2863 Kelley Chapel Rd
Decatur, GA 30034
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
3/
10
Bottom 50%
Southwest Dekalb High School serves 1,216 students in grades 9-12.
Southwest Dekalb High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Georgia for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 20% (which is lower than the Georgia state average of 44%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 32% (which is lower than the Georgia state average of 45%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is higher than the Georgia state level of 14:1.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,216 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 16:1
  • Graduation Rate
    : 84% (Btm 50% in GA)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 20% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 32% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), GA Dept. of Education

School Overview

Southwest Dekalb High School's student population of 1,216 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 76 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
1,216 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
76 teachers
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School Rankings

Southwest Dekalb High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 2,196 schools in Georgia (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Southwest Dekalb High School is 0.08, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (GA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1714 out of 2196 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
20%
44%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
32%
45%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
16:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
1%
5%
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Hispanic
2%
17%
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Black
96%
36%
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White
n/a
38%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
1%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.08
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Graduation Rate
84%
83%
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
58%
53%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
5%
4%
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School District Name
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), GA Dept. of Education

School Reviews

1   8/28/2020
How is it possible that the school graduates 86%, but has a 19% proficiency in Math and 42% proficiency in comparison to other schools in Ga? It seems to that the teachers are closing their eyes to the reality and pushing students out the door with minimal education!
- Posted by Student/Alumni - John
2   8/23/2013
Swd high school could be an excellent school but they change principals and faculty frequently. The. School need more stability and reward the staff that prove themselves to be interesting in teaching and caring about the children.
- Posted by Parent - Rayne

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,216 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 16:1
  • Graduation Rate
    : 84% (Btm 50%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 20% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 32% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), GA Dept. of Education

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