DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has updated the long-term enrollment forecasts for each school year from the Fall of 2019 through the Fall of 2025.
DeKalb Schools is planning on constructing a 600-seat, three-story addition to Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS).
Chamblee Charter High School is currently right at capacity with 1,722 students enrolled. Back in Oct 2016, DeKalb Schools Planning Department expected to have 2,328 students (500+ students over current capacity) by year 2022. This projection has been adjusted to 1,822 students by 2022 and only 1979 students by 2025.
7 Year Enrollment Forecast Reports
7 Year Enrollment Forecast Graphs – All Schools
7-Year Enrollment Forecast Fall 2019 Summary
DCSD 7-Year Enrollment Forecast Summary
DCSD 7 Year Enrollment Forecast Graphs – District-Region-Cluster
Upcoming Construction Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings
Chamblee Charter HS – CAC – Jan 30 @ 6pm in their media center
Dunwoody HS – CAC – Tueday Jan 22 @ 4pm in their media center
Chamblee Charter HS Building Additions
The architect for CCHS, Hussey Gay Bell, has provided two options for the addition. One requires a land purchase and the other one calls for putting the practice fields on top of a parking garage. I’ve never heard of anybody doing anything like Option 2. I thought people were kidding when I first heard about it.
E-SPLOST projects are already way over budget. The current Chamblee building additions budget doesn’t include land purchases or practice fields on top of parking garages. DeKalb Schools Planning Department should be coming out in the next couple of months with a complete assessment of our E-SPLOST projects and budget.
Dunwoody 7-Year Enrollment Forecasts
January 3, 2019 – DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has updated the long-term enrollment forecasts for each school year from the Fall of 2019 through the Fall of 2025. Even with these conservative estimates, Dunwoody HS (DHS) enrollment is expected to exceed 2,300 by 2021.
Make Chamblee Charter HS Better Not Bigger
October 22, 2018 – DeKalb Schools is planning on constructing a 600-seat, three-story addition to Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS). The architect has provided two options for the addition. One requires a land purchase and one does not.
Great news, now how about some of the elementary schools receiving some relief from their over crowding and Cary Reynolds needs a new heating, too cold for them to be without heat, it is a “one time til s0ring!
The new forecast should give the county time to do the addition correctly in addition to correcting the miscues from the previous construction. We have an important Construction Advisory Committee meeting in the auditorium on 1/30 at 6:00 p.m. If no land acquisition is made near the school I am asking the county to look what Grady has done. They built a baseball field and practice field on an old middle school site two miles from campus.
The old Shallowford ES / Chamblee MS site is very similar in size and distance to Chamblee HS to the site Grady uses. It is time to think outside the box as athletics is just going to get bigger with the school. FYI, the practice field at Chamblee is not big enough to host a regulation size football, soccer or lacrosse field. Lacrosse will not play games there but soccer has hosted some. Neither of the new proposals appear to fix this issue.
DeKalb is in overall decline – the terrible management of both the schools and the county itself is well-known to be unprofessional, wasteful and in no way forward-thinking. Developers are the only ones who can manage to save the county’s future, as they continue to invest in various projects – especially in the north end. Unless there is a partnership or some level of vision-sharing from county leaders, progress will be slow and less than robust – especially when it comes to our embarrassing lack of efficient public transportation or water/sewer system. DeKalb leadership needs to look around at other counties and areas of the country and learn what it means to manage and plan. We had such high hopes for the old GM plant, but it’s turning out to be a mishmash of nonsense with no sense of community. Simply put, there is no vision – only emergency reactions.
How is anyon this “great news?” Our neighborhoods and infrastructure cannot support these mega schools. Time for a Doraville structure. Time to abolish County school systems. Bigger isn’t better, only less control and doing what is right for local schools. Shame on DeKalb
Mr. Jester, do we have any solid numbers to demonstrate the accuracy of the DCSD planning department in predicting enrollment? I am concerned about their projections for Lakeside HS. Now they are saying there will be a decrease in the number of students at Lakeside, but Chamblee HS and Dunwoody HS will still see an increase in the number of students. Will this affect the size of the additions at all three schools? If you build a smaller addition at Lakeside based on the prediction, what will happen if the students who are projected to live in the area but don’t attend the school decide to attend the school? Then Lakeside will be back in their current situation with too many students and too few classrooms.
Why should citizens trust these enrollment projections, when the previous ones were so wrong?