Decatur Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High

rp_City_Schools_of_Decatur_Logo.jpgPretty awesome news from CSD…

With a rate of 97.1%, City Schools of Decatur is tied for the 3rd highest 4-year cohort graduation rate out of all districts in the state for 2015.
These results reflect the work of the entire district. Our commitment to providing differentiated instruction for all students, the Decatur High School Learning Center, and providing all junior and senior families with counseling sessions has provided our students with the individualized support necessary for high school success.
Graduation Rates
2011 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate
2012 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate
2013 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate
2014 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate
2015 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate
According to the Department of Education, “the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman; it is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers.”
District Ranking
2015 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate
Chickamauga City
Union County
Hancock County
Decatur City
Bremen City
Trion City


Decatur Homecoming Parade and Game Tomorrow!

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From the Decatur High School website

Homecoming Parade and Game
On Friday 10/16, we continue the tradition of the Homecoming Parade beginning at 5:30 pm, which includes athletic and club representatives and the Homecoming Court. 
Kick-off time for the Homecoming Game is 7:30 pm against Douglass High School.  Half time will include a presentation of the band’s halftime show, Sounds from the Silent Era, recognition of Homecoming Class Representatives and Homecoming Court, and end with the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.  
We encourage all students to come and cheer on the Bulldogs, enjoy the halftime show, and watch the crowning of the Homecoming royalty.   
Photo courtesy of Next Stop…Decatur

Decatur City Commission To Consider Lifting Distance Requirements From Schools for Alcohol Licenses


On the agenda for tonight’s Decatur City Commission meeting, something that was referenced a while back in the ongoing discussion about the Callaway property, the potential of a grocery store there, and its close proximity to Decatur High School property.

Now that the Georgia Legislature has passed House Bill 85, which allows local municipalities to lift the “no off-premise consumption alcohol sales within 200 yards of a school” restriction in situations where they deem it appropriate, Decatur is making its move.

The City Commission is scheduled to vote tonight on removing the distance requirements “in relation to schools for licenses issued for a “Consumption on Premises” license issued to restaurants.”  They will also take up removing the distance limitation “for a “Consumption Off Premises” license for beer and wine sold in a grocery store.”

A note from Asst. City Manager Lyn Menne to City Manager Peggy Merriss explains the proposed change thusly…

“The City of Decatur, like many cities around the state, is experiencing growth and development based on Smart Growth principles that encourage a variety of uses within walking distance.   Because Decatur High School is located in the central business district and possible school expansion is contemplated in the East Decatur commercial district, the current distance limits from schools and colleges are not compatible with plans for mixed-use developments and our desire to attract a new grocery store and specialty market tenants.”

Decatur Girls & Boys Soccer Teams Lose Semi-Final Matches

bulldogThis news a bit old to those in-the-know, but I wanted to close this loop, since someone asked me recently what happened in the Decatur High Boys & Girls Soccer semi-final matches last week.

Michael posted this final update on Next Door

As I have posted several notices recently about Decatur High soccer, I want to post one final update. Sadly, both the girls and the boys lost in their semi-final matches. The girls lost 6-1 to a strong Westminster team on Tuesday. The boys lost to Calhoun High School in a heartbreaking shootout on Thursday. Obviously, both teams had impressive seasons, each finishing as one of the top four teams in the state in their classification. Nice run, Bulldogs. Thank you for an exciting soccer season. We look forward to another one next year!

What a great run by Decatur High’s Boys and Girls Soccer teams this year!

Decatur Idol Competition at Decatur High Friday Night!

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Jeremy sends along this announcement…

See Decatur’s brightest and freshest stars at Decatur Idol! Plus, it’s a fund-raiser for your DHS band!

The competition will be held this Friday, May 15, at the DHS Performing Arts Center, and will feature 11 performances by Renfroe and Decatur High students. Tickets are $5 students, $10 adults, and children under age 6 get in free if they are accompanying their parents. Event begins at 7 p.m. and aims to wrap in time for the Lantern Parade at 9 p.m.  Listen to in-the-know musicians judge the acts, then vote for your favorite!

Decatur High School Ranked 17th Best in State by U.S. News & World Report


U.S. News and World Report has released its annual list of the top-performing high schools in the country.

On that list, Decatur High School is ranked 17th in the state of Georgia, #476 nationwide and received a “Gold” award from the publication.  You can view a more detailed version of Decatur’s ranking HERE.

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Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville was the #1 ranked school in the state.

U.S. News uses a 3 step methodology to determine ranks.

  • Step 1: The first step determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for students in their state.
  • Step 2: For schools passing this first step, the second step assessed whether their disadvantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – were outperforming disadvantaged students in the state.
  • Step 3: Schools that made it through the first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance – using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmarks for success, depending on which program was largest at the school.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Decatur Girls Soccer Team Advances to State Semi-Finals

86-10133The Decatur Girls Soccer Team is also on a roll.  They recently defeated Savannah Arts to advance to the semi-final game vs. Westminster.  Michael again provides details…

The Decatur Girls Soccer team traveled to Savannah on Friday where they played Savannah Arts in the AAA quarter-finals. In a tough but well-fought game, they outscored their opponents 2-1. Junior Caroline Bailey scored early in the first half with an assist from Senior Amani Bright. The first half ended 1-0 Decatur. In the second half, Savannah Arts tied the game. With 15 minutes left to play, Caroline Bailey sealed the victory with a game-winning goal on an assist from Senior Bella Reiss. The girls now move on to the semi-finals for the second year in a row. Next game for the Bulldog girls is Tuesday, May 12. They will play Westminster at Westminster.
It should be noted that this is a very young team. Eleven seniors graduated from last year’s talented team. They were replaced this year by a strong group of freshmen many of whom are now starters. Fans can expect exciting soccer like this year’s season for the next few years.