Dowell Elementary School

2121 W Sandtown Rd SW, Marietta, GA 30064
(678) 595-8059

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 994 students 13 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.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dowell Elementary School is a public elementary school in Marietta. The principal of Dowell Elementary School is Jan Komara and can be contacted at 994 students go to Dowell Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 25% of the Dowell Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 70% of the 994 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 67% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Dowell Elementary School is 13:1. West Cobb Christian Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 40% 33%
Hispanic 36% 18%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 5%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 3% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 18% 41%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67% 44%
Limited English proficiency 25% 10%
Economically disadvantaged 70% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Dowell Elementary is a wonderful school with caring teachers and efficient Administrators. My son graduated from Dowell in 2011 and he is now a Freshman a one of the Magnet High School. My daughter now attends the 2nd grade and she is reading on the 4th grade level and she participates in the gifted program -Target.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have two children at Dowell. One going into 3rd grade and the other going into 1st grade. They have both had wonderful caring teachers. All the teachers at Dowell seem very committed to the kids. After reading some of the other reviews I want to comment that yes there is a lot of homework but this is no different than at other schools. As parents we know that we have to be involved... Whether it is helping our children with their homework or volunteering at school. This way I am aware of what my children are doing and learning at school. Dowell is a very diverse school for the demographics of the children but this has not been a problem with the learning environment in the classroom. I highly recommend Dowell Elementary.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have a 4 grader attending Dowell Elementary. My child teacher last year 2012 - 2013 was terrible.

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree this school gives homework so the parents can teach the kids for them. The kids have no clue how to do it and they give you nothing to go on. Worst school ever!My child is going to forth grade and has had 1 yes 1 good teacher. Very low quality teachers! They are very rude unhelpful and childlike!

  • (2 years ago)

    Very little thought is given when assigned homework. It's printed out from the internet copied and send home apparently without reviewing it. I've found several mistakes. In addition very little communication is given as to what is being covered in the classroom.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have 3 kids. One has now moved to middle school and the other 2 are still going to Dowell. This school has been great for all three of them. The principal is very good. She is always able to speak directly to me if needed. The PTA is very involved and devoted. I also have had wonderful teachers. One of my kids has ADHD and they are very supportive. He has done great. I have had a total of 6 years with this school. I would say things were good before the new principal but are wonderful now. I feel as a paret she brought more order and the kids still get the fun feel however.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has attended this school pre-k and all 5 years and I find this school to be outstanding the teachers and staff speech teachers ect... are off the chart! Counselors who care and treat the children with respect. We will miss this school and to me it is the best school in the area...So Thanks so much for all you do... AT a parent

  • (5 years ago)

    My son's kindergarten year was wonderful both for him and myself. I was very concerned about how he would handle his first year but I needn't have worried. His teachers were great their care for my son was genuine and he grew tremendously both socially and emotionally in this nurturing environment. For those who say they never saw the principal it is very hard to believe. at least three time a week she greeted students as they entered the building she was always available if I had a concern. The teachers I met on a daily basis were always welcoming approachable and professional. I am very proud of Dowell Elementary and hope the hard work the teachers and staff have put forth will reflect in their students. Well done and keep up the good work.

  • (5 years ago)

    I give this school a five-star rating. Our son is currently in Kindergarten at Dowell Elementary. There are two teachers for 17 students! They are both excellent! Our son's reading level went from not being able to read to a third grade level in just the first few months of school. His teachers brought in help from the higher grades so our son continued to be challenged in reading. I love their open door policy. We are always welcome into the classroom and my husband has been involved in the 3D All Pro Dad's program. He was spent several full days up at the school helping out in the classroom. I love the teaching methods - hands on and they work in teams. They even have computer lab time! They cover an extensive amount of work in Kindergarten reading math social sciences health etc.. They get a five-star rating from me.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Dowell is one of the best schools that I have encountered. What other school teachers devote their saturdays to help the children with reading and math. Yes their is a language barrier but I commend the teachers for going the extra mile to help the students bring up their grades. My son only speaks English and he gets just as much attention and care as all the students. Thank you staff fo spending so much time for making sure he has a great experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    One of the worst elementary schools in Cobb county. I've had two children to go to this school and I've had to 'come up there' to the school to address the principle about a teachers conduct. We moved to Kennesaw and believe me when I tell you that there is a HUGE difference in the total learning experience. We're in the process of moving into a new home in this same area. We see no other choice but to send our 5th grader to a private school.

  • (5 years ago)

    We are very happy with Dowell Elem. Our Kindergarden age child is doing extremely well and loves the school. His progress during this year has been great and looking forward to next year. I have visited the school many times and find the campus clean and safe the staff friendly and capable. And the students all seem to like being there.

  • (5 years ago)

    For parents that are involved this staff is the best. You need to get to know more than your teacher! The whole staff is extremely supportive. I have both a gifted child and a special education child. I don' t know what I would have done without the help and insight I have received over the years here.

  • (5 years ago)

    Dowell is a wonderful school. I have been a parent at Dowell for 7 years and have always had teachers excited about educating. The administration is friendly and approachable. I feel my children have learned in a warm and inviting environment. Both of my children have always done well on the standardized tests and rank above the state averages. I do feel that more parent involvement is key and that your child does more when you do more. Get there and get involved!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I think it need to be a 21st century school which is not right now. Parents should follow their kids success online which can't be done right now.

  • (5 years ago)

    Last year we had a great Kindergarten teachers and students. Now in first grade my daughter has an awesome teacher and our group of kids and parents are wonderful. Yes there are little things that can be changed The doors are always open for me to volunteer and the staff are always ready to listen when I need. We have a long away to go at Dowell but right now I give to our school 4 stars. Way to go Dowell elementary.

  • (5 years ago)

    The administration and teachers of Dowell actively participate in schoolwide functions even when off campus. There are lots of schoolwide family activities. There is very little differentiated instruction and the fear of standardized tests prevent teachers from teaching the WHOLE child.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two kids in dowell. I am happy with the PTA but really feel something is lacking in this school with staff. I can not say my kids are doing there best when they do great one year a horrible the next are getting the correct teaching. Staff is very cold and don't really act as if they care about you or your child. Again not all staff but most. Also all the extra activites are way over priced here! However I have had two great teachers out of six. It is just not a happy fun school. More by the book and get the job done type of place (other than PTA).

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a daughter in Kindergarten and I have been thoroughly impressed at the outstanding instructional support she has received at Dowell. She has been pushed all year even though she had mastered the Kindergarten curriculum prior to the Christmas break. She has a very dedicated and talented teacher and the support staff is equally distinguished. The administration is visable responsive and talented as well and I have nothing bad to say. This is a great school in a great school system.

  • (5 years ago)

    My grandchildren have been attending Dowell since 2005. I have found the teachers to be extremely helpful as I'm raising these children and this was a new beginning for me as well as them. The teachers and counselors keep me informed on things that I should know but didn't. They have made this transition a very smooth one for me and my grandchildren. I would truly have to say in my opinion this school is the best. I have had nothing but plesant experiences since 2005. But in all honesty I did encounter 1 (one) teacher that I thought needed to seek another profession. She is a 4th grade teacher and unfortunately she is still there. But my overall experience is wonderful! Thanks Dowell you're the best!

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