Friday, April 5, 2013
The cluster would allow the schools to operate with more flexibility than other DeKalb County public schools.
The Druid Hills Charter Cluster is now a nonprofit and is accepting donations. The group – which includes Avondale, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Ridge and McLendon elementary schools and Druid Hills middle and high schools – seeks to create the first charter cluster in Georgia. Want to know more about what this all entails? From the group's FAQ page: What is a Cluster? A Cluster is a group of feeder schools that feed into a middle school and ultimately a high school. A lot of Cluster's have more than one middle school that feed into one high school. The Druid Hills High School Cluster is unique in that it has 5 elementary schools that feed into only 1 middle school, Druid Hills Middle. Druid Hills Middle feeds into Druid Hills High School…
Monday, March 4, 2013
The group wants to turn Druid Hills High School and its feeders--including Avondale Elementary--into a charter cluster.
A committee investigating the creation of a charter cluster around Druid Hills High School and its feeder schools will meet Tuesday. In addition to the high school, the Druid Hills Charter Cluster would include Druid Hills Middle School and Avondale, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Ridge and McLendon elementary schools. Why start a "charter cluster?" From the group's Facebook page: The Druid Hills High School cluster of schools currently is exploring the potential benefits of petitioning to become a "charter cluster" of schools. Charter schools are public schools and receive all the funding that non-charter schools receive, but two words distinguish them from public schools as they exist today: autonomy and flexibility. A charter cluster of …
Friday, January 6, 2012
As kids head back to school, Patch rounds up some recent health inspection scores for our local schools.
The DeKalb County Board of Health not only conducts health inspections on restaurants, bars, hotels and apartments, but also local schools. Click on the score to see all the details about each inspection. So with Decatur and Avondale Estates students heading back to school this week, here are some recent health inspections scores on our local educational institutions: Avondale Elementary School 10 Lakeshore Drive Date: 12/07/2011 Score: 84 Carl G. Renfroe Middle School 220 West College Avenue Date: 11/29/2011 Score: 96 Clairemont Elementary School 155 Erie Avenue Date: 12/08/2011 Score: 100 Columbia Head Start 1275 Clarendon Avenue Date: 12/02/2011 Score: 87 Decatur Jr. Adventist Academy 2584 Young Road Date: 11/30/11 Score: 91 DeKalb …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The students presented "a winter musical extravaganza international night event."
Students at Avondale Elementary provided musical entertainment for a cafeteria full of family members Thursday night. The songs were takeoffs on traditional carols, such as "They Test Your Merry Gentlemen" and "Clean the Halls." The students also sang the school song, "Oh Avondale," to end the night.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Avondale Elementary celebrated drug-free day Friday with the help of the Druid Hills High marching band.
Avondale Elementary celebrated freedom from drugs on Friday. Hugh Simpson stopped by and shot these photos.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Avondale Elementary opened Monday for the first day of the 2011-12 school year for about 600 students.
Parents reported some chaos Monday as Avondale Elementary opened to 505 students, 138 more than last year’s opening day. School officials attribute some confusion to last-minute registrations by parents, according to DeKalb County School System spokesman Rodney Jenkins. “What we saw when we were visiting schools are unhappy people who waited until the first day of school to register,” said Jenkins. “Unfortunately, this is probably not the best day to complete this process.” Andre Merrill said the school was “kind of disorganized” when he dropped his first grader off, and he was disappointed that the school’s after-school program was not in place. “I’m a single working parent,” he explained. More than 90,000 parents registered for county …