DeKalb County School District

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DeKalb County School District
DeKalb County, Georgia
District information
Type Suburban/Urban Public
Grades PK-12
Established 1873
Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green
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
101,079 total
Teachers 8,500 (4,600 of whom are regular education teachers)
Staff 13,285 (non-teaching)
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 that are not within the city limits of Atlanta and Decatur.

As of July 1, 2015, the District Superintendent was Dr. R. Stephen Green.[2] The system educates more than 101,000 students at 137 schools with more than 14,000 full-time employees and 6,000 teachers. The student-to-teacher ratio is 23:1. In 2005 the school system graduated over 5,000 students from high school. 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 Hope Scholarships. In 2011, the school system graduated 6,130 students.[3]

School Board members[edit]

Current School Board members:

  • District 1 - Stan Jester
  • District 2 - Marshall Orson[4]
  • District 3 - Michael A. Erwin
  • District 4 - James L. McMahan (Vice Chair)
  • District 5 - Vickie Turner
  • District 6 - Dr. Melvin Johnson (Chair)
  • District 7 - Dr. Joyce A. Morley
  • District 8 - Board super district eliminated as of 1/1/2015
  • District 9 - Board super district eliminated as of 1/1/2015



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] The DeKalb County School District is now fully accredited.


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]

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 district. A man with an AK-47 entered the school's front office and barricaded himself. He fired six shots at approaching police officers outside, who returned fire. Nobody was injured. The school's students were evacuated. Antoinette Tuff, a school bookkeeper, later received a call from President Obama praising her for her courage while talking to the shooter; police credited her calmness and kindness toward him with convincing him to surrender without shooting anyone.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Schools and centers[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]



  • Oakcliff Traditional Theme School (unincorporated)
  • Oakcliff Traditional Theme School as of 1993, formerly Oakcliff Elementary (1964) [1]
  • DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts (2002)

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, 1968-1999( Heritage School 2000-2010, Globe Academy Charter 2013-current)
  • Hooper Alexander Elementary School, 1935-2008 (building destroyed by fire January 2014)
  • Kittredge Elementary School 1958-1975 (4th-7th grades only 1969-1974,Special needs students K-7 1970-1975) (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)
  • Midway Elementary (1958-2015)
  • Nancy Creek Elementary School, 1970-2008 (Kittredge Magnet School 2008-current)
  • Oakcliff Elementary (1964-1993), Oakcliff Traditional Theme School, 1993-current) [3]
  • 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 1970-1997, Robert Shaw Theme School 1998-current)
  • Shallowford Elementary School, 1968-1997 (Chamblee Middle School 1997-2006, demolished in July 2014)[35]
  • Sky Haven Elementary (1955-2011) property held/maintained for school system's possible future reuse(2011-2016),site Demolished Summer 2016)
  • 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 1990)
  • 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 1948-1989(Georgia Dept. of Human Resources, Center for Vital Records 1991-current)
  • Brookhaven Elementary School 1948-1975 (DeKalb Public Library, North Druid Hills branch annex 1976-1985, Brookhaven Boys' and Girls' Club 1985-current)

Middle schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Avondale High School (unincorporated, adjacent to the city of Avondale Estates) 1955-2011[36]
  • Briarcliff High School, 1962-1987 ( 1988-2008 Dekalb School of the Arts and Open Campus High School)
  • Bruce Street High School, 1938-1968
  • John B. Gordon High School, 1959-1986
  • Hamilton High School, 1924-1969 (currently Hamilton Recreation Center)
  • Henderson High School 1970-1996 (currently Henderson Middle School)
  • Peachtree High School, 1968-1988 (Peachtree Jr High School 1988-2002; demolished, site reconstructed as Peachtree Charter Middle School 2008)
  • Sequoyah High School 1965-1988,(currently Sequoyah Middle School)
  • Shamrock High School, 1967-1996 (Shamrock Middle School 1996-2011, name changed to Druid Hills Middle School 2011-current)
  • Walker High School, 1966-1987

District facilities[edit]

  • Administrative and Instructional Complex (unincorporated area near Stone Mountain) —The building complex was originally built as an American Fare. After this closed, DeKalb County School District bought the property. The district renovated the original building, converting commercial spaces into educational and office spaces. The building served for a short time as the district's alternative high school before becoming the Administrative and Instructional Complex.
  • The East DeKalb Campus (unincorporated area near Stone Mountain)
  • The Sam Moss Service Center Warehouse,supply.Building,grounds and vehicle maintenance facilities.(unincorporated area near Tucker)
  • The William Bradley Bryant Center (unincorporated area near Decatur)[37]


The district offers 17 athletic programs and earned 253 state championships dating back to 1938; the majority of the titles came from track and field and wrestling. The county provides five athletic stadiums that 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 Renovated Summer 2016
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
William "Buck" Godfrey Stadium 1968 8,500 Unincorporated - adjacent to the Georgia Perimeter College Decatur Campus Formerly named Panthersville Stadium

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome to DCCS." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on May 5, 2009.
  2. ^
  3. ^ DeKalb County Schools
  4. ^ DeKalb election results: Mixed message on school board | Get Schooled
  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. ^ Barrow, Bill (August 20, 2013). "Official: Suspect in custody at Ga. school". Associated Press. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "All students OK after shot fired at Georgia school". August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Official: Suspect In Custody In Elementary School Shooting". CBS Atlanta. August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ King, Michael (August 20, 2013). "Shooting suspect in custody at Georgia school". USA Today. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ ""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. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "Georgia school shooting: Antoinette Tuff hailed as hero -". CNN. August 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Obama phones Ga. woman credited with preventing school shooting". Fox News. August 22, 2013. 
  16. ^ Austin: Home
  17. ^ Schools and Centers :: DeKalb County Schools
  18. ^ Schools and Centers :: DeKalb County Schools
  19. ^ Redan Middle School
  20. ^ Cedar Grove HS
  21. ^ Clarkston High School
  22. ^ CHS Home
  23. ^ Cross Keys High School, Home of the Indians
  24. ^ Martin Luther King, Jr. High School
  25. ^
  26. ^ McNair High School
  27. ^ Miller Grove High School
  28. ^ S.W. DeKalb High School
  29. ^ Stephenson HS
  30. ^ Stone Mountain High School
  31. ^ Towers High School
  32. ^ Elizabeth Andrews High School
  33. ^ Fernbank Science Center - Where Science Becomes an Adventure
  34. ^ Margaret Harris Center
  35. ^ "Finally. Demolition begins on old Shallowford school". Dunwoody Crier. July 22, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  36. ^ DeKalb County Schools
  37. ^ "Schools and Centers Archived September 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.." 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"

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Coordinates: 33°49′57″N 84°11′43″W / 33.83250°N 84.19528°W / 33.83250; -84.19528