DeKalb County School District
|DeKalb County School District|
|Superintendent||Dr. R. Stephen Green|
|Schools||138 schools and centers|
|Students and staff|
The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is a school district headquartered at 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, near Stone Mountain and in the Atlanta metropolitan area. DCSD operates public schools in areas of DeKalb County that are not within the city limits of Atlanta and Decatur.
The school district is overseen by the seven-member DeKalb County Board of Education. The current superintendent/CEO is, as of July 1, 2015, Dr. R. Stephen Green. The system educates more than 102,000 students at 138 schools with more than 14,000 full-time employees and 6,000 teachers. In 2018, the school system graduated over 5,800 students from high school.
The district includes three of the top-ranked schools in the nation in 2018 according to U.S. News and World Report. The DeKalb School of the Arts earned a gold designation after being ranked No. 75 overall, and No. 2 in Georgia. Chamblee Charter High School also earned a gold designation, ranking No. 457 nationwide and No. 14 in Georgia. The Arabia Mountain High School Academy of Engineering-Medic performed well enough to earn a silver designation, ranking No. 58 in Georgia. DeKalb Early College Academy earned a bronze designation, ranking No. 68 in Georgia.
- 1 History
- 2 Schools and centers
- 3 Former schools
- 4 District facilities
- 5 Athletics
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In 2017, the DeKalb County School District received a full, five-year renewal of its accreditation from AdvancED, through 2022. The renewal comes after the district regained full accreditation in 2016.
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."
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.
In 2017, the DCSD College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score increased to 70, up from 66 in 2016. Since 2016, the CCRPI score for elementary schools increased five points; middle schools increased three points; and high schools increased nearly one full point.
In 2017, more than 2,500 students in DCSD took the ACT, earning a composite score of 19.8, compared to last year’s composite score of 19.4. That same year, more than 3,500 students took the SAT; the district’s total composite score continues to improve year-over-year. DeKalb’s 2017 total mean score for the SAT was 980.
The four-year graduation rate for DCSD’s Class of 2017 was 74 percent, a four-point increase from the 2016 graduation rate of 70 percent. Between 2013 and 2017, the District graduation rate improved 14 percentage points.
Former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis was indicted in 2012, along with former DeKalb County Schools Chief Operating Officer Pat Pope (Reed), 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.
Shooting and hostage situation
On August 20, 2013, a man with an AK-47 entered the front office of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, an elementary school, and barricaded himself. He fired six shots at police officers outside, who returned fire. The school's students were evacuated. Antoinette Tuff, a school bookkeeper, was able to convince him to surrender without further violence; she was later praised by President Barack Obama for her courage and calmness in defusing the situation.
Bus drivers' strike
From April 19–23, 2018 nearly 400 school bus drivers for the district participated in a strike over low pay and little employee benefits. Inspired in part by the concurrent nationwide teacher strikes in states such as West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, bus drivers for the district planned a "sick-out". About 42 percent of bus drivers in the county participated, causing nearly 60-90 minute delays in students being picked up for school. As a right-to-work state, public sector employees are prohibited in Georgia from striking. The strike resulted in at least 7 bus drivers, particularly ones who helped organize the strike, being terminated of employment.
Schools and centers
- Allgood Elementary School (1955)
- Ashford Park Elementary (1955)
- Austin Elementary School (Dunwoody) (1975)
- Avondale Elementary School (Avondale Estates) (1953)
- Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology (2017) Opened, January, 2017 at the site of the former Clifton Elementary School
- Bob Mathis Elementary School (1975)
- Bouie Elementary (1996)
- Briar Vista Elementary (1955)
- Briarlake Elementary (unincorporated) (1957)
- Brockett Elementary (1961)
- Browns Mill Elementary School (unincorporated) (1990)
- Canby Lane Elementary (1967)
- Murphey Candler Elementary School (unincorporated) (1969)
- Cedar Grove Elementary (1975)
- Chapel Hill Elementary (1967)
- Chesnut Charter Elementary School (Dunwoody) (formerly Chesnut Elementary, 1969-1999, became charter in 2000)
- Clifton Elementary (Demolished and rebuilt as Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology)
- Columbia Elementary (1961)
- Dresden Elementary School (unincorporated) (1963)
- Dunaire Elementary School (1967)
- Dunwoody Elementary (Dunwoody) (2009)
- Eldridge Miller Elementary (1981) (formerly Mainstreet Elementary)
