DeKalb County School District

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DeKalb County School District
Type and location
Type Suburban/Urban Public
Grades PK-12
Established 1873
Region DeKalb County, Georgia
District information
Superintendent Mike Thurmond
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Schools 83 Elementary schools
20 Middle schools
22 High schools
18 centers
Students and staff
Students 49,142 Elementary school
22,647 Middle school
29,290 High school
100,000 total
Teachers 8,500 (of these, 4,600 are regular education teachers)
Student-teacher ratio 23 to 1
Other information

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is a school district headquartered at 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States.[1] DCSD operates public schools in areas of DeKalb County not within the city limits of Atlanta and Decatur.

Led by Superintendent Michael Thurmond the school system has nearly 100,000 students, 143 schools and 13,285 full-time employees. The student-to-teacher ratio is 23-to-1. In 2005, the school system graduated over 5000 students. Of those students, 7.8% received a dual diploma, 79.4% received a college prep diploma and 12.8% received a vocational diploma. After graduation, 62% were eligible for the Hope Scholarship. In 2011, the school system graduated 6,130 students.[2]

School Board members[edit]

Current School Board members include:

  • District 1 - Mr. John W. Coleman
  • District 2 - Mr. Marshall Orson[3]
  • District 3 - Mr. Michael A. Erwin
  • District 4 - Mr. James L. McMahan (Vice Chair)
  • District 5 - Mr. David Campbell
  • District 6 - Dr. Melvin Johnson (Chair)
  • District 7 - Dr. Joyce A. Morley
  • District 8 - Ms. Karen W. Carter
  • District 9 - Mr. Thaddeus Mayfield[4]

Issues with the Board[edit]

On December 17, 2012, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that it had downgraded the DeKalb County School District's status from "on advisement" to "on probation" and warned the school system that the loss of their accreditation was "imminent."[5]

On January 21, 2014, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that it had upgraded the DeKalb County School District's status from "probation" to "accredited warned" which is below full accreditation status.[6] Former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis was indicted in 2012, along with former DeKalb County Schools Chief Operating Officer Pat Pope, and others, on criminal charges related to a school construction scandal. The indictment listed four counts of racketeering, as well as theft by taking and bribery.[7]

Public schools and centers[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]



  • Oakcliff Traditional Theme School (Unincorporated)

Middle schools[edit]



High schools[edit]






Former schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Atherton Elementary (1964-2011)
  • Forrest Hills Elementary School, 1954-2004 (The Museum School 2012-current)
  • Glen Haven Elementary (1943-2011)
  • Gresham Park Elementary (1958-2011)
  • Heritage Elementary School, 1968-19?? ( Heritage School ????-2010, Globe Academy Charter 2013-current)
  • Hooper Alexander Elementary School, 1935-2008 (Building intact)
  • Kittredge Elementary School 1958-1974 (4th-6th grades only 1969-74),( Open campus West High school 1975-1988, Kittredge Magnet School 1989-2008, International Student Center 2008-current)
  • Leslie J. Steele Elementary School, 1951-2006 ( Demolished and site Reconstructed as Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy 2008)
  • Margaret Harris Elementary School, 1967-1988 (currently Margaret Harris Comprehensive School, since ????)
  • Medlock Elementary School, 1951-2011 ( The International School private academy, ten year lease for the building 2012-current)
  • Nancy Creek Elementary School, 1970-2008 ( Kittredge Magnet School 2008-current)
  • Rehoboth Elementary School, 1963-1979(Dekalb Schools employee Training and Records center 1980-1998,The William Bradley Bryant Center,1999-current)
  • Robert Shaw Elementary School, 1955-1969 (Robert Shaw student Diagnostic Testing and Instructional center 1971-1997 Robert Shaw Theme School 1998-current)
  • Shallowford Elementary School, 1968-1997 (Chamblee Middle School from 1997-2006,Demolition Scheduled 201?)
  • Sky Haven Elementary (1955-2011)(property held/maintained for school system possible future reuse)
  • Tilson Elementary (1958-2008)
  • Tucker Elementary School, 1955-1983 ( Tucker Recreation Center,1985-current)
  • W.D. Thomson Elementary School, 1939-1975 (demolished 1976)
  • Wesley Chapel Elementary School, 1953-1979( currently Dekalb Transition Academy, since 19??)
  • Jim Cherry Elementary School 1949-1975(North Dekalb Mental Health Center,1976-1988,Seigakuin International Japanese School 1990-2003,PATH Academy charter School 2005-current)
  • Northwoods Elementary School 1954-1984(Yeshivah Hebrew Orthodox High School 1986-current)
  • Skyland Elementary School 1948-1988.( Georgia Dept. of Human Resources,center for Vital Records 1991-current)
  • Brookhaven Elementary School 1948-1975.(DeKalb Public Library,North Druid Hills branch Annex 1976-85,Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club 1985-current)

