School Details

Henderson Middle School

2830 Henderson Mill Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341
(678) 874-2902

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1475 students 15 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Dekalb County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Henderson Middle School is a public middle school in North Druid Hills. The principal of Henderson Middle School is Terese Allen and can be contacted at 1,475 students go to Henderson Middle School and identify mostly as Asian; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. 11% of the Henderson Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 55% of the 1,475 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 52% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Henderson Middle School is 15:1. International Student Center is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 30% 70%
Hispanic 30% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 10%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.8% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 71%
Limited English proficiency 11% 13%
Economically disadvantaged 55% 73%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I loved Henderson Middle School! Most of the teacher there were very nice and helping. I would have to say their engeering classes are the best connections classes. The teachers always make sure that every student knows the material and always offer tutoring. But the only thing bad about Henderson is the interior is wearing out so I hope they get that fixed. But other than that the school is an excellent school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Principal is professional understands middle schoolers and strives for excellence. In 6th grade we have been very happy with teachers who are committed to helping my child excel. As a parent you need to be involved. There are a lot of kids but if you stay involved with your child the academics are there for the taking.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is no good there is way to much bullying. And the teachers don't care about anything other than their paycheck.

  • (1 year ago)

    Principal is awesome lots of great teachers and they do an amazing job managing a huge population of middle school kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    A good environment to learn and challenge students. The school exceeded my expectations. I have found the teachers and administrators approachable and willing to go above and beyond for my daughter. I recommend the school to any parent seeking a quality education for their child.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child had a fabulous year in 7th grade. Yes the teachers are facing large classes and an increase of ridiculous paperwork yet they showed they cared about my child and were sensitive to his needs. Teachers and administrators were readily available to meet with me/email me to discuss concerns. Looking forward to 8th grade! BTW the music department is the BEST you will find in any school public or private. it is a HUGE asset to the community.

  • (2 years ago)

    2013 was an awful year at Henderson teacher moral was very low most likely due to the SACS probation. Out of the 4 core teachers on my child's team 3 had extended absences - one was out the entire year (Math). Out of my child's team of about 100 over 1/4 failed Math CRCT and the school has refused to address this with the parents. The Principal and administration are unreachable no email or telephone numbers are ever posted they do not want parent involvement other then volunteer to staff office slots. The school is decades behind in any technology and there is no interest in this school to bring them into the 21st century - the staff and administration are very unmotivated. If I had to grade the school on the past 3 years 6th grade would get a B- 7th grade a C- and 8th grade an F. This school still has potential but there needs to be some major administrative changes occur as well as the DeKalb school system problems to be resolved for this to happen.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is terrible. The teachers are overwhelmed and do not care about student performance so long as they are not problematic to the classroom environment. If you want your child to succeed have them flip a desk over for attention. Otherwise it is almost easier to give up. I have to visit no less than EIGHT different websites on a daily basis just to get basic information about what is going on with her classes assignments and grades. Even with all of that effort we still can't get responses from the teachers when emailed any type of guidance or even just basic communication. It's completely insane that my previously straight A student was allowed to get straight F's and no one contacted me until her grades were in the 50's - and only then to tell me that she was being pulled from extracurricular activities. I can't even begin to describe the complete nightmare trying to navigate the Byzantine labyrinthine of bureaucratic poorly constructed and halfway implemented websites intended to "guide" the parent. It would be easier to buy a home school program and teach her myself than to try and assist her education at Henderson. Can't wait to get out!

  • (3 years ago)

    You can put all your heart and soul in this school as a student and become involved as much as you can as a parent. You STILL will encounter teachers who don't care and some who do care. I agree with the other comments about teachers being overwhelmed and overcrowding of the school. I can't believe how unresponsive a lot of the teachers are. No wonder why the school ranking is low

  • (3 years ago)

    Sometimes what you put into a school is what you get out of it. My child is a current Henderson student and he is putting his heart and soul into everything he does there. He is having an incredible experience and I applaud the teachers who inspire him. You know who you are- THANK YOU!

  • (3 years ago)

    I agree with most of the postings here. The school has a lot of bullying going on. Certain teachers do not respond on important matters or they are very hard to reach. The office staff (principal counselor) do not seem to care about your child's safety. The teachers seem to be very overwhelmed so don't be surprised if your child's hard work is missing and gets a zero grade! Just horrible! I will be moving to another county

  • (3 years ago)

    bad school do not like it too much bullying do not like this school it is a poor school in atlanta

  • (3 years ago)

    My son just started school here and I give his teacher Ms. Paul 5 for the office staff they get -0 STARS for being rude and not following through with paperwork. Everytime I have had to deal with the office staff at Hendersen I get attitude. So far the Spec. Ed Dept. is great. My son loves his class and other assigned activities.

  • (3 years ago)

    Overall it OK.Its not that great due to the amount of bullying and i have had a lot of experiences of teachers being too strict. For example there was this very rebellious kid in my class that my teacher constantly told to leave the class. Obviously he wouldn't so an argument dragged out and my teacher eventually had to get physical. I had another problem when a teacher of mine was not correctly checking her work when grading my work. My grade suffered badly because of that. Eventually my parents had to get involved. overall its an OK school but i wouldn't recommend it.

  • (4 years ago)

    This really cares about their students. Henderson has impact my child's education. Thank you Henderson. Support

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Henderson Middle School because the teachers are great and care about our kids.

  • (6 years ago)

    The overall school is alright but some of the teachers are very strict and we don't get as much fun things to do as other schools. For example we only get one pep rally a year. Also if you have seventh period with a mean teacher and people are talking she'll keep everyone after you have been dismissed. Other than those things the school is alright.(Most of the time)

  • (6 years ago)

    I had a terrible experience at henderson. The teachers carry terrible attitudes and hardly ever answer the parent's e-mails. Most of the staff should not be there because they do not have a desire to teach and mainly there for a pay check. My child attends a parochial school and enjoying it.

  • (6 years ago)

    Sorry folks but i had a god awful experience. Many parents opt not to send their kids to henderson and i can see why. Its big too many kids in classes teachers are hit or miss..Including gifted...Communication is terrible...Very disappointing. My 6th grade son was very stressed out and i got almost zero response i called 2 assistant principals hand delivered a letter to the principal...Yet to hear from anyone! we are at the friends school in decatur now very very happy..Night and day.

  • (7 years ago)

    HMS is a much better school than its test scores indicate. The music program is very strong; the chorus teacher in particular is excellent. The administration is responsive to parents; parental involvement is high. Most teachers are very good; there are always a few who are not and it's difficult/impossible to get your child out of those classes.

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