- Evansdale Elementary School (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 (Doraville) (1958)
- Huntley Hills Elementary School (unincorporated) (1964)
- Idlewood Elementary (1967)
- Indian Creek Elementary (1961)
- Jolly Elementary School (unincorporated, east of Clarkston, opened 1968)
- Kelley Lake Elementary (1963)
- Kingsley Elementary School (Dunwoody) (1971)
- Kittredge Magnet School
- 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 (unincorporated) (1968)
- Princeton Elementary (2007)
- Rainbow Elementary (1970)
- Redan Elementary (1935)
- Cary Reynolds Elementary School (Doraville) (Sequoyah Elementary School 1961-1963 name change)
- Rock Chapel Elementary School (unincorporated) (1969)
- Rockbridge Elementary School (unincorporated) (1972)
- Rowland Elementary (1967)
- Sagamore Hills Elementary (1961)
- Shadow Rock Elementary (1991)
- Robert Shaw Theme School (Robert Shaw Elementary 1955-1969)
- Smoke Rise Elementary (1969)
- Snapfinger Elementary (1964)
- Stone Mill Elementary (1975)
- Stone Mountain Elementary School (1954)
- Stoneview Elementary School (unincorporated, southwest of Lithonia) (1963)
- Terry Mill Elementary (1958-1998) (currently the Dekalb Elementary School of the Arts)
- Toney Elementary (1953)
- Vanderlyn Elementary School (Dunwoody) (1973)
- Wadsworth Elementary (1958-2000 currently Wadsworth Magnet School)
- Woodridge Elementary (1975)
- Woodward Elementary (1961)
- Wynbrooke Elementary (2001)
- DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts (2002)
- Oakcliff Traditional Theme School (unincorporated)
- Oakcliff Traditional Theme School (as of 1993, formerly Oakcliff Elementary) (1964)
- Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School (unincorporated)
- Cedar Grove Middle School (unincorporated)
- Chamblee Middle School (Chamblee) (1997)
- Chapel Hill Middle School (unincorporated)
- Columbia Middle School (unincorporated)
- Druid Hills Middle School (Shamrock Middle School 1996-2011) (unincorporated)
- Freedom Middle School (unincorporated, opened January 8, 2001)
- Henderson Middle School (unincorporated)
- Lithonia Middle School (Lithonia)
- Ronald McNair, Sr. Middle School (unincorporated)
- Miller Grove Middle School (unincorporated)
- Peachtree Charter Middle School (Dunwoody)
- Redan Middle School (unincorporated) (2003)
- Salem Middle School (unincorporated)
- Sequoyah Middle School (Doraville)(1989)
- Stephenson Middle School (unincorporated) (1996)
- Stone Mountain Middle School (unincorporated, west of Stone Mountain)
- Tucker Middle School (unincorporated) (2004)
- The Champion School: a Traditional Theme School (Stone Mountain)
- Cedar Grove High School (unincorporated)
- Chamblee Charter High School (Chamblee)
- Clarkston High School (unincorporated, south of City of Clarkston)
- Columbia High School (unincorporated)
- Cross Keys High School (Brookhaven, formerly unincorporated) (1957)
- Druid Hills High School (1918/unincorporated)
- Dunwoody High School (Dunwoody)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. High School (unincorporated)
- Lakeside High School (unincorporated)
- Lithonia High School (unincorporated, west of the city of Lithonia, formerly within city limits)
- Ronald McNair Sr. High School (unincorporated)
- Miller Grove High School (unincorporated)
- Redan High School (unincorporated) (1976)
- Southwest DeKalb High School (unincorporated)
- Stephenson High School (unincorporated)
- Stone Mountain High School (unincorporated, west of the city of Stone Mountain) (1976)
- Towers High School (unincorporated)
- Tucker High School (Tucker) (1918, current location 1955)
- Arabia Mountain High School
- DeKalb School of the Arts (unincorporated)
- Elizabeth Andrews High School (unincorporated)
- The Jim Cherry Teacher Center (now part of the Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS), Metro East Center)
- Coralwood Diagnostic Center (unincorporated)
- DeKalb Alternative School (unincorporated)
- DeKalb Early College Academy (unincorporated, south of the city of Stone Mountain)
- DeKalb High School of Technology - North (within the new city limits of Dunwoody, est. December 1, 2008)
- DeKalb High School of Technology - South (unincorporated, southeast of the city of Decatur)
- Eagle Woods Academy
- Fernbank Science Center (unincorporated)
- Flex Academy (Opened January 5, 2017 and located within the William Bradley Bryant Center for Technology) 
- Margaret Harris Comprehensive School (unincorporated, previously the Margaret Harris High School for Exceptional Children)
- International Student Center (unincorporated)
- Shadow Rock Center (unincorporated, south of the city of Lithonia)
- Warren Technical Center (unincorporated, east of the city of Chamblee, formerly Warren Elementary School)
- 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 of Avondale Estates Charter School 2012-current)
- Glen Haven Elementary (1943-2011) Current home of DeKalb Preparatory Academy Charter School
- Gresham Park Elementary (1958-2011) Demolished in 2014
- 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) Remainder of Building demolished in 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) Currently houses John R. Lewis ES until new building is constructed on current site of Skyland Park, which was acquired through land deal with City of Brookhaven.
