School Details

Harris Elementary School

3123 Claiborne Dr, Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 476-2241
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 757 students 13 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Gwinnett County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

98%
96%
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81%

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Gwinnett County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

98%
97%
94%
99%
95%
90%
95%
96%
93%
95%
87%
80%
92%
87%
81%

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 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.
95%
93%
80%

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 2013
  • Gwinnett County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Harris Elementary School is a public elementary school in Duluth. The principal of Harris Elementary School is Lauri Burton, whose e-mail is lauri_burton@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. 757 children attend Harris Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 28% of the Harris Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 48% of the 757 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 66% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Harris Elementary School is 13:1. Duluth Adventist Christian School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 4% 4%
Hispanic 34% 25%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 31%
Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 30%
Asian 14% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 54%
Limited English proficiency 28% 12%
Economically disadvantaged 48% 40%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    Harris received the Georgia School Of Excellence AGAIN! Harris has the most amazing staff parents and kids. Congrats to all who help this school the Outstanding school it is.

  • (4 months ago)

    Doctor Burton is a bit strict but nobody is perfect! I am glad my child goes to this school. There was only one mean teacher Ms. Edwards and she's retired. They are very against bullying and Architects of peace also is an anti-bullying program. There is a reason this school is a Georgia School of Excellence.

  • (6 months ago)

    Its nice to know my other review was taken down when it was the honest truth. c The current principal is one the worst I have ever met. Other then that I wish there was more honest reviews other then staff pretending to be parents giving high reviews. The school could do with a new discipline policy the one in a effective allows other children to bully another child. As while the bullied child defends themselves and gets the worst of the punishment.

  • (8 months ago)

    I have 2 children at Harris and they both really enjoy going there. The more involved a parent can be the better their child's experience will be. But even if you can only attend an occassional event and pta meeting...do it! Harris is a Title 1 school but is also a School of Excellence. Some friends of mine who were parents moving here from a more affluent school were concerned about the standards of education at Harris. They were pleasantly surprised by the high standards Dr. Burton holds (and consistently receives) for both staff and students.

  • (9 months ago)

    BB Harris is a GEORGIA SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE. Dr Burton didn't wave a magic wand to make this happen.It happened because of hard work and dedication.The entire staff is committed to educating students and they are GREAT!

  • (1 year ago)

    My two boys attend BB Harris. I am not at all pleased with the staff. They can be very rude and seem to be non-caring. Personally I have had issues with my sons teacher and have expressed my concerns. No action was taken. There are very few after school events and extra help. My kids complain about the music teacher. Over all I am sorry my kids have to go to this school and hope to soon move to a better area where the school can motivate.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a son in first grade at Harris. My daughter who is now in high school attended Harris grades 3 through 5. I wasn;t pleased with the school before and I'm still not impressed. Some teachers are more involved than others and the principal well I'll admit I don't care for her at all. She comes across as being rude. My son only goes to Harris because we moved from the Chattahoochee which I prefer over Harris. If I get the opportunity I will move back to Chattahoochee.

  • (1 year ago)

    some admin staffs are very unpleasant which makes me feel like I am not wanted there even though I am volunteering to help out. most teachers are very well qualified and nice but there are some just you can't understand why they are working there if they don't like kids!(the principal and the music teacher)

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my students 2nd year at Harris and I can say that at first I was very Concerned about the school s administration and we did have an issue her first year. But after watching and the administration interact with the students I realized that what we have at Harris is a something that is lacking in most schools today and that is Standards. There is a level of quality that is expected and it is produced that is why Harris won the 2012/2013 School of Excellence. This is something I as a parent want. To improve the school I think we could use more parent involvement from parents that only want what's best for ALL of the students not just their student.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children have attend Harris and have been educated by wonderful teachers they have received professional tutoring from Ms. Koon in her afterschool homework club. I personally volunteered twice a week in my daughter's Kindergarten class for the entire 2011-2012 school year. As a parent volunteer I did not feel overly welcomed or appreciated by the Admin Staff. I have witness the administrative staff interact differently with many parents and teachers. Harris is an small neighborhood school that could be greatly improved with some changes.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children just completed their 4th year at BB Harris. Each year I have been absolutely pleased with the teachers they have had. They continue to progress above the "norm" and love their school teachers staff etc. I have nothing but praise for Dr. Burton and her assistant prinicipals. The PTA continues to support the school and the kids love the yearly activities. In reading other reviews I wish parents would understand that you cannot just simply walk into a school and want to visit with your child during class time? You are free and invited to have lunch with your child my wife and I do this at least 10 times a year. I personally appreciate all the rules and regulations in place at the school as it pertains to maintaining a strict code on what goes on in the classrooms halls etc. Keep it up !

