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1 Making A School Choice All applicants not enrolled in a DeKalb County School District public school (i.e., private school, home school, etc.) must complete the Infinite Campus student registration process at to be authorized to apply for a School Choice Program prior to the deadline. Registration Information forms (Student & Household) submitted after February 20, 2015 must be submitted with a completed paper School Choice application. Registration information forms submitted after February 13, 2015 must be submitted with a completed paper School Choice application. This does not apply to students currently enrolled in a DeKalb County School District public school. Open Enrollment - February 2 27, 2015 Deadline to Apply - February 27, 2015 Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program Senate Bill 10 Application Deadline to Apply March 31, 2015 Where Do I Apply? Personal Computer, Local Library & School Choice Programs Open Enrollment Location 2652 Lawrenceville Highway Decatur, GA :00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. (During the Open Enrollment Period Only) Permanent Address: 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA Online School Choice Applications at Paper School Choice Applications at or your local school DeKalb School Choice Programs Information If a deadline falls on a date that administrative offices are closed for business, the document will be considered due on the first business day after the deadline. No exceptions will be made for missed deadlines. If necessary, the district reserves the right to change the timeline. 1

2 Vision To inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence Mission To ensure student success, leading to higher education, work, and life-long learning Goal Areas and Performance Objectives Goal Area I: Student Success with Equity and Access Improve student's mastery of learning standards Provide equitable access to academically rigorous courses and programs Increase graduation rate for all students Goal Area II: Stakeholder Engagement Provide a safe, orderly, and positive school environment Increase stakeholder involvement and engagement Increase use of technology and innovative strategies Goal Area III: Staff Efficacy and Excellence Improve district processes to attract highly qualified staff Develop a highly effective and accountable workforce Retain highly qualified staff Goal Area IV: Internal and External Communication Improve and ensure district internal communication Bridge and improve communication with external stakeholders Goal Area V: Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency Develop an efficient organizational structure that supports a performance based culture Establish a decision-making model that sustains a high performance organization Improve efficient use of resources, processes and management structure to support system innovation 2

3 School Choice Guidelines & Procedures Parents will be notified in writing of the selection status. The student selection status and other identifying information will not be provided by telephone. Please register selected students at the local school choice site by the date indicated on the selection letter. If the applicant does not register, the seat will be declined and offered to the next eligible applicant on the waiting list. Application Process All applicants of magnet and all other school choice programs listed in this brochure must reside in DeKalb County School District during the time of open enrollment and thereafter. Applicants must also meet the specific criteria for each program to participate in the application process and lottery. Grade levels of the magnet program and the required eligibility criteria should be carefully noted. Applicants who previously applied, but were not accepted into a School Choice Program, must reapply. Late Applications All students applying after the deadline (including students new to DeKalb County School District) will be considered only if the number of applicants does not exceed the number of student replacements. Transportation The most current DeKalb County transportation policy will be followed for the magnet programs/schools. During the current school year, students will report to designated satellite pickup locations in their region for transportation to all magnet programs/schools. Student Selection and Enrollment Guidelines Home school applicants are categorized as students enrolled at the magnet site, and students for whom the magnet site is their feeder school during the time of application. At-large applicants are categorized as students not enrolled at the magnet site, and students for whom the magnet site is not a feeder school. Private and home school students are also categorized as at-large applicants. Open Enrollment Deadline: February 27, 2015 Paper and online applications are accepted at the School Choice Office at 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, Georgia Faxed applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted. To be considered an eligible on-time applicant, all supporting documents must be returned by the School Choice Program Open Enrollment deadline. Selection/Lottery Procedures If the number of applications exceeds the projected number of open seats for any or all School Choice Program, a lottery will be conducted. Visit the DeKalb County School District website at for School Choice lottery dates. Please note: Private and home school applicants are at-large applicants. Private and home school applicants must submit a copy of the most recent report card with the student s application. A copy of the student s or standardized test scores must also be attached to the student s application if applying for a High Achievers Magnet Program. Applicants applying for preschool through first grade must meet the Georgia Age of Entry requirement. The applicant must be age eligible by September 1 st of the current school year.. Attendance Students enrolled in any School Choice Program must abide by the DCSD attendance policies. School Choice Selections If desired, applicants may elect to apply for more than one program on the application, a first, second choice or third choice. The second choice and third choice will be considered only if openings remain after the first choice lottery (random drawing). Selecting a Choice 2, will remove the applicant from the Choice 1 waiting list if a Choice 2 lottery is completed. Selecting a Choice 3, will remove the applicant from the Choice 2 waiting list if a Choice 3 lottery is completed. The applicant will not return to the original lottery status. Programs Requiring Standardized Test Scores for Grades 4-9 Eligibility Wadsworth, Kittredge, Chapel Hill Middle, Chamblee Middle, Southwest DeKalb, and Chamblee Charter High require eligible standardized test scores for eligibility requirements. (Review program description for other criteria.) Acceptable Standardized Tests ( or ) California Achievement Test, Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, Metropolitan Achievement Test, and Stanford Achievement Test The test must include a total reading score, total math w/computation score, and a complete composite score or battery to be acceptable. Standardized test scores must be submitted one week prior to the selection process to be eligible for the lottery (random drawings). Students tested by a DeKalb County School District public school or the School Choice Office for the school year may only submit the test scores on file in the School Choice Office. Classification of Magnet Programs There are two types of magnet programs: (1) special interest magnet and (2) high achievers magnet. The schools in each category are: Special Interest Magnet Programs DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts DeKalb School of the Arts High School Clifton - Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education Evansdale - Mathematics, Science, and World Language Columbia Middle - Mathematics, Science, and Technology Columbia High - Mathematics, Science, and Technology Magnet Programs for High Achievers Kittredge, Chamblee Middle School, Chamblee Charter High School Wadsworth, Chapel Hill Middle School, Southwest DeKalb High School. Mail applications and supporting documentation to the, School Choice Office by the School Choice Program Open Enrollment deadline. Alternate Lottery Dates: Every Tuesday, April - September after 5:00 p.m.. if seats are available. Program continuation is contingent upon Board approval. 3

