My son has inattentive ADHD. Since PreK, the teachers have been very supportive, proactive, and collaborative. They've involved us as parents in figuring out what he needs, what might work, how to keep him motivated, and how to improve his skills. His teachers used accommodations through the SST process before he even had an official diagnosis and a 504 plan. He is doing well! But it goes beyond my son. Administration tries to match students with the teachers that are best for them. The principal has been working strategically to provide more individualized education- supporting teachers so that they can cope with the range of kids from struggling to high achieving that they teach. They use different ways to teach-single teacher, team teaching, small group, large group, push in, pull out services - one size does not fit all. They have programs like Daily 5 and Accelerated Math so that kids can learn at their level. They are doing STEM activities - fun and engaging.. We have a foundation that helps fund teacher training and additional staff to make sure that all children get the education they deserve. PTA is very active and that helps support teachers. It's really a good school.
My child has had an IEP since pre-k. Evansdale has met with me, adapted he iep, included needed services like o/t, speech therapy and has bent over backwards to keep him at grade level. I have stayed at this school only for the special needs program and despite the changing demographics. All of he items below are specific areas the school has included in the iep to make sure he tests at grade level.
They are becoming a Magnet, Language immersion, STEM-certified school. Principal is forward-thinking and improving the performance of the school. Parental involvement is strong. Strong PTA. Redistricting changing the demographics and dynamics of the school. Probably the best elementary school in the area.
In 2005 my family made the conscious decision to purchase a house here so that my children could attend Evansdale Elementary. This school has so many wonderful things to offer. The teachers are great across the board with very few exceptions. Administration does an amazing job working within the constraints of the county's dysfunctional school board. A strong fundraising arm (the Foundation), active parent base (PTA) help bring it all together especially in recent years where we've faced budget cuts, population shifts, redistricting and more. Test scores do not tell the full story of this school especially as current #'s are not up to date. New and innovative programs (STEM, French immersion) along with a great feeder pattern to Lakeside HS make this a really attractive choice for anyone looking to live and send their children to school in DeKalb county.
There is no argument that Georgia, and in particular DeKalb county, education is plummeting because of mismanagement issues. Evansdale is an exception. Redistricting brought in hordes of ESOL students. School management, teachers, PTA, and parents did a fantastic job of transitioning. Still a great place because of great teacher retention and parent involvement.
Evansdale Elementary is fantastic. It is a Magnet School and a STEM school. They have a great science program. The teachers and staff are excellent. Parent involvement is high. It is a great school in a wonderful community. They are starting bilingual classes with French Immersion for K in 2013. We love this school!
Great local elementary school with great parental involvement. School doesn't follow the trends of local Atlanta/Dekalb schools of poor management and declining education. School is top notch with great teachers and great results. STEM and science programs are very well handled as is the language immersion components
We have two children in Evansdale and couldn't be happier with the quality of education and the community. It's cliche, but a strong education for our children takes a village and we are grateful for the village of Evansdale. Parents are involved, teachers work hard and we have strong and consistent leadership with Dr. McGuire. The school offers many programs and opportunities for the children and has done a lot of work to advance the STEM curriculum, foreign language and physical fitness as well as other programs that I'm sure I'm forgetting. The school has so much to offer - you just need to take advantage of it!
This is such a wonderful neighborhood school. The staff and administration are very receptive and the teachers are wonderful. There is a very active PTA and Foundation. Evansdale has applied for STEM certification and has a new Kindergarten French Immersion program. We are very happy our children attend this school.
Evansdale has been a wonderful school for my children. The teachers are engaged and constantly working to improve themselves for the educational benefit of the children. The administration is supportive and striving to increase the educational reach of the school. There have been some wonderful changes over the past year with the movement to becoming a Science & Foreign Language Magnet School (formerly a program), the addition of a state-funded French Immersion Program, and the efforts towards STEM certification.