  • (2 years ago)

    )ur 1st year at Harris & last. I had 1 in 5th and 1 in K. I enjoyed all of my teachers. My 5th had a successful year learning & pasting all subjects due to Mrs.McCraw. She went beyond the call of duty to educate him by staying late to tutor sending home extra study books. My K had 2 caring teachers although her class environment was not structured (I am an educated Prek teacher and my class had more self control). She and I enjoyed both Ms O and Ms Knox. The Principal Dr. Burton was absolutely degrading and condescending. I went to visit my children & was told I could not because I did not schedule an appointment and it would be disruptive to their educational process. I did LOUDLY complain. Dr. Burton became upset and asked me if I wanted to sign my children out. I responded this would disrupt their learning process! She called the resource officer Gwinnet s finest to explain their policy. After meeting with her the officer & 1 of the 3 assistant principals I complained to the Board. We met again with the Board & she learned that she was not able to neither intimidate me nor keep me away from my children. Harris left me with the impression of the 1960 s era.

  • (3 years ago)

    I find that for one the playground has hardly anything on it but more importantly the Mrs. Burton the principal is very confrontational and rude. She lacks respect for the parents as well as the children and is very militant which in my opinion is ridiculous for an elementary school. The children are expected to behave at a maturity level that is above normal for their age and the environment in this school is negative and unstimulating. I am willing to take a guess that Mrs. Burton has no children of her own and therefor really has no true experience in raising them. You can pay for any college education in the world but you still don't know 1/2 of what a good parent knows about kids! I suggest a new Principal for this school and it could easily be turned around.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter started her first day here today. She came from a school that was redistricted this year. I was a little upset that she had to move after seeing the bad reviews. I know it is only day one but I meet the principal in the hall today waiting on my daughter for lunch. I didn't see any of these bad things people have said. She seemed very nice even invited me into her office to share some photos. She talked very highly of the school and her staff. She was very friendly and even came over to my daughter at lunch and introduced herself. My daughter came home today happy with the school teachers and principal.

  • (3 years ago)

    Pre-principal Dr. Lauri Burton I would rate the school a 5 and if I were to base the review on her alone I would rate the school as a 1. Dr. Burton comes off as very unfriendly and insincere- only going through the motions without any passion for her position as school leader. Any time that I've personally voiced a concern involving the school or my children I feel that she gave me "the brush off". I don't feel that she even contemplated or validated the issues. Overall she is closed to all opinions ideas or thoughts other than her own. Under the leadership of Nancy Hammond I felt the school had a much more welcoming air. She always had a sincere smile and hello for students and parents. It was obvious that she was well respected by everyone that come into contact with her. The children parents and staff looked up to Nancy Hammond as a leader. They appreciated everything she did going above and beyond expectations. The children FEAR Dr. Burton and she leads not with an open heart and mind but an iron fist.

  • (3 years ago)

    Having had five children walk the halls of BBHarris both when Nancy Harris was principal and now with Laura Burton at the helm I am uniquely qualified to speak to the care consideration and leadership of both principals. We miss Ms. Harris and fondly remember her. However Dr. Burton has filled her shoes with amicability and concern for the children of BBHarris. She and her staff strive to and bring out the best in each. My family has had a great experience at BBHarris.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a great school. My son is a special ed student and he has had great teachers and therapists. The staff really cares about the children. Yes Dr. Burton can be a little weird but she can also be very nice. What principal is perfect? There are others like her in GCPS. I think everyone has gotten used to her and just ignores her when she takes a bullying tone or treats the adults like children.

  • (4 years ago)

    BB Harris is still a great school IN SPITE of Dr. Burton a principle with power issues. Apparently enough of the good teachers and staff have tolerated Dr. Burton's autocratic Napolean issues and the school remains a good learning experience. After she tried to bully me for asking questions about my child she has since been nicknamed "The Dominatrix" my my spouse and I. We will leave our child there as long as we have no interaction with this sad woman with a character disorder. But the school board has no excuse to allow her to destroy the spirits of dedicated teachers and children.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is HORRIBLE!!!! "Dr" Burton the principal is RUDE RUDE RUDE. She is closed minded she talks to parents as if they were students and she is a BULLY. She takes up for her staff with NO REGARD for the parents say so. She a GOD complex and she is a bully to the children. The classes in this school are WAY TOO FULL! I am looking into homeschooling my child until next year because he is bullied so badly by the staff. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE! Understaffed Overpopulated and the parent has ZERO say so in their own child's education!

  • (4 years ago)

    I met the principal.That's really all there is to say.I found her to be a mean spirited person and left the school in tears.I hope that my child never comes into contact with her.

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