Southwest DeKalb High School

Public 9-12

 2863 Kelley Chapel Rd
       Decatur, GA  30034


 (678) 874-1902

District: DeKalb County

SchoolDigger Rank:
201st of 428 Georgia High Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  15.7
Number of students:  1,222

Racial breakdown:

African American:
97.1%
Hispanic:
1.1%
Two or more races:
0.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  63.1%

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Compare Details In 2018, Southwest DeKalb High School ranked better than 53% of high schools in Georgia. It also ranked 8th among 23 ranked high schools in the DeKalb County School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 43.14. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (97.1%), Hispanic (1.1%), two or more races (0.9%). (See more...)
Compare Details 63.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Southwest DeKalb High School is 15.7, which is the 10th best among 23 high schools in the DeKalb County School District. (See more...)
Compare Southwest DeKalb High School employs 77.5 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Southwest DeKalb High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Southwest DeKalb High School 201st of 428 Georgia public high schools. (See Southwest DeKalb High School in the ranking list.)

DeKalb County:

SchoolDigger ranks DeKalb County 126th of 182 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Southwest DeKalb High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 35.35 245th 335 26.9%
2007 42.33 228th 358 36.3%
2008 44.73 224th 370 39.5%
2009 43.53 243rd 372 34.7%
2010 52.26 185th 384 51.8%
2011 49.54 227th 402 43.5%
2012 40.18 262nd 396 33.8%
2013 41.03 278th 425 34.6%
2014 38.24 281st 425 33.9%
2015 40.37 218th 435 49.9%
2016 43.16 199th 426 53.3%
2017 33.94 247th 420 41.2%
2018 43.14 201st 428 53.0%

Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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by a parent
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Open Quote Great teachers, bright and ambitious students, and a community who cares. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, November 7, 2010

Open Quote I just enrolled my daughter in SW Dekalb and from what I thought it would be a good school, my daughter has a 3.9167 GPA and has made honor roll since she has been kindergarten. My daughter loves school and this has been an unwelcoming experience for her where does not want to go to school. I believe that daughter would be an asset to the school with her test scores and character when it comes to education; whereas before we moved this year she would be taking college courses.

The hallways do not stay clear, children need to be in class. There needs to be better monitoring, what I have seen that works is that when the bell rings classroom doors need to shut and lock so that the teacher can be aware who is in class and who is not and with no pass they are redirected to an administrator or caught in the hall sweep it is senseless when the parents come in and see this type of behavior.

I am not used to this type of school environment and neither is my daughter, there should be a type of respect and dignity when it comes to education and schooling which is not all the teachers or administrators responsibility, there should be stricter consequences when it comes to discipline in the school environment and parents should be notified of their child's behavior and actions. It reminded me of a milder school within Lean on Me (the movie). To the point I am getting ready to find a better school for my daughter and address the school board here, I know what corrupt schools are like I come from Washington, DC and North Carolina dealing with the school system and abrupt changes can be made, I have already spoken with the principle there and I do not know what actions will be taken but I hope some are taken for the sake of the children. Close Quote


by a teacher
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Open Quote As a former graduate and now an employee of Southwest DeKalb High School, I must say that I am so excited about the new programs and initiatives at the school. I think since the school has gotten a new principal (A. Bethea) the school is now moving back in the positive direction it was once in. There is no easy solution to any problem but the new administrative team is great! They seem to handle parent and student concerns with effective means to getting problems resolved. I think that with the principal that is currently in place Southwest DeKalb will rise in rankings not only for test scores but for the overall well-being of the students herein. Great job SWD! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Southwest DeKalb High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1427 1422
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 1471 1471
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1552 1547
1993 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1288 1283
1994 5 1402 2 3 1 n/a n/a 0 1413
1995 7 1674 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 1685
1996 7 1674 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 1685
1997 22 1891 4 3 2 n/a n/a 0 1922
1998 22 1882 7 3 2 n/a n/a 0 1916
1999 17 1792 5 3 0 n/a n/a 0 1817
2000 19 1812 6 4 1 n/a n/a 0 1842
2001 24 1784 6 3 2 n/a n/a 0 1819
2002 17 1630 9 3 3 n/a n/a 0 1662
2003 17 1630 9 3 3 n/a n/a 0 1662
2004 16 1591 6 1 2 n/a n/a 0 1616
2005 9 1645 5 2 1 n/a n/a 29 1691
2006 5 1739 6 4 1 n/a n/a 27 1782
2007 5 1780 1 8 0 n/a n/a 29 1823
2008 5 1778 5 9 2 n/a n/a 33 1832
2009 3 1797 3 15 4 n/a n/a 33 1855
2010 3 1740 1 12 16 4 6 0 1782
2011 2 1624 4 15 8 2 12 0 1667
2012 6 1479 4 17 3 0 17 0 1526
2013 8 1381 5 16 1 1 17 0 1429
2014 7 1274 6 10 1 1 21 0 1320
2015 3 1233 3 15 2 1 18 0 1275
2016 7 1188 4 11 2 3 15 0 1230
2017 4 1186 2 14 2 3 11 0 1222

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Southwest DeKalb High School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1422 89.0 15.9 9.0
1991 1471 89.0 16.5 14.3
1992 1547 89.0 17.3 16.0
1993 1283 67.0 19.1 15.6
1994 1413 85.5 16.5 12.7
1995 1685 92.4 18.2 20.5
1996 1685 92.4 18.2 20.5
1997 1922 116.2 16.5 18.1
1998 1916 115.6 16.6 36.7
1999 1817 104.4 17.4 27.8
2000 1842 100.8 18.3 28.2
2001 1819 95.2 19.1 27.0
2002 1662 97.0 17.1 32.3
2003 1662 97.0 17.1 32.3
2004 1616 95.3 17.0 39.5
2005 1691 89.5 18.9 46.1
2006 1782 101.0 17.6 49.5
2007 1823 100.0 18.2 49.9
2008 1832 103.0 17.8 51.4
2009 1855 108.0 17.2 54.5
2010 1782 105.0 16.9 59.4
2011 1667 97.5 17.0 60.7
2012 1526 96.0 15.8 62.3
2013 1429 89.0 16.0 62.3
2014 1320 85.5 15.4 66.5
2015 1275 80.0 15.9 64.3
2016 1230 79.0 15.5 69.1
2017 1222 77.5 15.7 63.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Southwest DeKalb High School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1422 89.0 15.9 9.0
1991 1471 89.0 16.5 14.3
1992 1547 89.0 17.3 16.0
1993 1283 67.0 19.1 15.6
1994 1413 85.5 16.5 12.7
1995 1685 92.4 18.2 20.5
1996 1685 92.4 18.2 20.5
1997 1922 116.2 16.5 18.1
1998 1916 115.6 16.6 36.7
1999 1817 104.4 17.4 27.8
2000 1842 100.8 18.3 28.2
2001 1819 95.2 19.1 27.0
2002 1662 97.0 17.1 32.3
2003 1662 97.0 17.1 32.3
2004 1616 95.3 17.0 39.5
2005 1691 89.5 18.9 46.1
2006 1782 101.0 17.6 49.5
2007 1823 100.0 18.2 49.9
2008 1832 103.0 17.8 51.4
2009 1855 108.0 17.2 54.5
2010 1782 105.0 16.9 59.4
2011 1667 97.5 17.0 60.7
2012 1526 96.0 15.8 62.3
2013 1429 89.0 16.0 62.3
2014 1320 85.5 15.4 66.5
2015 1275 80.0 15.9 64.3
2016 1230 79.0 15.5 69.1
2017 1222 77.5 15.7 63.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Georgia Department of Education.

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