About Us

Springdale Park Elementary (SPARK) is part of Atlanta Public Schools. It serves the vibrant communities of Virginia-Highland, Midtown, Druid Hills and Poncey Highland. SPARK was born in 2009, when the in town elementary schools of Morningside and Mary Lin became so popular, they outgrew their spaces. In 2009, it opened with 365 students meeting in two historic, renovated homes and one new building. SPARK was the first “green school” in Georgia receiving gold certification from LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). and was approved for expansion in 2012. In 2014, the additional building (Briarcliff Building) was completed, which includes a new gymnasium.

SPARK embodies environmental responsibility – in everything from the construction of the school to classroom learning. Students participate in recycling and composting, as well as a farm-to-school program in which food is grown and harvested on their roof-top and land-based gardens.

The state-of-the-art school offers a rigorous course load, including art, music, physical education, media center activities and an extensive STEM curriculum for all grades. SPARK also offers Spanish (all 1st – 5th graders), Advanced Math (4th graders who qualify), orchestra and band (4th and 5th graders), and Gifted & Challenge instruction (for students who qualify). With the high percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards, SPARK received a 2010 and 2011 platinum award from the Governor of Georgia Office of Student Achievement.


School Rules
  • Be Responsible.
  • Be Respectful.
  • Be a Good Citizen.
  • Be Green.


To cultivate a community of innovative thinkers with a commitment to personal, environmental, and social responsibility where a love for learning is inspired by passionate student-focused teaching, based on the highest standards for academic excellence and creativity. 


To be a high-performing community of learners where teaching and learning is connected to real world experiences and every child is nurtured and challenged to reach their highest potential.

Core Beliefs

  • All children can learn and must be provided with high-quality instruction that is differentiated to meet their individual needs.
  • Students’ educational experiences are enhanced when the community and school collaborate.
  • Students will become productive citizens when provided with experiences that foster an awareness and understanding of diversity and social responsibility.
  • Students will become more successful learners when teachers work collaboratively to engage and inspire them by implementing innovative and research-based teaching methods.
  • Students will become “environmental leaders” when they engage in eco-friendly practices that protect and sustain the environment for themselves and future generations.
  • Learning is a life-long process.

2014-2015 Demographic and Academic Data

  • Grades: K-5
  • Student Enrollment: 670 (began in 2009 with 365 students)
  • Students Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch: ~15%
  • Principal:  Terry G. Harness, Jr.
  • Parents: ~1025
  • Staff & Teachers: ~63 (See list)
  • Demographic Data for SPARK community

Academic Data

Test Results
  • Graph comparing SPARK scores to other APS schools and districts across Georgia
  • 2014 Test Scores on the CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, a standardized test given annually to GA students in grades 3-8)