- Medlock Elementary School, 1951-2011 (The International Community Charter School private academy, ten-year lease for the building 2012-current)
- Midway Elementary (1958-2015) Currently houses International Community Charter School
- Nancy Creek Elementary School, 1970-2008 (Kittredge Magnet School 2008-current)
- Northwoods Elementary School 1954-1984 (Yeshivah Hebrew Orthodox High School 1986. Currently home of Tapestry Charter School)
- Oakcliff Elementary, 1964-1993 (Oakcliff Traditional Theme School, 1993-current) 
- 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)
- 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 1991-2017) Bought by City of Brookhaven for park
- 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) Demolished in 2014
- Tucker Elementary School, 1955-1983 (Tucker Recreation Center, 1985-current)
- Wesley Chapel Elementary School, 1953-1979 (currently Dekalb Transition Academy, since 1990) Demolished in 2016
- Avondale Middle School (unincorporated, adjacent to the city of Avondale Estates), 2000-2011 (housed Fernbank Elementary School, 2013–2015) Currently undergoing renovations to become Performing Arts School
- Avondale High School (unincorporated, adjacent to the city of Avondale Estates) 1955-2011 Part of building has been converted to records storage. Other portion houses DeKalb School of the Arts.
- Briarcliff High School, 1962-1987 ( 1988-2008 Dekalb School of the Arts and Open Campus High School, demolished summer 2018)
- Bruce Street High School, 1938-1968
- John B. Gordon High School, 1959-1986 (Became Ronald E. McNair Middle School)
- 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 (Renamed Ronald E. McNair High School)
- DeKalb Transition Academy (formerly Wesley Chapel Elementary School) Building was demolished in 2016
- Destiny Academy of Excellence, 2007-2018 (unincorporated)
- 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)
- East DeKalb Campus (unincorporated area near Stone Mountain)
- Sam Moss Service Center Warehouse, supply building, grounds and vehicle maintenance facilities (unincorporated area near Tucker)
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 and the Clarkston Campus of Georgia State University 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 State University Perimeter College Decatur Campus||Formerly named Panthersville Stadium|
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- Avondale Elementary School
- Briarlake Elementary
- Brockett Elementary
- Browns Mill Elementary School
- Chesnut Charter Elementary School
- Dresden Elementary School
- Dunaire Elementary School
- Evansdale Elementary School
- Hightower Elementary School
- Huntley Hills Elementary School
- Jolly Elementary School
- Kelley Lake Elementary
- Kittredge Magnet School
- Pleasantdale Elementary School
- Rainbow Elementary
- Redan Elementary
- Schools and Centers :: DeKalb County Schools
- Rockbridge Elementary School
- Rowland Elementary
- Sagamore Hills Elementary
- Robert Shaw Theme School
- Stone Mountain Elementary School
- Stoneview Elementary School
- Vanderlyn Elementary School
- Oakcliff Traditional Theme School
- Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School
- Cedar Grove Middle School
- Chamblee Middle School
- Chapel Hill Middle School
- Columbia Middle School
- Druid Hills Middle School
- Freedom Middle School
- Schools and Centers :: DeKalb County Schools
- Henderson Middle School
- Lithonia Middle School
- Ronald McNair, Sr. Middle School
- Miller Grove Middle School
- Peachtree Charter Middle School
- Redan Middle School
- Salem Middle School
- Stephenson Middle School
- Stone Mountain Middle School
- Tucker Middle School
- The Champion School: a Traditional Theme School
- Cedar Grove HS
- Clarkston High School
- CHS Home
- Cross Keys High School, Home of the Indians
- Martin Luther King, Jr. High School
- McNair High School
- Miller Grove High School
- S.W. DeKalb High School
- Stephenson HS
- Stone Mountain High School
- Towers High School
- Elizabeth Andrews High School
- The Jim Cherry Teacher Center
- Coralwood Diagnostic Center
- DeKalb Alternative School
- DeKalb Early College Academy
- DeKalb High School of Technology - North
- DeKalb High School of Technology - South
- Eagle Woods Academy
- Fernbank Science Center - Where Science Becomes an Adventure
- Flex Academy
- Margaret Harris Center
- International Student Center
- Shadow Rock Center
- Warren Technical Center
- Oakcliff Elementary
- "Finally. Demolition begins on old Shallowford school". Dunwoody Crier. July 22, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
- Avondale Middle School
- DeKalb County Schools
- DeKalb Transition Academy
- Destiny Academy of Excellence
- Parker, Jennifer (15 June 2018). "Low test scores one factor in Destiny Academy's demise". crossroadsnews.com. Cross Roads News. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- "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"