Students enrolled 579
School leader Maury Wills
Transportation options Yes
District Dekalb County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1492 Kelton Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

(770) 484-5865
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3 stars
Based on 39 ratings

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June 03, 2014
I thought I was the only one who had to deal with the messy lottery process with selecting students but after reading the review, I see I'm not the first or the last. I experienced first-hand their inconsistencies and partiality in their lottery and re-enrollment practices. I believe that some kids are favored over others and their student selection process is not totally objective. They change methods to suit their needs and that is not putting the education of a student first.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
This school is mediocre at best. The teachers are actually alright, but the administration is not. It seems they run good teachers away every year. The principles are arrogant and ignorant and they do not provide good support to the teachers. The board is weak and do not check the administration. Look deeply before sending your child here. Appearances can be deceiving. I am pulling my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
D.A.T.E is an excellent school. After reading a few of the posts below, I was compelled to respond. The lunch program is an option that is presented to the parents in advance. The price is very reasonable for a catered lunch. I agree that the curriculum needs to be more challenging. However, in my 6 years as a D.A.T.E. parent, I notice that parents complain when the curriculum/teacher is more demanding and kids receive the grades that they earned instead of the inflated grades that we see in South Dekalb County as a whole. We need to stop making excuses for unruly kids. Kids need to understand that there is a time to play and there is a time to listen and learn. I The kids are taught to obey rules and if a child cannot or will not obey rules, then this a school choice, and a parent has the right to remove the child and place them in a school with less structure. The school is not perfect but the administrators work hand in hand with the parents to encourage growth. In South Dekalb, the students have taken over the schools. DATE has the correct approach. Let the teachers, administration, and parents run the schools. If DATE isn't for you...then you have other options.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
This school is a joke. I entered my son in the lottery process with all paperwork completed. A week after the lottery was conducted I recieved an email stating that he was accepted. The very next morning I recieved an email stating that he was not accepted after all. My husband and I were confused and sent an email to the headmaster, admissions counseler, and elementary prinicpal. No reply. I finally called two days later to find out he was on the waiting list (from the clerk who refused to let me speak with the admissions counseler). Then he was called up from the waiting list. Since then it has been an awful experience. The front desk is quite rude and very unprofessional (putting it lightly). I emailed the admissions counseler and she did not email back. My husband and I are seriously having doubts about placing him in this school. I read the other reviews prior to applying to the lottery and still wanted to give the school a chance. Now, I know what they (the other reviewers) are talking about. When someone or something shows you who they are BELIEVE them. My child will not be attending this school because of it's messy behavior. I will take my chances elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
good school but stills needs work. i think that the school is run to much like a busness. think that they should let the kids have a little more freedom but at the same time they need *-teacher that the kids like. i do think that they need a better lunch program. and i am sick of my oldest getting bullied by the same kid. that kid need to be kicked out. but all in all it is a great school better then the public ones around here.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2014
Teachers need to stick to basics instead of constant CRCT or any standardized test preparation. Also, school needs to talk to food vendor regarding reduced lunch grant. Furthermore, do not believe the hype that charter is better; it's just another trap to divide the tax dollar especially amongst minorities.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
I was interested in visiting this school to obtain a visual of instructional methods and what D.A.T.E. could possibly offer to my son who is currently enrolled in a Montessori environment. As with other schools, I called the front office to schedule a prospective student/parent visit and was placed on hold. I was politely told that "We don't allow parents and students applying to this school to walk around and visit". Really?! Thank you D.A.T.E., I will now look elsewhere.

