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Stone Mountain, GA
Students enrolled: 534
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1991 Silver Hill Rd
Stone Mountain, GA 30087

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(678) 874-3602
(678) 874-3610
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August 05, 2015
The principal and teachers and staff r very friendly and care great about the children.

- submitted by a community member
Develops respect: Strongly agree
July 31, 2015
They have a no bullying campaign and they also reward students for being good stewards. It shows in the environment the administration is fostering. 2015-2016 school year they are adopting a uniform policy which will also assist in eliminating the stigma if your clothes are not trendy or fashionable. It will foster the we are all one and we focus on learning and achievement. My hat is off to the new principal and the devotion this school has to the youth.

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2015
My daughter attended this school last year for the first time. The staff and administration are wonderful. My daughter had a fantastic year. She maintained A/B Honor all year. The programs the school had for the kids to participate in was awesome. My daughter got accepted into a magnet program for the new school year, but we will continue to support Smoke Rise Elementary School. The opportunities are endless and it was a hard decision to go. We intend to refer everyone we can to this school. The teachers are so personable and the administration and staff are fabulous.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2015
This is a great school. The new principle Ms. McCloud and the team that she is building are doing great things at Smoke Rise Elementary. I love hearing about the great things that this school doing. I look forward to seeing the new facilities once they are built.

- submitted by a community member
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
July 28, 2015
This school works with the children that are advanced and the children that are struggling to keep up. They meet each child where they are.

- submitted by a community member

February 25, 2015
I must say Smoke Rise Elementary is a wonderful school. The teachers, staff, and administration are true professionals. As soon as you walk into the building there is a warm and inviting atmosphere. Student achievement is definitely a focus. Wonderful school.

- submitted by a community member

January 30, 2015
The secretary lost my childs paperwork with our social security numbers , address and phone numbers. This school Is very unorganized, there is a lack of parent iinvolvement, and this school has gone completely downhill!!!!

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2014
My son and I absoloutely LOVE Smokerise. I was a little worried about switching him from his "school of excellence" at first, however I soon realized that enrolling him in Smokerise was a great idea. The teachers and staff are friendly and care a lot about the students. It is very mixed, which I LOVE and all the children seem to have tons of fun learning new things. Please dont let GreatSchools rating worry you. Your child will learn an abundace of wonderful life lessons and have fun along the way!!!! PS the no uniform policy, recess, and hands on learning are awesome. My son came from a school that was very strict and didnt even allow chatting during lunch. I'm very happy he can be a kid and enjoy school.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2014
This year was a difficult year because my son had a teacher that wasn't a good fit. The administration worked with us and we were able to resolve the issue. I see the administration each time I enter the building and am greeted by name.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2014
Run away from this school! The principal pits teachers against parents and does not welcome parental involvement. This may have been a great school at one time but now it is not. The facilities are in disrepair. The administration is apathetic and absent. Teachers seem to be doing the best they can but without the support of the administration, it is a horrible mess. Parents who live in the area have pulled their children because the administration is terrible and leaves the parents feeling they are not welcome. It is a shame because it could have been a wonderful school. DCS is in bad shape. SMCS is a prime example of a great school that has gone straight downhill due to the administration.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2014
This is a Wonderful school with an awesome group of kids eager to learn! Parents are very involved and work hard to fix any issues they may have. You get out of the school what you put into it. Teachers are also excellent and work great with the kids. (Admin staff could use some work- I agree with the "jaded"statement above ) Fresh blood needed!

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2013
Very good school, friendly staff and teachers. I am happy to have my children attend there. Only thing that I suggest is: update the playground.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2012
Smoke Rise is a very good school. My child is thriving here academically and socially, and I have been very happy with the quality of the teachers I have dealt with on a personal basis. My child was welcomed from day one and has participated in a variety of extra-curriculars since coming to this school. I see a lot of children who are happy, feel safe, and thriving at Smoke Rise Elementary. I can't explain some of the current dissatisfaction among some former parents. I'd rate this school 4.5 out of 5 stars, with a half point being deducted for the everyday grievances you typically have to deal with in any public school. I'm pretty realisic, however, and realize that every school has issues. Bottom line - your child can have a great experience at this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2012
Maybe this IS one of the better schools in DeKalb, but that does not make it a great school. There is little accountability for poor behavior by staff, students, or parents. Discipline is a major issue now. Folks have not left because parents from other attendance zones came here to find a better education for their kids. That is a facade the principal created. The folks who left WROTE the charter so that those parents who value education COULD come! They left b/c they too want better for their children... better than our county seems able to offer. Claiming that they didn't appreciate incompetency because they haven't seen worse is inane. DCSS is in trouble, and SRCES is a perfect example of the whole. Instead of trying to make improvements so that neighborhood families would have a school where their children would be challenged and safety would be upheld, apathy has become the norm, and anyone who finds apathy unacceptable is treated as overzealous or irrational. The families who left are now in schools where their children feel happy, safe, and are thriving. Too bad they couldn't get that here, despite herculean efforts! Hopefully DeKalb is able to turn it around soon.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2011
Smoke Rise is a great school. The last school we attended was very overcrowded and the administrators and teachers seemed overwhelmed by too many kids and too many behavior problems. This is not the case at Smoke Rise. We're so thankful! The teachers we have encountered personally have been wonderful. We have found the principal, Mr. Moore to be an effective and professional leader. Those who are not happy simply have not had enough (or any) experience at other schools in the county. If they did, they'd realize how good they have it! The only negative thing we can say has nothing to do with the staff but the fact that some of the parents/families in the Smoke Rise community seem resentful that "outsiders" (such as my kids!) are at the school due to it becoming a charter school last year.