4 DeKalb County School District School Choice Programs Lottery Dates March 25, 2015 from 10 am 4 pm Globe Academy Charter School March 27, 2015 from 10 am 4 pm Arabia Mountain High School Chamblee Charter High School Chamblee Charter High School Magnet Program for High Achievers Columbia High School Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology Southwest DeKalb High School Magnet Program for High Achievers House Bill 251 High Schools April 1, 2015 from 10 am 4 pm Champion Theme Middle School Chamblee Middle School Magnet Program for High Achievers Chapel Hill Middle School Magnet Program for High Achievers Columbia Middle School Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology Druid Hills Middle School International Baccalaureate Programme Salem Middle School International Baccalaureate Programme Tucker Middle School International Baccalaureate Programme Peachtree Charter Middle School House Bill 251 Middle Schools Students selected for any School Choice Program must register at the local school choice site by the date indicated in the selection letter. If the applicant does not register, the seat will be declined and offered to the next eligible applicant on the waiting list. Please see individual school/program descriptions for school locations and telephone numbers. All lottery results are subject to verification by the Management Information System Office. Any malfunction of the lottery system will result in the immediate voiding of the drawing. The DeKalb County School District reserves the right to void and repeat any lottery drawing that results from any system malfunction or human error. All lottery sessions will be held in the auditorium at the DeKalb County Board of Education. April 16, 2015 from 10 am 4 pm Coralwood / Hawthorne Partnership Ashford Park Elementary School Immersion Program Evansdale Elementary School Immersion Programs Rockbridge Elementary School Immersion Programs Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy Avondale Elementary School International Baccalaureate Programme Fernbank Elementary School International Baccalaureate Programme Midvale Elementary School International Baccalaureate Programme April 21, 2015 from 10am 4 pm Briar Vista Montessori School Huntley Hills Montessori School Chesnut Charter Elementary School Kingsley Charter Elementary School Smoke Rise Charter Elementary School Edward L. Bouie, Sr. Theme School Narvie J. Harris Theme School Marbut Theme School Oakcliff Theme School Robert Shaw Theme School Wynbrooke Theme School House Bill 251 Elementary Schools April 24, 2015 from 10am 4 pm Clifton Elementary School Mathematics, Science and Computer Education Evansdale Elementary School Mathematics, Science and World Language DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts Kittredge Magnet School for High Achievers Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers June 1, 2015 from 10 am 4 pm Senate Bill 10 K-12 Options Alternate Lottery dates for additional seats will be held internally every Tuesday after 5:00 p.m. April - September at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083, only if seats are available.

5 DeKalb County School District School Choice Programs Automation Process The DeKalb County School District will utilize a random automated process to select eligible applicants for all School Choice Programs. All lottery results are subject to verification by the Management Information System Office. Any malfunction of the lottery system will result in the immediate voiding of the drawing. The DeKalb County School District reserves the right to void and repeat any lottery drawing that results from any system malfunction or human error. Initial lottery sessions will be open to the public and held in the auditorium at 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA All alternate lottery sessions will be held internally at the Office of School Choice at 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA Students selected for any School Choice Program during the first choice lottery must register at the local school choice site by the date specified in the selection letter or the seat will be declined and offered to the next eligible applicant on the waiting list. Alternate lottery dates to fill additional seats will be held internally every Tuesday following the initial lottery date at 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA only if seats are available. Registration dates for selected students will be provided in the acceptance information. For all School Choice Programs with more than one choice available, the first choice lottery will be conducted initially. If additional seats are available after the first choice lottery, applicants not selected for their first choice will be placed in the second choice lottery. The applicant will be removed from the first choice waiting list to participate in the second choice lottery. The applicant will not return to the previous waiting list. Appeals regarding the selection processes, procedures and outcomes must be submitted in writing to the School Choice Office by September 30, All appeals will be reviewed and resolved by the School Choice Office administrators. All resolutions will be submitted in writing and all decisions will be final. September 30, 2015 Last day to be selected for a School Choice Program. 4