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2013
This is our 5th year at D.A.T.E. We were honored to be accepted and have cherished the years here. I challenge any of the disgruntled and spiteful people who have written poor reviews on this lovely school to name a better school in the DeKalb County School System (particularly the south side). Overall, you will not find a school with a more caring staff, a culture that breeds leaders and high achievers, and a curriculum that keeps up with the educational trends and challenges students to give and do their best! What the school requires, that many may not want to comply with, is true committed parental involvement inside the school and at home. If you are looking for a school to raise your child for you and never expect you to contribute to YOUR child's success, then no, D.A.T.E. is not the school for you. If you seek a school to partner with you as you seek to educate and develop your child to prepare him/her for a promising future, then we welcome you to apply!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
I love this school the middle school team is the best ing Dekalb County. I sent three of my children through this program and it gets better every year. The parent leaders are great too they work very hard for the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
Honestly this school is terrible. The building was clearly an office building poorly transformed into a half school. The school claims to be the best alternative to public school but this is the worst because everyone is so bouji. The teachers feel like its the best thing in the world to work at a school where kids can not express themselves. Now there are alot of schools with uniform the average is just khaki and a polo and maybe dress shoes but here they take it over the top with a blazer and a tie dress shoes and an oxford. You may think its great now but its a hassle to keep a blazer clean 5 days throughout the week especially if your child is a slightly messy eater or someone who is a little rough on clothing.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
DATE-The Good , the Bad, and the Questionable. I am a DATE parent that just finished 4 years involved with the school. And, I must say I have seen things change... good and bad. The Good: Dr. Wills-always found him caring, open, and wanting the success for all the students.The campus is also great with the updates. I enjoy the uniforms, and how hard the PTO/Board works (that cannot be easy). The Bad: Some of the teachers are in the wrong profession and can be lazy, aggressive, defensive, or passive. The staff turnover is high-which is unfortunate. Also, there are some parents that do their volunteer hours happily, but most do not. The Questionable: Why the CRCT testing results are always changed/update, etc to look make DATE scores look better is beyond me. All homework is always on computer (good in theory-not so much in practice). DATE can sometimes feel like a prison (every door locked all the time/silent lunch/ISS). Look. if you are an involved parent in your child's education you will be fine at DATE (or wherever your child attends). If not, you will have problems. Make sure your child's teachers/administrator know you by name/face. Could it be better? Yes. Will it? Doubt it.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
D.A.T.E. is awesome! The staff is great about communicating with parents. My kids are always coming home talking about what they learned about the environment. Since we have been at D.A.T.E. our family has been very conscious about the products we use, making it a point to recycle, and educating our neighborhood about being environmentally friendly. I like how D.A.T.E. challenges my kids, requiring them to ask questions. If you are looking for a school where the staff is an extension of your family and truly cares about your child, challenges them academically, not only learns about the environment but participates in hands on activities and uses technology daily, then D.A.T.E. is where you want to send your child(ren). I love how administration greets the students and parents daily. They are great about listening and responding to emails. D.A.T.E. ROCKS!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
Administrators are 'clique-ish', 'gossipy,' and very poorly handle discipline. Discipline Administrator is a joke - and has no relevant experience. Everything is smoke and mirrors - done for looks. Technology is frequently not working (internet), and there are surprising (considering school title and goal) little computers, iPads, or what have you for the school (one class size worth for the entire school) If you support strong teachers who challenge your child and expect his or her best - this is NOT THE SCHOOL FOR YOU. If you like to wine and complain and not take responsibility for your role in your child's education, you've likely enstilled in your child the same lack of values and responsibility- so then THIS WOULD BE THE SCHOOL FOR YOU. Too much class time is interrupted by admin. for poor reasons...like marketing for a karate dojo, etc... This school has an extremely high turn-over rate among its staff - many of whom leave after just a year or two siting the reasons above. Faculty is exceedingly unhappy with how they are treated/spoken to, and taken advantage of by Administrators.

- submitted by a teacher
April 30, 2013
This school is a joke..very unprofessional. During the application process i was actually told that my son wouldnt be a good "fit" in the school because another parent doesnt feel comfortable with it.. (simply bec my son was her childrens half brother) smh . If this was indeed a true charter and lottery program...admissions would not be based on how individual parents feel. it was insulting, it was inclusive and totally inappropriate. To appease me, the principal then informed me that my son would still be apart of the lottery which i was not privy to. i was not informed that they rescheduled the lottery, I showed up at the original lottery date. needless to say, when calling to confront them, the registrar then stated that i was supposed to be on the email list and should have received an email. in any case...after calling and sending multiple emails i was then emailed stating that my son was 80 on the waitlist. this school is unprofessional! i would rather pay to send my son to a private school with white folk than attend this farce of a school