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2011
This school has been renowned for it's quality in the past. Sadly that is not the case today. Many of the local families have pulled their kids from the school in favor of private school. The principal, though very polite and nice, has not shown himself to be the most outgoing leader, which is important in such an environment. There are many parents who are trying to volunteer and help bring the school back to its days of glory, but, their efforts haven't always been welcomed very warmly by the administration and sometimes the staff. Interestingly, since becoming a charter (with a requirement that parents join/participate in the PTA), the PTA membership is now down to 49%. With effective, active leadership, this school could be turned around. Let's hope Dekalb Co. will step up and allow this school to actually operate as a real Charter School with parental involvement and that this can turn it around. It would be a shame if a school with the reputation that Smoke Rise has were allowed to continue to deteriorate as it has been for the last several years. Note: there has to be a reason for the 6 rating on this site given the reasonably respectable CRCT scores at SRECS...

- submitted by a parent

February 16, 2008
We've always been pleased with SRE. The parent involvment has been remarkable and truly makes the difference in the school. The teachers and administrative staff have always been very approachable and eager to help in anyway. There is an common thread running through the place of kindness, commitment and a desire to excel. You can't help but feel it when you spend time there. We look forward to allowing all our children benefiting from the special growing experience SRE provides. Melanie Johnson

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2008
This school is outstanding! My husband and I are so glad our Pre-K and 1st grade sons are attending this school. The teachers and staff do a wonderful job of teaching, mentoring and caring for our children. I am an active parent at the school. In my many days visiting the school, and observing, I can't help but comment on the great behavior the students have. I never see a child roaming the hallways, being disruptive, or anything of the sort. Things are organized and on track. My children absolutely love going to school. They are learning so much, and I never hear any complaints from them concerning their teachers, friends or otherwise. My Pre-K son brought his guitar to school the other day and played it for his class. That is how comfortable he feels about his teachers and classmates. SRE is the best! Tasha Carr

- submitted by a parent

February 02, 2008
I am a newer teacher at Smoke Rise and I could not be happier! I taught in two other schools prior to joining the Smoke Rise team and I never experienced the sense of community that I feel every day at Smoke Rise. The staff members are so incredibly caring and always place the children's best interest first and foremost. The passion that is present at this school amongst the teachers and staff is inspiring.

- submitted by a teacher

May 09, 2007
Mr. Beavers has been a blessing to Smoke Rise Elementary.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2006
I have been a student here at smoke rise Elementary for about 5 years, And I am know in 4th grade.The activities of this school. are fun and enchanting. The work they give us here is great, and every year there are memories to cherish. THIS SCHOOL ROCKS SOCKS!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student

September 19, 2006
Smoke Rise is a good school with a lot of dedicated parents. The staff and parents are working hard to make this school the best it can be; trying to bring it back to its glory days. But, it really needs the community as a whole to support it and send their kids there so it can be a true neighborhood school again.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2005
A former educator and proud involved grandparent of a male student entering his third year at the school, I find Smoke Rise to be an excellent institution. Under the leadership of Mr. Beaver, ALL students had the opportunity to take advantage of an exceptional learning environment due in large measure to the support from the community. Student/staff diversity also increased during his tenure. Consistent parent/guardian participation can alleviate the concerns of the first commenter and greatly enhances the overall achievement for any student. One might also consider, that the ethnicity of an individual does not dictate one's ability to succeed. Mr. Moore's first year has not been without some cause for concern. His ability to continue the legacy of a strong school/community relationship is essential to the school's continued success as well as his. However, I do expect great things from Mr. Moore in the coming year. The goal of this grandparent and the Smoke Rise Community is to retain a School of Excellency. Volunteer and Join the PTA!

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2004
I disagree with the previous parent's assessment of this school. Smoke Rise Elementary was one out of four schools in the state of Georgia that achieved a National School of Excellence award in 2002. This was under the administration of the admirable Mr. Hal Beaver, who was responsible for developing numerous programs to enrich the education of his students. To suggest that he or any member of his wonderful staff were insensitive to the cultural or ethnic backgrounds of the student population is absolutely preposterous, especially because of the fact that the school staff are culturally and ethnicly diverse themselves. We welcome our new principle, Mr. Aaron Moore, and hope that his presence will help to reassure doubtful parents of the excellence of this school's learning environment.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2004
Smoke Rise Elementary is a school that has a lot of support by the community and parents. They have several fund raising events/programs and many programs to help enrich the children's learning skills. I feel like the only element missing is it's insensitivity to diversity and lack of programs for boys. This school needs mentoring programs for the boys and teachers who are willing to educate children with different ethnic backgrounds. And teachers should be more enthusiastic during teaching. The principal also has a problem with this, and refuse to let go of this mentality. Too bad his peers doesn't know this or they would think twice about giving him a position in the Principal Association Group/Committee. Hurray for our new incoming principle who has already made a impact due to his ethnic background.

- submitted by a parent

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Smoke Rise Elementary School
1991 Silver Hill Rd, Stone Mountain, GA  30087
(678) 874-3602
Last modified Smoke Rise Elementary School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Smoke Rise Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top