Smith Elementary School

370 Old Ivy Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 802-3850

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 1107 students 13 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

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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.
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About this school

Smith Elementary School is a public elementary school in Atlanta. The principal of Smith Elementary School is Ken Proctor, whose e-mail is 1,107 children attend Smith Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 12% of the Smith Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 20% of the 1,107 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 13% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Smith Elementary School is 13:1. The Suzuki School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French


  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 0.9%
White, non-Hispanic 57% 12%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Multiracial 5% 1%
Hispanic 17% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 79%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 75%
Limited English proficiency 12% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 20% 76%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I have three children at SSE and the school has exceeded expectations on all counts. Solid teachers are the foundation. There are a few less than ideal faculty but they are few and far between. The PTA is very strong and the extracurriculars are phenomenal.

  • (11 months ago)

    I am a proud alumni of Sarah Smith and so are my two younger brothers. I am now in law school and I have to say that there isn't a better school out there to start off your education than Sarah Smith. The school provides a supportive learning environment that instills worth and value in its students and to this day my friends and I still reminisce of the caring teachers that helped shape our wordly perspectives of today. I love coming home to Atlanta for the holidays and running into my now-adult classmates who I haven't seen since I was 10 and learning of the myriad of amazing things that they are doing now. I haven't spoken with a single former classmate who doesn't light up with pride at the thought of how much we all enjoyed Sarah Smith. With the changing demographics of the surrounding area the school is not quite as diverse as when I attended but I am sure that the staff now as they did then promotes equality celebrates diversity and challenges students to learn that although we may not all look the same or come from the same type of background it is important to treat everyone with respect and give everyone a chance which is key for developing minds.

  • (1 year ago)

    Sarah Smith Elementary School is amazing. The parents of children who attend here are well educated and involved. Expectations of both parents and teachers are high and it shows. It has really lead to an amazing school experience for our 8 year old daughter.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been at Smith since kindergarten she is now going into the 4th grade. 3rd grade was one of her BEST years ever. Her teacher Ms. Truetel was great. My daughter actually said her teacher made learning fun. Best sentence to ever hear from your child concerning school. Smith has Great learning programs and after school activities. My daughter has really enjoyed being at Smith. Although Ive had my ups and downs with certain issues overall this school is Very educational for children.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have a daughter who just completed kindergarten at Sarah Smith. We recently moved into the neighborhood and wanted to try the local school. We could not be happier. The faculty are outstanding. They are warm loving teachers dedicated to making the children into lifelong learners. We were hesitant given the large size of the school but were pleasantly surprised to find that instruction was individualized to the level of the student. Can't say enough good things about our experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    Sarah Smith Elementary is one of the very best public schools in Atlanta. The faculty is amazing parents are highly educated themselves and there is a high level of parent involvement. From a real estate perspective there are really very few better areas in Atlanta to purchase a home and to live than the neighborhoods serviced by Sarah Smith. Houses sell quickly here thanks in great part to the high ranking Sarah Smith Elementary. Just take a look at the real estate listings bragging about Sarah Smith and you will know what I am talking about.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have 3 kids currently enrolled at this school. All of them have teachers who are creative engaged and communicate regularly with parents using various methods. The parent community is very involved in providing opportunities for travel in and out of classroom learning and extra cirrucular activities.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is the best. I am in 6th grade and I think the teachers prepared me very well.

  • (2 years ago)

    We had 3 of our kids go through this school and each scored exceedingly well on CRCTs. With two campuses to alleviate the overcrowded classroom and need for trailers problem we've seen great improvement in our kids' self esteem and academic scores. This is an IB school with very high standards. PTA is booming and yes a lot of stay-at-home or part time working moms pretty much run the show. Frankly I am grateful they are able to do that so the rest of us can work knowing our kids receive the best care. However we also struggled with accepting a large number of alternative lifestyle faculty in the school as well as very one-side s(politically speaking) direction in which curriculum is written. For example in a project describing "Great Americans " 9 out of 10 were Marxist Socialists and we had no option to choose someone outside of said list. Most of the teachers are amazing but you will always find that rotten apple that spoils the bunch. In sum great school and well executed curriculum but you will have to do your extra work to make sure your child learns YOUR values and not that of the state.

  • (2 years ago)

    My wife and I are both physicians and chose Sarah Smith (SRS) public elementary school as our 2 children's early years experience. When we moved to Atlanta we did not look for a home beyond the SRS district boundary as this school was for our children by our design. Both left and entered private schools in middle school years and continued through graduation. SRS prepared them for a highly competitive middle and high school curriculum where they excelled. They have both entered into top 50 university/college. We attribute their success to the foundation that was built in elementary school years at SRS. Thanks to all the committed teachers that work tirelessly at Sarah Smith!