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2013
Teachers and Staff are arrogant and lax. They act as though they are doing you a favor to educate your child. Always asking for money for everything. If they put as much focus on education as they do collecting money for everything; the school would be great.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
DATE is a very good school compared to most schools in my local area. My son has been a student at DATE for 4 years and he has excelled as a average A/ B student. Date is fortunate to have access to some of the amenities and acess other schools don't have. Such as the field trips, science labs, computer labs and after school activities, The staff and administration can be a bit much at times, even though they are being pushy to stay on-top of the rules and safety procedures, At times I feel like my child is locked in a school with government task force surrounding him. At one point in time it was difficult to get into the school just to volunteer or you had to make a appointment. This seems to be getting better. Lately I think my son is in brain OVERLOAD. They do teach the kids on the curriculum and a little more and I can see him in a brain burn out, he spends hours doing homework and studying and it seems like for him to be in the 4th grade he is under a lot of pressure and it is starting to worry me! But hey, some parents feel like their child is not getting enough work and that they need more homework, I don't see how that could be true when the work load is already heavy

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
I am a very involved parent at this school. Leadership and administration is very unconcerned and have bad attitudes.Very few good teachers.Many of the staff I feel should not even be working with children. Test retaken many times.Nothing challenging about this place! Children deserve much better.Older children seem to be bored. Children not well supervised. Nothing really high tech or environmental here, Everything over priced,not a problem for us,but for many it is hard. Very disappointed. Can't wait to find a more challenging program. I got fooled by the lottery process hype.Please do more and research staff and school. We are by no means slacker parents,only striving for a quality education for our child.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
DATE is a lot of things, but a "GREAT" school it is not! The thing that attracted me was that it appeared to be a school that would provide a great education and an opportunity for engagement in extra-curricular activities that are not commonly found in the average elementary and middle school. To my dismay, these activities tended to take on higher priority than the academics, which are mediocre at best! If you want your child socialized, go to DATE. If you want your child educated, continue your search for a quality school. After 2 years, I still struggle with my child's curriculum not challenging her beyond the knowledge base she obtained at her former schools 3rd grade curriculum. And, the "gifted" program does not engage or challenge the children beyond the standard class work, if any work is assigned at all. The concept is great, the execution has failed our children and parents of the community who continue to search for quality education. DATE, if nothing else, is entertaining. Please be clear, I'm not disgruntled, just disappointed. And, like many other parents who have found themselves hoodwinked and bamboozled, my search continues because my child deserves better!!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
Between my 3 children we have experienced Public, Private, and Charter education. I'm an not sure where the negative reviews are coming from but you are not going to do better in Dekalb county public than D.A.T.E. I am especially surprised at the reviews on the "mediocre" education. The test results speak from themselves. 90% of the 8th grade last year were accepted to all the better high schools in the area. This tells me that at least the High Schools view the students as being well prepared. As I hear the horror stories from my friend with their middle schoolers and then talk to my son, he tells me, "Dad, we just don't have those issues". But be warned - Your kids are expected to perform. No excuses. If getting to football practice is more important than completing your science project, this may not be the place for you and your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
This will be my child's 4th and last year at D.A.T.E. I'm VERY PLEASED!!! Our children's test scores are within the top raking yearly.The academic program is challenging , But the well skilled teachers are trained and great at what they do. Yes, there has been things I didn't feel was handled right, but the principals and teachers were always ready and willing to workand talk with me. There are some teachers and staff that need to have a better attitude with the childern. You will find this at every school. This is when parents should be at the school talking to the principal making them awere of what is going on to fix it!. But the children are not being abused . The bottom line is perparing the kids for high school, college, and leaders of the community. D.A.T.E does that . Thank you D.A.T.E . I'm a happy parent, involved in my childs education and PROUD to say my child attends D.A.T.E.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
D.AT.E. is exceptional and a school to be duplicated. With their excellent teachers, intelligent students, and engaged parents, no doubt why they exceed local district and state scores in every subject and every grade. I marvel at the success that this academy has had. Yes, they are strict and high expectations, but this holds the parents accountable, the students accountable and the faculty and staff accountable. This is why the schol is successful. Compared to none, D.A.T.E is exceptional. It is not definitely not for the slackers or those who will not be accountable. Thanks D.A.T.E for making us change our outlook on education.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
PARENTS BEWARE!!!!! PLEASSSSSE DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE SMILING FACES!!! The Adminstrators are not professional. The school is ran like it is an extention of the Dekalb County Jail System. The school has their priorities in the wrong order. The administrators will call a parent and threaten to suspend the student if the child does not have on their complete uniform but the administrators will not notify the parent if the child is injured, harrassed or missing. Again Parents, Please do your research on this school. I am very hurt and disgusted. All children deserve a quality education. I am currently searching for a GOOD QUALITY SCHOOL for my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
Staff unprofessional.School operates like prison! Poor leadership, no accountability.Uniforms are a smoke screen for a poorly ran school .Looking for a school that really put children first! Worst mistake to put my kids in this mess!!!!! PARENTS PLEASE KEEP LOOKING!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
Another continuation: It is for sure not exceptable for a teacher to tell you he/she does not have time to correct 75 papers from students, but yet the teacher is a track coach for the school. If the teacher isn't capable of having a teacher's responsiblity and being a coach for the school, then that teacher doesn't need to participate in afterschool activities.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2012
The truth about DATE academy is complicated. The now [just last year] have been making real progress on student achievement. They attract motivated parents and their reading program has always been outstanding. This year they are focusing on Math and Science. On the downside, they school administrators are arrogant. They insist that parents spend large sums on uniforms with expensive vendors and they run the institution like they are preparing kids for prison. Some teachers work really hard, but they have lost a couple of decent teachers this year. This will be a great school in 5 years if they get rid of the prison like environment, the rule by fear, the arrogant administrators and attract high quality teachers. Basically, today DATE is overrated but it is sadly one of the best middle school options on the South Side...

