Welcome New Parents to Vanderlyn!

Vanderlyn Elementary School is a neighborhood school located in the heart of Dunwoody. Established in 1973, Vanderlyn has always maintained a reputation of academic excellence that is still evident today.

We place a strong emphasis on STEM Education. STEM includes the integration of the curricular areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Through an innovative approach to include the Arts, Vanderlyn students are exposed to visual arts, dance, physical education, music and band, which promote the STEAM concept. The inclusion of Arts inspires creativity and innovation that are important in the STEM field. Students have access to an excellent media center and technology resources. We encourage a healthy school environment and always strive for a happy and challenging academic setting. Learning at Vanderlyn is exciting, innovative and fun!


The Vanderlyn Elementary Website includes contact information for all teachers and staff, academic information, DeKalb County information, and more.


Visit the DeKalb County School District Website for information on the official school calendar, bus routes, lunch menus, Infinite Campus Portal, and more.


Vanderlyn's PTO

To learn more about Vanderlyn's PTO, visit the "Our PTO" page.


Want to get involved? There are many different ways to get involved at Vanderlyn. Please visit our "PTO Committees" page to learn about all of the different committees at Vanderlyn. If you are interested in co-chairing one of our committees, please contact Whitney Gaines or Marcy Ames vanderlynelempto@gmail.com.


Where Vanderlyn Vikings Connect

Viking Views-To receive the Viking Views Weekly Newsletter, you must have a Vanderlyn Toolkit Account.  Once you have an account, click here to subscribe. Please make sure your email is correct. Questions? Contact vanderlynvikingviews@gmail.com.


Vanderlyn PTO Website -  Find and email board members and committee chairs, access the online school directory, and check the PTO calendar.


Facebook - This is the Vanderlyn PTO Facebook page.


Instagram - This is the Vanderlyn PTO Instagram account.


Curious how Vanderlyn is performing?  

Statewide Assessments.   Check out Dekalb County’s new Data Dashboard available at https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/data-dashboards/accountability-reports/. This Dashboard includes information from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA).  The GOSA provides school reports for all public elementary, middle, and high schools in Georgia.  These reports include information such as:

  • performance on statewide assessments, 

  • make-up of the school’s student body, and

  • graduation rate for high schools.

These reports also include each school’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).   CCRPI is a comprehensive school improvement, accountability, and communication platform that measures college and career readiness for all Georgia public school students.  


Click here for Vanderlyn’s latest CCRPI.  In the area of Content Mastery, Vanderlyn earned a perfect score of 100.  


State Level Awards.  In 2023, Vanderlyn earned the Literacy Leader distinction from the Georgia Department of Education for outstanding reading achievement, with Vanderlyn students achieving 96% mastery in Reading on the Georgia Milestones assessment.  Our school has consistently been recognized by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement as a High Performing School, including winning the Platinum Award in the Highest Performing category in both 2011 and 2015. Vanderlyn was named a 2011 Georgia School of Excellence by the State School Superintendent, placing Vanderlyn in the top 10% of schools in the state.


STEM Certification. Vanderlyn is AdvancED STEM and Cognia certified. We have completed this arduous process twice!  


Family and Community Involvement.  Our families and local community are integral to Vanderlyn's success.  Vanderlyn celebrates annual events such as STEM Career Day, National STEM Day, PBL Showcase, Passport to the World, Vocabulary Hat Parade, Art Showcase, as well as musical and dance performances. VanderDash, our largest school-community event, annually raises over $20,000, and has funded teacher training and improvements to the school, including playground updates, mobile computer carts, laptops and grade level tablets, our outdoor Courtyard Classroom, media center & staff lounge upgrades and flexible student seating. 


Student Competitions.  Our students regularly win accolades in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, state-level Science Olympiad, Econ Games, DCSD Technology Fair, and Math Olympiad. 


Safety and Security: The safety and well-being of students is Vanderlyn's top priority. Vanderlyn has received an average score of 100 on our Annual Safe School Audits.


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