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Smoke Rise Elementary School

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 2, 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


Posted May 9, 2007

Mr. Beavers has been a blessing to Smoke Rise Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

75 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

75 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

74 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

74 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
94%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 56% 37%
Hispanic 24% 12%
White 11% 44%
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 55%N/A51%
Female 45%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 7:20am
School end time
  • 2:20am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Aaron Moore
Fax number
  • (678) 874-3610

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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1991 Silver Hill Rd
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
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