Last year the State Board of Education approved DeKalb County School District as a Strategic-Saiver School System. As such, DeKalb Schools gets flexibility in the form of indefinite waivers for certain state laws, rules and guidelines including class size waivers.
I have been a tireless advocate for pushing money into the classroom and class sizes on average across the county have been drifting down. This is a follow up to the Class Size Average (Nov 2015) report. This analysis shows the reported average class size for each grade by elementary school. The average class size for the school (grades K-5) were ranked and ordered from smallest to largest.
Legal Max Class Size – Before DeKalb Schools was granted SWSS status, GaDOE rule 160-5-1-.08 set the maximum number of students in a class.
Waiver Max Class Size – The school district was never compliant with the law and received annual class size waivers. All maximums are subject to an additional +2 waiver for emergency use
Average Class Size For Every Elementary School By Grade
|Legal Max Class Size||18||21||21||21||28||28|
|Waiver Max Class Size||24||27||27||27||34||34|
|District Class Size Avg||19||21||21||21||25||25|
|1||BRIAR VISTA ELEMENTARY||18||17||17||17||22||18||18.17|
|3||KELLEY LAKE ELEMENTARY||16||22||19||16||18||20||18.50|
|5||FLAT SHOALS ELEMENTARY||20||17||19||16||21||19||18.67|
|7||JOHN LEWIS ELEMENTARY||17||20||20||18||21||21||19.50|
|17||ROBERT SHAW ELEMENTARY||15||18||17||24||25||25||20.67|
|20||BROWNS MILL ELEMENTARY||17||21||17||23||26||24||21.33|
|21||CARY REYNOLDS ELEM||18||23||22||19||22||24||21.33|
|22||HENDERSON MILL ELEM||20||19||22||19||24||24||21.33|
|23||LAUREL RIDGE ELEMENTARY||23||19||22||20||23||21||21.33|
|24||MCNAIR DISCOVERY ELEMENTARY||20||18||18||18||27||27||21.33|
|25||OAK GROVE ELEMENTARY||20||21||22||22||20||23||21.33|
|28||ASHFORD PARK ELEMENTARY||21||23||20||21||22||23||21.67|
|32||MURPHEY CANDLER ELEM||21||20||18||22||24||25||21.67|
|34||CANBY LANE ELEMENTARY||20||19||20||23||24||26||22.00|
|35||BOB MATHIS ELEMENTARY||18||19||24||22||23||27||22.17|
|37||HUNTLEY HILLS ELEM||14||21||19||26||28||25||22.17|
|38||SMOKE RISE ELEMENTARY||22||19||22||20||29||21||22.17|
|44||BAROCK OBAMA ELEMENTARY||18||19||23||22||26||29||22.83|
|49||E.L. MILLER ELEMENTARY||16||22||23||21||29||27||23.00|
|52||ROCK CHAPEL ELEMENTARY||23||23||23||23||24||22||23.00|
|53||SHADOW ROCK ELEM||17||21||21||22||28||29||23.00|
|54||PANOLA WAY ELEMENTARY||22||21||20||25||25||26||23.17|
|55||STONE MILL ELEMENTARY||21||22||19||23||29||25||23.17|
|56||CHAPEL HILL ELEMENTARY||17||20||24||25||25||29||23.33|
|57||E.L. BOUIE ELEMENTARY||22||20||22||22||27||27||23.33|
|59||SAGAMORE HILLS ELEM||19||20||23||25||29||24||23.33|
|60||STONE MOUNTAIN ELEM||19||20||24||20||29||28||23.33|
|68||DEKALB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OF ARTS||20||23||23||22||27||28||23.83|
|69||N. HARRIS ELEMENTARY||23||21||22||23||28||26||23.83|
|70||PINE RIDGE ELEM||19||22||24||22||28||30||24.17|
|75||CEDAR GROVE ELEMENTARY||23||25||25||23||24||32||25.33|
|76||INDIAN CREEK ELEM||23||24||25||23||29||30||25.67|
DeKalb Class Size Analysis
Middle Schools – 2017
May 2, 2017 – Over the last 4 years DeKalb Schools has added over 1,000 school house employees. Middle school class sizes have gone down and are generally below the state max. This analysis shows the reported average class size for each grade by DeKalb middle school.
DeKalb Class Size Analysis
Elementary Schools – 2017
May 1, 2017 – This analysis shows the reported average class size for each grade by elementary school. The average class size for the school (grades K-5) were ranked and ordered from smallest to largest.
Class Size Analysis – Elementary Schools
September 8, 2015 – This analysis shows the reported average class size for each grade by elementary school. The average class size for the school (grades K-5) were ranked and ordered from smallest to largest. Comment on this post and let me know if these class sizes are not accurate in your school.
So discouraging that the school with the biggest class sizes, Indian Creek Elementary in Region 3, also has:
– over 1000 students!
– 85% ESOL population!
– 100% Free and Reduced Lunch population!
