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

Debra Carrier
Michelle Dupont
Kyung Park
Jason Quiroz
Brian Mitchell
Levymae Birdsey
Amy Wilson
Jean Ann Tonka
Virginia Sowell
Zahra Harati
Elizabeth Oliver
Jennifer Harry
Stephanie Parker
Charles Bai
Alka Patel
Daniel Koch
jennifer castanet
Dan Rivera
Katy Tubesing
Andrew Soulimiotis
Bruce Walker
Dan Arnold
Kirsty Ross
Melanie Uetsuki
Anupama Shankar
Candace Faggen
Lindsey Leitch
Kirk Leitch
Terry Morris
Sofiya Momin
500 signatures

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  • Debra Carrier
    signed 2018-09-25 09:52:04 -0400
  • Michelle Dupont
    signed 2018-09-25 09:24:51 -0400
  • Kyung Park
    signed 2018-09-25 09:21:06 -0400
  • Jason Quiroz
    signed 2018-09-25 07:50:11 -0400
  • Brian Mitchell
    signed 2018-09-25 07:41:03 -0400
  • Levymae Birdsey
    signed 2018-09-24 23:07:26 -0400
  • Amy Wilson
    signed via 2018-09-24 22:50:41 -0400
  • Jean Ann Tonka
    signed 2018-09-24 22:48:56 -0400
  • Virginia Sowell
    signed 2018-09-24 21:59:12 -0400
  • Zahra Harati
    signed 2018-09-24 21:20:25 -0400
    I 100% agree with this petition. We moved to Lakeside’s neighboorhood because we heard so much about LHS. My kids are graduated now but I have to say that I am very disappointed with LHS’s performance in the past few years. Overcrowding lakeside will add to Lakeside’s low performance that we have seen in the past few years.

  • Elizabeth Oliver
    signed 2018-09-24 20:23:39 -0400
  • Jennifer Harry
    signed 2018-09-24 19:31:46 -0400
  • Stephanie Parker
    signed 2018-09-24 18:52:31 -0400
    Better not Bigger
  • Charles Bai
    signed 2018-09-24 18:43:57 -0400
    NOT BIGGER. The traffic outside Lakeside High is becoming so bad, cars are backed up all the way to I-85.
  • Alka Patel
    signed 2018-09-24 17:46:32 -0400
  • Daniel Koch
    signed 2018-09-24 17:03:23 -0400
    Wait until there is a comprehensive plan reviewed by parents. Professional educators for Dekalb have proven to be incompetent and corrupt.
  • jennifer castanet
    signed 2018-09-24 16:23:52 -0400
  • Dan Rivera
    signed 2018-09-24 15:55:30 -0400
  • Katy Tubesing
    signed 2018-09-24 15:16:03 -0400
    Katy Tubesing
  • Andrew Soulimiotis
    signed 2018-09-24 15:07:48 -0400
    Andrew Soulimiotis
  • Bruce Walker
    signed 2018-09-24 14:58:00 -0400
  • Dan Arnold
    signed 2018-09-24 14:39:20 -0400
  • Kirsty Ross
    signed 2018-09-24 14:35:54 -0400
  • Melanie Uetsuki
    signed 2018-09-24 13:39:54 -0400
  • Anupama Shankar
    signed 2018-09-24 13:05:49 -0400
  • Candace Faggen
    signed 2018-09-24 12:16:23 -0400
  • Lindsey Leitch
    signed 2018-09-24 11:38:05 -0400
  • Kirk Leitch
    signed 2018-09-24 11:35:22 -0400
  • Terry Morris
    signed 2018-09-24 11:15:51 -0400
    One would hope that the concerns of the neighbors and constituents of the DCSS board members are heard regarding the LHS expansion. Note that none of DeKalb’s schools are in the top named schools in the state. DeKalb used to lead in academics and athletics. Now we lead in pathetics! Put money into academic achievement, not parking decks.
  • Sofiya Momin
    signed 2018-09-24 09:21:01 -0400