Award Year: 2015

Clairemont Elementary School

155 Erie Avenue
Decatur, GA, 30030-1861

(404) 370-4450

Ms. Erin Wheeler (Gutfreund), Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

City Schools of Decatur

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We want students to learn with their heads, hearts and hands. Our goal is to develop thoughtful, academically minded and successful students who can take on challenging and rigorous curriculum with vigor.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 37%
  • White: 52%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 12%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Rigor through student research--1st Grade

Rigor through student research--1st Grade

Clairemont Elementary’s motto, “Learning Together with Our Heads, Hearts and Hands” is an excellent description of the work we do. Through our implementation of the Expeditionary Learning model, students are deeply engaged in interdisciplinary expeditions that culminate in a final product and serve an indentified purpose within our community. In addition to using the greater Atlanta area for fieldwork, we invite local experts from the community in order to learn from their experiences first hand. This is our eleventh year as an Expeditionary Learning school and our fourth year as a national Expeditionary Learning mentor school. In this role, we host teachers and leaders from across the country, serving as an exemplar for high quality teaching and learning.

Along with interdisciplinary expeditions, we deeply focus on the concept of crew. We celebrate our successes and mistakes together. Students are acknowledged for demonstrating habits of scholarship and acts of kindness. School-wide and classroom crew meetings are an essential part of our school’s culture. Crew meetings help to cultivate a positive environment and start to each student’s day.

Clairemont values performance traits such as perseverance, craftsmanship and collaboration. We believe these qualities lead to an academic mindset that supports students as they tackle the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. Being a Clairemont student means working together, taking care of one another and caring about doing great work. We acknowledge and celebrate students for demonstrating these work habits because we believe this is an integral part of academic success.