Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DeKalb County School System Class of 2016 ACT Scores

The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2016 school level ACT scores.  Below is a chart documenting the composite scores for each DCSD High School. Scores by subject are not part of the State DOE Press Release: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?PressView=default&pid=465

The following DCSD high schools scored higher than the State average of 21.1 and National average of 20.8:
  • Chamblee Charter High School
  • DeKalb School of the Arts
  • Druid Hills High School
  • Dunwoody High School
  • Lakeside High School
Click on the following link to view all school-level ACT Scores:
School
# of
Test Takers
2016 Average Composite Score
2015 Average Composite Score
National Average
 
20.8
 21.0
State of Georgia
58,073
21.1
21.0 
Arabia Mountain High School
236
20
19.3
Cedar Grove High School
107
17
16.9
Chamblee Charter High School
166
24.8
25.2
Clarkston High School
83
16.5
16.8
Columbia High School
118
16.7
17.2
Cross Keys High School
23
17.7
17.8
DeKalb Early College Academy
40
20.5
20.7
DeKalb School of the Arts
50
24.9
24.8
Destiny Academy of Excellence
16
16.1
n/a
Druid Hills High School
116
21.3
19.5
Dunwoody High School
199
23.2
23.1
Elizabeth Andrews High School
*
*
14.4
Lakeside High School
264
23.1
23.2
Lithonia High School
96
16.4
16.8
Martin Luther King, Jr. High School
133
16.6
16.8
McNair High School
57
16.5
16.2
Miller Grove High School
144
17
16.6
Redan High School
124
16.9
16.8
Southwest DeKalb High School
148
18.3
18.2
Stephenson High School
140
17.3
17.2
Stone Mountain High School
56
17.4
16.8
Towers High School
99
16.1
16.2
Tucker High School
171
19.1
19.2
* Schools with  15 or fewer test takers

DeKalb County School System Secondary Schools
Planning & Feasibility Study Options
How Do These Options Affect Dunwoody High School & Peachtree Charter Middle School?

Below are the 3 options DCSD is recommending to address the overcrowding within Region 1.   The 1st meeting to be held to discuss these options is tonight at Clarkston HS @ 6:30.  The 2nd meeting will be held at Cross Keys HS, Thursday, August 25th @ 6:30. 

Option A:  Re-clusters current Cross Keys HS cluster, adds a new Sequoyah area HS cluster and adds a new middle school for CKHS at the former Briarcliff HS site on North Druid Hills Road. Option A moves 600 students from Dunwoody HS to new Sequoyah are HS and 450 PCMS students to Sequoyah MS.

Option B:  Re-clusters current Cross Keys HS cluster, creates a new Cross Keys HS at the former Briarcliff HS site on North Druid Hills and repurposes the current Cross Keys HS facility as a middle school.  This option also recommends split feeders within Regions 1, 2 and 3 - the chart below indicates that 30% of the Sequoyah MS student population would be attending Dunwoody HS.  This option moves 450 students from PCMS to Sequoyah MS and a 600 seat addition to Dunwoody HS.  Good luck finding room for that addition.  





Option C:  Adds a new high school in the Sequoyah area and a new middle school for Cross Keys area at the former Briarcliff HS site on North Druid Hills Road.  This option addresses overcrowding with the movement of more students, but does recommend relocation of the Magnet programs from Chamblee Charter High School and Chamblee Middle School to schools with available capacity.  This option also moves 650 students from Dunwoody HS to Chamblee HS and 475 students from PCMS to Chamblee MS.

The following chart documents "Magnet Move Assumptions":




Click the following link to view the Power Point Presentation: http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/documents/secondary-school-study/presentation.pdf

Click the following link to view an overview of the options: http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/documents/secondary-school-study/options-handout.pdf

Click the following link to view the Secondary Schools Survey:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmomF29DlfNrO1O9EoOqPReXAeb6s-3Q5wGEBUdkBWIlpkvQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

Four strategies used to address capacity deficits:
1.Building new schools or creating new clusters (add capacity)
2.Building additions at existing schools (add capacity)
3.Relocating magnet or special programs (shift enrollment)
4.Moving students between schools (shift enrollment)
Redistricting will take place one year prior to opening of new school or additions





Georgia State Board of Education Approves Peachtree Charter Middle School Charter Renewal Petition!!


Including this comment from Terry Nall.  I believe it speaks for us all...


Dear PCMS Community present and future,

We are proud to say that the project to renew the PCMS Charter which began in June 2014 has been successfully completed. The renewal petition for PCMS was approved by the Georgia State Board of Education allowing us to remain a charter school until June 30, 2021.

