Programs

Coralwood is a school that specializes in Early Childhood Education for students with disabilities and typically developing students. The school serves children beginning at three years of age through kindergarten. The school follows the state approved, age appropriate curriculum for the students enrolled at Coralwood. Many of the classes provide an integrated educational setting that places students with disabilities alongside students who are typically developing. Typically developing students selected to enroll in the Coralwood/Hawthorne Partnership may continue enrollment to the highest grade level at Hawthorne Elementary School.


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Schools: Ashford Park Elementary School, Barack H. Obama Elementary School, Evansdale Elementary School, Rockbridge Elementary School


Program Description: Dual Immersion students are immersed in the German, Spanish, or French language. This produces students who are proficient in listening, speaking, and writing in a second language. Admission to the Dual Language Immersion program is only offered in kindergarten and first grade. The Dual Language Immersion students will remain in the program through the 5th grade. While the students are taught all of the Common Core standards, they have the added bonus of receiving their instruction in German, Spanish, or French. This ultimately provides them with the unique opportunity to become fluent and literate in a second language, while mastering the Common Core standards.


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Program Description: DeKalb County Board of Education Policy – Student Assignment Descriptor Code: JBCC Date Adopted: 4/18/2011 Date Revised: 5/5/2014. This policy makes provisions for employees who work full-time for the DeKalb County School District to enroll their children into the school in which they work or a school in the vertical feeder-pattern of the school in which they work.


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Schools: Kittredge Magnet School, Wadsworth Magnet School
Program Description: The High Achievers Magnet Program offers a unique educational experience to students in grades 4-6 who possess the intellectual potential, aptitude, and functional ability to achieve in a rigorous academic environment. The magnet program for high achieving students is comprehensive. It is designed to enable students to be creative, independent in action, critical in thoughts, and effective in communication. There is an instrumental music component in the curriculum, and students are scheduled into art and music classes weekly. In addition to providing a challenging curriculum, students are encouraged to enroll in the many after school academically-centered enrichment opportunities. Teachers and parents direct these after-school sessions.


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Schools: Avondale Elementary School, Fernbank Elementary School, Midvale Elementary School
Program Description: The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom. The program provides high quality, international education. It provides the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future. Schools work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary curriculum for international education. It is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. It focuses on learning experiences that go across subject areas.


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Schools: Briar Vista Elementary, Huntley Hills Elementary
Program Description: The Montessori program and its diverse community assist in establishing a strong educational foundation for all students by providing a safe, nurturing learning environment. Montessori programs feature multi-age classrooms where children learn at their own pace through hands-on experience, using materials especially prepared for investigation. This environment enables our students to become life-long learners in a rapidly changing society. The Montessori program stresses the importance of adapting the child’s learning environment to his/her developmental level and of the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills.


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Schools: Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy
Program Description: Discovery Learning Academy is an elementary instructional program that extends the Georgia Standards of Excellence to develop students’ academic, social and technical abilities and skills. The program mandates that teachers implement a variety of innovative and engaging strategies to narrow the achievement gap and increase academic rigor. Student achievement is heightened through community connections, participation in fine arts and world language courses and the utilization of performance-based learning. The active, hands-on approach to learning will be utilized to allow students to better analyze and master the standards.


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Program Description: SB-10, also known as The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program, is a school choice program available for special needs students attending Georgia public schools who are served under an Individualized Education Program (IEP).


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E.L. Bouie Sr. Elementary   Marbut Elementary   Narvie Harris Elementary   Oakcliff Elementary   Robert Shaw Elementary
Wynbrooke Elementary

Program Description: A traditional theme school is a school within a community that attracts elementary students from neighboring schools or at the middle school level from throughout the school district because of the unique features designed to meet the needs of students and parents. The traditional theme school is designed to offer students a comprehensive, interdisciplinary educational program in a highly structured setting. Students are active participants in a challenging program which includes home study projects and exposure to a world language. A cross-curricular instructional approach leads to more research centered assignments and hands-on projects requiring problem solving and critical thinking. Parents are a vital part of the program as they work to reinforce the instructional program and to provide support to the school.


