DUNWOODY, Ga. — The DeKalb County School District has presented its recommendation for redistricting, a plan that involves moving students from Hightower Elementary outside the cluster. 

The redistricting plan is expected to go before the School Board for a first read in January 2020 and for adoption in February. It is set to go into effect August 2020. Austin, Chesnut, Dunwoody, Hightower Kingsley and Vanderlyn elementary schools will be impacted.

Redistricting has come about with the anticipated opening of the new Austin Elementary School on Roberts Drive in Dunwoody in January 2020. The school will have 950 seats — 450 more than the current facility — but 711 students enrolled.

With 1,177 students, Dunwoody Elementary is the largest elementary school in the cluster and, along with the next largest Hightower Elementary, is more than 200 students over capacity. 

Proposed changes to school districts


School Current Enrollment Available Seats 2019 Trailers 2021 Enrollment Enrollment Difference Trailers
Hightower 752 -146 11 558 -156 1
Dunwoody 1177 -290 12 1003 -242 3
Vanderlyn 695 -176 11 685 -7 11
Chesnut 458 -108 5 489 +23 7
Kingsley 436 -10 0 543 +90 6
New Austin 708 101 7 1033 +184 4
Total Dunwoody Cluster 4226 -521 49 4419 -108 32

To further relieve overcrowding in the Dunwoody Cluster schools, the staff recommended a plan where 108 students from Hightower Elementary attend the newly built Doraville United Elementary School

The students currently zoned for Hightower would continue to feed into the Dunwoody Cluster schools, Peachtree Charter Middle School and Dunwoody High School.

For all schools, rising 5th graders would have the option to continue at their current school, but no transportation would be provided by the school district.

For more information about the redistricting, visit dekalbschoolsga.org/operations/planning/redistricting.

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