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
I am most pleased as a parent. The teachers and administration certainly care and love the students. The entire environment is filled with love and respect.my expectations and standards were fully met. My children brag to their friends and family members most often, about the teachers and the principals at the school. They say that the rules are strict, but their are no fights and bullying is dealt with swiftly. Moreover, the rigor of learning is there and it is fun. My child would not be anywhere else and I am so proud of the entire school. I have volunteered in my children's classroom and see the high level of teaching and learning that takes place. I applaud the entire staff and the parents who truly work with the school to make it successful. There are those who talk negatively about the school,simple solution, it is a school of choice and you choose to stay, but you can choose to leave. Perhaps another environment is suitable for you. For so many of us, it is suitable and worthy of praise. We love DATE!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
After having the opportunity to work in other schools in this and other states, I must say that this is one of the best schools that I have had to opportunity to be employed. Teachers have so much support from administration it is a bit scary. The administrative team is not fearful to get down in the trenches and get their hands dirty. This is apparent by the way that administrators run the drop off and pick-up carpool line each and every day to get our students in and out of school safely. The students in this school are for the most part very respectful to one another and adults throughout the building. D.A.T.E. does not have fights between students as I have seen in a number of other schools. Physical altercations are not tolerated! I am pleased with the amount of parental involvement. I am able to email parents for anything I need and they will be at my classroom door the next morning with whatever my request is weather it be classroom supplies or to work in centers with a group of students. There is no amount of money that can amount to being able to come to work to pleasantly teach children whose parents really and truly send them to school to learn not to be babysat.

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2012
I've voluteered at my grandchildren's school on a number of occasions and was saddend to observe how students were treated. I've never witnessed so many adults in one enviroment being consistently agressive and degrading towards children. I suggested to my daughter that she finds another school for her children. I believe that leadership is established from the top down. With that being said, based on what I've observed, leadership at this school is not the good example that I want to see set for my grandchildren. I don't want my daughter to "settle" for just any education. I want my grandchildren to have the best education, whether it means fighting the system, home schooling, or getting a second job to afford private school. We have enough social issues adversely affecting our communities as it is. The last thing we need is paid educators that further perpetuate the societal abuses and irresponsibility that create such poor examples for today's youth.