6 School Choice Programs Student Selection Procedures Parents will be notified in writing of the selection status. The student selection status and other identifying information will not be provided by telephone. Please register selected students at the local school choice site by the date indicated on the selection letter. If the applicant does not register the seat will be declined and offered to the next eligible applicant on the waiting list. Clifton, Chamblee Middle School, Columbia Middle School, Chapel Hill Middle School, Chamblee Charter High School, Columbia High School, and Southwest DeKalb High School. An effort is made to give the home school magnet students the opportunity to fill 50% of the total magnet program open seats from its home pool. The other 50% will be filled from a county at-large pool. Additional students not selected will be wait listed per grade level. Home pool seats will be filled by home applicants when available. At-large pool seats will be filled by at-large applicants when available. Evansdale Magnet School All eligible students rising to grades kindergarten through fifth will be selected from an at-large pool of applicants. Additional kindergarten through fifth grade applicants not selected will be wait listed from the at-large pool. DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts (DESA) Students rising to grades kindergarten through third will be selected from an at-large pool of applicants. Additional kindergarten through third grade applicants not selected will be wait listed from the at-large pool. New applicants rising to grades four through seven will submit the audition application and recommendations to DESA. Additional fourth through seventh grade applicants not selected will be wait listed based on their audition ranking. DeKalb High School of the Arts (DSA) Students rising to grades 8 through 12 are required to complete and submit the audition applications with current transcripts and recommendation forms to DSA. A successful audition (in two performing arts areas) is also required. DSA applications will be available in locals schools. The application is available at Kittredge/Wadsworth Rising fourth graders will be selected by conducting a school-by-school lottery. This means each elementary school with eligible applicants will have at least one student selected from its pool of applicants. All private and home school students will represent a school and at least one student will be selected from the pool of applicants. Additional eligible fourth grade students may be considered for a second at-large drawing if seats are available after the initial selections. Fourth grade students not selected will be wait listed. Fifth and sixth grade students will be selected from an at-large pool of applicants. Additional fifth and sixth grade applicants not selected will be wait listed from the at-large pool. House Bill 251 A transfer option available to DeKalb County School District students that allows applicants to transfer to other schools within the same school district as long as the school has available classroom space after its assigned students have been enrolled. All eligible students rising to grades kindergarten through twelve will be selected from an at-large pool of applicants through a random selection lottery process based on seat availability. Additional kindergarten through twelfth grade applicants not selected will be wait listed from the atlarge pool. International Baccalaureate All eligible students in grades kindergarten through twelve will be selected from three pools of applicants including attendance area, IB experience, non-ib experience. Additional kindergarten through twelfth grade applicants not selected will be wait listed based on the designated pool. Discovery Learning Academy All eligible students rising to grades kindergarten through fifth will be selected from an at-large pool of applicants. Additional kindergarten through fifth grade applicants not selected will be wait listed from the at-large pool. Charter All eligible students rising to grades kindergarten through twelfth will be selected from an at-large pool of applicants. Additional kindergarten through twelfth grade applicants not selected will be wait listed from the at-large pool. Peachtree students will be selected from four pools including attendance area, siblings, charter experience and non-charter experience. Coralwood/Hawthorne Partnership All eligible typically developing three and four year old applicants will be selected from the regional home pool or at-large pool. All eligible typically developing five year old applicants will be selected from a sibling pool, regional home pool or at-large pool. Typically developing students selected to enroll in the Coralwood/Hawthorne Partnership in grades Preschool through kindergarten may continue enrollment to Hawthorne Elementary School. However, three year old students selected to attend Coralwood School must reapply for the 4 year old (PreK Program) at the Coralwood School according to the Georgia State Department of Education guidelines. Montessori All eligible students rising to grades kindergarten through fifth will be wait listed from an at-large pool of applicants. Montessori experience is required for all students applying for first through fifth grade. Appeals regarding the selection processes, procedures and outcomes must be submitted in writing to the School Choice Office by September 30, All appeals will be reviewed and resolved by the School Choice Programs Office administrators. All resolutions will be submitted in writing and all resolutions will be final. 6

