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Druid Hills Middle School is a public middle school in Decatur. The principal of Druid Hills Middle School is Robert Benjamin Thorpe, who can be contacted at robert_b_thorpe@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us. 1,095 students attend Druid Hills Middle School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 8% of the Druid Hills Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 56% of the 1,095 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 60% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Druid Hills Middle School is 13:1. Intown Community School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 46% 73%
Multiracial 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 24% 10%
Hispanic 13% 9%
Asian 12% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 66%
Limited English proficiency 8% 6%
Economically disadvantaged 56% 64%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    I am pretty happy with DHMS. I have a 6th grader there in the high achiever program. The school is very diverse. The teachers show a lot of concern and call me for any issue. My son is happy there. He enjoys the orchestra program and the technology club. He comes home every day excited to tell me about things he learned that day.

  • (6 months ago)

    I am a student at DHMS and i really dislike this school. The teachers are never helpful and they are rude.I raise my hand and my english teacher just looks at me when im raising my hand and just ignores me. In six grade it was much more relaxing and organized but now its just painful and i come home tired and dont have any energy to do anything like homework. I have heard tucker middle school is way better.

  • (8 months ago)

    well i go to this school it has good education but some of the teacher could be more better then just think that that the student knows the stuff they should teach each student what to do and explain it better also some of the student who were in general go move into high achiever and gifted

  • (9 months ago)

    Druid Hills Middle has many great opportunities but it's lacking in many areas. I was a student there and I found that I wasn't being challenged at all. I've moved on to a magnet school that is ranked second in the state and it is so much different. At DHMS I wasn't having to work hard to maintain good grades. My lowest grade last year was a 97 and I was hardly having to do any more than pay attention and do my (easy) homework assignments. The only classes that were challenging were Carnegie Spanish and accelerated math. The faculty does their best but many students don't care and don't respect them so their job is very hard. I also struggled with being bullied for the fact that I tried in school. I was called mean words because I participated in class and did well. I think that experience was valuable but it was hard at the time. Something that I really enjoyed was the school's extracurricular programs. Especially the improv troupe! I think that DHMS was an important experience in my life because I learned many things about different types of people but the quality of education and the students work ethics weren't what I think should be expected at a school.

  • (10 months ago)

    So far I am happy with this school. I do drive out of district to take my son each day but so far it has been well worth it. The teachers seem to be up to par & passionate about teaching. I do understand that there is 1 teacher that can't really handle disruptive students but nowhere is perfect right? My son's grades & understanding of subject matter is well beyond what he had in elem. school. The principal and vice-p are wonderful. My son had an on-going issue with another boy & went through all means to handle the situation himself but the other child wouldn't give so we went to the v-p & no more problems. The situation was handled. While we may be considered from a "not-so-nice" neighborhood our family goal is to provide the best that we can for our child who appreciate the long commutes. Collectively the parents teachers & students make up the school not necessarily where they come from. Even those in "good" neighborhoods have the same issues. Diversity has its pros and cons but considering that we are in a diverse nation it is imperative that children learn to accept & deal with others that are different. This is how we ultimately get rid of racism.

  • (10 months ago)

    So far I am thoroughly pleased with this school. My daughter is motivated to earn straight A's. Majority of her teachers have over 15 years teaching experience. The diversity makes the school what it is.

  • (11 months ago)

    The school has a new principal that is really great. They obviously have some struggles since they are located in DeKalb County and they are a middle school but really offer a lot including professional teachers lots of clubs and activities great cultural and socioeconomic diversity. If you want your child to go to school with only kids that are just like them this isn't the school for you. However if you want your child to be prepared for the real world it is a good place.

  • (11 months ago)

    If I could give this school a rating smaller than one star I would. I can't because then it won't post my review. I was a student here and I had to leave mid-year to be home-schooled. Although there is a gifted class the only difference between it and regular classes is the amount of homework and no discipline problems. The regular classes do have discipline problems and some teachers can't handle them. I witnessed several fights and being in such an environment was terrible. Because of the behavioral issues teachers don't have the time or energy to actually TEACH. If you enjoy learning and don't like having to deal with the "bad" kids don't go to this school. The only good thing I have to say about it is the Accelerated Math program it was challenging and the teacher is very experienced in her subject and in dealing with different students. But otherwise it's not a good school AT ALL.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school used to be called Shamrock Elementary School until last year. It's in a decent neighborhood not great but decent. It feeds from Briar Vista Fernbank Briarcliff and other elementary schools that were affected by the new re-zoning plan that took place last year. The truth 1. A lot of diversity. 2 There are drugs and police dogs. 3. Girls do become pregnant. 4. Bullying runs rampant and administration will do nothing to help your child nor will Dekalb County. That happens at all schools right? The problem is "those" schools are in the not-so-great neighborhoods and generally speaking people say to themselves well I'd expect that. The difference here is that a very small percentage of the kids here are placed in accelerated classes or gifted classes who transfer with above-average CRCT "testing" results from their local elementary school like Fernbank for example. So if you were "in" with the elementary school administration more than likely they will place your child in nice and small accelerated classes. And if not your child will be in regular classes with kids zoned in from the not-so-nice neighborhoods. My advice is to look at Cobb County or go private .

