Students enrolled 453
School leader Richard W. Reid

Contact this school

4576 N Peachtree Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

School website
(678) 676-7102
(678) 676-7110
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Chesnut Elementary School address.

5 stars
Based on 25 ratings

Let others know what you
think about this school

June 03, 2014
What I have seen of my grandson's work and homework is just wonderful. He always has things to say about his day. His parents are excited about the school. They do a lot with his class. I have been to the school and feel that it is a safe and warm environment. They all are happy, which makes me happy!

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2014
Chesnut is a class act charter school! One of the best Dekalb Co has to offer. The teachers and other professionals there know my son by name and make me feel so at ease when we are on campus. My 10 year old is a 4th grader who loves his school. He is bummed that he will only be able to attend one more year there before going to middle school.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2013
Here are the things to know about Chesnut. It's diverse and, yes, that's the real world. That's scary for many families in Dunwoody and some seek to send their kids to Austin in Vanderlyn where there is very little diversity. As is sometimes the case, academic performance can correlate with socio-economic demographics and because Chesnut has a disproportionate number of apartment families with sometimes lower incomes-- overall test scores are sometimes below the other schools in the zone. If you are an involved parent, your child will learn as much and score as high as any other school in the zone. If you are not, your child will not...as they would not anywhere. Aside from that datapoint, Chesnut is a real family, a very small community (only 475 seats compared to nearly double at DES, and NO TRAILERS!) with a loving and committed staff. You could do FAR worse in Dunwoody, even if you end up at the platinum-labeled Austin or Vanderlyn. Schools are more than testing, they're more than reputations. At Chesnut, the administration focuses on that and that helps many kids flourish.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
We are new to Dunwoody and we love Chesnut! The parent and community involvement is great and we love the environmental stewardship of the ecology club and the Wellness Committee. We hope that the school garden and outdoor classroom will be utilized by more teachers because it is such a great idea. The educational offerings are good and the Discovery program is great. Chesnut is a secret gem in Dunwoody. Do not pay attention to the test scores--this is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2012
Based on Dekalb county s school ratings and School Digger s rating, I am very apprehensive about sending my son to Chestnut for Kindergarten. In fact, we are looking to relocate so that we can be in Dunwoody s #1 rated elementary school. School started this past week and I had expectation of having to deal with unhappy staff and misbehaved children. Well, it s been a week since school started and I am overwhelmed with the great impressions I got from everyone from his teacher (Mr.C), the principal, all the way down to the lunch lady. The PTA members and Charter Council members seem to be very knowledgeable with a sincere interest in their child s and the school s life. Due to the school being a charter, parent involvement is required and it is apparent that the parents actually want to participate and not doing it because it s mandatory. In my opinion, parent involvement is what makes a school a great one. Chestnut Charter is a secret gem in Dunwoody! Don t be discouraged by the school s ratings.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2012
Wonderful experience, Mrs. Landis was a great 1st grade teacher. I am so happy my 4 year old will be attending this fall in the Pre-K class.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2011
We love Chestnut. Excellent and caring staff, and high parental involvement. Simply a wonderful environment and community. We moved from a neighboring school that scored a 10 on this website. I mention this only because it weighed heavily on our choice of school, and later we found it to be only a small factor, and one that actually backfired. Pay little attention to the 7 Chestnut is given. I have noticed no academic differences at Chestnut. There are always extras coming home in addition to homework as a challenge. I am grateful for a staff and PTA that focus more on the needs of the child than whether or not a child scores perfectly on a standardized test. Every member of Chestnut's staff we have interacted with have gone out of their way to show our child that they care.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
I absolutely love this school! I have encountered a few elementary schools and I had finally found the one when I found Chestnut. Dr. Reid is very approachable and kind. He speaks to everybody and makes you feel right at home. I have been very fortunate in that my kids have and had teachers that they loved. When your children enjoy school there is something great about it! Parents are involved and everyone who works at the school are great! Excellent job Chestnut!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2010
The teachers really do care about the children and my kids are learning so much at the school. My children love the atmosphere and the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
The school is an extension of our family. The teachers and staff truly love and care for the children. They repeatedly go that extra mile to make sure each child receives the instruction needed to succeed and exceed acedemically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
Unbelievably awesome school!!! Ive never in my life seen a school where parents are so involved...from helping in the classroom, to having lunch with your child, to coming out on saturdays fort clean up days, to unbelievable turn outs at spirit nights at local restaurants etc. it's an awesome school with great, caring teachers and staff... And everyone seems to know each other by name...

