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Harris Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 22, 2014

Its nice to know my other review was taken down when it was the honest truth. :c The current principal is one the worst I have ever met. Other then that I wish there was more honest reviews other then staff pretending to be parents giving high reviews. The school could do with a new discipline policy the one in a effective allows other children to bully another child. As while the bullied child defends themselves and gets the worst of the punishment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

I have 2 children at Harris and they both really enjoy going there. The more involved a parent can be, the better their child's experience will be. But, even if you can only attend an occassional event and pta meeting...do it! Harris is a Title 1 school but is also a School of Excellence. Some friends of mine who were parents moving here from a more affluent school were concerned about the standards of education at Harris. They were pleasantly surprised by the high standards Dr. Burton holds (and consistently receives) for both staff and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2014

BB Harris is a GEORGIA SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE. Dr Burton didn't wave a magic wand to make this happen.It happened because of hard work and dedication.The entire staff is committed to educating students and they are GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

My two boys attend BB Harris. I am not at all pleased with the staff. They can be very rude and seem to be non-caring. Personally I have had issues with my sons teacher and have expressed my concerns. No action was taken. There are very few after school events and extra help. My kids complain about the music teacher. Over all I am sorry my kids have to go to this school and hope to soon move to a better area where the school can motivate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

I have a son in first grade at Harris. My daughter who is now in high school attended Harris grades 3 through 5. I wasn;t pleased with the school before and I'm still not impressed. Some teachers are more involved than others and the principal, well I'll admit I don't care for her at all. She comes across as being rude. My son only goes to Harris because we moved from the Chattahoochee which I prefer over Harris. If I get the opportunity I will move back to Chattahoochee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

some admin staffs are very unpleasant which makes me feel like I am not wanted there even though I am volunteering to help out. most teachers are very well qualified and nice but there are some just you can't understand why they are working there if they don't like kids!(the principal and the music teacher)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

This is my students 2nd year at Harris, and I can say that at first I was very Concerned about the school s administration, and we did have an issue her first year. But after watching and the administration interact with the students, I realized that what we have at Harris is a something that is lacking in most schools today and that is Standards. There is a level of quality that is expected and it is produced, that is why Harris won the 2012/2013 School of Excellence. This is something I as a parent want. To improve the school I think we could use more parent involvement, from parents that only want what's best for ALL of the students not just their student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2012

My children have attend Harris and have been educated by wonderful teachers, they have received professional tutoring from Ms. Koon in her afterschool homework club. I personally volunteered twice a week in my daughter's Kindergarten class for the entire 2011-2012 school year. As a parent volunteer, I did not feel overly welcomed or appreciated by the Admin Staff. I have witness the administrative staff interact differently with many parents and teachers. Harris is an small neighborhood school that could be greatly improved with some changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2011

I can see little changes being made each week at BB Harris and I like what I see. Teachers and Staff are Amazing and deeply care about the children. More and more parents are being coming involved and the kids love to see there parents involved. We have a wonderful PTA and fantastic parents. This is going to be an Incredible year of growth for the children and school. Just for the record my kids LOVE the principal Dr. Burton. If you've had a bad experience in the past I suggest you give it another shot with an open heart remember no one is perfect and not every day is perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

My daughter started her first day here today. She came from a school that was redistricted this year. I was a little upset that she had to move after seeing the bad reviews. I know it is only day one but I meet the principal in the hall today waiting on my daughter for lunch. I didn't see any of these bad things people have said. She seemed very nice even invited me into her office to share some photos. She talked very highly of the school and her staff. She was very friendly and even came over to my daughter at lunch and introduced herself. My daughter came home today happy with the school,teachers and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2011

Pre-principal Dr. Lauri Burton I would rate the school a 5 and if I were to base the review on her alone, I would rate the school as a 1. Dr. Burton comes off as very unfriendly and insincere- only going through the motions without any passion for her position as school leader. Any time that I've personally voiced a concern involving the school or my children, I feel that she gave me "the brush off". I don't feel that she even contemplated or validated the issues. Overall, she is closed to all opinions, ideas, or thoughts other than her own. Under the leadership of Nancy Hammond, I felt the school had a much more welcoming air. She always had a sincere smile and hello for students and parents. It was obvious that she was well respected by everyone that come into contact with her. The children, parents, and staff looked up to Nancy Hammond as a leader. They appreciated everything she did, going above and beyond expectations. The children FEAR Dr. Burton and she leads not with an open heart and mind, but an iron fist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

Having had five children walk the halls of BBHarris both when Nancy Harris was principal and now with Laura Burton at the helm, I am uniquely qualified to speak to the care, consideration and leadership of both principals. We miss Ms. Harris and fondly remember her. However Dr. Burton has filled her shoes with amicability and concern for the children of BBHarris. She and her staff strive to and bring out the best in each. My family has had a great experience at BBHarris.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2011

BB Harris is still a great school IN SPITE of Dr. Burton, a principle with power issues. Apparently, enough of the good teachers and staff have tolerated Dr. Burton's autocratic, Napolean issues, and the school remains a good learning experience. After she tried to bully me for asking questions about my child, she has since been nicknamed, "The Dominatrix" my my spouse and I. We will leave our child there, as long as we have no interaction with this sad woman with a character disorder. But the school board has no excuse to allow her to destroy the spirits of dedicated teachers and children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2010

I met the principal.That's really all there is to say.I found her to be a mean spirited person and left the school in tears.I hope that my child never comes into contact with her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2010

As a parent of a child who just graduated from BBHarris, I truly feel that he got a great education from teachers who cared about his success. A few years ago a wildly popular principal retired, and was replaced with first-time principal with a very different style. It was a difficult transition, but we made it through. The administration, the staff, the students,and the parents all seem to be back on the same page, and the atmosphere is once again happy, supportive, and focused on the student. I truly commend both Dr. Burton and the staff for making this happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

just very poor quality. Wish it can go back to the way it used to be.


Posted March 9, 2009

I currently have 2 kids that attend BB Harris and to make this discussion short and sweet there isn't any thing special about BB Harris. Dr. Burton shouldn't be there. That's all I am going to say you have to meet her to fully understand what I am saying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2009

I also have one child that goes to B.B. Harris. I am very displeased as to what has happened this school year. I plan on taking my daughter out before the end of the year. I have voiced my concerns to the principal and have not felt any better. Next step, the school board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

I now have two students at BB Harris. I don't know if the new administration is to blame or whether it's some other issue, but I am becoming less pleased with the school each day. There is an air of complacency and the level of teaching seems to have declined within the past two years. BB Harris is not the warm, inviting school that it once was. Fortunately, my family and I will be moving outside of the school district this fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2008

My name is Denise Bucy and I taught at B.B.Harris from 2003-2007 under the leadership of principal, Nancy Hammond. From a teacher's perspective working at B.B. Harris was the ultimate experience. There was a sense of community & the children were happy and the staff morale was the highest I had ever seen. The credit goes to Nancy Hammond for making a place for children who are allowed to be children and fuel their desire to learn. Parents were always welcome & were seen regularly at the school; working in the classroom, planning events, coming to lunch, etc. The only reason I left B.B. Harris last year was due to Dr. Burton. The fear factor was immed'ly put into place by Dr. Burton and her rule of intimidation tactics.She uses the 'big stick' policy. Teachers are leaving in droves. I would NEVER put my children in a school with Dr. Burton.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

98 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

98 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

111 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

111 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
87%
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
Hispanic 34% 12%
White 28% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 3%
Black 16% 37%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3123 Claiborne Dr
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: (770) 476-2241

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