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Special Interest Magnet Program – Mathematics


The Barack H. Obama Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education Magnet Program offers a unique and technology intensive environment. It provides grades 3-5 students the opportunity to go beyond the confines of the classroom to explore real-life problems. These students are preparing to harness the power of computers to achieve success in personal and professional ventures. The magnet program exposes students to DeKalb’s excellent curriculum. Each student will have full access to a computer or laptop throughout the day, every day. Increased access to the computer provides bonus: more time to improve reading and math skills and more time to solve problems and manage information. Students use computer technology to conduct grade level research projects that integrate all curriculum areas. Computers are used to collect and analyze data in order to solve problems. All students are strongly encouraged to enter the DeKalb County School District Technology Fair with a project in one of the technology disciplines. The magnet teachers have access to specialized hardware and innovative computer software for desktop publishing, graphic design, writing, simulations, science experiments, graphics and word processing. This technology intensive environment for third through fifth grade students provides each student with opportunities to express themselves and demonstrate their work at the higher order of the Depth of Knowledge process. Applications such as telecommunications and other technology are used to enhance the present instructional program.


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The Evansdale Mathematics, Science, and World Language Program strives to meet the needs of students in kindergarten through fifth grade with an interest in developing their math, science, and communication skills in a challenging environment balanced by fine arts and a world language component. The curriculum is designed to enrich the basic curriculum through an interdisciplinary approach as students participate in integrated hands-on activities. Technology is also used to enhance instruction. Students learn content through analytical, in-depth research studies. Activities promote higher-order thinking as students work in a laboratory environment to solve problems. French, music, and art are strong features of the program, helping to develop communication and creativity skills.


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Grades K-3 – Lottery based seat placement; Grades 4-7 – Audition and interview based seat placement. The DESA program includes core academic instruction along with visual and performing arts instruction in drama, dance, visual arts, and general vocal and instrumental music. Students in grades 4-7 are enrolled into a major and a minor class in two of the following art disciplines: dance, drama, vocal music, instrumental music, or visual arts. These students attend their major class three times a week and their minor class two times a week. Performing and visual arts field trips are taken each semester (examples include but are not limited to shows performed at the Cobb Energy Center and Alliance Theater). Students in grades 1-7 must maintain a 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA) to maintain their enrollment at DESA.


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Start Up Charter


Program Description: Providing a blended technology and environmental curriculum, while offering a rigorous high school preparatory program. The mission of the DeKalb Academy of Technology and Environment, Inc. is to educate a student population about the essential need to consider environmental ramifications of technology and other business decisions, via a hands-on, community-oriented instructional curriculum. The school will improve student achievement through an academic and organizational curriculum which: Recognizes the important link between technology and the environment; Promotes higher order thinking skills – critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making; Motivates students by offering a real world context for learning; Engages learners in investigative, hands-on/minds-on, student –centered, and cooperative activities between industry and environmental groups; Advances educational reform goals; Correlates to state and national academic standards; Considers the environment in its totality, i.e., the co-existence of business and the Environment; and, Promotes continuous lifelong learning.


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Program Description: Rigorous College Preparatory Program; The mission of DeKalb PATH Academy is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment for refugee, immigrant and local children from the Chamblee, Doraville and Clarkston areas in DeKalb County, Georgia and to provide the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and character needed to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world regardless of their socio-economic and linguistic barriers.


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Program Description: DeKalb Preparatory Academy is the diverse K-7 community where teachers, children, parents, and leaders learn together. Students cultivate knowledge and learn to think critically and act collaboratively and compassionately. Our experiential curriculum intertwines sciences, humanities, and the arts to prepare children to shape our world.


