DeKalb School of the Arts ranked third among Georgia’s more than 460 high schools by U.S. News and World Report. The school scored 79th out of nearly 20,000 high schools around the nation.
Chamblee Charter High School also was among the top high schools in the national ranking, earning a Gold Medal alongside DSA, the highest award for the nation’s top 500 high schools based on college readiness.
DSA had a college readiness score of 100 percent from U.S. News and World Report.
“DSA is reflective of the district’s demographics through the audition and acceptance process without it being forced,” said Susan McCauley, DSA’s principal. “We take students from varying backgrounds and push them to a higher level through our combination of rigorous academics and their passion for the arts.”
Chamblee Charter High earned top honors for its high percentage of students who graduate fully prepared for college. Chamblee Charter ranked 11th statewide. A third DeKalb high school, DeKalb Early College Academy, received a bronze medal and national recognition for its consistent success in producing college-ready graduates.
“The U.S. News and World Report rankings acknowledge the work we are doing in DeKalb of academically lifting our students no matter their socioeconomic background,” said Michael Thurmond, superintendent of the DeKalb County School District. “We are proud of the accomplishments of the students and faculty at DSA, Chamblee Charter and DECA. And we won’t stop until every one of our high schools receives top honors, because we know that all of our students can achieve at the highest levels.”