle School serves a diverse population with a wide range of student capabilities. As other reviewers have noted, the Accelerated Math and Carnegie foreign language instruction is excellent (the 8th grade Accelerated Math class had a 100% EOCT passing rate on a test that only 37% of Georgia students pass). Teachers in other areas are good to excellent with the occasional teacher who is not (and I challenge any school to demonstrate that 100% of their teachers are great). Discipline has improved over the last few years as the school system's poorly executed merger of another middle school into DHMS has now run its course. And, there is new leadership in the building which both the faculty and parent population support.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
My child is a straight A student my other child has won prestigious awards and attends a rather prestigious college. i have tried all of my life to be a good parent. My child had a sick period and they called a social worker on me. I don't think i deserved that. Teachers clump up and grade together, i don't understand how everyone gets around the same grade for the same child. The AP was threatening towards us for almost running over a cone. The health teacher called and was extremely belligerent scarily so. Sometimes i wonder if this is a nest of substance abusers or crazies.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
My daughter is finishing up her first year at DHMS, and our family has been thoroughly pleased with her experience. Her teachers, with rare exception, are bright, friendly, and extremely responsive to both students and parents. Even the one teacher she has who is less-than-stellar nonetheless teaches the content, and her students are learning how to navigate a class when the teacher is not the clearest communicator, which is a skill that these kids will use in high school, college, and beyond. We've also had great experiences with the principal, who is doing a bang-up job in her first year as principal. Academically, DHMS and its teachers are giving our daughter everything she needs right now, and the school's demographic diversity is providing her invaluable insight into, and preparation for, life as a teenager, a college student, and an adult.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
I am pretty happy with DHMS. I have a 6th grader there in the high achiever program. The school is very diverse. The teachers show a lot of concern and call me for any issue. My son is happy there. He enjoys the orchestra program and the technology club. He comes home every day excited to tell me about things he learned that day.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
I am a student at DHMS and i really dislike this school. The teachers are never helpful and they are rude.I raise my hand and my english teacher just looks at me when im raising my hand and just ignores me. In six grade it was much more relaxing and organized but now its just painful and i come home tired and dont have any energy to do anything like homework. I have heard tucker middle school is way better.

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2013
well i go to this school it has good education but some of the teacher could be more better then just think that that the student knows the stuff they should teach each student what to do and explain it better also some of the student who were in general go move into high achiever and gifted

