Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pros and Cons of Dekalb School Secondary School Options
a Dunwoody Perspective
**Updated With Cross Keys Foundation Position Paper & Chamblee Charter HS Position Paper**

The Cross Keys Foundation has responded with their position paper.  It is quite impressive in its depth and recommendations - but I would expect nothing less from Kim Gokce.  Click the following link to read the Cross Foundation position paper: https://crosskeysfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SecondarySchoolsStudyPosition_publish.pdf

The Chamblee Charter High cluster response can be found at the following link:

The following chart was put together by the Dunwoody High School School Council to review some of the pros and cons of each of the 3 Options currently under consideration to assist in alleviating the overcrowding in the Middle School and High Schools in Northern DeKalb.  This is a starting point for discussions between all of the school councils, elementary as well, as Superintendent Green has requested, from each Middle School and High School council, a joint letter conveying their opinions.  

(Note from me:  I know of at least 1 elementary school (not in Dunwoody cluster) which has taken a different view of these options than those of the other schools in their cluster.  Will their voice be heard?  Probably not.  This is why I believe elementary schools should have their own voice in this process - maybe the largest voice as the choices made now do not really come into a reality until many of the elementary school children are in MS and HS.)

If you have not already, please take a few minutes to complete the DCSD Secondary Schools Survey.  The Survey is open to community members, so take the time to let DCSD know your thoughts and opinions. 

Click on the following link to access the survey:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmomF29DlfNrO1O9EoOqPReXAeb6s-3Q5wGEBUdkBWIlpkvQ/formResponse


  1. I appreciate the work that went in to this, but I'd like to point out that since we don't know how redistricting lines will be drawn, we do not know if "Dunwoody kids" will be sent to schools outside of Dunwoody in Options A and C. Many students who attend schools in the Dunwoody cluster do not live in Dunwoody, but live in Doraville. I realize in the Notes column this is somewhat acknowledged, but it is misleading as a statement in the Cons column.

    1. The reason we can be confident that Dunwoody kids will leave in Options A and C is because the only school that has kids living outside of Dunwoody is Hightower Elementary (although some going to Hightower do live in Dunwoody). The 2022 projection is that Hightower area will have 352 MS kids and 439 HS kids. The numbers shifting out of Peachtree or DHS are much higher than this. There is nowhere else they can come from except Dunwoody.