7 Magnet Programs Guidelines and Expectations 1. Parental involvement is at the core of student achievement. DeKalb schools strongly encourage parents to complete volunteer hours to support the students, staff, school, and local communities. 2. Elementary students who apply for the magnet programs for high achievers must have a fall 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA) in the core subjects. DeKalb students rising to grades 4-6 must also earn a 75th percentile (or higher) total reading score, 75th percentile (or higher) total math w/computation score, and an 85th percentile (or higher) complete composite score on the fall or fall Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS). All students not enrolled in a DeKalb school must also earn a 75th percentile (or higher) total reading score, 75th percentile (or higher) total math w/computation score, and an 85th percentile (or higher) complete composite score on a or standardized test. Elementary students enrolled in the magnet programs for high achievers must maintain a 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA) in the core subjects throughout the program each year. Students who do not maintain the academic performance criteria are placed on probation for one semester. Support plans will be provided for any student who has a GPA below the academic performance criteria throughout the probationary period. Students who do not have a 3.0 GPA after two consecutive grading periods or two semesters, must exit the magnet program and enroll at their home schools. If a student does not meet promotion criteria during any term of the school year, the student will immediately be withdrawn from the magnet program and returned to the home school. 3. Middle and high school students who apply for the magnet programs for high achievers must have a Fall semester 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA) in the core subjects. DeKalb students rising to grades 7-9 must also earn a 75th percentile (or higher) total reading score, 75 th percentile (or higher) total math w/computation score, and an 85th percentile (or higher) complete composite score on the fall or fall Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. All students not enrolled in a DeKalb school must also earn a 75th percentile (or higher) total reading score, 75th percentile (or higher) total math w/computation score, and an 85th percentile (or higher) complete composite score on a or fall standardized test. Students applying for the high school high achievers programs must also successfully complete grade level prerequisite courses. Middle and high school students enrolled in the magnet programs for high achievers must maintain an overall numerical core average of 80, a numerical minimum grade of 71 in all core subjects, and meet the promotion criteria each semester. Students who do not maintain the academic performance criteria are placed on probation for one semester. Support plans will be provided for any student who does not meet the academic performance criteria. Students who do not maintain an overall numerical core average of 80, a numerical grade of 71 in all core subjects, and do not meet the promotion criteria each semester for two consecutive semesters, must exit the magnet program and enroll at their home schools. If a student does not meet promotion criteria during any term of the school year, the student will immediately be withdrawn from the magnet program and returned to the home school. 4. Elementary students who apply for special interest magnet programs (i.e., math, science, performing arts, computer education, etc.) must have a Fall semester 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA) in the core subjects. Prekindergarten and kindergarten students do not have to meet the entrance criteria. All elementary students who are enrolled in special interest programs must maintain a 3.0 (or higher) GPA throughout the academic year. Students who do not maintain the academic performance criteria are placed on probation for one semester. Support plans will be provided for each student who has a GPA below 3.0 throughout the probationary period. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA at the end of two consecutive grading periods or two semesters, must exit the magnet program and enroll at their home school. If a student does not meet promotion criteria during any term of the school year, the student will immediately be withdrawn from the magnet program and returned to the home school. 5. Middle and high school students who apply for the special interest magnet programs (i.e. math, science, performing arts, etc.) must have a Fall semester 3.0 (or higher) grade point average (GPA) in the core subjects. All middle and high school students who are enrolled in special interest programs must maintain an overall numerical core average of 80, a numerical minimum grade of 71 in all core subjects, and meet the promotion criteria throughout the academic year. Students who do not maintain the academic performance criteria are placed on probation for one semester. Support plans will be provided for any student who does not meet the academic performance criteria. Students who do not maintain an overall numerical core average of 80, a numerical grade of 71 in all core subjects, and do not meet the promotion criteria at the end of two consecutive grading periods, or two semesters, must exit the magnet program and enroll at their home school. If a student does not meet promotion criteria during any term of the school year, the student will immediately be withdrawn from the magnet program and returned to the home school. 6. All students who are enrolled in the DeKalb School of the Arts (grades 8 12) must maintain an overall numerical core average of 80, a numerical grade of 71 in all subjects, and meet the promotion criteria throughout the academic year. Students who do not maintain the academic performance criteria are placed on probation for one semester. Support plans will be provided for any student who does not meet the academic performance criteria. Students who do not maintain an overall numerical average of 80, a numerical minimum grade of 71 in all subjects, and do not meet the promotion criteria at the end of two consecutive grading periods, or two semesters, must exit the magnet program and enroll at their home school. Students are also required to complete two performance credits each school year. If a student does not meet promotion criteria during any term of the school year, the student will immediately be withdrawn from the magnet program and returned to the home school. 7. Students enrolled in a Magnet Program must complete the required magnet or approved college level courses to earn magnet credit or the Magnet Program diploma seal. 8. Only multiple birth siblings are linked for participation in the random student selection lottery process. 9. When a magnet student placement is available and the placement is declined, the student will not be able to apply for placement in a magnet program until the next open selection/lottery period, Spring