Middle schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Avondale High School (Unincorporated - adjacent to City of Avondale Estates) 1955-2011[27]
  • Briarcliff High School, 1962-1987 ( 1988-2008 Dekalb School of the Arts and Open Campus High School)
  • Bruce Street High School, 1938-1968
  • Hamilton High School, 1924-1969 (currently Hamilton Recreation Center)
  • Henderson High School 1970-1996 ( currently Henderson Middle School)
  • Peachtree High School, 1968-1988 ( Demolished,site Reconstructed as Peachtree Charter Middle School 19??)
  • Shamrock High School, 1967-1996 (Shamrock Middle School 1996-2011, name change to Druid Hills Middle School 2011-current)

District facilities[edit]

The building complex was originally built as a Cub Foods Grocery Store, one of its largest locations in Atlanta. After the Cub Foods closed the store, DeKalb County School District bought the property. The School District then renovated the original grocery story building, converting the building's former commercial spaces into educational and office spaces. The building served for a short time as the School District's alternative high school, before becoming officially the Administrative and Instructional Complex.
  • The East DeKalb Campus - (unincorporated area near Stone Mountain)
  • The Sam Moss Service Center - (unincorporated area near Tucker)
  • The William Bradley Bryant Center (WBBC) - (unincorporated area near Decatur)[28]


General athletics[edit]

DeKalb County school system offers 17 athletic programs. The school system is home to 253 state championships dating back to 1938; the majority of the titles coming from track and field and wrestling. The county provides five athletic stadiums which include:

Stadium Year Constructed Seating Capacity Location Additional Information
Adams Stadium 1962 6,500 (One side of field) Unincorporated - adjacent to the old Briarcliff High School Building
Avondale Stadium 1958 6,500 (One side of field) Unincorporated - adjacent to City of Avondale Estates
James R. Hallford Stadium 1968 15,600 (Both sides of field) Unincorporated - adjacent to City of Clarkston on the Clarkston Campus of Georgia Perimeter College Formerly named Memorial Stadium
North DeKalb Stadium 1962 6,500 (One side of field) Within the city limits of Chamblee
Panthersville Stadium 1968 8,500 Unincorporated - adjacent to the Georgia Perimeter College Decatur Campus

Shooting and hostage situation[edit]

On August 20, 2013, a shooting and hostage situation occurred at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, an elementary school in the DeKalb County School District. A man with an AK-47 entered the school's front office and barricaded himself there. He fired six shots at approaching police officers outside, who returned fire. Nobody was injured. The school's students were evacuated.[29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome to DCCS." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on May 5, 2009.
  2. ^ DeKalb County Schools
  3. ^ DeKalb election results: Mixed message on school board | Get Schooled
  4. ^ "DeKalb County School District: Board of Education". 2013 DeKalb County Board of Education. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "DeKalb school district in 'conflict and crisis,' put on probation by accreditation agency."." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. December 17, 2012. Retrieved on December 19, 2012]." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. December 17, 2012. Retrieved on December 19, 2012.
  6. ^
  7. ^ New indictment for former DeKalb Superintendent |
  8. ^ Austin: Home
  9. ^ Schools and Centers :: DeKalb County Schools
  10. ^ Schools and Centers :: DeKalb County Schools
  11. ^ Redan Middle School
  12. ^ Cedar Grove HS
  13. ^ Clarkston High School
  14. ^ CHS Home
  15. ^ Cross Keys High School, Home of the Indians
  16. ^ Martin Luther King, Jr. High School
  17. ^
  18. ^ McNair High School
  19. ^ Miller Grove High School
  20. ^ S.W. DeKalb High School
  21. ^ Stephenson HS
  22. ^ Stone Mountain High School
  23. ^ Towers High School
  24. ^ Elizabeth Andrews High School
  25. ^ Fernbank Science Center - Where Science Becomes an Adventure
  26. ^ Margaret Harris Center
  27. ^ DeKalb County Schools
  28. ^ "Schools and Centers." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on September 18, 2012. "Admin. and Instructional Complex 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard Stone Mountain, GA 30083" and "5839 Memorial Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083" and "1780 Montreal Road Tucker, GA 30084" and "2652 Lawrenceville Highway Decatur, GA 30033"
  29. ^ Barrow, Bill (August 20, 2013). "Official: Suspect in custody at Ga. school". Associated Press. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  30. ^ "All students OK after shot fired at Georgia school". August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Official: Suspect In Custody In Elementary School Shooting". CBS Atlanta. August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  32. ^ King, Michael (August 20, 2013). "Shooting suspect in custody at Georgia school". USA Today. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  33. ^ ""I'm proud of you, it's a good thing you are giving up" Antoinette Tuff puts her life on the line to end Georgia elementary school standoff". August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  34. ^ Botelho, Greg and Vivian Kuo, and Josh Levs (August 22, 2013). "Antoinette Tuff hailed as 'true hero' for handling Georgia school gunman". Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Georgia school shooting: Antoinette Tuff hailed as hero -". CNN. August 23, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Obama phones Ga. woman credited with preventing school shooting". Fox News. August 22, 2013. 

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