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Kingsley Elementary School5
Posted January 07, 2015
- a parent
Love it! Wouldn't even consider another option. My child is exceeding expectations and working about 2 grade levels up, the teachers work with her as needed to challenge her. Love the elective program. On Fridays the kids choose between art, music, PE and "around the world," which is a program taught by the sweet librarian, Ms. Keel. My kids get recess, there isn't a dedicated 'silent lunch' program like some other schools, I think they treat each lunch period on an "as needed" basis and dim the lights when the kids get a little loud. My child loves school, loves her teachers, the principal is great, Ms. Horton in the office is very nice, we just love Kingsley! I agree about the test scores. Keep in mind we have a new principal who is working so hard to raise these. We also have a large group of ESOL students, who are very sweet, and their parents want them to learn and do well, but sometimes the test scores will reflect that. Our scores are improving, the parents are very involved and there are opportunities for ALL to be involved! Lots of committees, groups, volunteer positions... The office can connect you to the parent committee.
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
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.
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.