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Leadership Preparatory Academy (LPA) is a public Charter School approved by the Georgia State Board of Education and the DeKalb County Board of Education that opened in August 2010.       More »

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The GLOBE Academy is a dual-language immersion charter school serving students in DeKalb County, Georgia.       More »

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Our curriculum is built on the museum model, a model that fosters exploration and discovery, giving students a strong sense of autonomy, interdependence, motivation and a joy for learning.       More »

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Program Description: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). The focus of ICS is on educating the whole child, seeking to develop the innate curiosity of our students while celebrating cultural differences in a challenging, nurturing and intentionally multi-ethnic environment. With the dedication of our faculty and staff, the steadfast support of parents and the larger community, International Community School has created a learning environment second to none despite the challenge of inadequate facilities, substandard equipment and non-competitive salaries. We fiercely protect our students’ right to music, art, language, physical education and recess while insisting that they meet progress requirements in language arts, social sciences, mathematics and earth science.


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School: Peachtree Charter Middle School Rigorous College Preparatory Program. The Vision of Peachtree Charter Middle School is: “Et discite a schola ubi omnis studiosum ius spiritualem illorum.”      More »

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Program Description: DeKalb County Board of Education Policy – Student Assignment Descriptor Code: JBCC Date Adopted: 4/18/2011 Date Revised: 5/5/2014. This policy makes provisions for employees who work full-time for the DeKalb County School District to enroll their children into the school in which they work or a school in the vertical feeder-pattern of the school in which they work.


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Schools: Kittredge Magnet School, Wadsworth Magnet School
Program Description: The High Achievers Magnet Program offers a unique educational experience to students in grades 4-6 who possess the intellectual potential, aptitude, and functional ability to achieve in a rigorous academic environment. The magnet program for high achieving students is comprehensive. It is designed to enable students to be creative, independent in action, critical in thoughts, and effective in communication. There is an instrumental music component in the curriculum, and students are scheduled into art and music classes weekly. In addition to providing a challenging curriculum, students are encouraged to enroll in the many after school academically-centered enrichment opportunities. Teachers and parents direct these after-school sessions.


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Schools: Chamblee Middle School, Chapel Hill Middle School
Program Description: The middle school High Achievers Magnet Programs are designed to serve academically talented students. It provides students the opportunity to excel in a challenging, comprehensive academic environment. This program features the latest teaching approaches. Technology enhances instruction in all areas of the curriculum. This program provides a rigorous interdisciplinary course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated students. There is a “hands-on” emphasis throughout the interdisciplinary curriculum using computers and cooperative learning strategies. In some programs, students benefit from instruction in laboratory settings rich in materials and equipment. Technology is integrated into the curriculum. World language is taught daily and is considered core content. The objective of this magnet program is to target the development and expansion of student capabilities needed for leadership in the future.


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Schools: Druid Hills Middle School, Salem Middle School, Tucker Middle School
Program Description: The IB Middle Years Program (MYP), for students aged 11-14, recognizes that students in this age group are particularly sensitive to social and cultural influences and are struggling to define themselves and their relations to others. The program helps students develop the skills to cope with this period of uncertainty. It encourages them to think critically and independently, to work collaboratively and to take a disciplined approach to studying. The MYP seeks to give students an international perspective—to help them become informed about the experiences of people and cultures throughout the world. It also fosters a commitment to help others and to act as a responsible member of the community at the local, national, and international levels.


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Program Description: SB-10, also known as The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program, is a school choice program available for special needs students attending Georgia public schools who are served under an Individualized Education Program (IEP).


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School: The champion School
A traditional theme school is a school within a community that attracts elementary students from neighboring schools or at the middle school level from throughout the school district because of the unique features designed to meet the needs of students and parents.      More »

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Special Interest Magnet


The magnet program emphasizes concepts and skills required to go beyond the confines of basic instruction. The curriculum is designed to develop math, science, and technical skills as well as enhance creative, critical, and research skills. Science instruction takes place in a laboratory setting to provide students with real-life, hands-on experiences. Technology is integrated to allow students to take part in tutorials, simulated experiments, problem-solving activities, and collecting and analyzing data for research projects.


