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Chesnut Elementary School

Charter | PK-5 | 453 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2011:
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Posted June 3, 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!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 6, 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


Posted November 5, 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


Posted November 5, 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


Posted August 9, 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


Posted May 13, 2010

The faculty and parents work together to ensure that our children get the best education possible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted May 12, 2010

Great staff, great leaders and great families
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

127 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

126 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
98%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

107 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

107 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
95%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 42% 44%
Black 31% 37%
Hispanic 17% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/A51%
Female 50%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4576 N Peachtree Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
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