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2017 DeKalb Graduation Rates By High School & Demographic

DeKalb School graduation rate climbed nearly 4 percentage points in 2017 to 74%.

Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)
This is the third year that students shall no longer be required to earn a passing score on the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) to earn a high school diploma. Note the huge increase in the graduation rate from 2014 to 2015 when the GHSGT was eliminated from the requirements to graduate.

2017 Graduation Requirements
The following courses require students to take the Georgia Milestones End-of-Course (EOC) Test to earn credit for the course and count for 20% of the student’s final grade.

9th Grade Lit/Comp     American Lit/Comp     Coordinate Algebra
Analytic Geometry Biology Physical Science
U.S. History Economics

Hispanic Graduation Rates
The Hispanic population continues to struggle at Chamblee Charter HS (55.9%) and Dunwoody HS (55.4%).

Class of 2017 –Major Graduation Gains
Cedar Grove High School –from 72% (2016) to 83% (2017)
Clarkston High School –from 59% (2016) to 72% (2017)
Dunwoody High School –from 80% (2016) to 86% (2017)
Lakeside High School –from 78% (2016) to 83% (2017)
McNair High School –from 58% (2016) to 62% (2017)
Miller Grove High School –from 70% (2016) to 79% (2017)

2017 DeKalb Graduation Rates By High School & Demographic

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GA DOE – DCSD – 2017 Four-Year Graduation Rate by Subgroup

Grad % 4-year Cohort Rate
REGION SCHOOL 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017% Asian Black Hispanic White

DeKalb County 60.2% 70.3% 7128.0% 5014.0% 74.0% 73.3% 73.4% 63.6% 89.0%

3 DeKalb Early College 97.4% 100.0% 97.7% 96.5% 100.0% 100.0%
4 Arabia Mountain 96.9% 98.3% 97.2% 99.2% 99.0% 99.0%
2 DeKalb School of the Arts 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 98.4% 98.7% 100.0% 96.4%

1 Dunwoody HS 73.6% 78.6% 77.9% 79.7% 85.7% 97.6% 85.1% 55.4% 96.0%

2 Tucker HS 65.9% 68.6% 86.9% 90.4% 85.1% 73.6% 88.0% 80.0% 89.2%

5 Cedar Grove HS 65.0% 72.5% 76.7% 72.3% 83.5% 83.1%
2 Lakeside HS 72.4% 77.4% 80.2% 77.7% 83.4% 97.0% 83.6% 65.8% 93.5%

1 Chamblee HS 84.4% 83.5% 85.7% 85.8% 81.9% 78.1% 86.2% 55.9% 89.1%

3 Redan HS 72.8% 79.9% 81.4% 80.9% 81.5% 80.9%
3 Stephenson HS 63.8% 71.9% 73.2% 78.4% 80.0% 80.2%
4 Miller Grove HS 60.2% 59.5% 79.6% 70.3% 79.5% 80.7%
2 Druid Hills HS 73.2% 75.9% 79.0% 81.2% 79.2% 65.1% 78.4% 68.4% 92.8%

4 Destiny Academy 36.8% 58.3% 75.5% 77.7% 79.0% 79.0%
4 Lithonia HS 57.5% 67.2% 72.3% 75.1% 76.9% 76.6%
4 Martin Luther King HS 73.6% 65.4% 73.6% 69.7% 74.4% 75.3%
4 Southwest DeKalb HS 74.7% 66.2% 72.7% 80.1% 74.2% 73.9%
3 Clarkston HS 53.8% 51.9% 65.1% 59.4% 72.3% 64.0% 75.4% 90.0%
5 Columbia HS 62.3% 61.7% 75.8% 66.8% 70.5% 70.8%
3 Stone Mountain HS 62.3% 59.4% 66.9% 63.3% 68.8% 81.3% 70.2% 66.7%
1 Cross Keys HS 43.5% 47.2% 55.8% 73.8% 68.7% 78.9% 76.9% 66.8%
5 Towers HS 44.1% 53.7% 70.1% 67.0% 68.3% 69.1%
5 McNair HS 46.6% 52.4% 59.2% 58.0% 62.3% 62.1%
5 Elizabeth Andrews HS 10.9% 9.3% 17.9% 11.1% 11.5% 9.3% 11.8%
5 DeKalb Alternative 1.2% 4.2% 11.5% 14.6% 2.6% 3.2%

DeKalb Schools – Students Kneel During National Anthem

As reported by WSB-TV 2, The girls at Cedar Grove High School in DeKalb County took a knee before their playoff game. “Basically right now, the flag doesn’t’ mean what it’s supposed to, to me.” a student said.

They are following in the footsteps of NFL player Colin Kaepernick who refuses to stand for the national anthem saying, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

In a statement issued by DeKalb Schools, “If students should elect to express their free speech rights, we want to create and provide a safe space to do so. The goal is not to interfere with the students’ constitutional right to freedom of speech.”

Many Americans see kneeling during the national anthem as disrespectful. This is arguably one step short of burning the flag and is a slap in the face to everyone who has served to defend it.

I advocate for the First Amendment across the board. I hope the freedom of students to express themselves will be vigilantly defended across the political, religious, etc … spectrums.