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2013
Druid Hills Middle has many great opportunities but it's lacking in many areas. I was a student there and I found that I wasn't being challenged at all. I've moved on to a magnet school that is ranked second in the state and it is so much different. At DHMS I wasn't having to work hard to maintain good grades. My lowest grade last year was a 97 and I was hardly having to do any more than pay attention and do my (easy) homework assignments. The only classes that were challenging were Carnegie Spanish, and accelerated math. The faculty does their best but many students don't care and don't respect them so their job is very hard. I also struggled with being bullied for the fact that I tried in school. I was called mean words because I participated in class and did well. I think that experience was valuable but it was hard at the time. Something that I really enjoyed was the school's extracurricular programs. Especially the improv troupe! I think that DHMS was an important experience in my life because I learned many things about different types of people, but the quality of education and the students work ethics weren't what I think should be expected at a school.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2013
So far, I am happy with this school. I do drive out of district to take my son each day, but so far, it has been well worth it. The teachers seem to be up to par & passionate about teaching. I do understand that there is 1 teacher that can't really handle disruptive students, but nowhere is perfect, right? My son's grades & understanding of subject matter is well beyond what he had in elem. school. The principal and vice-p are wonderful. My son had an on-going issue with another boy & went through all means to handle the situation himself, but the other child wouldn't give, so we went to the v-p, & no more problems. The situation was handled. While we may be considered from a "not-so-nice" neighborhood, our family goal is to provide the best that we can for our child, who appreciate the long commutes. Collectively, the parents, teachers & students make up the school, not necessarily where they come from. Even those in "good" neighborhoods have the same issues. Diversity has its pros and cons, but considering that we are in a diverse nation, it is imperative that children learn to accept & deal with others that are different. This is how we ultimately get rid of racism.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
So far, I am thoroughly pleased with this school. My daughter is motivated to earn straight A's. Majority of her teachers have over 15 years teaching experience. The diversity makes the school what it is.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
The school has a new principal that is really great. They obviously have some struggles since they are located in DeKalb County and they are a middle school, but really offer a lot including: professional teachers, lots of clubs and activities, great cultural and socioeconomic diversity. If you want your child to go to school with only kids that are just like them, this isn't the school for you. However, if you want your child to be prepared for the real world, it is a good place.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
If I could give this school a rating smaller than one star, I would. I can't because then it won't post my review. I was a student here, and I had to leave mid-year to be home-schooled. Although there is a gifted class, the only difference between it and regular classes is the amount of homework, and no discipline problems. The regular classes do have discipline problems, and some teachers can't handle them. I witnessed several fights and being in such an environment was terrible. Because of the behavioral issues, teachers don't have the time or energy to actually TEACH. If you enjoy learning and don't like having to deal with the "bad" kids, don't go to this school. The only good thing I have to say about it is the Accelerated Math program, it was challenging and the teacher is very experienced in her subject and in dealing with different students. But otherwise, it's not a good school, AT ALL.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
This school used to be called Shamrock Elementary School until last year. It's in a decent neighborhood, not great, but decent. It feeds from Briar Vista, Fernbank, Briarcliff and other elementary schools that were affected by the new re-zoning plan that took place last year. The truth: 1. A lot of diversity. 2 There are drugs and police dogs. 3. Girls do become pregnant. 4. Bullying runs rampant and administration will do nothing to help your child, nor will Dekalb County. That happens at all schools, right? The problem is "those" schools are in the not-so-great neighborhoods and generally speaking, people say to themselves, well I'd expect that. The difference here, is that a very small percentage of the kids here are placed in accelerated classes or gifted classes who transfer with above-average CRCT "testing" results from their local elementary school, like Fernbank for example. So, if you were "in" with the elementary school administration, more than likely they will place your child in nice and small accelerated classes. And if not, your child will be in regular classes with kids zoned in from the not-so-nice neighborhoods. My advice is to look at Cobb County or go private .

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
This school is a joke. The administration is ineffective, choosing to focus on minor issues (such as an untucked shirt) while serious issues (bullying, threats of physical violence) go without notice. The principals don't bother to get to the heart of any problems. They simply dole out punishments and try to get the kids and their issues out of the office as quickly as humanly possible. I am taking my child out of this school. He used to be a straight A student who loved to learn. Now he simply thinks there is no point in trying. At first I wondered if it was just a phase my child was going through, but then I heard strikingly similar stories from many, many parents. Keep your kids out of here at all costs.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2012
One mission that this school fulfills well is the excellent International Bacalaureate program. They take language instruction seriously (exploratory Spanish and French in 6 with Carnegie in 7 and 8). Diversity and tolerance are welcomed -- and the kids come from all over the world, the US, and metro Atlanta. Other highlights: the excellent music instruction and media savvy librarians. The teachers I have encountered have been competent instructors--many of them go above and beyond in terms of providing inspiration and making themselves available. Sports includes football, basketball, track, baseball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and girls on the run. Other extracurriculars include: chess, reading bowl, academic bowl, improv, science/math clubs etc. There is a strong PTA and opportunities for parent involvement. The administration is usually responsive -- with a very good counseling department. This school has a lot of plusses but you can t see this by looking at aggregate test scores and AYP. Most of all, my son loves his school teachers and students. He s not so crazy about some of the rules, but the school does a good job of maintaining discipline.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
Not allowing students to condiments and other foods to banging on the roof of the parent's car when they're there for pickup... Like one of the reviewers said, this sounds like a prison to me.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2010
They did not make AYP this year or last year. The leadership goes on emotion as opposed to their own rules and regulations. When I would bring their rules and regs to their attention, they said it was to their discretion. When I asked what is theri discretion, they said it is based on the incident. It just seems as though they do what they want, when they want.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2010
Shamrock's curriculum is great, but the administration is awful. The pricipal does not listen to the students at all and just nods and pacifies the parent to get them out of his office. My daughter was a straight "A" student, involved in many activities in school and outside of school and Shamrock had a problem with her being too "social" ! They even went as far as saying she had a "gang" of friends. So what!!! They were not bullying, harassing, or hurting anyone. They were 12 yr. olds being 12 yr. olds. If they allowed students to be the children they are and let them talk in the mornings before class and sit with their friends at lunch, then maybe they would not congregate between classes or after school. When did schools become so much like prison? Teachers need to dress like teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
It gave my son excellent preparation for high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2009
The diversity is awesome and the exposure to other international cultures far outweighs the fact that children who are new to the country and speak multiple languages don't necessarily perform highly on the simple-minded GA CRCT. The test scores are misleading for this school because of the international population.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
My child is a sixth grader at Shamrock Elementary school and has had a wonderful experience thus far! The teachers are engaging and he is always being challenged. I am very pleased and would highly recommend Shamrock

