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About DES

School's Mission1

Our mission is to be the PRIDE of Habersham. We accomplish this mission by creating Caring And Responsible Learners (CARL).   Students are our priority, and we believe that they must be given engaging work that is challenging and meaningful. Demorest Elementary is a safe school with a warm, friendly atmosphere where a love of learning is developed.  Faculty and staff members team together with parents and the community to provide quality learning experiences for all our children.

School Characteristics1

Demorest Elementary School is a public school for students in grades Pre-K through fifth grade.  We are located 76 miles northeast of Atlanta in the city of Demorest. Our school is part of the Habersham County school district in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The state of Georgia and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools have continuously accredited Demorest Elementary. The Georgia Accrediting Commission also accredits us with quality.

 Demorest Elementary was recognized as a 2018  Title I Highest Performing School.   A Highest Performing School is among the top 5% of Title I schools in the state.   The Georgia Department of Education has also recognized Demorest Elementary as a "High Progress School."  A "High-Progress School" is a Title I school among the 10% of Title I schools in the state that is making the most progress in improving the performance of the "all students" group over three years on the statewide assessments.  A school may not be classified as a "High Progress School" if there are significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing in the school.  Demorest Elementary has also been recognized as a   "Beating the Odds" school for six years consecutively.  This designation indicates that our school consistently performs better than expected on the College and Career Readiness Performance Indicator (CCRPI).  DES has also been named a Georgia School of Excellence for gains in student achievement.  We've also received a Platinum Award from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement for greatest gains in student achievement .

About Our Faculty and Staff1

Demorest Elementary currently has one administrator and an assistant principal. Our school has a pre-k classroom, five classrooms in Kindergarten, five classrooms in grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade. We have four classrooms in grades 4, and 5. 

Additional Certified Staff
Among the additional certified personnel are: an art teacher, a music teacher, a physical education teacher, five full time special education teachers and one full time speech/language pathologist.  An Academic Coach serves to facilitate professional development for teachers..  The school also has a full-time counselor available to all students for guidance and counseling.  We also have a full-time library media specialist who builds and maintains our media and book collection and supports teachers with integration of technology and information literacy skills. A full time ESOL endorsed teacher provides support for students whose first language is not English.  

Support Personnel...
includes a media clerk, a computer lab manager, special education paraprofessionals.  Each kindergarten classroom benefits from a paraprofessional who serves as an instructional assistant.  We also have a full time nurse.

College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI)1

Click here to visit the Georgia Department of Education website to review details about Demorest Elementary's CCRPI score.  Choose Habersham in the "district" drop-down menu then choose "Demorest" in the "school" drop-down menu.   Click here to learn about the Georgia Department of Education's accountability system.