  • (2 years ago)

    People in Atlanta please appreciate this school and all that it offers. Please keep the parent involvement high. We had to leave due to relocating of my job. I have not found a school like Sarah Smith in my entire state. I hope all the changes in APS schools will not affect the great quality in this school. SRS is truly a model school. I don't know who the new principle is but the old principle was great. The multi-cultural environment was great. It was the best thing that ever happened for my African American son. We love this school and he still speaks well and wishes he was back there to this day. The teachers are very hard working and dedicated. This is one of the best public schools in the nation. Excellent...just excellent!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is our daughters 3rd year at Sarah Smith Elementary. Me and my wife are both medical doctors I am a now voluntary retired trauma surgeon and my wife is a working internist n therefore the academic/competitive challenges we put in front of our daughter r almost always on the difficult side considering her age /grade level but thanks to a very dedicated staff n wonderful teachers our daughter continues to surprise us by answering at times some very difficult questions. As professionals we would highly recommend Sarah Smith Elementary to families who want their children to excel and develop a mind of their own!

  • (2 years ago)

    Amazing Elementary School with a wonderful staff great community of families and a lot of extras beyond the already good curriculum. A language program good music art and gym programs great library at both campuses international travelers week reflections art program etc. These all contribute to each child's overall experience and enrich their learning. We are very pleased.

  • (3 years ago)

    As parents of a Kindergartener we were very nervous about where to send our child to school. We cannot be happier with Sarah Smith. My son's teacher is responsive and he absolutely adores her. He is excited to go to school much more than he was in preschool. From what I understand the teaching is accelerated compared to many of the schools in the Atlanta area. Also with such a strong PTA and funds from the school's foundation the teachers do not have to worry about needed supplies etc. as they do in many public schools. I would highly recommend saving your money by having your child go here rather than a private school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I've had at least one child at this school for the past 8 years and it's been a good experience for my family. Yes the school and the class sizes have grown larger (thanks to the Georgia State legislature) but the quality of the teaching has remained high and I think my youngest child will be just as well prepared to do well in Middle School as my eldest now in High School) with the exception of the slightly reduced proficiency in French. But as my out-of-state relatives tell me we are beyond fortunate that our children are learning a foreign language in public elementary school! The Challenge (gifted) program is a strength and the cultural & racial diversity of the school is a big plus. A tip to future parents get involved in the PTA and volunteer for at least one committee. It's rewarding for you and it will benefit for your child. There are lots of jobs suitable for whatever schedule you may have. Given the large size of the school it's important to make an effort to join in the community by volunteering.

  • (3 years ago)

    Goodness the July 30 entry here sounds quite bitter and extremely off track. If this school has gone downhill how does it continue to grow and families seek it out as the choice for their children's education? There are outstanding teachers who work extremely hard to meet the needs of all students. The national recognition which has come the way of this school is much deserving. I guess there seems to be "one bad apple" in the bunch and granted all schools can improve but really? Glad this parent has gone the tuition. I'll stay put. As do the other 1300 student's .... thank you to everyone associated with this fine school. Keep up the good work!

  • (3 years ago)

    My child attended for one year and we couldn't get him out fast enough and in to one of the excellent local private schools. Sarah Smith's good days are over! Now you can expect excessively over crowded classrooms teacher changes mid-year your kindergartener being sent home on the bus to an empty home while you sit in the car pool line for him teachers with poor grammar children with huge learning differences in the same classrooms so the smart ones do busy work while the teachers have to cater to the slower ones (not to mention the ever increasing large number of those who can't speak English!) abysmal parent participation for class projects and activities extremely poor communication and return of phone calls from administration because they think everything is wonderful. It's a shame that this neighborhood school has gone downhill and is forcing families to find expensive alternatives.

  • (3 years ago)

    This was my daughters first year at Sarah Smith and if we could do it all over again we would not hesitate. The staff is incredible and words cannot express the joy and excitement my daughter expressed every single day when she came home from school. He teacher and assistant had to be the best I have seen. The knowledge my daughter was outstanding. I attended Private/Christian schools but my daughter certainly received the same quality education. Just to mention my daughters teacher around her brought the biggest smile to her face. She could do no wrong in my daughters eyes. As a parent this does a heart well and provides comfort when you can be at work and travel knowing that your little Angel is safe and learning with leaps and bounds. Thank you SAS. Keep up the outstanding work!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    The school had a good reputation. The present staff is composed of teachers that lead alternative lifestyles. Diversity is good yet I do not like my children being openly exposed to it

  • (4 years ago)

    This is my daughter's second year (and sadly our last) and we couldn't say nothing but wonderful things about this school. Being new to Atlanta we didn't know what to expect other than what I heard about Sarah Smith and everyone was right! For two years we have had the most dedicated and hard working teaching staff the office staff is helpful and kind and the principal is always visible available and greeting parents. We love this school and wish we weren't leaving the area!

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