DeKalb 2016 Star Ratings and CCRPI Scores

The National School Climate Center defines school climate as “the quality and character of school life” that is based on the “patterns of students’, parents’, and school personnel’s experiences of school life.”[1] School climate can be influenced by the norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, instructional practices, and organizational structures within a school. Research has found that schools with positive school climates tend to have better test scores and graduation rates; in contrast, schools with negative school climates as a result of unsafe or hostile environments tend to have lower academic performance.[2]
A sustainable, positive school climate supports people feeling socially​, emotionally and physically safe. In a positive school climate people are engaged and respected. By contrast, disruptive and aggressive behavior such as threats, bullying, teasing and harassment creates a hostile school environment that interferes with academic performance. A hostile school environment fosters increased absenteeism and truancy because students feel unsafe at school. If a child is not physically and mentally in attendance, learning cannot take place.

Stan Jester

What’s your analysis of this information? What do you notice?
Given the 2016 School Climate Star Ratings, it looks like generally people are content in the Chamblee, Cross Keys, Dunwoody, Druid Hills and Lakeside clusters. I still find it odd that Lakeside HS is the only school in the cluster with a below satisfactory index.
Also, Cross Keys HS knocked their CCRPI scores out of the park. DeKalb 2016 CCRPI Trends

School Climate and CCRPI for all schools by Region

Cluster School Name OSD Title I CCRPI School Climate Star Rating
Chamblee Ashford Park ES N 87.5 3
Chamblee Huntley Hills ES Y 72 4
Chamblee Montgomery ES N 87.3 4
Chamblee Chamblee MS N 85.1 4
Chamblee Chamblee Charter HS Y 87.5 4
Charter DeKalb PATH Y 82.5 5
Charter Tapestry N 57.6 4
Cross Keys Cary Reynolds ES Y 66.5 4
Cross Keys Dresden ES Y 48.8 2
Cross Keys Montclair ES Focus Y 52 3
Cross Keys Oakcliff ES Y 70.2 4
Cross Keys Woodward ES Y 60.3 4
Cross Keys Sequoyah MS Y 64 5
Cross Keys Cross Keys HS Priority Y 81.9 3
Dunwoody Austin ES N 97.1 4
Dunwoody Chesnut ES N 61 4
Dunwoody Dunwoody ES N 91.6 4
Dunwoody Hightower ES Y 66.9 3
Dunwoody Kingsley ES Y 75.6 4
Dunwoody Vanderlyn ES N 93.4 4
Dunwoody Peachtree MS N 78.8 4
Dunwoody Dunwoody HS N 93.4 4
Chamblee Kittredge Magnet N 105.5 4
No Cluster Int’l. Student Center Y 27 5


Cluster School Name OSD Title I CCRPI School Climate Star Rating
Charter Int’l. Community School Y 62.9 3
Charter Museum School N 88.7 4
Druid Hills Avondale ES Y 56.1 3
Druid Hills Briar Vista ES Y 74.8 2
Druid Hills Fernbank ES Y 80.1 4
Druid Hills Laurel Ridge ES Y 89 3
Druid Hills McLendon ES Y 73.8 4
Druid Hills Druid Hills MS Y 73.8 4
Druid Hills Druid Hills HS Y 80.6 4
Lakeside Briarlake ES N 78.5 4
Lakeside Evansdale ES Y 72 4
Lakeside Hawthorne ES Y 69.2 5
Lakeside Henderson MS Y 74.8 5
Lakeside Oak Grove ES N 89.5 4
Lakeside Pleasantdale ES Y 61.3 3
Lakeside Sagamore Hills ES N 77.3 4
Lakeside Henderson Mill ES Y 78.6 4
Lakeside Lakeside HS Y 80.3 2
No Cluster DeKalb ES of the Arts Y 84.1 3
No Cluster Robert Shaw Y 78.7 4
No Cluster DeKalb School of the Arts N 100.4 3
Tucker Brockett ES Y 80.2 2
Tucker Idlewood ES Y 61.4 2
Tucker Livsey ES Y 75.8 3
Tucker Midvale ES Y 63.3 3
Tucker Smoke Rise ES Focus Y 59.3 2
Tucker Tucker MS Y 71.2 4
Tucker Tucker HS Y 78.4 3


