Wednesday, January 3, 2018

DeKalb County School District Updated School Capacity Data

As of December 19, 2017, DCSD has updated their school capacity data.

To view the chart with the new capacity data, click on the following link:

To view the capacity details of each DCSD facility click on the following link:

The updated data for Region 1 schools is presented below:

As you can see from the chart, within the Dunwoody cluster,  there was a slight increase in school capacity at Austin ES, Chesnut ES, Vanderlyn ES , and  Dunwoody HS.   Dunwoody Elementary (an adjustment of 116), Hightower Elementary, Kingsley Elementary and Peachtree Charter Middle School recorded decreases, albeit slight, in their capacity data.

Within the Chamblee cluster, no schools saw a decrease in capacity with the new recalculation of facility capacity.  

Within the Cross Keys cluster, John E. Lewis and Sequoyah MS saw an upward adjustment downward in their school capacity.  All other schools within the cluster saw an adjustment upward in their school capacity.


  1. Do you know why the school capacity numbers changed? For instance, the capacity for Chamblee Charter High School dropped from 1810 to 1723, for a reduction of 87 seats.

    This doesn't sound like a lot (about 5%), but it is!

    The DCSD 2022 projected enrollment for CCHS is 2378 students. They planned to add 600 seats to a 1810 capacity school, to get 2410 seats.

    Now, adding 600 seats to a 1723 seat school just gets them 2323 seats.

    So what's the plan?

    It was already dicey to have CCHS with 2410 seats for 2378 students, with a whopping 32 seat "cushion" (2410-2378).

    Now, unless DCSD has changed their 2022 projections, even after squeezing a 600 seat addition to the CCHS campus it will have 35 seats LESS than needed.

    Maybe those 4 trailers at CCHS are there to stay....

    Thank you in advance for any clarification you can provide.

  2. I do not know what "triggers" DCSD to "recalculate" capacity numbers? Is the recalculation done for each E-SPLOST? Is it a regularly scheduled recalculation. I agre with your comment that the 1,723 seats for Chamblee is closer to reality for that school, along with the new recalculated capacity for Dunwoody Elementary (973). It will be interesting to see what, if any, modifications DCSD makes to the long-time projections since these projections were used in the recent Secondary School Planning and Facility Study and its subsequent recommendations.