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

Ann Mandel
Eric Nathan
Robin Nathan
Nabil Ahmed
Shonda Jerkins
Ben Jerkins
Billie Jo Corell
Julie Teachout
Angela Chen
Jennifer Hill
David Ankenbrandt
Patricia Britt
Sally Elliott
Mandie Holmes
Rana Chakraborty
Quang Nguyen
Priscila Cedillo
Norma Herd
Paul Herd
Sharon Nelson
Shannon Higgins
John Britt
Mandy Ford
Russell Clarke
Kristi Fuqua
caleb shaffer
April Shaffer
Donna Snyder
Anita Snyder
Kyle Kitsch
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  • Ann Mandel
    signed 2018-10-15 09:44:52 -0400
  • Eric Nathan
    signed 2018-10-15 09:07:44 -0400
    As a former educator, I understand that expanding school size is detrimental to ALL involved parties. There are better solutions out there that we can work towards.
  • Robin Nathan
    signed 2018-10-15 08:57:36 -0400
  • Nabil Ahmed
    signed 2018-10-15 08:43:56 -0400
    Lakeside high School does not need to be bigger! Aside from the impact on property value, there will be a significant increase in traffic and kids will be packed into an already impacted school. We do not agree with the school board’s decision to make Lakeside bigger and urge the school board to build a new high school in a new location.
  • Shonda Jerkins
    signed 2018-10-14 19:06:05 -0400
  • Ben Jerkins
    signed 2018-10-14 19:04:19 -0400
  • Billie Jo Corell
    signed 2018-10-12 21:43:03 -0400
  • Julie Teachout
    signed 2018-10-11 19:15:26 -0400
  • Angela Chen
    signed 2018-10-11 16:04:32 -0400
    Angela Chen
  • Jennifer Hill
    signed 2018-10-11 15:05:46 -0400
  • David Ankenbrandt
    signed 2018-10-11 13:09:27 -0400
  • Patricia Britt
    signed 2018-10-11 07:23:05 -0400
    Lakeside BETTER NOT BIGGER!!!!!!!! Please use some logic in making decisions re future’s education.
  • Sally Elliott
    signed 2018-10-10 18:05:53 -0400
  • Mandie Holmes
    signed 2018-10-10 17:26:01 -0400
  • Rana Chakraborty
    signed 2018-10-10 15:15:53 -0400
  • Quang Nguyen
    signed 2018-10-10 13:18:28 -0400
  • Priscila Cedillo
    signed 2018-10-10 12:47:15 -0400
  • Norma Herd
    signed 2018-10-10 12:38:30 -0400
    Let’s focus on what Lakeside and the community needs…a better school with a goal of : A TOP 100 HS IN THE COUNTRY. It turns out that this ranking is one of the most important factors in determining why people move to this area of DeKalb.
  • Paul Herd
    signed 2018-10-10 12:33:48 -0400
    We agree with goals of No Expansion, rather Make Lakeside Great Again, ie. as a top 100 HS in the country. Expansion is not the focus this High school needs.
  • Sharon Nelson
    signed 2018-10-10 11:39:40 -0400
    Sharon Nelson
  • Shannon Higgins
    signed 2018-10-10 10:13:45 -0400
    Shannon Higgins
  • John Britt
    signed 2018-10-10 10:10:04 -0400
  • Mandy Ford
    signed 2018-10-10 09:34:43 -0400
    Our children go to Oak Grove Elementary and we live on Oak Grove Rd. We adamantly oppose the proposed expansion of LHS. We need to reinvest in quality local education instead of gigantic mega-schools!
  • Russell Clarke
    signed 2018-10-10 09:11:07 -0400
  • Kristi Fuqua
    signed 2018-10-09 22:08:51 -0400
  • caleb shaffer
    signed 2018-10-09 21:36:13 -0400
    former student
  • April Shaffer
    signed 2018-10-09 21:06:07 -0400
  • Donna Snyder
    signed 2018-10-09 18:21:23 -0400
  • Anita Snyder
    signed 2018-10-09 13:43:22 -0400
    my child is currently at Pleasantdale Elementary. Please do an in-depth feasibility study and develop a long range plan.
  • Kyle Kitsch
    signed 2018-10-08 20:28:32 -0400