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2009
i go to shamrock and i absolutely love it.its the most mannered school ever thanks.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 19, 2009
My child has learned an enormous amount at Shamrock. Her homework captured my interest and she often learned things that I didn't learn until I was in college. My primary concern with the school is that bullying including physical violence is rampant. Were I to transfer her to a private school, it would be for that reason not the quality of teaching. Teachers and administrators take action when they note physical violence. However, a program needs to be conducted such as that in the Seattle school system on bullying to prevent its occurrence in the first place. Simply punishing students for doing it doesn't solve the problem. I also think that there are inter-racial issues in the school that need to be addressed. My daugher went to a very diverse elementary school that emphasized multiculturalism and there was little if any racism or interracial violence.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
I am glad my children will not be attending this school next year. Too much emphasis on 'tucking in that shirt' and not on finding out how to reach a child and making learning interesting instead of pounding it in. Also one of my child's teachers was constantly making critical and arrogant remarks regarding his work or lack of work which kept him upset and unable to care about what he was learning. I realize teaching is hard work, but at least think of a way to make it interesting.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
I believe Shamrock Middle is out of the top rated schools in Georgia. It has different races and cultures. The school has over 1000 students. I am proud to a student there.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 25, 2009
This school to me needs a lot of work. Some teachers are mean as well as the administrators, and mostly you get in trouble for things that are not even serious, and sometimes you get in trouble for things you don't even do, and sometimes when you get in trouble its not even a big thing just a simple warning should be good enough and if they do it again then they have to suffer the consequences. I believe that they give use good work and most of the teachers do good at there job, well Some of my teachers anyway. Some of these teachers need better organization skills but I guess I can deal with Shamrock another year!

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2009
I totally agree. Shamrock is a great school -- much better than what its test scores indicate.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2009
Shamrock cares so much for the students who do RIGHT because they cant help you if you dont want to be helped and thats your choice and you will learn from the mistakes later on in life but everyone else whos goes to shamrock has a good time , they make new friends , and learn alot . I try hard in school and I know all the administration very well. Right now Im in Gifted, High Achiever, and Advanced classes.I play the violin and I have the BEST Orchestra teacher ever,I've learn to speak French and Spanish. Shamrock is a great school and I without a doubt would reccommend your child to come here for 6th,7th,and 8th grade. Thank You! ;)

- submitted by a student
April 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 11, 2009
this school is a bad school. bad classes. the teachers dont care if your failing, and the princaple does not care about anything.... do not send your child to this school! trust me this is coming from a sixth grade student! please if you value your childs education dont do it! bad bad bad bad school. send to a private school where they care

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2009
The school barely gets by.... I removed my child after their grades went down, the teachers were not concerned & My child lost an entire year of learning. However my child did learn to fight, lie & curse.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 08, 2008
I surely agree with these comments. I don't think they challenge the students enough and are very institutional in their dealings. They are so very afraid of the students they make them tuck in their shirts when they get to school. Seems like there are more important things to think about. How about dignity and inspiration?!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 05, 2008
Wonderful school! Teachers are great!!! If you're out there concerned about bullies at this school- think again. I've been at this school for 3 years now, and believe it or not, I haven't even seen or experienced more than 2 fights. I agree that this school had bullying issues a few years ago, but not anymore! =)

