The DeKalb Early College Academy, a Title I school with 66 percent of its students from low-income families, topped the list of Georgia's highest-performing high schools on the College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).
A second DeKalb school, the DeKalb School of the Arts, scored in the top five of Georgia¹s 447 high schools on the reformulated CCRPI.
"We are encouraged that DeKalb is the only district in the state to have two high schools in the top five," said Superintendent Michael Thurmond. "We have planted the seeds for far more academic growth and achievement throughout our school system and we expect for them to bear fruit in coming years in this and other critical measurements."
Three of DeKalb's elementary schools Wadsworth, Austin and Kittredge placed in the top 25 of the state's more than 2,000 elementary schools. Several other DeKalb schools showed remarkable improvements as the
reformulated CCRPI placed greater emphasis on academic progress. Cedar Grove, a Title I high school with seven of 10 students from low-income families, posted significant gains, as did Clarkston High School and Cross Keys, which have high percentages of English Language Learners.
"The DeKalb County School District is placing a greater emphasis on academic growth and achievement just as the state has recalibrated its performance index to do the same," said Thurmond. "We are proud of students, parents, teachers and staff and we're confident that our progress will continue."