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DeKalb County School District
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Location
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
Website www.dekalb.k12.ga.us

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[4]
  • District 2 - Marshall Orson[5]
  • 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

History[edit]

Accreditation[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."[6]

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.[7] The DeKalb County School District is now fully accredited.

Indictment[edit]

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.[8]

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. No one 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.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

Schools and centers[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

Zoned

  • Allgood Elementary School (1955)
  • Ashford Park Elementary (1955)
  • Austin Elementary School (Dunwoody) (1975)[17]
  • Avondale Elementary School[18] (Avondale Estates) (1953)
  • Bob Mathis Elementary School (1975)
  • Bouie Elementary (1996)
  • Briar Vista Elementary (1955)
  • Briarlake Elementary[19] (unincorporated) (1957)
  • Brockett Elementary[20] (1961)
  • Browns Mill Elementary School[21] (unincorporated) (1990)
  • Canby Lane Elementary (1967)
  • Murphey Candler Elementary School (unincorporated) (1969)
  • Cedar Grove Elementary (1975)
  • Chapel Hill Elementary (1967)
  • Chesnut Charter Elementary School[22] (Dunwoody) (formerly Chesnut Elementary, 1969-1999, became charter in 2000)
  • Clifton Elementary (1967)
  • Columbia Elementary (1961)
  • Dresden Elementary School[23] (unincorporated) (1963)
  • Dunaire Elementary School[24] (1967)
  • Dunwoody Elementary (Dunwoody) (2009)
  • Eldridge Miller Elementary (1981) (formerly Mainstreet Elementary)
  • Evansdale Elementary School[25] (unincorporated) (1967)
  • Fairington Elementary (1975)
  • Fernbank Elementary (1958/2015)
  • Flat Rock Elementary (2007)
  • Flat Shoals Elementary (1966)
  • Hambrick Elementary (1971)
  • Narvie Harris Elementary School (1998)
  • Hawthorne Elementary (1961)
  • Henderson Mill Elementary (1965)
  • Hightower Elementary School[26] (Doraville) (1958)
  • Huntley Hills Elementary School[27] (unincorporated) (1964)
  • Idlewood Elementary (1967)
  • Indian Creek Elementary (1961)
  • Jolly Elementary School[28] (unincorporated, east of Clarkston, opened 1968)
  • Kelley Lake Elementary[29] (1963)
  • Kingsley Elementary School (Dunwoody) (1971)
  • Kittredge Magnet School[30]
  • Knollwood Elementary (1955)
  • Laurel Ridge Elementary (1958)
  • Livsey Elementary (1971)
  • Marbut Elementary School (unincorporated) (1994)
  • McLendon Elementary (1958)
  • Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy (2008)
  • Meadowview Elementary (1961)
  • Midvale Elementary (1961)
  • Montclair Elementary (1967)
  • Montgomery Elementary (1963)
  • The Museum School of Avondale Estates (2010)
  • Oak Grove Elementary (1958)
  • Oak View Elementary (2004)
  • Panola Way Elementary School (unincorporated) (1987)
  • Peachcrest Elementary (1961-2011)
  • Pine Ridge Elementary (1988)
  • Pleasantdale Elementary School[31] (unincorporated) (1968)
  • Princeton Elementary (2007)
  • Rainbow Elementary[32] (1970)
  • Redan Elementary[33] (1935)
  • Cary Reynolds Elementary School (Doraville) (Sequoyah Elementary School 1961-1963 name change)[34]
  • Rock Chapel Elementary School (unincorporated) (1969)
  • Rockbridge Elementary School[35] (unincorporated) (1972)
  • Rowland Elementary[36] (1967)
  • Sagamore Hills Elementary[37] (1961)
  • Shadow Rock Elementary (1991)
  • Robert Shaw Theme School[38] (Robert Shaw Elementary 1955-1969)
  • Smoke Rise Elementary (1969)
  • Snapfinger Elementary (1964)
  • Stone Mill Elementary (1975)
  • Stone Mountain Elementary School[39] (1954)
  • Stoneview Elementary School[40] (unincorporated, southwest of Lithonia) (1963)
  • Terry Mill Elementary (1958-1998) (currently the Dekalb Elementary School of the Arts)
  • Toney Elementary (1953)
  • Vanderlyn Elementary School[41] (Dunwoody) (1973)
  • Wadsworth Elementary (1958-2000 currently Wadsworth Magnet School)
  • Woodridge Elementary (1975)
  • Woodward Elementary (1961)
  • Wynbrooke Elementary (2001)

Optional

  • DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts (2002)
  • Oakcliff Traditional Theme School (unincorporated)
  • Oakcliff Traditional Theme School (as of 1993, formerly Oakcliff Elementary) (1964)[42]

Middle schools[edit]

