Education – Schools & Colleges
More than 102,000+ students enrolled annually
DeKalb County’s greatest contribution to metro Atlanta is its talented workforce. DeKalb students. Pre-Kindergarten through post-graduate is served by one of the region’s most influential networks of educational institutions. The DeKalb County School District utilizes Deep Teaching and Learning to prepare its students for college and careers. Deep Teaching and Learning engages students to think critically, solve problems, communicate, and collaborate effectively to be successful in college, career, and life.
DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOLS
Website: DeKalb County School District
DeKalb County School District is Georgia’s third-largest school system. The District serves nearly 102,000 students, 139 schools and centers, and 16,242 employees.
CITY SCHOOLS OF DECATUR
Website: City Schools of Decatur
City Schools of Decatur has a total enrollment of approximately 5,700 students and operates a total of nine schools: one Early Childhood Learning Center, five K-2 primary lower elementary schools, two 3rd-5th grade upper elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Our students perform above the state and national averages on standardized tests at all grade levels. Each year City Schools of Decatur has ranked in the top ten districts in Georgia for SAT performance. Decatur High School has been named an AP Challenge and AP Merit school in Georgia.
DeKalb County has more than 60 private schools that educate an estimated 10,000 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. About a quarter of these students attend the county’s 10 private and parochial high schools, with the remainder filling all the early grades.
DEKALB COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES & TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTES
The opportunities for higher education are plentiful in DeKalb County with Emory University, Oglethorpe University, Georgia Perimeter College, Mercer University-Atlanta, Columbia Theological Seminary, DeVry University, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, and Agnes Scott College all located within the county. Additionally, the close proximity to downtown Atlanta also gives residents convenient access to Georgia State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a variety of private specialized colleges. Other public colleges and universities are located in surrounding counties, easily accessible to DeKalb residents.
AN ADDED ADVANTAGE: THE GEORGIA HOPE SCHOLARSHIP
Georgia high school students leaving with a B or higher grade average may qualify to receive a HOPE Scholarship to any Georgia university, public or private college or technical institute. HOPE Scholarships pay for tuition, HOPE-approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance of up to $100 per semester. Since 1993, HOPE grants totaling more than $1.2 billion have helped educate more than 575,000 students throughout Georgia. In DeKalb County, more than 28,000 students have received more than $80 million in HOPE grants.
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