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Grades 4-7 – Audition and interview based seat placement. The DESA program includes core academic instruction along with visual and performing arts instruction in drama, dance, visual arts, and general vocal and instrumental music. Students in grades 4-7 are enrolled into a major and a minor class in two of the following art disciplines: dance, drama, vocal music, instrumental music, or visual arts. These students attend their major class three times a week and their minor class two times a week. Performing and visual arts field trips are taken each semester (examples include but are not limited to shows performed at the Cobb Energy Center and Alliance Theater). Students in grades 1-7 must maintain a 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA) to maintain their enrollment at DESA.


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Start Up Charter


Program Description: Providing a blended technology and environmental curriculum, while offering a rigorous high school preparatory program. The mission of the DeKalb Academy of Technology and Environment, Inc. is to educate a student population about the essential need to consider environmental ramifications of technology and other business decisions, via a hands-on, community-oriented instructional curriculum. The school will improve student achievement through an academic and organizational curriculum which: Recognizes the important link between technology and the environment; Promotes higher order thinking skills – critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making; Motivates students by offering a real world context for learning; Engages learners in investigative, hands-on/minds-on, student –centered, and cooperative activities between industry and environmental groups; Advances educational reform goals; Correlates to state and national academic standards; Considers the environment in its totality, i.e., the co-existence of business and the Environment; and, Promotes continuous lifelong learning.


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Program Description: Rigorous College Preparatory Program; The mission of DeKalb PATH Academy is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment for refugee, immigrant and local children from the Chamblee, Doraville and Clarkston areas in DeKalb County, Georgia and to provide the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and character needed to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world regardless of their socio-economic and linguistic barriers.


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Program Description: DeKalb Preparatory Academy is the diverse K-7 community where teachers, children, parents, and leaders learn together. Students cultivate knowledge and learn to think critically and act collaboratively and compassionately. Our experiential curriculum intertwines sciences, humanities, and the arts to prepare children to shape our world.


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Leadership Preparatory Academy (LPA) is a public Charter School approved by the Georgia State Board of Education and the DeKalb County Board of Education that opened in August 2010.       More »

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The GLOBE Academy is a dual-language immersion charter school serving students in DeKalb County, Georgia.       More »

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Our curriculum is built on the museum model, a model that fosters exploration and discovery, giving students a strong sense of autonomy, interdependence, motivation and a joy for learning.       More »

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The Magnet Programs for High Achievers are designed to challenge students who will benefit from a fast-paced, stimulating environment. These programs provide a rigorous interdisciplinary course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated students.       More »

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The IB Preparatory is designed for students who desire to continue on their path to earn an IB Diploma. This is the most rigorous, advanced, and challenging program of study.      More »

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The IB Diploma Program (DP) is designed for students who desire the most rigorous, advanced, and challenging program of study.      More »

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High school Career Pathway programs simulate real life experiences and are the first step to engaging in a career path. The school offers 12 career pathways.      More »

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Chamblee Charter High School has academic strength in core subjects and Advanced Placement (AP) courses; we currently offer 24 different AP courses and administer over 1100 exams annually.      More »

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SB-10, also known as The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program, is a school choice program available for special needs students attending Georgia public schools who are served under an Individualized Education Program (IEP).


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DeKalb County Board of Education Policy – Student Assignment Descriptor Code: JBCC Date Adopted: 4/18/2011 Date Revised: 5/5/2014.      More »

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Special Interest Magnet


Students will be challenged by the magnet program curriculum focused on Engineering, Energy and Environmental sciences.


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The Mathematics, Science, and Technology Magnet Program offers students interested in the fields of math, science, and technology an opportunity to build skills and knowledge in these areas.      More »

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The DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA) is uniquely designed to appeal to high school students in the areas of music (vocal and instrumental), dance, visual arts, technical theater, creative writing, media technology, drama, and musical theater.       More »

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Start Up Charter


DeKalb County School District has partnered with Georgia Perimeter College to offer an innovative and groundbreaking initiative designed to increase graduation rates and attainment of a college degree for DeKalb high school students.      More »

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Destiny Achievers Academy is an alternative learning environment to support At-Risk Students seeking a High School Diploma.       More »

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Tapestry Public Charter School opened in August 2014 as an inclusion school offering an individualized, student-driven, experiential, sensory-based learning environment.      More »

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