Zoned

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School[43] (unincorporated)
  • Cedar Grove Middle School[44] (unincorporated)
  • Chamblee Middle School[45] (Chamblee) (1997)
  • Chapel Hill Middle School[46] (unincorporated)
  • Columbia Middle School[47] (unincorporated)
  • Druid Hills Middle School[48] (Shamrock Middle School 1996-2011) (unincorporated)
  • Freedom Middle School[49] (unincorporated, opened January 8, 2001)[50]
  • Henderson Middle School[51] (unincorporated)
  • Lithonia Middle School[52] (Lithonia)
  • Ronald McNair, Sr. Middle School[53] (unincorporated)
  • Miller Grove Middle School[54] (unincorporated)
  • Peachtree Charter Middle School[55] (Dunwoody)
  • Redan Middle School (unincorporated) (2003)[56]
  • Salem Middle School[57] (unincorporated)
  • Sequoyah Middle School (Doraville)(1989)
  • Stephenson Middle School[58] (unincorporated) (1996)
  • Stone Mountain Middle School[59] (unincorporated, west of Stone Mountain)
  • Tucker Middle School[60] (unincorporated) (2004)

Optional

  • The Champion School: a Traditional Theme School[61] (Stone Mountain)

High schools[edit]

Zoned

Optional

Centers[edit]

Alternative

  • The Jim Cherry Teacher Center[75] (now part of the Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS), Metro East Center)
  • Coralwood Diagnostic Center[76] (unincorporated)
  • DeKalb Alternative School[77] (unincorporated)
  • DeKalb Early College Academy[78] (unincorporated, south of the city of Stone Mountain)
  • DeKalb High School of Technology - North[79] (within the new city limits of Dunwoody, est. December 1, 2008)
  • DeKalb High School of Technology - South[80] (unincorporated, southeast of the city of Decatur)
  • DeKalb Transition Academy[81] (formerly Wesley Chapel Elementary School)
  • Destiny Academy of Excellence[82] (unincorporated)
  • Eagle Woods Academy[83]
  • Fernbank Science Center (unincorporated)[84]
  • Margaret Harris Comprehensive School (unincorporated, previously the Margaret Harris High School for Exceptional Children)[85]
  • International Student Center[86] (unincorporated)
  • Shadow Rock Center[87] (unincorporated, south of the city of Lithonia)
  • Warren Technical Center[88] (unincorporated, east of the city of Chamblee, formerly Warren Elementary School)

Partnerships[edit]

Former schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Atherton Elementary (1964-2011)
  • Brookhaven Elementary School 1948-1975 (DeKalb Public Library, North Druid Hills branch annex 1976-1985, Brookhaven Boys' and Girls' Club 1985-current)
  • 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)
  • Forrest Hills Elementary School, 1954-2004 (The Museum School 2012-current)
  • Glen Haven Elementary (1943-2011)
  • Gresham Park Elementary (1958-2011)
  • Margaret Harris Elementary School, 1967-1988 (currently Margaret Harris Comprehensive School)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Northwoods Elementary School 1954-1984 (Yeshivah Hebrew Orthodox High School 1986-current)
  • Oakcliff Elementary, 1964-1993 (Oakcliff Traditional Theme School, 1993-current) [92]
  • Rehoboth Elementary School, 1963-1979 (Dekalb Schools employee training and records center 1980-1998, The William Bradley Bryant Center, 1999-current)
  • Shallowford Elementary School, 1968-1997 (Chamblee Middle School 1997-2006, demolished in July 2014)[93]
  • Robert Shaw Elementary School, 1955-1969 (Robert Shaw student Diagnostic Testing and Instructional center 1970-1997, Robert Shaw Theme School 1998-current)
  • Sky Haven Elementary (1955-2011) (property held/maintained for school system's possible future reuse (2011-2016), site demolished summer 2016)
  • Skyland Elementary School 1948-1989 (Georgia Dept. of Human Resources, Center for Vital Records 1991-current)
  • Leslie J. Steele Elementary School, 1951-2006 (demolished and site reconstructed as Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy 2008)
  • W.D. Thomson Elementary School, 1939-1975 (demolished 1976)
  • Tilson Elementary (1958-2008)
  • Tucker Elementary School, 1955-1983 (Tucker Recreation Center, 1985-current)
  • Wesley Chapel Elementary School, 1953-1979 (currently Dekalb Transition Academy, since 1990)

Middle schools[edit]

  • Avondale Middle School[94] (unincorporated, adjacent to the city of Avondale Estates), 2000-2011 (housed Fernbank Elementary School, 2013–2015)

High schools[edit]

  • Avondale High School (unincorporated, adjacent to the city of Avondale Estates) 1955-2011[95]
  • 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 William Bradley Bryant Center (unincorporated area near Decatur)[96]
  • East DeKalb Campus (unincorporated area near Stone Mountain)
  • Sam Moss Service Center Warehouse, supply building, grounds and vehicle maintenance facilities (unincorporated area near Tucker)