Academic possibilities as well as school governance responsibilities are the largest components of our new charter. The petition is available for you to read  on our website under the Foundation tab.  A letter will be sent home shortly highlighting what this new charter provides PCMS.

Thank you to all who worked so diligently on this renewal effort.  Educators and parents united to protect the opportunities, possibilities and resources available to the students at PCMS in order to retain our charter school status.


PCMS Charter Rewrite Committee

Monday, August 15, 2016

Wesleyan School's Reed Thomas Recipient of
American Water Polo Scholar Athelete Award


Wesleyan School’s Reed Thomas has just been named a recipient of the American Water Polo Scholar Athlete Award.
 
Nationwide, 198 student-athletes were recognized with American Water Polo Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2015-16 academic year. To be considered for this exceptional student-athlete recognition, students had to excel in the classroom and the sport by achieving at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and  playing in an AWP event, league or tournament.
 
Thomas, who is now heading in to his senior year, is a Peachtree Corners resident. The entire Wesleyan community is thrilled to see such a wonderful student and athlete receive this well-deserved recognition. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dunwoody High School to Georgia Tech & University of Georgia
2015-2016 Academic Year

Each year, Georgia Tech publishes high school profiles for those students enrolled at GA Tech.  Below is the most recent profile for Dunwoody HS.  This is reflective of the 2015-2016 school year.

Click on the following link to view additional high school profiles: http://www.irp.gatech.edu/facts-and-figures/georgia-tech-impact-georgia-high-schools/

I have also included the enrollment statistics for the University of Georgia.




Monday, August 1, 2016

Dunwoody School Cluster End-of-Grade GA Milestones Test Scores

Below are the ELA GA Milestones End-of-Grade Test Scores for the Dunwoody School Cluster.

Click on the following link to view a spreadsheet containing scores for the remaining subject areas: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw_Hnco-5lveRENXZzRtMlNDQjg/view?usp=sharing

School
Grade Level
 
English Language Arts
 
 
# of Students Taking Test
% Beginning Learner Students
# of Beginning Learner Students
% Developing Learner Students
# of Developing Learner Students
% Proficient Learner Students
# of Proficient Learner Students
% Distinguished Learner Students
# Distinguished Learner Students
% Students Ready for Next Level
# Students Ready for Next Level
Austin Elementary
3
111
1.8%
2
12.6%
14
55.9%
62
29.7%
33
85.6%
95
 
4
76
0%
0
13.2%
10
44.7%
34
42.1%
32
86.8%
66
5
79
5%
4
22.8%
18
59.5%
47
12.7%
10
72.2%
57
                       
Chesnut Elementary
3
66
22.7%
15
31.8%
21
36.4%
24
9.1%
6
45.5%
30
 
4
78
20.5%
16
33.3%
26
32.1%
25
14.1%
11
46.2%
36
 
5
95
17.9%
17
31.6%
30
45.3%
43
53.0%
50
50.6%
48
                       
Dunwoody Elementary
3
149
6.7%
10
25.5%
38
28.9%
43
28.9%
43
67.8%
101
 
4
131
8.4%
11
28.2%
37
37.4%
49
26.0%
34
63.4%
83
 
5
99
3.0%
3
20.2%
20
61.6%
61
15.2%
15
76.8%
76
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
Hightower Elementary
3
128
40.6%
52
45.3%
58
12.5%
16
16.0%
20
14.1%
18
 
4
102
41.2%
42
43.1%
44
13.7%
14
2.0%
2
15.7%
16
 
5
121
29.8%
36
43.8%
53
24.0%
29
2.5%
3
26.5%
32
                       
Kingsley Elementary
3
88
21.6%
19
22.7%
20
31.8%
28
23.9%
21
55.7%
49
 
4
82
11.0%
9
37.8%
31
32.9%
27
18.3%
15
51.2%
42
 
5
85
34.1%
29
23.5%
20
29.4%
25
12.9%
11
42.3%
36
                       
Vanderlyn Elementary
3
139
1.4%
2
18.7%
26
48.9%
68
30.9%
43
79.8%
111
 
4
82
3.7%
3
15.9%
13
36.6%
30
43.9%
36
80.5%
66
 
5
108
3.7%
4
14.8%
16
62.0%
67
19.4%
21
81.4%
88
                       
Peachtree Charter Middle
6
473
19.0%
90
24.1%
114
38.9%
184
18.0%
85
56.9%
269
 
7
505
24.0%
121
27.1%
137
39.8%
201
9.1%
46
48.9%
247
 
8
460
8.9%
41
28.9%
133
42.6%
196
19.6%
90
62.2%
286