Briar Vista Elementary School

1131 Briar Vista Ter NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
(678) 874-5902

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 431 students 14 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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About this school

Briar Vista Elementary School is a public elementary school in North Druid Hills. The principal of Briar Vista Elementary School is Augretta Tutson, whose e-mail is 431 children attend Briar Vista Elementary School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Multiracial. 38% of the Briar Vista Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 61% of the 431 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 60% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Briar Vista Elementary School is 14:1. Torah Day School of Atlanta is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 5%
Hispanic 38% 12%
Multiracial 3% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 24% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 23% 70%
Asian 11% 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 71%
Limited English proficiency 38% 13%
Economically disadvantaged 61% 73%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    My son is there for two years & my daughter just got admitted there in pre-K . It is great school & deserve better rating. I have to mention about Mrs. vina Black who help my son in his 3rd grade to get selected for Discovery program. The school needs fund for face lift. Great stuff over there.

  • (1 year ago)

    Through my experience as a parent I do like the school. My son also loves it and though he is non-native speaker he develops himself significantly in a short time. The teachers are great nice committed and helpful. Whenever I sent an email I got the reply immediately. I would like also to praise the principal and her assistant for their great effort and support for students. When I registered my kid and see that rating it as 3 out of 10 I felt disappointed but by experience I see the opposite and this school does deserve a higher score. All the best for this school God bless its management teachers ESOL unit and everybody

  • (1 year ago)

    As a whole we love BVE. It is a great diverse neighborhood school. My son has been at BVE for two years. He had a wonderful teacher this year. Our new principal has made many positive changes at BVE. I know that change does not occur over night. Physical change occurs much faster than teacher changes. There are a lot of wonderful teachers at BVE howwever there are still negative teachers and staff at BVE that are part of the old regime. I agree with the reveiw about the PE teacher. My son dreads going to PE. He says they mostly run laps and do push ups. I know there is a curriculum to follow however one would think PE could be more fun and creative. My son loved olympic week because the dancing was fun and creative. We have a counselor at BVE that never smiles even at school events. She does not appear warm and friendly to parents or children. How can a counselor not be warm friendly and welcoming? Children should feel comfortable going to a kind and friendly counselor if they ever had a problem. We look forward to many more positive changes occurring at BVE.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has been going to BVE for 4 years and really likes the PE teacher. I went to the Olympic ceremonies and thought they were nice if not a little hokey. But they were not for me. They were for the kids and the kids thought they were awesome! They even had a real Olympian talk to the kids. Yes it took a while to get the kindergartners in position but if you can get 50 five year olds to line up in formation quickly well good luck. It would be nice if there was air conditioning in the gym but the kids didn't seem to mind the heat as much as I did.

  • (1 year ago)

    Nothing but packets of worksheets by some teachers who teach very little. Since when do worksheets teach? Some teachers are not well trained and do all the so called teaching through worksheets. Tons of them. Please show those teachers the door. Test scores reflect poor teaching by some and years of lack luster investment in our children. Some teachers are so I invested and could care less about their quality of teaching and interpersonal skills with children and parents. What are their redeeming qualities? We keep hearing that the more affluent children score better and the poor kids don't. What is the school doing to teach all kids? Montessori works much better and should be expanded. Get rid of dead beat teachers. The new principal has done cosmetic things and helped morale but academics where it is ultimately. Get rid of mean teachers. Those who appear nice but are mean and vindictive behind closed doors. Listen to our children. Get rid of impolite and unfriendly staff. Breathe more life into this school. Do a much better job teaching all children. Get rid of teachers who teach using nothing but worksheets and having kids answer the questions at the end of chapters for months

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been a parent at Briar Vista for years and this school has had huge problems with leadership in the past. Now we have a new principal who is nice and has many physical changes and maintenance at our school. She has also made teachers happier since we had a massive turnover a year ago. But she has tons more work to do in weeding out BAD teachers. Some of them are the PE teacher who never ever greets parents or relates to children. I have watched her standing in the bus lane every morning with a sour face for an entire school year. The Olympics opening ceremony are poorly organized and she barely taken any leadership role or direct kids or welcomes parents or smiles. What is wrong with her? Where are the redeeming qualities? There are several other teachers especially the after school teacher who never greets parents barks orders at kids and has the most negative attitude. With the friendlier way of running the school by this new principal there are several more unskilled unfriendly uninterested unschooled up invested teachers who drag that school and everyone in it down. Some other teachers are friendly until they are mean as can be with children behind closed doors.

  • (1 year ago)

    Overall this school has potential. New leadership has made a difference in welcoming people to the school. There are still numerous totally unfriendly teachers in the school who do not greet parents don't smile don't relate to the students and are rude. These are not isolated observations. The staff could use some training of how to communicate with parents and stop the negativity with children. Too many derogatory comments and hurtful things said to the students.

