DeSana Middle School

Public 6-8

 625 James Road
       Alpharetta, GA  30004

(770) 667-2591

District: Forsyth County

SchoolDigger Rank:
40th of 582 Georgia Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,430 Help

Students who attend DeSana Middle School usually attend:

High:    Denmark High School

Feeder schools for DeSana Middle School:

Elementary:    Brandywine Elementary School
    Midway Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.3 Help
Number of students:  1,164

Racial breakdown:


Free/discounted lunch recipients:  18.4% Help

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Compare Details DeSana Middle School ranks better than 93.1% of middle schools in Georgia. It also ranks 5th among 10 ranked middle schools in the Forsyth County School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 93.9. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Student population at DeSana Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Asian (37.5%), White (25.9%), Hispanic (21.9%). (See more...)
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at DeSana Middle School is 17.3. 5 middle schools in the Forsyth County School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare DeSana Middle School employs 67 full-time teachers.
Compare Details The average total spent per student at DeSana Middle School is $8,430, which is the 5th highest among 10 middle schools in the Forsyth County School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

DeSana Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks DeSana Middle School 40th of 582 Georgia public middle schools. (See DeSana Middle School in the ranking list.)

Forsyth County:

SchoolDigger ranks Forsyth County 9th of 226 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for DeSana Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 90.56 48th 559 91.4%
2021 89.91 52nd 542 90.4%
2022 89.96 56th 567 90.1%
2023 93.90 39th 577 93.2%
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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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by a parent
Sunday, March 14, 2021

Open Quote I’m a new parent in the school. The school is such a well organized one.great teacher’s who are ready to help the student to integrate and catch up with the rest.As well as the best principle Ms North.‘Twas nice to see well disciplined,well behaved and organized school. way to go dragons!!! Close Quote

by a parent
Monday, June 8, 2020

Open Quote DeSana’s staff goes above and beyond to meet the academic and emotional needs of students and their families. It is a diverse school that celebrates differences in cultures. Students and teachers are courteous and kind to one another. My kids received an excellent education at DeSana, but were also guided to be good people in the world! The administration, staff and students are AMAZING! Close Quote

by a parent
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Open Quote We are absolutely THRILLED to be a part of the DeSana Family. We were previously at another South Forsyth County MS and I was so disappointed that I was looking at Private school options. We moved last summer, which put us in the DeSana district and I could not be happier. The principal, the teachers, coaches and staff are some of the most caring that I have come across since moving to GA in 2014. Thank you Mrs. North and all of the DeSana staff!! Close Quote

by a parent
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Open Quote Best teacher and principal. There focus is to bring out best student Close Quote

Enrollment information for DeSana Middle School

Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 257 59 157 196 3 0 23 0 695
2018 310 79 208 225 2 0 33 0 857
2019 318 93 245 235 5 0 28 0 924
2020 322 103 278 259 5 0 29 0 996
2021 323 112 342 259 5 0 26 0 1067
2022 301 133 437 255 8 0 30 0 1164

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 DeSana Middle School

Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 695 43.5 15.9 28.6
2018 857 52.5 16.3 25.1
2019 924 54.2 17.0 24.9
2020 996 60.2 16.5 24
2021 1067 63.0 16.9 18.4
2022 1164 67.0 17.3 n/a

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio DeSana Middle School

Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 695 43.5 15.9 28.6
2018 857 52.5 16.3 25.1
2019 924 54.2 17.0 24.9
2020 996 60.2 16.5 24
2021 1067 63.0 16.9 18.4
2022 1164 67.0 17.3 n/a

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.

Per Pupil Expenditures for DeSana Middle School


YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $117 (12.6%) $808 (87.4%) $925
2018 $127 (1.5%) $8,622 (98.5%) $8,749
2019 $133 (1.6%) $8,297 (98.4%) $8,430

Data source: Georgia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on DeSana Middle School

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 48th of 559 Middle schoolsRanks 39th of 577 Middle schools

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (DeSana Middle School)68.363.9
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Forsyth County)7763.3
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4639.2
6th Grade Mathematics (DeSana Middle School)64.367.8
   6th Grade Mathematics (Forsyth County)71.964.8
   6th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4032.9
7th Grade English Language Arts (DeSana Middle School)64.968.4
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Forsyth County)68.462.8
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)3939.1
7th Grade Mathematics (DeSana Middle School)71.970.4
   7th Grade Mathematics (Forsyth County)76.869
   7th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4334.9
8th Grade English Language Arts (DeSana Middle School)7361.8
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Forsyth County)7761.6
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4742.1
8th Grade Mathematics (DeSana Middle School)45.559.5
   8th Grade Mathematics (Forsyth County)60.765.2
   8th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)3536.2
8th Grade Social Studies (DeSana Middle School)60.959.5
   8th Grade Social Studies (Forsyth County)66.560.3
   8th Grade Social Studies (Georgia)4135.9
End of Course Algebra I (DeSana Middle School)91.386.5
   End of Course Algebra I (Forsyth County)76.362.5
   End of Course Algebra I (Georgia)41.135.8

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students9241067
African American93112
American Indian55
Pacific Islander00
Two or More Races2826
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients24.9%18.4%

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Frequently Asked Questions about DeSana Middle School

Yes. DeSana Middle School ranks in the top 6.9% of Georgia middle schools.

Students at DeSana Middle School are 38% Asian, 26% White, 22% Hispanic, 11% African American, 3% Two or more races.

In the 2021-22 school year, 1,164 students attended DeSana Middle School.

Students who attend DeSana Middle School usually go on to attend Denmark High School

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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. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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