8 School Choice Programs Transportation Guidelines The most current DeKalb County transportation policy will be followed for all School Choice Programs during the school year. Transportation Schedule Cards will not be mailed to selected students. Parents must report to the satellite location selected on the submitted Magnet or Theme School Transportation form. Please contact the Transportation Routing Department for further assistance. If for any reason a parent wishes to change a child's bus route, the parent must submit a new School Choice Program Transportation form to the Transportation Department to have the route changed. Normal business hours for the Department of Transportation are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Dispatch staff members, however, are on duty from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Should an emergency occur during this timeframe, parents can reach a Transportation staff member by calling (678) This will route your call straight to the Dispatch section. However, should an after-hours emergency occur between 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., please call (678) This will direct your call to the Answering Service for assistance. Magnet Programs Transportation is provided for students selected to attend a magnet program/school through the School Choice Program. Students will report to designated satellite pickup/drop off locations in their region for transportation to and from all magnet programs/schools. Discovery Learning Academy Transportation is not provided for students selected to attend Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy through the School Choice Program. Students who reside in the attendance area will receive transportation. House Bill 251 Transportation is not provided for students selected to attend a House Bill 251 school through the School Choice Program. Students who reside in the attendance area will receive transportation. International Baccalaureate Programme Transportation is not provided for students selected to attend an International Baccalaureate Programme through the School Choice Program. Students who reside in the attendance area will receive transportation. Charter Schools Transportation is not provided for students selected to attend a Charter School through the School Choice Program. Students who reside in the attendance area will receive transportation. Coralwood/Hawthorne Partnership General education students residing in the attendance area will follow the most current DeKalb County School District transportation policy. Parents must provide transportation for typically developing students residing outside the attendance area and all selected three year old students regardless of location. Montessori Transportation is not provided for students selected to attend a Montessori School through the School Choice Program. Students who reside in the attendance area will receive transportation. 8

9 Eportal Automated Online School Choice Registration and Application System Open Enrollment: February 2 27, 2015 Deadline: February 27, 2015 Creating a Parent Portal Account 1.Students not enrolled in a DeKalb County School District public school must complete the Registration Authorization process to be eligible to complete a School Choice Program Application. 2.Each parent must use the online Infinite Campus Parent Portal Registration at or to register the student and receive an Activation Key (GUID Number) to create a login user name and password. 3.If the child for which you plan to submit a School Choice Program application is enrolled in a DeKalb County School District public school and you have created a Parent Portal Account user name and password, complete steps 1 through 12 in the next section. 4.If the child you plan to submit a School Choice Program application is enrolled in a DeKalb County School District public school and you do not have a Parent Portal Account, please contact your local school to receive an Activation Key (GUID Number) to create a login user name and password. 5.Create a Parent Portal Account at 6.Select Parents. Next, select Campus Portal Parent Login. Follow the instructions to create a user name and password. 7.The user name and password will be used to access the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and the School Choice eportal. 8.Once you have established an account, complete steps 1 through 12 in the next section Steps to Complete an Online School Choice Program Application 1.Go to eportal School Choice Program webpage at 2.Click Log In at the top right corner of the web page. 3.Provide a user name, password, and click Login. 4.Select Home for the program of interest under Quick Nav in the left column. 5.In the left column under Applications (above Quick Nav), select the school for which you would like to complete an application. 6.Scroll down on the page to the section with the student registration information and click on the blue student ID number for the student you would like to complete an application. The cells on the application will automatically populate with the information provided in Infinite Campus. 7.PLEASE CHECK ACCURACY OF ALL INFORMATION. 8.Contact local school to make any changes including an address change. 9.Save application. You must save the application to enroll the student in the automated random lottery selection process. 10.Print saved application for your records. 11.Check applicant s registration status at the top of the online application. 12.See registration status below. **Important: If the application contains any errors, the errors must be cleared before the student will be placed in the automated random lottery selection process. Errors will also prevent students with siblings from receiving sibling priority when applicable.

