DeKalb County ranks high in national publication

Some of the finest schools in the state of Georgia are nestled in DeKalb County School District (DCSD), according to one national publication.

US News & World Report’s latest rankings of the best high schools in Georgia and the United States place DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA) as the eighth best in Georgia and 262nd nationwide.

Other DCSD high schools also ranked within the top 100 for Georgia. Chamblee Charter High School ranked 29th, DeKalb Early College Academy ranked 34th, Dunwoody High School ranked 46th, Arabia Mountain High School ranked 61st, and Lakeside High School ranked 64th.

DSA was specifically lauded for its graduation rate (99 percent), AP testing participation rate (90 percent) student to teacher ratio (14:1), minority enrollment (68 percent), and percentage of economically disadvantaged students (22 percent).

“We are pleased, but not surprised, with the latest rankings from US News & World Report,” said Superintendent/CEO Dr. R. Stephen Green. “Year after year, our schools are honored and recognized for their exemplary student achievement and innovative education. These rankings are just the latest proof that students throughout DeKalb County are not just meeting standards, but exceeding them. Congratulations to the hardworking faculty at DeKalb School of the Arts, Chamblee Charter High School, DeKalb Early College Academy, Dunwoody High School, Arabia Mountain High School, and Lakeside High School for a job well done!”

DSA Principal Susan McCauley credits the entire school community for the facility’s continued success and recognition.

“DeKalb School of the Arts works diligently to give each student a strong academic foundation to support their plans beyond high school,” McCauley said. “The highly knowledgeably and dedicated staff, intrinsically motivated students and supportive parents make for a learning environment where anything is possible. This ranking is an honor and the school community is very proud of the work accomplished here through the arts and academics. Arts, academics, achievement.