If you aren't in the clique, don't send your kid here. It's a small school in a small neighborhood and many people seem to be neighbors and don't talk to anyone outside of that clique. Not very helpful with getting information or helping to create a better enviroment for everyone who lives in the district or has moved into the district. The curriculum is average and often times confusing because of the way it is presented. Homework doesn't usually come with instructions for parents to help. My kids don't have many friends, I guess they're cliquish too. Since it is a charter school, there are always fundraisers and events to go to. However, who really wants to attend an event where the suburban moms stand in circles and there is no heartfelt welcome into the school. No choice, except private school though.
We have two children at Kingsley and have had an absolutely wonderful experience. The rankings puzzle me, and I think that is because we have a good number of English as a second language students, and therefore others consider that "bad." Our test results may look worse compared to other schools for this reason, but there are families and teachers who care deeply about the school. The new principal, Brent McBride, is doing an awesome job to address lowlights and grow the highlights. My kids love the school and their friends and teachers. It's truly a hidden gem and it makes me sad that these rankings make it look so poor when it really is not.
Kingsley is a wonderful school with great community involvement. Our new principal, Mr. McBride, has been fantastic and is committed to continued improvement of the school. Test scores do not tell the whole story here!! We have a diverse group of students and parents, which is one of the things that makes Kingsley great. Caring and committed teachers, involved parents, highly recommended! (Parent of a soon-to-be third grader at Kingsley)
Until you step foot inside Kingsley's doors-you can't understand what a hidden gem this is. Numbers don't tell the story. Our children are people with their own identities not statistics on a computer screen
I have been delighted with our experience at Kingsley this year. The staff is friendly and they know who my child is. It is a great little neighborhood school! Truly a hidden gem. Parent involvement is amazing here. As another reviewer mentioned, it's great to see the teachers bringing their own kids to attend this school...
Para mi es la mejor escuela que le puede haber encontrado a mis hijos. For me is the best school that can find for my childs.
Dedicated teachers, super involved parents and a great sense of community make Kingsley an outstanding school.
Nestled within a Dunwoody neighborhood. Deep parent involvement. Caring teachers and staff. More tips on how to work with children on age appropriate and development appropriate material. Expansion into challenging subjects for children who show aptitude. Improved playground and field for playtime.
Kingsley has been a great experience for our family. Great parent involvement and very warm atmosphere!
We were redistricted to Kingsley from another elementary school and have been very happy with the school. I've noticed that teachers bring their own children to this school instead of keeping them in their home district school - even from the newer suburbs. My kids have had good teachers and the one teacher who had complaints was not renewed. There is an older post that our school was dark, but we use lamps in the classrooms instead of overhead fluorescent lighting as per the brain-based educational concepts that we follow. My only complaint is that I wish we had a newer building; our school was built in 1971.
The teachers at Kingsley are wonderful. They care about each child regardless of background or culture or financial standing. We have a new principal that seems to be leading in the right direction (only 2 months in). Parent involvement is usually extremely high. The school could probably push writing and prepare kids better for project /research capabilities but overall as an elementary school , in my opinion it is a solid school. Always room for improvement.
This is our first year at Kingsley, and I have two children attending. They transferred from another local school. I have to say I am so so pleased with the academics of this school. Even though we stayed in the same district I see such a difference in the teachers and level of work the girls are doing. This is the best school my children have attended. They have been in 4 schools already and Kingsley you are the best!!!!!
Kingsley is a very disappointing school. The school building is very old and dim. Classrooms are small and disorganized. Teachers and administration are not friendly--they used to talk to parents fairly rude.
We have two children in Kingsley (K, 3rd) and we absolutely love this school. We were previously at another Dunwoody school (K, and 1st grade for our oldest) and the two does not even compare. We love the community feeling and the engagement of parents, teachers, and administrative staff. If you're looking for a neighborhood school with teachers who will do everything in their power to make sure that your child succeeds, this is the place!
Very high quality teaching, curriculum and teachers. Also, a warm envioroment and very involved parents
We are so blessed by this school. We have moved from a different state and this is our second elementary school in Georgia. The whole school runs like a nice family. My two children love to be at school and are very happy at the end of the school day.(They used to get so stressed out at the end of the day at the other school) Sadly, we have to move to different county and we really wish we can pack whole Kingsley Elementary with us. Though we only get to stay for 7 months, we will always treasure the time here. Kingsley is wonderful school with great leadership, loving teacher, caring staffs and happy kids!!!
We LOVE Kingsley Elementary. The parents, students and teachers are all very involved. We have an IEP child receiving some in-classroom accomodations and our other child is in the Discovery program (Gifted). Both of our children are doing extremely well and have had a great experience at school. We could not be happier.
Great school. New Principal Dr. Jasmine Smith is doing a great job. Parents are involved in this school!
My child is having a great experience at Kingsley. When I walk in the door, I feel like I'm home. The teachers and staff are so warm and loving. My son has made incredible progress and having a blast at the same time. The parental involvement is fantastic. The new principal is loved by everyone. I feel so fortunate to have found this wonderful school.
It's a 'family.' Everyone has the best interest of the children in mind--faculty, staff, parents alike. Academically, instruction is tweaked to help every student. Engagement-wise, everyone participates! I couldn't ask for a better place for my daughter to be!
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