10 To check the status or to edit an application, 1.Go to the "Quick Nav" box in the upper left column and select the program of interest. 2.Go to the Applications box above the Quick Nav box and select a school. 3. Select school of interest located under Applications. 4.The student application information bar will appear on the screen. 5.Move to the bar and select the pencil icon under Edit to open the application. 6.Review the current registration status information. 7.If the application status is ineligible, complete steps at the top of the application to make the application eligible. 8.Save application each time the information is updated. 9.Note: Ineligible, eligible and pending applications may be edited prior to lottery. 10.Note: Deactivated, Waiting or Selected applications are read only! Registration Status Eligible The application has been processed by the School Choice Office. Student will participate in the lottery. Ineligible The application has been processed by the School Choice Office. However, the application contains one or more errors found at the top of the online application. Do NOT complete another application. Students WILL NOT participate in the lottery until all required supporting documentation pertaining to the error(s) listed at the top of the online application are submitted to the School Choice Office prior to the deadline. Deactivated The application has been removed from the lottery process. Pending Siblings are NOT grouped. All siblings must have an eligible status prior to grouping. Selected The student has been selected for a School Choice Program upon verification of student and parent information completed during the scheduled student registration process. Wait List The student has NOT been selected to enroll in a School Choice Program. The student may be notified for placement if a seat becomes available by September 30,

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12 Conversion Charter School Programs CHESNUT CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4576 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, Georgia (Information) (Office) (Fax) Grades: K - 5 KINGSLEY CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2051 Brendon Drive, Dunwoody, Georgia (Information) (Office) (Fax) Grades: K - 5 SMOKE RISE CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1991 Silver Hill Road, Stone Mountain, Georgia (Information) (Office) (Fax) Grades: K - 5 PEACHTREE CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL 4664 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, Georgia (Information) (Office) (Fax) Grades: 6-8 CHAMBLEE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL 3688 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Chamblee, Georgia (Office) (Fax) Grades: 9-12 Start-Up Charter School Programs DEKALB ACADEMY OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 1492 Kelton Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia (Office) (Fax) Grades: K - 8 DEKALB PREPARATORY ACADEMY 1402 Austin Drive, Decatur, Georgia (Office) (Fax) Grades: K - 5 INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL 3260 Covington Highway, Decatur, Georgia (Office) (Fax) Grades: K - 5 TAPESTRY PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL 4046 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Atlanta, GA (office) Grades: 6-9 The Georgia Charter Schools Law provides the means to seek a performance-based charter which ties improved performance to the waiver of specific exemptions approved by both the state and local boards of education. The contract may exempt the school from certain state and local rules, regulations, policies and procedures and from certain provisions of Title 20 of Georgia law. DeKalb County School District would like to provide parents with the opportunity to consider the Charter School option. The Charter School option provides environments that foster excellence by delivering instructional programs that enhance the social, moral, and physical growth of every student. The classroom climate supports learning by providing a caring, safe and enriching environment. Higher order thinking skills are developed through a rigorous and challenging curriculum. Students participate in cooperative learning activities. These programs encourage intellectual curiosity, dress for success guidelines, parental involvement, and structured conduct guidelines. Students who live outside of the attendance area of the charter school are transported to and from school by their parents each day. DeKalb schools that have received Charter status will select students for placement through the lottery (random selection) process. At the time of publication, the exact number of openings have not been determined. Please be advised that there may be limited or no openings for particular programs and/or grade levels. You may apply for the student selection process by completing and returning the appropriate application. Mail or hand deliver the Charter Conversion applications to the School Choice Programs Office at 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, Georgia or you may apply online athttp://eportal.dekalb.k12.ga.us. Web site:www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/about/schoolchoice/charter.html DEKALB PATH ACADEMY 3007 Hermance Drive, Atlanta, Georgia (Office) (Fax) Grades: 5-8 GLOBE ACADEMY 1402 Austin Drive, Atlanta, Georgia (888) (Office) Grades: K - 5 LEADERSHIP PREPARATORY ACADEMY 6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia, Georgia (Office) Grades: K -8 THE MUSEUM SCHOOL OF AVONDALE ESTATES 3191 Covington Hwy Avondale Estates, GA (Office) Grades: K September 30, 2015 Last day to be selected for a Conversion Charter School.

13 DeKalb PATH Academy DeKalb PATH Academy 3007 Hermance Drive, Atlanta, GA Program Description: Rigorous College Preparatory Program The mission of DeKalb PATH Academy is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment for refugee, immigrant and local children from the Chamblee, Doraville and Clarkston areas in DeKalb County, Georgia and to provide the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and character needed to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world regardless of their socio-economic and linguistic barriers. Longer school day/ Serving large English to the Speakers of Other Languages population Completed application Reside in the DeKalb County School District Grade Levels Served: 5 th - 8 th But we accept only 5 th graders. Selection Process: Parents must provide transportation for students receiving placement at Clarkston Library: North Indian Creek Lottery Contacts: Ethiopia Medhin Web site: 13

