DeKalb County School District
DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is Georgia’s third largest school system. Under the leadership of the Superintendent 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 over 92,000 students, 138+ schools and centers, and 14K employees, including 6,600 teachers. Students and parents speak over 166+ languages and represent over 155+ nations. With a laser focus, DCSD is a leader in STE(A)M curriculum with 32 certified STE(A)M schools and programs. 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.
To inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence
To ensure student success, leading to higher education, work, and life‐long learning
In making sure every decision supports quality teaching and learning
In ensuring we meet every student’s academic, social and emotional needs
In embracing the cultural diversity of our community as a strength
In holding everyone accountable for educational excellence
Goal Areas and Performance Objectives
Goal Area I: Student Success with Equity and Access
Goal Area II: Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
Increase the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement experiences
Improve opportunities for innovative stakeholder collaboration
Improve and ensure effective district internal and external communication
Goal Area III: Staff Effectiveness
Recruit highly qualified staff
Develop high performing staff
Retain highly effective staff
Goal Area IV: Culture and Climate
Create and maintain a safe, orderly, positive learning environment for all
Establish and maintain clear and high expectations for excellence for all stakeholders
Cultivate culturally responsive learning environments for all
Provide support for social and emotional learning for all
Goal Area V: Organizational Excellence
Goal Area VI: Facilities
Improve and maintain facility conditions
Ensure that educational facilities meet programmatic needs
Develop and increase sustainable funding for facilities
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)
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