Athletics[edit]

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:

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to DCCS." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on May 5, 2009.
  2. ^ http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/superintendent
  3. ^ DeKalb County Schools
  4. ^ Stan Jester
  5. ^ DeKalb election results: Mixed message on school board | Get Schooled
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/dekalb-school-system-get-accredited-warned-status/ncwTf/
  8. ^ New indictment for former DeKalb Superintendent | www.wsbtv.com
  9. ^ Barrow, Bill (August 20, 2013). "Official: Suspect in custody at Ga. school". Associated Press. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "All students OK after shot fired at Georgia school". cnn.com. August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Official: Suspect In Custody In Elementary School Shooting". CBS Atlanta. August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ King, Michael (August 20, 2013). "Shooting suspect in custody at Georgia school". USA Today. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ ""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". cnn.com. August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ Botelho, Greg and Vivian Kuo, and Josh Levs (August 22, 2013). "Antoinette Tuff hailed as 'true hero' for handling Georgia school gunman". cnn.com. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Georgia school shooting: Antoinette Tuff hailed as hero - CNN.com". CNN. August 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Obama phones Ga. woman credited with preventing school shooting". Fox News. August 22, 2013. 
  17. ^ Austin: Home
  18. ^ Avondale Elementary School
  19. ^ Briarlake Elementary
  20. ^ Brockett Elementary
  21. ^ Browns Mill Elementary School
  22. ^ Chesnut Charter Elementary School
  23. ^ Dresden Elementary School
  24. ^ Dunaire Elementary School
  25. ^ Evansdale Elementary School
  26. ^ Hightower Elementary School
  27. ^ Huntley Hills Elementary School
  28. ^ Jolly Elementary School
  29. ^ Kelley Lake Elementary
  30. ^ Kittredge Magnet School
  31. ^ Pleasantdale Elementary School
  32. ^ Rainbow Elementary
  33. ^ Redan Elementary
  34. ^ Schools and Centers :: DeKalb County Schools
  35. ^ Rockbridge Elementary School
  36. ^ Rowland Elementary
  37. ^ Sagamore Hills Elementary
  38. ^ Robert Shaw Theme School
  39. ^ Stone Mountain Elementary School
  40. ^ Stoneview Elementary School
  41. ^ Vanderlyn Elementary School
  42. ^ Oakcliff Traditional Theme School
  43. ^ Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School
  44. ^ Cedar Grove Middle School
  45. ^ Chamblee Middle School
  46. ^ Chapel Hill Middle School
  47. ^ Columbia Middle School
  48. ^ Druid Hills Middle School
  49. ^ Freedom Middle School
  50. ^ Schools and Centers :: DeKalb County Schools
  51. ^ Henderson Middle School
  52. ^ Lithonia Middle School
  53. ^ Ronald McNair, Sr. Middle School
  54. ^ Miller Grove Middle School
  55. ^ Peachtree Charter Middle School
  56. ^ Redan Middle School
  57. ^ Salem Middle School
  58. ^ Stephenson Middle School
  59. ^ Stone Mountain Middle School
  60. ^ Tucker Middle School
  61. ^ The Champion School: a Traditional Theme School
  62. ^ Cedar Grove HS
  63. ^ Clarkston High School
  64. ^ CHS Home
  65. ^ Cross Keys High School, Home of the Indians
  66. ^ Martin Luther King, Jr. High School
  67. ^ http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/lithonia/
  68. ^ McNair High School
  69. ^ Miller Grove High School
  70. ^ S.W. DeKalb High School
  71. ^ Stephenson HS
  72. ^ Stone Mountain High School
  73. ^ Towers High School
  74. ^ Elizabeth Andrews High School
  75. ^ The Jim Cherry Teacher Center
  76. ^ Coralwood Diagnostic Center
  77. ^ DeKalb Alternative School
  78. ^ DeKalb Early College Academy
  79. ^ DeKalb High School of Technology - North
  80. ^ DeKalb High School of Technology - South
  81. ^ DeKalb Transition Academy
  82. ^ Destiny Academy of Excellence
  83. ^ Eagle Woods Academy
  84. ^ Fernbank Science Center - Where Science Becomes an Adventure
  85. ^ Margaret Harris Center
  86. ^ International Student Center
  87. ^ Shadow Rock Center
  88. ^ Warren Technical Center
  89. ^ DeKalb Truancy School
  90. ^ Father Flanagan Girls and Boys Town
  91. ^ Gateway to College Academy
  92. ^ Oakcliff Elementary
  93. ^ "Finally. Demolition begins on old Shallowford school". Dunwoody Crier. July 22, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  94. ^ Avondale Middle School
  95. ^ DeKalb County Schools
  96. ^ "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"

External links[edit]

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