Category Archives: Cross Keys Cluster

Chamblee Redistricting Options – Meeting 3

The New John Lewis Elementary facility located at 2630 Skyland Drive will be opening Fall 2019.
Public Input: Round 3 (November 27, 2018, 7:00 PM at Cross Keys HS)

John Lewis Elementary School
• Opening August 2019
• 900+ seat school
• 500+ seats of available capacity
• John R. Lewis ES is located in the current Chamblee Cluster
• Redistricting will go into effect in August 2019
▪ Students rising into 5th, 8th, 11th, and 12th grades will have the option to continue in their former school, with no transportation provided

▪ Overall concern was keeping neighborhoods intact (Ashford Park, Drew Valley, Wake Forest)
▪ Concerns about impact of redistricting on students attending the German Immersion Program at Ashford Park ES
▪ John Lewis ES should relieve Woodward ES, Montclair ES, and Dresden ES

▪ The plan focuses on overcrowding at Woodward ES and Montclair ES.
▪ Minimized impact on neighborhoods in the Ashford Park Elementary area
▪ Dresden ES will be relieved by the new Cross Keys North ES in Fall 2020

Round 2 Redistricting Maps:

Current Overcrowding
▪ Woodward ES (114%)
▪ Montclair ES (109%)
▪ Dresden ES (138%)


Redistricting Process Estimated Opening School
Fall 2018 Fall 2019 New John R. Lewis Elementary School
Fall 2019 Fall 2020 New Doraville Elementary School
Fall 2020 Fall 2021 Cross Keys Middle School Conversion, New Cross Keys High School, Chamblee Charter High School Building Addition

City of Brookhaven Not a Fan of Briarcliff HS Site

The Brookhaven City Council is not a fan of the school district’s current plans for the new Cross Keys Brookhaven High School.
The DeKalb County Board of Education voted to build the new Cross Keys Brookhaven HS at the former Briarcliff HS site which is East of 85 and not in Brookhaven.

The City of Brookhaven council passed this resolution at their most recent meeting.


WHEREAS, the Board of Education (BOE) recently announced the location for a new high school in the Cross Keys cluster outside the City of Brookhaven limits, and
WHEREAS, the BOE decision will result in the closing of the historic Cross Keys High School and leave the City of Brookhaven without a public high school, and
WHEREAS, the City of Brookhaven comprises more than 52,000 residents and requires the public high school option, and
WHEREAS, the current Cross Keys High School serves a large population of minority and at-risk students living along Buford Highway, and
WHEREAS, Buford Highway is the home of families and businesses that support Cross Keys Cluster students, and
WHEREAS, the BOE preferred location of the new high school is separated from the community it serves by I-85, and
WHEREAS, the City of Brookhaven has made improving the quality of life of Buford Highway residents a top priority, and
WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council believe there are strategies and tools to collaborate with the BOE to construct a new Brookhaven High School along the Buford Highway corridor.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council and Mayor of the City of Brookhaven respectfully request the DeKalb County Board of Education reconsider its decision to close the only public high school in the City of Brookhaven, and
IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and City Council direct the City Manager to engage the DeKalb County School Superintendent to begin a dialogue to collaborate on the construction of a new Brookhaven High School along Buford Highway, and
IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and City Council requests the Brookhaven Development Authority to assess any and all available tools to assist in efforts to retain a public high school within the City of Brookhaven.
This Resolution shall be effective immediately upon its adoption.
SO RESOLVED AND EFFECTIVE, this the 24th day of April 2018.