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Duluth, GA
Students enrolled: 871

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3123 Claiborne Dr
Duluth, GA 30096

(770) 476-2241
(770) 232-3258
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December 20, 2014
I agree with the majority of reviews regarding the principal. She was very rude during the only interaction I've had with her. Further, she took the opportunity to say that I was disrespectful, even though she was in the wrong. Since then, I've spoken with many parents of current and former students who all agreed that she is simply a rude and disrespectful person who only cares about how the school looks on paper. With all that said, the teachers are wonderful, and my child seems very happy overall. I do wish the school offered more after school programs like other counties. I am surprised that there seem to be none for kids younger than second grade, at least according to the website.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
I attend a school luncheon with my son last week and was so impress with the school. The number of parents volunteering overwhelm me because I am not used to that. They were all so helpful, and the teachers were too. So friendly. I can not understand some bad reviews I read. We pleased to have our son here. He likes his school and we do too.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
Harris Elementary is a gem. The principal and staff are great. I was worried about reviews I saw on this site before we moved to Duluth, but my worries were unfounded. The principal has high expectations, which is refreshing. Some schools I've been involved with have "leaders" who don't lead, and they accept "average" performance from staff and students. This principal expects greatness, empowers the staff and students to accomplish greatness, and she leads by wonderful example. If a parent isn't happy about something, they should get involved in positive ways to affect change. The school is like a family to my kids, and to me, and I couldn't be more pleased after the horror I expected from a disgruntled post or two on this site. I have helped with some PTA events and found I was much more comfortable at school the more I became familiar with people and procedures there.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2014
Harris received the Georgia School Of Excellence AGAIN! Harris has the most amazing staff, parents and kids. Congrats to all who help this school the Outstanding school it is.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
Doctor Burton is a bit strict, but nobody is perfect! I am glad my child goes to this school. There was only one mean teacher, Ms. Edwards, and she's retired. They are very against bullying, and Architects of peace also is an anti-bullying program. There is a reason this school is a Georgia School of Excellence.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
July 05, 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
August 08, 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
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
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
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
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
August 19, 2009
just very poor quality. Wish it can go back to the way it used to be.

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 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
no rating 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
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
May 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
October 22, 2007
Harris used to be a warm, inviting school. With the addition of the new administration, I no longer feel that way. My child is feeling the pressures that the teachers are sending off unintentionally. I have no quams with the education my child is getting, just with the way the school is now run. There are many unhappy people around there and I am afraid all the familiar faces will be a thing of the past. What made Harris so special is the feeling of community and familiarity. My children could always go back and see one of their old teachers. It's a sad, sad thing for our small school. I know my child is cared for by the teachers there, but I am not so sure about the new administration.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
I am new to the state of GA. My daughter and I moved here from Orlando, FL. So far BB Harris Elementary is an okay school by way of academics. However, I am not pleased with the administration at this school. I have had several issues regarding my daughter and getting her the help she needs in Mathematics. I have tried several ways at home to help her and I am currently trying to find her a tutor. I have expressed concern to this administration and they seem to think she is doing fine. I do not call a U in math 'doing fine'. I am very displeased with the administration but I am very pleased with the material she is learning. I just wish they cared about my daughter receiving the material.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
The learning environment is excellent at Harris. The children seem to be always smiling and happy when I visit the school. The teachers are awesome and the principal is great. My child loves to go to school at Harris and did not even want to be off for summer!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
Harris Elementary is an excellent school. They have great teachers, and a great principal, that are committed to bringing out the best in every child. I have 3 kids in K,1 and 3rd grade. My experience with the school is that they continue to explore new ideas and ways to bring out the best in each child.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2004
I have one child who finished elementary at BB Harris and another that currently enrolled. All children are encouraged to excel from their current learning level. Each child is valued for who they are individually and encouraged to be the best they can be. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal, Nancy Hammond, is kind and takes her responsibility seriously. She genuinely recognizes the important role she plays in the lives of the students and the teachers entrusted in her care. She is a great example of a leader. My children were well prepared to move to the next level in their education process at the end of each term. I am thankful for the education and life experiences provided so lovingly by the team at BB Harris Elementary.

- submitted by a parent

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Harris Elementary School
3123 Claiborne Dr, Duluth, GA  30096
(770) 476-2241
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