14 International Community School International Community School International Community School (ICS) 2418 Woodtrail Lane, Decatur, GA Program Description: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) The focus of ICS is on educating the whole child, seeking to develop the innate curiosity of our students while celebrating cultural differences in a challenging, nurturing and intentionally multi-ethnic environment. With the dedication of our faculty and staff, the steadfast support of parents and the larger community, ICS has created a learning environment second to none despite the challenge of inadequate facilities, substandard equipment and noncompetitive salaries. We fiercely protect our students' right to music, art, language, physical education and recess while insisting that they meet progress requirements in language arts, social sciences, mathematics and earth science. After school Programs Gifted Program Community Outreach Program Creative Arts Workshops Academic Support Programs Completed application Reside in the DeKalb County School District Grade Levels Served: K - 5 Transportation service is provided. Selection Process: Random Selection Process/ Lottery Contacts: Ms. Inye Durham Web site: icsgeorgia.org 14

15 Leadership Preparatory Academy LEADERSHIP PREPARATORY ACADEMY (LPA) 6400 Woodrow Road Lithonia, Georgia Program Description: Leadership Preparatory Academy (LPA) is a Charter School approved by the Georgia State Board of Education and the DeKalb County Board of Education that opened in August A strong academic program is the cornerstone of LPA. While we plan to build leaders, we realize that effective leadership can only be attained concurrently with a strong academic foundation in reading, writing, computing, high order thinking, and creativity. We believe that as students learn and acquire these skills, they will become self-actualized and independent learners, accepting responsibility for setting and attaining goals. LPA has a unique curriculum designed to promote an awareness in students of their leadership potential at many levels including home, school, the workplace and in local, state and national communities. Students will understand and model traits such as responsibility, courage, reliability, self-reliance, vision, tolerance and initiative. Small class sizes compared to traditional schools Uniform school Maintain a Leadership Portfolio of activities Four Key Leadership Components Parent development workshops Parents must volunteer 20 hours per school year Completed application including birth certificate, immunization forms, vision/hearing/dental form, proof of residency, copy of a current report card and a copy of a social security card. Reside in the DeKalb County School District Grade Levels Served: K 8 Selection Process: Parents must provide transportation for students receiving placement at Leadership Preparatory Academy. Lottery (Contact Leadership Preparatory Academy) Contacts: Web site: 15

16 Tapestry Public Charter School TAPESTRY PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL 4046 Chamblee Tucker Rd Atlanta, GA Program Description: Tapestry Public Charter School opened in August 2014 as an inclusion school offering an individualized, student-driven, experiential, sensory-based learning environment. Tapestry utilizes small, co-taught classes with authentic hands-on learning experiences and flexible groupings. Differentiated instruction ensures access to both accelerated and modified curricula, engaging and challenging students in a supportive environment that is optimal for achievement. All course content is aligned with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. Individualized learning plans and academic support for all students Inclusive classrooms and school environment Positive school culture, following the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) principles Core classes co-taught by both general and special education teachers who are passionate about the education of all children 8:1 student/teacher ratio in core classes Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework for differentiating classroom practices Constructivist methodology with course content driven by student interest Modified school environment to accommodate sensory sensitivities State-of-the-art Sensory Rooms Specialized programming for students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Gifted program Commitment to the arts, with a featured drama program supported by partnerships with the Alliance Theatre Daily Physical Education, movement, and fresh air breaks Technology focus; all students receive a Chromebook and Kindle School garden maintained by Tapestry students and staff Completed application (online at tapestrycharter.org); Reside in the DeKalb County School District Grade Levels Served: 6 9 for the school year, with one grade added in each subsequent year. Tapestry will serve grades 6-12 by 2018 Parents must provide transportation for students receiving placement at Tapestry Selection Process: Complete application (tapestrycharter.org) during open enrollment: January 12 February 27, Public lottery based on seat availability will take place in March. Contacts: Dr. Amanda Chilvers, Principal, ; Tonna Harris-Bosselmann, Board Chair, ; Web site: tapestrycharter.org

17 The Museum School of Avondale Estates The Museum School of Avondale Estates The Museum School of Avondale Estates 923 Forrest Blvd Decatur, GA Program Description: Our curriculum is built on the museum model, a model that fosters exploration and discovery, giving students a strong sense of autonomy, interdependence, motivation and a joy for learning. The museum school model is based on the idea that children learn best through personal exploration and hands-on experience. The school partners with museums and other learning institutions to provide real-life experiences with classroom topics. Interactive learning expeditions to partner sites offer students a chance to ask questions, make observations, reflect on experiences and draw their own conclusions. Learning is student-centered, project-based and interdisciplinary. Curriculum is organized into nine-week thematic units, creating an integrated approach to learning as lessons and ideas from one classroom subject are reinforced in other subjects and on learning expeditions. Workshop model in all core subject areas Strong emphasis on differentiated instruction Quarterly Exhibit Nights Bi-weekly Learning Expeditions Based on constructivist philosophy Interdisciplinary instruction Completed application submitted by February 13, 2015 to participate in the lottery on February 18, Reside in the DeKalb County School District Grade Levels Served: K-8 for the school year Selection Process: Parents must provide transportation for students receiving placement at The Museum School of Avondale Estates. Student applications and supporting documents should be received by Feb. 13, 2015 at The Museum School of Avondale Estates at 923 Forrest Blvd., Decatur, GA A public student lottery will be held on Feb. 18, 2015 to determine admission. Contacts: Web site: Katherine Kelbaugh Principal

