Sunday, January 20, 2013

Georgia Charter Schools Annual Report

2011 -2012 School Year

The Georgia Department of Education has released their Charter Schools Annual Report. This report covers the 2011-2012 school year and includes data from all forms of Charter Schools, conversion and stand-alone.

Click here to read the report.

Items of interest about charter schools in the Dunwoody cluster which are all conversion schools under the direction of the DeKalb County School System.

Data as shown on Figure 24, Page 15 of the report.

Chesnut Charter ES had 298 Lottery Participants, with a waiting list of 276; Up from 64 participants for 2010-2011 Lottery.
Peachtree Charter MS had 359 Lottery Participants with a waiting list of 359; Up from  260 participants for 2010-2011 Lottery. 
No data reported for Kingsley Charter ES for 2011-2012; Kingsley reported 100 Lottery Participants for the 2010-2011 school year.

The individual Dunwoody cluster reports for the 2011-2012 school year can be found:

Chesnut Charter -  Page 80 of the .pdf documment
Kingsley Charter ES - Page 176 of the .pdf document, Page 180 hardcopy report
Peachtree Charter MS - Page 242 of the .pdf document; Page 246 hardcopy report


  1. How does Peachtree have lottery participants and trailers? Aren't they over capacity? How do they decide how many lottery spots there area?

  2. Anon,

    Peachtree is a Charter Conversion, not a true charter that pops into your mind when hearing the word 'charter'. These conversion charter schools have in past years been established not usually (there are exceptions, mostly at the elem level like here in Dunwoody) to improve education but to provide an easier outlet for kids from other clusters to transfer to the 'charter'. As long as the DeKalb central staff has a firm grip on hiring and firing the principal, admin, and teachers, a conversion charter school will NEVER reach its full potential. And yes, PCMS is way over capacity and that trend will continue for at least the next decade.

    You want a real charter in Dunwoody, with real local control? Support the newly proposed Parent-Trigger law by Representative Edward Lindsey, a republican from Atlanta (Buckhead). Glad to see someone taking the lead on education reform. Hopefully our Dunwoody reps will publicly take a stand on this issue. Backroom deals with MMO and the DeKalb Dems have gotten us nothing.

  3. DT--totally disagree with your characterization of our charter schools in the Dunwoody cluster. Ask the folks who created them...I don't think that bringing in folks from other clusters was the reasoning.

  4. The state requires the lottery-- but simply because the lottery is held doesn't mean there are spaces and that anyone gets in.