DeKalb County School System

DeKalb County School System
DeKalb County School System
Dekalb County School System Logo.jpg
Type and location
Type Suburban Public
Grades PK-12
Established 1873
Region DeKalb County, Georgia
District Info
Schools 83 Elementary schools
20 Middle schools
22 High schools
18 centers
Students and staff
Students 100,000
Teachers 15,859
Staff 13,285
Student-teacher ratio 23 to 1
Other information

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

Formerly led by Superintendent Crawford Lewis, the school system has over 102,000 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 vocational diploma. After graduation, 62% were eligible for the Hope Scholarship. In 2011, the school system will graduate 6,130 students. [1]


School Board Members

The School Board consists of:

  • District 1 - Ms. Nancy Jester
  • District 2 - Mr. Donald E. McChesney
  • District 3 - Ms. Sarah Copelin-Wood
  • District 4 - Mr. H. Paul Womack Jr.
  • District 5 - Mr. Jesse "Jay" Cunningham
  • District 6 - Mr. Thomas E. Bowen
  • District 7 - Ms. Donna Edler
  • District 8 - Dr. Pamela A. Speaks
  • District 9 - Dr. Eugene P. Walker[2]

Public Schools and Centers

Elementary schools



  • Oakcliff Traditional Theme School (Unincorporated)

Middle schools



High schools






The School Program, housed at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston (formerly Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children) is an instructional unit of the DeKalb County School System. The School Program provides classroom and bedside instruction for school-aged children while they are in the hospital. In addition to instruction, teachers provide educational assessment for these young people and help students to make a smooth transition when they are ready to leave the hospital and return to school.[3]

The DeKalb Truancy School was opened in 2000 in partnership with the DeKalb Juvenile Court System. The school nurtures and fosters high risk students with significant attendance problems by providing counseling support within a firm foundation of discipline.[4]

The Father Flanagan Boys/Girls Town and the DeKalb County Schools have partnered to provide shelter, counseling and core content instruction to 16 residential and up to 10 day program girls.[5]

Gateway to College Academy is a program for DeKalb County School System (DCSS) students ages 16-20 who have not been successful in traditional high schools but who wish to get back on track and earn a high school diploma.

Under the guidance of caring and committed instructors and resource specialists, students in the program learn new academic and personal skills during their first semester. As part of a unique learning team, Gateway students have the support they need to complete a high school diploma while simultaneously earning college credits at Georgia Perimeter College.[6]

Former Schools

Elementary schools

Middle schools

High schools

  • Briarcliff High School 1962-1987


General athletics

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 Avondale Stadium, Adams Stadium, James R. Hallford Stadium, Panthersville Stadium and North Dekalb Stadium.

Physical disabled athletics

In 1980 educators within Georgia's DeKalb County School System originate a volunteer–operated after–school adapted sports program for students with physical disabilities. By 1996 the volunteer–operated after–school adapted sports program becomes American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. AAASP fields five program sites (teams) in Georgia. The original AAASP adapted sports are wheelchair basketball, indoor wheelchair soccer, and track and field.

See also

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  1. ^ "Welcome to DCCS." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on May 5, 2009.
  2. ^ "Schools / Centers / Facilities by Board District 2008-2009 School Year." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on May 5, 2010.
  3. ^ "Children's HealthCare of Atlanta." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on May 5, 2010.
  4. ^ "DeKalb Truancy School." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on May 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Father Flanagan Girls and Boys Town." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on May 5, 2010.
  6. ^ "Gateway to College Academy overview." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on May 5, 2010.

External links

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