- submitted by a student
July 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 26, 2008
To rate this school, you should visit Henderson Middle near Northlake, Peachtree Middle Charter on Tilly Mill, Renfroe Middle in Decatur, Inman Middle in Virginal Highlands, and Riverwood in Sandy Springs. After visiting those schools you will form your own well-researched opinion. You will find that Shamrock is an uninspiring, very institutional, not exciting, school. It may get the job done, but your child will bloom better somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 07, 2008
I do not rate this school so very high in the special needs program for children. Some of the teachers should not be with the special needs children. Some of the teachers that they have should work with the children more then they are allowed. They need to give some more support to the special needs programs and stop trying to cut cost so much.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
I also feel that there needs to be some sort of class on organization for the incoming 6th graders and they do need to go to their lockers more so they don't have to carry around so much stuff. My child is now in the 7th grade and can go to the locker more and I helped him get organized with a binder for each class with supplies in the binder. 7th Graders also eat earlier which I am thankful for. I do disagree that the 6th graders eat last, they should be first because they are the youngest and need more nourishment more often then the 8th graders. The 8th graders should eat last they are bigger and stronger.

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August 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
I think this school is ok it has great teachers but, I think that they could have more classes; as in reading and a class for children who are not so orginized. The 6th grade class should be getting more time for things like locker breaks and time to switch for classes. They should also let 6th graders play sports and try out for things such as football, basketball, cheerleading,step team, track and things and activitys like that. I also think that they should have the 6th grade 7th grade and 8th grade move around the school more(class wise) They should also let you talk in the morning when you get to school. They should listen to the kids ideas of what they would like to happen to the school like an idea box and they could cme up with some things for the school.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2007
There is a need to expand on the Visual Art Program. The Visual Art class is good but would like to see more Art classes at different levels.

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January 17, 2007
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October 05, 2006
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January 04, 2006
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June 27, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 05, 2005
I am a student at shamrock and i am in the 7th grade. I must say that 6ht grade is so much better. The teachers in the 7th grade really just dont care. For example i was in class one and day and i raised my hand because i had a question. The teachers' responce was 'what do you want.'I had always been a little intimidated by the teacher and that comment didnt help. I said'i dont understand how to do _______.'She replied 'what do you mean you dont understand_________? Thats your problem not mine. Deal with it.'I was shocked. I knew that she had always been a little strictbut shes' the teacher and that is her job to.' My mom had a conference with her. During the conference the teacher made comments like' the kids are supposed to be afraid of me' and other rude remarks. The teacher quality, horrible!

- submitted by a student
October 29, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
September 26, 2004
My child attends the sharock and the feedback I recieve from the children and parents concerning the teachers are awful. They have no respect for the children and there is constant negative words being said in the classroom to the children. We are new in the area and have traveled all over the world and this is the worst I have ever heard on how the teachers talk to the children and do not show any conern or help. The teachers are leaders and and what the teachers show and do will follow students for the rest of their lives. They have monitors, but do they have the volume up on how the teachers are talking negative to the students and what they say to them. I will be keeping a close eye on my child's teacher. My child comes home upset daily becuase her teacher negative words. Check your staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2004
Shamrock is a great school with many great teachers. The leadership is dedicated and works well with parents. The band program is excellent. The biggest draw back this year are the class sizes, 30 is average and a few have more kids. This is a function of state guidelines rather than school choice. Unfortunately the county continues to transfer kids in under the no child left behind program.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2004
This school has great leadership. The teachers try hard and are accessible by e-mail or appointment. The student body is diverse. Strong anti-bullying, anti-drug, anti-violence, anti-truancy programs. Facilities are a little old. Popular culture very big among students, not much peer support for academic achievment.

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August 27, 2003
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Druid Hills Middle School
3100 Mount Olive Dr, Decatur, GA  30033
(678) 874-7602
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