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
Love, love, love this school! The principal down to the janitor have loving hearts and want all the kids to succeed. The kids are happy to be there and my children have developed much faster here than at their previous, PRIVATE school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
The faculty and parents work together to ensure that our children get the best education possible!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
Chestnut has a lot to offer as far as education is concerned. It is very well structured and I love the diversity. Chestnut is much more than a school is a communtity where parents,students and staff work together to achieve objectives.Chestnut is a positive environment and I feel that my child is safe and secure when away from home.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Great staff, great leaders and great families

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
I love theway that the parents and teachers are involved, the staff is so friendly. The principal, everybody loves Dr. Reid... Mi daughter is so happy, this is her first year and we do not have any complain. Good education and support from teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
The teachers and parents are so involved and caring of the children. The school is safe and the principal and staff are helpful and caring of the children. I love my child's teacher and she seems to really care about my son. It's a great school and I love everything about it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Chesnut Charter is Dunwoody's Best Kept Secret. It's Diverse Students represent the Real World we live in. The Faculty and Staff are Top Notch which creates an ideal environment for children. Because the school is a charter the school is enriched with an Art Program and other Specials for the children to benefit from. Parent involvement is required by each parent and I always feel welcome in the school and classroom. Recess is required everyday which allows children to get their physical energy out and concentrate more when they need to. Chesnut is a true gem.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Because the parents, staff and students all work so hard together to make this a wonderful part of our children's lives

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
It is a small,caring community with an unusually diverse population. The high level of parent involvement also contributes to a more well-rounded education for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
The teachers are great, nurturing and firm. It is a true community school, representing various ethnicities and socio-economic groups. As a parent I am so pleased that my child has this opportunity and exposure. She has learnt so much and so easily in a very short time; she doesn't ever want to skip school. I am often in her school and classroom, I feel welcomed and more importantly, I feel as if I am an integral part of her education. As I should be. I am very excited for my younger child to go there in a couple of years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Chesnut Charter is a wonderful school with very involved parents, staff and faculty. My son is in Kindergarten this year. He has learned alot this year in regards to reading, math, science and history. The principal is very involved with the students and parents and he is seen in the hallways everyday during drop off/pick up and during school events. My sons teacher is very warm and caring. It is obvious she cares about her students. Many of the teachers also attend events outside school hours such as Spirit nights and are also involved on various school councils. Since this is a Charter school parent involvement is a requirement. It is wonderful to see so many parents involved with their childrens education. If there was one thing I would like to see change it would be more time for creative play and less time on classic education in Kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
Great Great school that cares about their students. Sad it only goes up to 3rd grade. My child enjoyed.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
I love this school. The academics are great, and my children are learning and enjoying every mintue of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
At Charter, I know my daughter is getting a great education at Chesnut. The teachers are committed to the well being of the children and its very apparent

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 24, 2009
Thank you Dr.Rich Reid and Mrs Veronica Williams for your trusting and caring leadership. You came to us and met the staff and community at the point of our need. In the past year Chesnut has has become a welcoming, freindly and loving enviornment to work and educate. Your leadership has been 2nd to none!!!

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2009
My kid is going from past one year and he just loves the school and his teacher Mr.C Their curriculum is good and teachers personalize their teachings depending on the kid's level. My son now is interested in knowing pretty much everything :)

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
my chid has been going here for three years and it is her favorite elementary finally she enjoys getting up to go to school and is actually interested in learning

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2008
We moved to Atlanta from out of state a year ago. My son, who is hyperactive, was well behind his peers academically. Miss Levin, his teacher this year in third grade, displays amazing patience and wisdom. The entire staff is so supportive and caring! Bottom line is my son now is making almost all A's and has caught up. It's not by accident! Lastly, in an era where budgets are cut and programs like arts disappear, this school offers it all to their children both in school and in extra-curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
Chesnut is going to miss Dr. Sonja Alexander. She was a leader with compassion.The children loved her and respected her. Her shoes will be hard to fill.

- submitted by a staff
April 28, 2006
Chesnut has been wonderful for our children. Its rich diversity reflects the real world and the teachers truly care about all children. As a working parent, I appreciate the opportunity to be involved. Teachers are very willing to work around my schedule to let me be involved. The PTA does a great job providing wonderful cultural arts programs. The enrichment programs are great and now the school offers a variety of after school programs including golf, karate, dance and art. Having been a school where testing was over emphasized, we love the rather laid back approach to testing at Chesnut. Visit the school. You will discover what a warm place it is.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
Chesnut is a good school with a lot of great teachers. Unfortunately there is no language program. The administration under the Principal is weak and sometimes rude. The Principal is very involved and very capable, but doesn't seem to see the faults of those below her. The trailers aren't safe, as children walk to the building during class without an adult. They could easily meet an intruder on the property or even walk off campus. The parent involvement, although seemingly high, is usually the same parents over and over getting the jobs done. This could be a great school if they would get rid of the few rude/incompetent individuals, add some safety features and find a way to incorporate a foreign language into their curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
Due to Principal and PTA's involvement the school provides enriching experience to children. Teachers try to bring best out of every child. Extracarricular activities ensure that each student gets some kind of participation. And the Discovery (gifted) program is truly encouraging for those student who are able to perform at higher level. Our daughter has been in school for 3 years and we have seen remarkable improvement in her every year.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2004
Chesnut Charter has a private school educational opportunities without the cost. I don't know how they do it but I'm glad my child is a part of it. Challenging, advanced, creative education. Kudos for Chesnut! This is my child's first year here after attending private school. I'm amazed. And just an FYI, Ms. Kilpatrick (4th grade teacher) is the salt of the earth. A concerned and involved parent's dream. Thank God them because No child will get left behind at Chesnut.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2003
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »

Ratings help families find and compare schools. Families should also use other factors when choosing a school.


Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: October 22, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Chesnut Elementary School
4576 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA  30338
(678) 676-7102
Last modified Chesnut Elementary School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chesnut Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top