2 of my kids went to Evansdale k-5 and I have another who's starting Kindergarten this fall. I loved it when my kids went there and I'm looking forward to being an Evansdale mom again. It's such a great neighborhood school. It's so simple to just run in and meet with a teacher for a conference when you need to. One of my daughters needed some extra help reading and they took care of it. The teachers are wonderful and the PTA is outstanding,
Evansdale is a great school with great parental involvement. The community embraces the school. We love living in such a great community
I just love this school! I am new to Atlanta and thus new to the school systems here in the Metro area. Upon moving here I was concerned about the education my children would receive here in Atlanta. At the first school they attended the teachers were nice but overwhelmed and the principle was out to lunch. Evansdale is different the teachers go the extra mile supervising afterschool programs and offering enrichment. We haev been the most impressed with the principle he is outstanding. He is always involved, at night I have even seen him mopping the floors! He always give 100%. The PTA and Foundation are amazing. I love that the school expects that parents and the community want to be involved at the school. My children are thriving, challenged academically and are doing well socially. When we moved 6 months ago Evansdale was rated a 10, now it is a 6. In my opinion the school has just gotten better. The school has been names a Magnet School, they are getting STEM certified and will be a Dual Immersion school for French. The school's test school are great, too. I don't know what the deal is but the school is just getting better and better. Evansdale is top notch.
Certainly not going to mention names, but the current administration (Principal and AP) are part of the reason this school is in trouble. They aren't involved in the school at all, unless you count their kowtowing to helicoptering parents as involved. Teachers in crowded classrooms have to deal with the latest great idea from the administration. And do they even know the kids' names? I guess if one of them was off the cell phone enough he might learn those names. The county is partly to blame as well. Inundating this school with hundreds of kids from an underperforming school certainly did not set it up for success. However, again back to the administration - perhaps they could have done a little more to prepare for this influx. Overall, I hope that the great teachers who have made this school hang around, but I fear that it's on the downward slide to the status of Pleasantdale. Would I send my child here? My child goes there, but at the end of this year will no longer. Hope that answers your question.
First, let me lay out my biases. I think that the public educational system in Georgia is awful. In Dekalb County (as well as other areas of the Atlanta Metro Region), there has been corruption in the administration and allegations of continued corruption. The public schools also need more resources, and the current Dekalb County administration has the brilliant (sarcasm) idea that packing more kids into school buildings (shooting for 900 kids per elementary school) is going to help our kids. So why would I send my children to Evansdale? Evansdale is a light in the darkness. The principal and teachers overall are wonderful. Because Dekalb schools do not have the needed resources to provide quality education on their own, parents are needed to fill in the deficiencies. Fortunately at Evansdale, this system is working. Educational studies have shown that some parental involvement improves learning; groundskeeping, photocopying, and other scut work probably aren't essential forms of parental involvement, but they allow the teachers to focus on their work. See you soon.
This is a wonderful school. Still has that neighborhood-school feel. Parental involvement is off the charts. Do you want your child to go to a great school? Make it great. Get involved and get others involved!
This is a great school! There are many experienced, smart, and caring teachers on the staff. The Discovery and science programs are expecially good.
This is my child's third year at Evansdale. He started at Evansdale in the lottery-funded pre-k class. I've been very pleased with all three years of his education there, and am looking forward to the next four years, too. The principal and the teachers are very caring and give their all for our kids. The parent involvement is extremely high, and the math and reading scores are as high (and in cases higher) than those at other highly-rated schools like Oak Grove. I have never regretted moving here for this school, and recommend the school to friends all the time.
I true community school that reflects the wonderful diversity in our area and the passion that the children, parents, teachers and faculty deliver everyday. We love being a part of this school!
Evansdale is an outstanding public school with excellent educators, a dedicated parent community and a high achieving student body. The PTA and newly formed Evansdale Education Foundation work collaboratively to help Evansdale realize its full potential. Evansdale has been recognized mutliple times as a Shool of Excellence and has a longstanding heritage of educational excellence!
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