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2012
My child has been at the D.A.T.E for three years. He has matriculated through their middle year s program. I have been very pleased with the teachers and the administrative staff. I am quite pleased with the level of rigor; it s challenging, but not overwhelming. The teachers keep me well informed of my child s progress. They are very accommodating to students that need a little more support. I love the technology and Environmental focus of the school. The teachers use aspects of the International Baccalaureate program to add the global component to an already excellent program. The teachers having autonomy within their classrooms really help students because they are able to use different learning styles to help student achieve their goals. My son really thrived in this learning environment because of the constructivist learning. He learns best by doing and he has learned and retained so much by coming to this school. The kids absolutely love the middle year s administrator. He knows every middle school student by name and he makes room checks daily to make sure that all students are working to be the best possible person they can be. He handles discipline quickly and fairly.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
My children have attended DATE for the past 5 years. They are now in 5th grade. DATE has an excellent set of teachers and administration that are personable, experienced, well-rounded, and effective. The emphasis on environment and technology provides a challenging and informative academic environment for my children. This school is like any other I've been exposed to!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
D.A.T.E. sets the bar high for it's parents, students, teachers, admin, staff and it's volunteers. The leadership is strong and it shows. The evidence of progress is visible each school year. I have experienced excellent teachers, good teachers and not so good teachers, but it's realistic to expect that at every school. Elementary is stronger than middle, but progress has been made. Uniform policy is a plus! Discipline policy is a plus! Traditional and non-traditional studies are a plus! Education through unique and fun experiences a plus! Keep your eyes on this school - they dream BIG and accomplish BIG! Dedicated Parent Since 2006

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
This school is one of the best in the Dekalb. My son is not the most organized student, his teacher always keep me posted. Elementary is very strong. I am not sure about Middle school. 3rd year parent

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2012
I need to read more reviews. I am seriously considering transfering my son to attend 8th grade here, but am finding a lot of negative reviews here. He attends another dekalb middle school now but the school is overcrowded and kids are out of control, and my son is not thriving there. There just aren't many other choices available. I can't afford private, What's a mother to do?

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2012
This school is mediocre at best. Especially as you enter the middle school. The school as a great focus on paper but they are unable to deliver. There are several teachers and staff members there who don't like children and should not be working with children. The uniforms look good but beware.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
This is my son's first and only year at DATE. He will not be attending next year due to the lack of communication from one particular teacher. She does not enter grades in eSIS as she should, nor does she give students their work back in a timely manner. So if your child is not doing well, they won't know it until it is too late. The emphasis is not on Technology nor the Environment.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2011
I am highly disappointed in this school. I regret my decision everyday. This school is not fit to serve children,

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2011
I was seriously dissapointed with this school. In my 3 childrens first (and last) year at this school, I have encountered the knowledge that my kids had no freedom, haven't learned much of anything anything nor did they enjoy themselves at all. The teaching is mediocre, which I have witnessed to be mostly just a series of slide shows and/or videos that takes up most of class time in which they must write notes on. Not only did this not help my kids, it didn't help much others due to the fact that their "true" (before retakes) test scores are below average and aren't even better than the neighborhood schools. I would have my kids coming home worried that they will fail their math tests because the math teacher didn't teach them enough of what they are being tested on. This has happened many times before, and i've discussed it with other parents also who had the same problem. My kids also had no freedom of speech, of using their lockers when they needed to, carrying their personal items (purse), nor could they voice their opinion on what would help them succeed in what they do. They really do try to fool you with their fake smiles and lectures about how "great" they are....

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2011
I have been a parent of 2 children at DATE and have seen it really go downhill the last few years. The quality of teaching has declined especially as you enter middle school, and don't be fooled by the CRCT scores they are reported AFTER the retakes not before only 60% of this years 8th graders passed math which is not better than the neighboorhood school and the science scores are a joke. Parental involvement is good but its a requirement anyway. Don't be fooled by the great looking uniform the school has lost its technological and environment focus and needs lots of improvement to get where it wants to be

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
Awesome! This school has to be DeKalb's finest. The Headmaster and staff set high demands for these young children that Work! I have never seen a group of kids so excited to learn. My son is a rising first grader and we hope to continue his education at this wonderful learning institution!!!

- submitted by a parent
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Dekalb Academy of Technology and the Environment Charter School
1492 Kelton Dr, Stone Mountain, GA  30083
(770) 484-5865
Last modified Dekalb Academy of Technology and the Environment Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dekalb Academy of Technology and the Environment Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top