  • (1 year ago)

    Briar Vista is a hidden gem! The 2013-2014 school year will be marked as the year this little neighborhood school was reinvented. The new principal has turned Briar Vista into a school that will soon be THE sought after school to send your kids. Very much looking forward to when the secret gets out and Briar Vista gets the accolades it deserves!

  • (1 year ago)

    Briar Vista Elementary offers Montessori and traditional education tracks in a diverse multicultural setting. The new principal Cammie Neill has breathed fresh life into the efforts of teachers and support staff. The school will be receiving a face-lift to bring it into ADA compliance this year and the PTO is well on its way to funding a new playground. The atmosphere at the school is warm and friendly - teachers and staff know kids and parents by name and greet them as they walk through the school. School events such as the Food Truck Fridays International Night and the Fun Run get all the families involved. Our son has had a wonderful year in kindergarten is devoted to his teacher and feels completely at home in the school. The Montessori program has suited him well and he enjoys after school activities including extra-curriculars. Positive changes large and small pervaded the school this year after the arrival of the new principal. The parents and teachers all seem to feel that she hears their concerns and works to address them. This in turn has encouraged renewed investment of time and effort from the school community. Briar Vista is the next Fernbank!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a teacher at Briar Vista Elementary. I am extremely happy to be part of this great school. Ms. Neill is an excellent principal. She is a team player and promotes a very positive atmosphere for both staff and students.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a Montessori teacher at BVE and am so happy at school this year. Ms. Neill has been wonderful to work with .she listens to the teachers and does an excellent job of getting us what we need to teach our children. There are more and more parents getting involved. It's a happy place!

  • (1 year ago)

    We went to Briar Vista after 3 years of private Montessori schools and we were not disappointed! The staff and parents are dedicated to the Montessori way while helping students with important tests that wouldn't be presented in a private Montessori program.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is enrolled in the Montessori program and loves it! The new principal has brought the school to a new level. I've seen the reviews from the past years and please know that under this new leadership we expect the school to take off!

  • (1 year ago)

    Briar Vista is a gem of a school. This is our second year there and it only keeps getting better. We have a new principal this year who has dramatically improved the whole morale of the school. i love the fact that we have a choice of Montessori and traditional school tracks. Our daughter has thrived there and we are thankful for the diversity that exists in Briar Vista. We feel like she is getting a taste of the real world! Her teachers have been amazing and she has thrived there!

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is Briar Vista Elementary. BVE epitomizes a truly "neighborhood" school. It is small friendly diverse and full of life and energy. Teachers we've known are outstanding and care deeply for the students - not just how they perform academically (although they care about this!) but on a sincere personal level. Our child has been taught well and loved well. Contributing to this environment is the new leadership at the school. Ms. Neil the principal has made an unbelievable difference not only in faculty morale but with school spirit and parent involvement. We are very pleased with BVE now and see it trending even better in the near future.

  • (1 year ago)

    BriarVista Elementary has been such a pleasant surprise for our family's first experience in public school. We were so apprehensive to place our child in a public school not knowing how they would be treated when dropped off and what type of education they are getting. Well I can not say enough praise to the amazing men and women who care so deeply for our children day in and day out! Our new principal is a true gift to our kids teachers parents and community with a true desire to help us grow into the school the kids deserve!

  • (1 year ago)

    Briar Vista is an incredible hidden gem in our community. Our new principal is dedicated to making Briar Vista a viable school and to meeting the needs of our children. Not only to do they provide traditional classrooms but their Montessori program is outstanding. My son is in the 1st grade Montessori classroom and whenever I enter the classroom every student is engaged. Not only are they working but they are happily working and helping each other. The parent and teacher involvement is also on the rise. Our PTO has done a fantastic job raising money for our campus and teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    Recently this school has implemented new measures to improve overall performance of students. The new principal is instrumental in bringing all these changes. Teachers are working hard in the classrooms which is directly reflected in the students. The also have special classes on Tuesdays to boost students knowledge. Parents are also seen to be very keen in participating extra activities. I wish good luck for all the efforts made by the school in making it a top school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has really enjoyed her experience at Briar Vista. Caring teachers wonderful Montessori curriculum and so much diversity! It is easy to get involved and make a difference every family is welcome at BVE and it's not clique-ish like other nearby schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school. The teachers are involved well trained and are always very quick to answer any questions or concerns I've had as a parent. The new principal already knew all the kids after being at the school for only a couple months. The extra classes (gym health art music science) are interesting for my son. The Montessori Program is really special here. My son is never bored and is allowed to work along at his own pace. Plus working with older kids in his class has given him some great role models close to his own age. The events outside of school are great (Fall festival Spring Fling International Night etc) and bring the community together.

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