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About Henderson Mill
Drop-off: 7:00
Classrooms Open: 7:25
Tardy after: 7:45
Dismissal Starts: 2:15
Dismissal Ends at 2:40
Welcome to a world of learning! At Henderson Mill Elementary School we strive to ensure that our children receive an excellent education. Our student body is diverse, with many different countries represented. Henderson Mill students do well and are recognized for their achievement in numerous activities representing the school. We earned state STEM certification through the Georgia Department of Education in October 2012 becoming the first Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade STEM certified school in the state of Georgia. We invite you to visit one of the best schools in DeKalb County at Henderson Mill!
The mission of Henderson Mill Elementary is to educate each child through meaningful experiences which enhance their creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and citizenship.
Our vision is that Henderson Mill Elementary will become a world-class, diverse STEAM school of globally-minded, creative, and highly motivated students. Partnerships among students, teachers, families, and the community will contribute to meaningful experiences, inspiring our students to dream big and reach their full potential.
School History 
With the growth of the Briarlake and Hawthorne areas, the DeKalb County Board of Education purchased 7.75 acres of land from the estate of Mr. Newell Jones for $25,000. The site on which the school is built was at one time part of the plantation belonging to Greenville Nathaniel Henderson. A ground breaking ceremony was held on the present site on October 25, 1963. Taking part in the ceremony were Superintendent Jim Cherry and the Co-Presidents of the Hawthorne and Briarlake PTAs. The original Henderson Mill School consisted of 16 classrooms, a teacher’s lounge, a clinic, two sets of restrooms, a cafetorium, kitchen, three storage rooms, a suite of offices, and a library with a conference room and a workroom, a total of 34,609 square feet. The cost of the original building was $567,635.51. The building was officially dedicated on February 7, 1965 as Henderson Mill School, the name being derived from the old Henderson Mill, a grain grinding mill, operated by Greenville Henderson prior to the Civil War.

On January 11, 1965 the Henderson Mill School began operation with approximately half of the 520 students coming from Hawthorne School and the other half from Briarlake School. At this time, Henderson Mill School served students in grades 1-7 with 18 teachers on staff serving under the leadership of Mr. Noah Rider. The next year, enrollment jumped to 675 students and the faculty grew as well to 26 teachers. Over the next 8 school years, Mr. Rider built a strong school community where parents were actively involved in the children’s education. In 1973, Ms. Lillian Cantrell took over as Principal of Henderson Mill School as enrollment shrunk to 567 students. Ms. Cantrell served as Principal for 22 years. Under her leadership, the Henderson Mill School saw the addition of many programs that continue to thrive to this very day: a gifted program, the hearing impaired program, team teaching, and reading tutorials. With Ms. Cantrell’s retirement in 1995, after 47 years in education, Mr. Mike Gouge assumed the role of Principal of Henderson Mill School and served from 1995 until 2004.

With Mr. Gouge’s retirement in the middle of the 2004-05 school year, Dr. Rebecca Jackson took over as Principal and served until the end of the 2013. Under her guidance, Henderson Mill Elementary School, as it is now known, saw a resurgence of energy and enthusiasm surrounding the school being the first Prek-5 elementary school in the State of Georgia to be STEM certified. Business partnerships were established and cultivated with STEM-related companies, and the Henderson Mill Foundation was established as a fundraising mechanism. Dr. Jackson retired in the middle of the 2013-14 school year and Mr. Mitch Green was named Principal of this Georgia School of Excellence. Today, Henderson Mill Elementary School, is a highly successful Title I school serving more than 600 pre-kindergarten-5th grade students. With a focus on developing productive citizens who think critically and creatively about real-world work, the students are engaged in STEM-related learning by doing. Monthly, the doors are opened to visitors from across the State who come to HMES to find out how to establish STEM success in their own schools.


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