DeKalb County School District
DeKalb County School District is Georgia’s third largest school system. Under the leadership of Superintendent Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris and the Board of Education, we prepare students for college and careers through a laser focus on rigorous, relevant classroom instruction related to each child’s needs.
The District serves nearly 102,000 students, 140 schools and centers, and 15,500 employees, including 6,600 teachers. Students and parents speak over 140 languages and represent over 180 nations. With a laser focus, DCSD is a leader in STEM curriculum with 10 certified schools and programs in more than 90 schools. School choice options are available in nearly 50 schools to include theme, magnet, IB, charter, and Montessori options.
Vision: to inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence.
Mission: to ensure student success, leading to higher education, work, and lifelong learning.
Motto: Inspire. Achieve. Excel.
Focusing on teaching and learning, we commit to:
- Ensuring that a highly qualified, effective teacher instructs every class
- Providing a safe and orderly 21st Century instructional and working environment infused with emerging technologies
- Embracing our District’s cultural and linguistic diversity and using it to create an environment of educational excellence
- Improving organizational effectiveness, maintaining fiscal responsibility, and supplying exceptional school and District leadership
- Communicating openly and accurately with all stakeholders
- Cultivating a community of learners in which all individuals are valued, respected, encouraged to contribute, recognized for their efforts, and held accountable for their actions
170 facilities/sites consisting of:
- 76 Elementary Schools: 67 neighborhood schools; 9 choice schools
- 19 Middle Schools: 18 neighborhoods schools; 1 choice school
- 22 High Schools: 18 neighborhood schools; 2 choice schools; 2 other
- 22 presently vacant or unused sites
- 14 Other education programs
- 8 Charter Schools
- 7 Administrative Offices (AIC, Doraville, East DeKalb Campus #1-#2, Panthersville, Sam Moss, WBBC)
- 5 Stadiums
History & Area
DeKalb County School District was established in 1873 when residents raised $4,200 to open public schools.
As Georgia’s third largest school system, the District covers 257 square miles within DeKalb County, excluding the areas served by Atlanta Public Schools and City Schools of Decatur.
Student Ethnic Distribution
- Black 60%
- Hispanic 19%
- White 10%
- Asian 7%
- Other 3%