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City Schools of Decatur is a top rated, public school district located in Decatur, GA. It has 5,734 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.
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City Schools of Decatur Reviews
Decatur High School has a lot to offer in terms of student involvement in the community. Because City Schools of Decatur has only one high school, students from across the city come together. This allows for a huge variety in opinions and ideas. I greatly value the broad perspective Decatur has given me. The arts department in particular is thriving! The school put on 2 musicals this year, as well as 2 straight plays. The teachers in the arts department are clever and care quite a bit for their students! The administration can be a little aggravating, as they don't really take action in student cases unless you campaign very loudly, but there are other routes students can take to get help. Overall, there's lots of support and activities available for students at decatur and I would absolutely recommend it!
Everyone raves about Decatur High School, but that has not been my experience. I did the IB diploma program, and was awarded the diploma. However, Decatur does not implement the IB diploma the way it was intended, and pressures students to go in to the program. For example, the IB diploma program makes little impact in your college application process, unless you want to go to an Ivy League or out of the country. Decatur tries to pressure everyone passing to go into the program. The culture at Decatur is very competitive to the point that I get made fun of for having a 4.3 GPA. Students with any kind of learning disability or other thing that makes it difficult to learn get lost in the cracks. If you were to look at the percentages, many assume Decatur is very diverse, however there is a huge social divide between students of different races. It is extremely rare for people to socialize outside of their race and economic class.
While the high school boasts it's International Baccalaureate program, it doesn't offer much else. Good luck if you intend on pursuing the arts program there. When I attended, the fine arts program only had one overworked teacher and almost no funding. The marching band was sustained only off of fundraising. Food was disgusting, and the school was so focused on accommodating incoming students that current students were pushed to the side. Not to mention that the school literally hid the files of a teacher who had been accused of sexually harassing female students back in 2000, only to be unearthed by a lawyer in 2017. But the academics are really really good, especially if you're interested in the humanities.