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a joke. The administration is ineffective choosing to focus on minor issues (such as an untucked shirt) while serious issues (bullying threats of physical violence) go without notice. The principals don't bother to get to the heart of any problems. They simply dole out punishments and try to get the kids and their issues out of the office as quickly as humanly possible. I am taking my child out of this school. He used to be a straight A student who loved to learn. Now he simply thinks there is no point in trying. At first I wondered if it was just a phase my child was going through but then I heard strikingly similar stories from many many parents. Keep your kids out of here at all costs.

  • (2 years ago)

    One mission that this school fulfills well is the excellent International Bacalaureate program. They take language instruction seriously (exploratory Spanish and French in 6 with Carnegie in 7 and 8). Diversity and tolerance are welcomed -- and the kids come from all over the world the US and metro Atlanta. Other highlights the excellent music instruction and media savvy librarians. The teachers I have encountered have been competent instructors--many of them go above and beyond in terms of providing inspiration and making themselves available. Sports includes football basketball track baseball soccer ultimate frisbee and girls on the run. Other extracurriculars include chess reading bowl academic bowl improv science/math clubs etc. There is a strong PTA and opportunities for parent involvement. The administration is usually responsive -- with a very good counseling department. This school has a lot of plusses but you can t see this by looking at aggregate test scores and AYP. Most of all my son loves his school teachers and students. He s not so crazy about some of the rules but the school does a good job of maintaining discipline.

  • (3 years ago)

    Not allowing students to condiments and other foods to banging on the roof of the parent's car when they're there for pickup... Like one of the reviewers said this sounds like a prison to me.

  • (3 years ago)

    They did not make AYP this year or last year. The leadership goes on emotion as opposed to their own rules and regulations. When I would bring their rules and regs to their attention they said it was to their discretion. When I asked what is theri discretion they said it is based on the incident. It just seems as though they do what they want when they want.

  • (4 years ago)

    Shamrock's curriculum is great but the administration is awful. The pricipal does not listen to the students at all and just nods and pacifies the parent to get them out of his office. My daughter was a straight "A" student involved in many activities in school and outside of school and Shamrock had a problem with her being too "social" ! They even went as far as saying she had a "gang" of friends. So what!!! They were not bullying harassing or hurting anyone. They were 12 yr. olds being 12 yr. olds. If they allowed students to be the children they are and let them talk in the mornings before class and sit with their friends at lunch then maybe they would not congregate between classes or after school. When did schools become so much like prison? Teachers need to dress like teachers!

  • (4 years ago)

    It gave my son excellent preparation for high school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The diversity is awesome and the exposure to other international cultures far outweighs the fact that children who are new to the country and speak multiple languages don't necessarily perform highly on the simple-minded GA CRCT. The test scores are misleading for this school because of the international population.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child is a sixth grader at Shamrock Elementary school and has had a wonderful experience thus far! The teachers are engaging and he is always being challenged. I am very pleased and would highly recommend Shamrock

  • (4 years ago)

    i go to shamrock and i absolutely love it.its the most mannered school ever thanks.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child has learned an enormous amount at Shamrock. Her homework captured my interest and she often learned things that I didn't learn until I was in college. My primary concern with the school is that bullying including physical violence is rampant. Were I to transfer her to a private school it would be for that reason not the quality of teaching. Teachers and administrators take action when they note physical violence. However a program needs to be conducted such as that in the Seattle school system on bullying to prevent its occurrence in the first place. Simply punishing students for doing it doesn't solve the problem. I also think that there are inter-racial issues in the school that need to be addressed. My daugher went to a very diverse elementary school that emphasized multiculturalism and there was little if any racism or interracial violence.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am glad my children will not be attending this school next year. Too much emphasis on 'tucking in that shirt' and not on finding out how to reach a child and making learning interesting instead of pounding it in. Also one of my child's teachers was constantly making critical and arrogant remarks regarding his work or lack of work which kept him upset and unable to care about what he was learning. I realize teaching is hard work but at least think of a way to make it interesting.

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