Educate DeKalb


Overcrowding within the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Regions 1 and 2, including Lakeside High School (LHS), has become a crisis. The simplistic DCSD Board of Education (BOE) response has been to approve physical plant expansions to three high schools in those areas (specifically LHS, Chamblee Charter HS, and Dunwoody HS) in order to increase the student capacity at each school.

LHS has a strong heritage of academic excellence, but over the past 10 years its academic performance has steadily declined. In 2005, LHS ranked 107 out of the best 1,200 high schools in the United States according to Newsweek magazine, and was the top high school in Georgia. In 2006, LHS ranked 135 nationally.   But since 2006, LHS has not been ranked anywhere in Newsweek's list of the best 1,200 high schools.

Assuming continued growth and DCSD's 2022 enrollment projections, the proposed expansions would not only fail to solve the overcrowding problems, but would create new and bigger problems.  Far from improving the staff's ability to raise student academic performance, expansion of existing facilities would almost certainly further compromise student academic performance, safety, and access to extracurricular activities, and well as impact local traffic and neighborhood quality of life. 



Petition to the DeKalb County School Board

We, the undersigned group of LHS supportive citizens, join the LHS School Council and the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners in urging the DCSD to halt this LHS expansion and develop a real, not casual, strategic plan for the whole district before building or expanding any existing facilities. A better plan would most likely include building a new high school for the impacted Regions.

For LHS on a stand-alone basis, we urge the BOE to immediately reverse the expansion decision, reduce the student population to 1,796 level it was expanded to accommodate in 2012, and invest in appropriate repairs and maintenance needed at the current site.



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Who's signing

Jennifer Tiberia
Bethany Hadelman
Mandy Jackson
Deborah Donovan
Melanie Stockwell
Markie Wilson
Barbara Arne
Beth Moreman
Beth Schumaker
S Chakraborty
Bibi LeVine
Neha Shah
Evelin Grijalva
Jean Tate
Edwin P Ewing Jr
Debbie Miller
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  • Jennifer Tiberia
    signed 2018-09-21 08:55:49 -0400
  • Bethany Hadelman
    signed 2018-09-21 08:42:49 -0400
  • Mandy Jackson
    signed 2018-09-21 08:38:41 -0400
  • Deborah Donovan
    signed 2018-09-21 07:50:07 -0400
  • Melanie Stockwell
    signed 2018-09-21 07:19:07 -0400
    As a parent of a current Lakeside High School student, I know that Lakeside’s overcrowding already impacts instruction. English teachers have all but given up with writing projects because it is too difficult to grade that many. Teachers do not know their students nor can they individualize instruction. Individual counseling meetings for freshmen and sophomores have gone by the wayside. There are some stairwells that are downright dangerous now. Students have to eat outside because there is not room in the cafeteria, even though there are four lunches. So simply adding more classrooms will not solve the problems and will actually hurt the students as it will take away the areas and greenspace used for extracurriculars.
  • Markie Wilson
    signed 2018-09-21 06:02:41 -0400
    Bigger isn’t always better.
  • Barbara Arne
    signed 2018-09-20 23:23:22 -0400
  • Beth Moreman
    signed 2018-09-20 22:28:10 -0400
    As much as Lakeside needs structural improvements (although they can’t properly maintain the existing facility), increasing student capacity in the current location is not a satisfactory plan.
  • Beth Schumaker
    signed 2018-09-20 21:08:34 -0400
    Yard sign please
  • S Chakraborty
    signed 2018-09-20 19:45:08 -0400
    This would be a terrible idea. The traffic from Oak Grove Elementary, Globe Academy and Lakeside already is pretty awful without even taking into consideration the traffic going to Emory/CDC from that area. This would make a bad situation worse.
  • Bibi LeVine
    signed 2018-09-20 19:01:53 -0400
  • Neha Shah
    signed 2018-09-20 18:47:34 -0400
  • Evelin Grijalva
    signed 2018-09-20 18:08:38 -0400
  • Jean Tate
    signed 2018-09-20 17:48:15 -0400
  • Edwin P Ewing Jr
    signed 2018-09-18 16:25:05 -0400
  • Debbie Miller
    signed 2018-09-17 21:27:32 -0400