– is over-capacity by nearly 600 students!
Why would the District not use its SWSS waivers to lower class sizes for this school, which has so many challenges?
Instead, it looks like the SWSS waivers just pave the way for No One to hold the District accountable for providing Indian Creek ES students with an appropriate instructional environment.
Class size matters! The difference between having a class of 18 5th graders (Briar Vista ES) and 30 5th graders (Indian Creek ES) is huge. I hope that Dr. Morley and Mr. Orson, who represent Indian Creek ES, can persuade the District to support smaller class sizes.
The District has committed to a tear-down and re-build of Indian Creek ES, which is admirable. But for the children and staff who will live through the construction with these huge class sizes, more is needed. Now.
Are these averages calculated by number of students per grade divided by number of regular ed homerooms? Or are they calculated by dividing by the number of teachers assigned to students in the grade level which would include special education co-teachers?
Some schools with a higher number of special ed students appear to have lower class sizes when they do not have fewer students in the classroom at one time. A smaller class size implies there are fewer bodies in one room. A co-taught special education student is still the responsibility of the regular ed teacher while he or she is in their room and fewer students in the room makes the most difference in their educational
I’m guessing the large class sizes at Indian Creek are a function of space more than anything. Indian Creek is scheduled to get a new 1,200 seat elementary school by 2019.
Calculation – I’m not sure how the administration accounts for classes with para-pros.
Some classes served by a para pro, and some have a certified teacher in addition to the regular ed teacher. Working as a sub, I believe these teachers are being counted. I have not seen classes as small as those listed for buildings in which I have worked. It makes it look like the district is favoring students at schools in Regions I and II which is not the case. Those schools have the same large classes in grades 4 and 5 as others in the county.
The exposure I have tells me these numbers are accurate. A number of things go into class size. Different types of students can affect class size. Refer to How The District Funds The School House for an in depth look at that. The ability of a principal to maximize funding makes a huge difference. I talked to an elementary school principal a few years ago that said they were able to add 5 teachers by scheduling the students in such a way it maximizes funding.
If your class size isn’t what you want it to be, ask your school council, board member and principal why.
Most concerns brought to the attention of Superintendent Green is talk and little action. He is too busy with building his falsehood credentials in Leadership Atlanta at the Dekalb taxpayers’ expense. Investigate the use of funds to pay for his expenses in a leadership program that takes a year to complete. Is this opportunity made to others besides Manomay Malathip in Leadership DeKalb? Investigate the use of time and funds to complete these programs. When paid at an executive level of $115,000, the person should have already acquired such competencies.
Kittredge Magnet average class size – 20 in 4th and 20 in 5th.
A few other comparable class sizes in 5th grade in a set of schools who make up a significant portion of the KMS student population and who annually have a number of qualifying candidates that don’t get their names drawn to attend KMS:
Oak Grove 23
Henderson Mill 23
How is it that these tax paying citizens who have students that qualify for magnet have to resort to being in classrooms that are anywhere from 15- 35% larger than that of the classes in the magnet program simply because their names weren’t “drawn” in the lottery? How fair is that? Do they not all pay the same taxes? Why some benefits for one group of children and not the same group of benefits for the others? I would love an aggressive lawyer to get on this and sue the hell out of the school board for an unfair system.
All of the numbers especially for 4th and 5th grades at the schools in Regions I and II need to be checked. The actual number of students in the room is higher than reported. The data is misleading.
Stan, Cathy has a really good point. The methodology here is critical. At the very least, we can agree that the experience of having a co-taught classroom with 40 students in it is a very different one than having two single-teacher classrooms each with 20 students. Depending on the methodology, both could be claimed as “20 kids per class.”
Also, unrelated, but the first name of “Barock” Obama is spelled incorrectly in the chart.
RunAmok, There is obviously an enormous demand for high achievers magnets, so I don’t know why we don’t expand the program.
Cathy, I believe the numbers at Vanderlyn ES are accurate. Can you give me an example of an elementary school that you believe is inaccurate and what you believe the numbers should be?
Haven’t we been talking about “expanding” the program for what 25 years? Or here’s a thought. Maybe we don’t need the program anymore? Maybe its outdated? Maybe its original intention (integration) is 40 years too late? Maybe its a drain on the system and creates divisiveness between the haves and have nots among the high performers (Kid A gets in, family and kid think kid A is smarter than Kid B who may have higher grades and test scores than Kid A, but didn’t win the magic lottery. Parents get teed off at each other. Bad divisive culture, etc.). Maybe every school should have their own “magnet” program and we treat all high achievers the same.
Stupid me though, we live in Dekalb County….that’s too rationale of a thought…
RunAmok, you clearly don’t have your priorities straight. It’s only about the southsiders and the BuHi folks. Those schools you list have way too much privilege. You need to be happy with what you’ve got.
BTW, thank you to those folks that were so wanting the mega school thing. You ran off our principal at Chamblee. Great job!