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.



Educate DeKalb Education

Who's signing

Sheri Slappey
Amy Bloom
Maria Brigiotta
Keith Ellerman
Austen Carr
Ruth Sullivan
Valerie Cook
Jane Deaver
Mary Crawford
Darren LeVine
Heidi Holder
Daniel Morrison
Stephanie Stevenson
Sidney Jones
Lorri Honea
Tanine Allison
Logan Kageorge
Jeremy Miller
Rosalind Meyers
Tania gourley
Shannon Pierce
Heather Holland
Lisa Delaney
Kathryn Wilson
Paul Moore
Anna Holbrook
Nick West
Catherine Howard
Tracey Greene
Amanda Brooks
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  • Sheri Slappey
    signed 2018-09-29 12:05:02 -0400
  • Amy Bloom
    signed 2018-09-29 11:27:23 -0400
    I am a graduate of Lakeside who still lives in the neighborhood and teaches in Dekalb. This is not beneficial for anyone.
  • Maria Brigiotta
    signed 2018-09-29 08:26:31 -0400
  • Keith Ellerman
    signed 2018-09-28 21:35:33 -0400
  • Austen Carr
    signed 2018-09-28 20:50:17 -0400
  • Ruth Sullivan
    signed 2018-09-28 18:38:06 -0400
  • Valerie Cook
    signed 2018-09-28 18:35:25 -0400
    Overcrowding is a major issue and the county needs to address this problem properly for long term growth. I support building a separate school to support students in the local Cross Keys area and not increasing enrollment at Lakeside.
  • Jane Deaver
    signed 2018-09-28 17:53:19 -0400
  • Mary Crawford
    signed 2018-09-28 17:49:03 -0400
  • Darren LeVine
    signed 2018-09-28 15:16:21 -0400
  • Heidi Holder
    signed 2018-09-28 13:56:46 -0400
  • Daniel Morrison
    signed 2018-09-28 13:07:12 -0400
  • Stephanie Stevenson
    signed 2018-09-27 17:55:14 -0400
  • Sidney Jones
    signed 2018-09-27 09:40:22 -0400
  • Lorri Honea
    signed 2018-09-26 21:50:18 -0400
  • Tanine Allison
    signed 2018-09-26 15:04:12 -0400
  • Logan Kageorge
    signed 2018-09-26 15:03:34 -0400
  • Jeremy Miller
    signed 2018-09-26 14:36:58 -0400
  • Rosalind Meyers
    signed 2018-09-26 09:50:26 -0400
    Population growth in this long established neighborhood is not great. Briarcliff Road cannot handle the extra traffic. The larger the high school the greater the discipline problems. Build where the expansion is occurring.
  • Tania gourley
    signed 2018-09-26 08:36:44 -0400
  • Shannon Pierce
    signed 2018-09-25 21:59:44 -0400
  • Heather Holland
    signed 2018-09-25 18:20:15 -0400
  • Lisa Delaney
    signed 2018-09-25 15:18:25 -0400
  • Kathryn Wilson
    signed 2018-09-25 14:16:16 -0400
  • Paul Moore
    signed 2018-09-25 13:16:54 -0400
    Reopen Briarcliff H.S. and renovate Cross Keys to alleviate the pressure on Lakeside. It’s under construction now as the new Cross Keys. Keep Both.
  • Anna Holbrook
    signed 2018-09-25 12:36:00 -0400
  • Nick West
    signed 2018-09-25 12:31:46 -0400
    There’s already too much traffic in the local streets from Lakeside and surrounding schools. Making it larger would make the morning and afternoon commutes unbearable for working families.
  • Catherine Howard
    signed 2018-09-25 12:10:11 -0400
  • Tracey Greene
    signed 2018-09-25 10:13:57 -0400
  • Amanda Brooks
    signed 2018-09-25 09:54:32 -0400