Award Year: 2017

Dickerson Middle School

855 Woodlawn Drive N.E.
Marietta, GA, 30068-4256

(770) 587-2710

Dr. Carole Brink, Principal at time of Nomination

Cobb County School District

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Vision: Leading by ExampleMission: Developing the Skills and Habits that Create Bright Futures

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 69%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 19%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 5%
Dickerson Middle School students enjoying the 2017 Eclispe.

Dickerson Middle School students enjoying the 2017 Eclispe.

At Dickerson Middle School, we are driven by our school-wide vision that everyone is Leading by Example. This motto propels all daily interactions whether academic, social, or emotional. It is important to the principal, the administration, and teacher leaders to walk the talk with professionalism. Dickerson's culture is known for being rigorous, professional, positive, and engaging. Dickerson students and teachers continually push toward higher levels of learning.

Through the support of our community, we are consistently able to go above and beyond. Our number one concern is the students. Therefore, we seek to provide a rigorous, engaging, and positive environment as evidenced in the unique initiatives that are offered. For example, we utilize our DMS Challenge class and the PBIS framework to show students that they are valued, and that their social and emotional needs are being cared for which results in limitless overall success. Because of our newly formed partnership with the Atlanta Braves, the excitement for learning is ignited through real-world project based learning through the Science of Sport and STEAM. From every corner of the building, all staff and students bring the science of baseball alive within the school.

The environment at DMS is one where teachers know they are valued and supported. The principal believes that teachers' protected planning time is vital to the design and implementation of effective instruction. By creating this supportive climate, teachers feel valued and respected, and the focus can remain on the instructional needs of our students. When administrators, teachers, and students treat each other with professionalism and Lead by Example, success is the outcome.