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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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