Cluster School Name OSD Title I CCRPI School Climate Star Rating
Charter DeKalb Academy of Tech N 61.8 3
Clarkston Allgood ES Focus Y 61.2 3
Clarkston Dunaire ES Y 48.8 2
Clarkston Indian Creek ES Y 70.3 4
Clarkston Jolly ES Y 56.5 2
Clarkston Freedom MS Focus & OSD Y 61.4 3
Clarkston Clarkston HS Priority Y 70.9 3
No Cluster Wynbrooke ES Y 74.4 2
No Cluster The Champion Middle Y 70.1 5
No Cluster Dekalb Early College Y 106.5 5
Redan Eldridge L. Miller ES Focus Y 57.6 2
Redan Redan ES Y 46.7 3
Redan Shadow Rock ES Y 51.7 2
Redan Redan MS Y 63.9 2
Redan Redan HS Priority Y 72 2
Stephenson Pine Ridge ES Y 57.4 2
Stephenson Princeton ES Focus Y 61.5 2
Stephenson Rock Chapel ES Y 59.6 2
Stephenson Stephenson MS Y 63.8 3
Stephenson Stephenson HS Y 78.2 3
Stone Mountain Hambrick ES Y 57.3 3
Stone Mountain Rockbridge ES Y 55.5 2
Stone Mountain Stone Mill ES Y 65.1 2
Stone Mountain Stone Mountain ES Y 45.2 2
Stone Mountain Stone Mountain MS Y 60 4
Stone Mountain Stone Mountain HS OSD Y 69.4 1


Cluster School Name OSD Title I CCRPI School Climate Star Rating
Charter DeKalb Preparatory Y 61.5 2
Charter Leadership Prep Y 69.1 2
Charter Destiny Priority Y 48.4 3
Lithonia Stoneview ES Focus Y 45.8 1
Lithonia Lithonia MS Focus Y 47.1 1
Lithonia Lithonia HS Y 61.9 2
Miller Grove Panola Way ES Y 42.5 1
Miller Grove Woodridge ES Y 65 2
Miller Grove Miller Grove MS Y 55.6 1
Miller Grove Miller Grove HS Y 71.8 2
MLK Browns Mill ES Focus Y 51.8 3
MLK Fairington ES Y 45.9 3
MLK Flat Rock ES Y 55.3 2
MLK Murphy Candler ES Y 52.1 3
MLK Salem MS Y 55.3 2
MLK MLK, Jr. HS Y 62.9 1
No Cluster Edward L. Bouie, Sr. ES Y 75.5 3
No Cluster Marbut ES Y 71.8 3
No Cluster Narvie Harris ES Y 72.7 3
No Cluster Arabia Mountain HS Y 93.2 4
SW DeKalb Bob Mathis ES Focus Y 60.5 2
SW DeKalb Chapel Hill ES Y 50 2
SW DeKalb Rainbow ES Y 61.2 2
SW DeKalb Chapel Hill MS Y 65.2 3
SWDeKalb Southwest DeKalb HS Y 76.9 3


Cluster School Name OSD Title I CCRPI School Climate Star Rating
Cedar Grove Cedar Grove ES Y 60.5 2
Cedar Grove Oakview Elementary Y 47.7 1
Cedar Grove Cedar Grove MS OSD Y 51.7 3
Cedar Grove Cedar Grove HS Y 78.4 3
Columbia Columbia ES Y 53 3
Columbia Snapfinger ES Focus Y 50.4 2
Columbia Toney ES Priority Y 54.3 3
Columbia Columbia MS Focus Y 59.9 1
Columbia Columbia HS Priority Y 64.7 1
McNair Clifton ES Focus Y 58.6 3
McNair Flat Shoals ES Y 47.5 2
McNair Kelley Lake ES Focus Y 68.1 4
McNair Meadowview ES Focus Y 41.5 2
McNair McNair Discovery Focus Y 53.6 2
McNair McNair MS OSD Y 52 3
McNair McNair HS Priority Y 58.2 1
No Cluster Wadsworth Magnet Y 99.6 3
No Cluster DeKalb Alternative Y 42.4 1
No Cluster Elizabeth Andrews HS Y 56.5 4
Towers Canby Lane ES Focus Y 57.1 2
Towers Rowland ES Y 54.9 2
Towers Bethune MS Focus Y 54.9 2
Towers Towers HS Priority Y 57.2 1
Charter GLOBE 84.1 4
Towers Peachcrest ES 44.1 2

[1] National School Climate Center. (2014). School Climate. Retrieved from
[2] Thapa, Amrit, Jonathan Cohen, Shawn Guffey, and Ann Higgins-D’Alessandro. 2013. “A Review of School Climate Research.” Review of Educational Research 83(3): 357-385.