18 DeKalb Early College Academy (DECA) DEKALB EARLY COLLEGE ACADEMY (DECA) 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd Stone Mountain, GA (Office) Program Description: DeKalb County School District has partnered with Georgia Perimeter College to offer an innovative and groundbreaking initiative designed to increase graduation rates and attainment of a college degree for DeKalb high school students. This program offers students the opportunity to obtain not only a traditional college preparatory high school diploma, but also the possibility to earn up to 60 college credits and/or a two-year Associates of Arts degree from Georgia Perimeter College. Because the college is a member of the Georgia Board of Regents in the University System of Georgia, acquiring this degree and successfully meeting all other admissions requirements will ensure the student a seamless transfer into other Georgia colleges and universities. Small class sizes compared to traditional high schools Uniform school Assistance toward enabling students to earn at least 60 college credits towards an associates degree (grades 9-12) Academic assistance toward completing an associate s degree thus guaranteeing a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities within the University System (provided all other admission criteria are met) Access to computer-based personality inventories and career exploration profiles Development of Learning Communities designed to provide opportunities for shared learning among students Participation in a college success program designed to make the transition between high school and college smoother Guest lecturers, college tours, peer tutoring, mentor-mentee programs, as well as clubs and activities which provide social outlets Completed application including a letter of interest, attendance report, discipline report, standardized test scores, academic transcript and recommendations. Reside in the DeKalb County School District Grade Levels Served: 9-12 Selection Process: Contacts: Web site: The most current DeKalb County transportation policy will be followed for DeKalb Early College Academy. During the school year, students will report to designated satellite pick-up locations in their region for transportation to DeKalb Early College Academy. Application and possible interview Contact Dr. Lena Travis, Head Counselor at for additional information. 18

19 HOUSE BILL (HB) 251 School Choice Office 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard Stone Mountain, Georgia (Office) (Fax) Program Description: House Bill 251 is a transfer option allowing students to enroll in another school outside of their zoned attendance area within the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) based on seat availability after the school s assigned students have been enrolled. In compliance with the law, the DCSD began offering transfers through HB 251 in July A variety of special features based on the selected school Completed HB 251 application Reside in the DeKalb County School District Grade Levels Served: K - 12 Selection Process: Feeder Schools: Parents must provide transportation for students receiving placement through HB 251 transfers. Random lottery selection process based on seat availability Students will not receive an enrollment preference for the feeder middle school or high school. Contacts: School Choice Programs Office at Web site: 1. The list of receiving schools with available seats in specific grade levels for HB 251 transfers MAY be placed on the web concurrently with the School Choice Catalog; however, the list is not included in the brochure. The list of HB 251 receiving schools may be placed on the DCSD website in close proximity to the School Choice Catalog. 2. The list of receiving schools for HB 251 transfers is based on DCSD enrollment projections. 3. The DeKalb County School District complies with the law and Georgia Department of Education guidelines regarding HB 251. Therefore, any changes made to the law by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law will be followed accordingly. 19

20 Senate Bill 10 Senate Bill Mountain Industrial Boulevard Stone Mountain GA, Program Description: SB-10, also know as The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program, is a school choice program available for special needs students attending Georgia public schools who are served under an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Student Eligibility Criteria 1 - A student must have a parent/guardian who currently lives in Georgia and has been a resident for at least one calendar year. Student Eligibility Criteria 2 - A student was enrolled and attended a Georgia public school (grades K 12) the entire school year. Pre-school special education students do not qualify. A student must complete a full school year in kindergarten before he/she can be eligible. Student Eligibility Criteria 3 - A student was reported by a school district(s) during mandatory student counts conducted in October 2014 and March 2015 by public schools. Student Eligibility Criteria 4 - A student does not need to have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the entire school year to qualify for the GSNS Program. A student must have received special education services at some point during the school year under an IEP. A student must be reported by a school district(s) in either the October 2014 OR March 2015 student counts OR in final student record as a student receiving special education services by the end of the school year. Grade Levels Served: Kindergarten 12 th Grade Transportation is not granted; parents must transport Selection Process: Lottery Contacts: Special Education Department: Web site: 20

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