11 responses to “DeKalb 2016 Star Ratings and CCRPI Scores

  1. Two factors that could have possibly led to the lower score are the size of the school and the removal and replacement of the principal.

  2. chamblee getting screwed

    So Montclair and Dresden at 2 and 3 on climate. Cross Keys at a 3 on climate. Montclair, Dresden, Seqoyah, and Cary Reynolds under 67 in CCrPI scores. Tell me again how these schools don’t have their own specific needs that should be addressed? This population will get lost in these mega schools.

  3. Dekalb Inside Out

    Cross Keys cluster sure does have a high climate rating for such a neglected and downtrodden community. Lithonia and Miller Grove are the communities that should be asking to be dismantled.

  4. Bill Armstrong

    Stan: Check you “contact us” email – I just sent you something I noticed just a few minutes ago. Not trying to be secretive just don’t want to stir stuff up if it’s not what I think it is.
    I know I’ve been wrong before!
    Nobody respond to that. I know what you think.

  5. Bill Armstrong

    And I was wise to not go all “breaking news.” Nothing really there. Surprise.
    But I was wondering Stan – from up here in the North it seems there are so many squeaky wheels that get organized in regions 1 & 2 – myself included, when overall things are pretty good. But look to the South – ouch. Which we generally know. Even when there is an structured opportunity to give input in general there is mostly silence. At least that’s how it seems.
    Is that generally true? I know not your regions but do fellow board members from the south share concerns from their regions driven by parents that motivate their actions? Or do they fill the voids?

  6. From where I sit, Regions 1 & 2 aren’t very squeaky at all. South DeKalb has numerous groups from the NAACP to DeKalb Strong that are very “squeaky”.
    You alluded to the “room for improvement” and “opportunities for success” in South DeKalb (phrases like “abject failure” are frowned upon). As the president of the NAACP, John Evans would spend a lot of time advocating for jobs as a way to help the economic wasteland that is South DeKalb.
    I believe improving academic achievement will be the biggest boost to economic development in DeKalb. Dr. Green improved academic achievement in Kansas City, Missouri. I wanted him to be here to do the same in DeKalb. When he got here, I had very few instructions for him. The first two were
    #1 – Stay out of jail
    #2 – Get our schools off the OSD list
    While we don’t have OSD anymore, the CCRPI indicators are still there. I have given Dr. Green considerable latitude to make that happen.

  7. Bill Armstrong

    I was talking more grass roots – parents getting organized – wearing matching t-shirts, getting on the news – all that. Talking their way into drawing lines. Going back years under Lewis when closings & redistricting were on the table, I’m sure that the Southern board members were bringing it, but few Southern parents showed up at board meetings or public comment things.
    The groups like the NAACP – that’s never going away, I think some here might be surprised what this “liberal” thinks on that topic. But families, communities, getting organized – my point was it tends to be those already “doing OK if not better”- meanwhile those that often need it this most are not as engaged in the process, and that goes for some schools in the North – like the CK ESs.
    So maybe families in the South w/1s & 2s are raising hell & I’m not hearing it. Obviously this is basically a “Northern” site, but even on DWS & DWS2 the discussions mainly revolved around the north. The South got brought up mainly in the context of evaluating the quality/competency of their board members – and rightfully so.
    Some of those board meeting were so crazy it was like a comedy skit or prank show – but the jokes were real – and mostly on us. I’ll never forget – “No – I haven’t read it, and can’t now, I forgot my glasses!”

  8. I must have missed something. Unless there was a holiday, I thought that BOE Meetings were held on the 1st Monday of each month. From the dates listed it looks liked it changed? Why?
    As always thank you for providing a way to ask questions and get information.

  9. The Superintendent asked if we could break from that a little so that we could have 4 to 5 weeks between each board meeting. 2017 DeKalb Board of Education MEETING SCHEDULE. If a meeting got pushed back for a holiday, then sometimes there was only 3 weeks until the next board meeting. It’s still generally the first Monday with a few more exceptions.

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