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Cross Keys High School

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Posted December 21, 2012

The student to teachers ratio is great at the school. I seems like the teachers are very helpful to the students, but the management don't have any clue. I read the previous comment parent involvement is low. You know why because the management is so lazy specially the registration office Ms. McCarly any parent who read this she is RUDE RUDE RUDE I travel three times out of state to get my son release paper from the school. She said he will not be getting credit if he leaves before the semester end. Why don't you worry about teaching kids instead of worrying about grades? We know Dekalb school is knows for writing false grade and i am not worry about grades anyway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2012

i think cross keys can do better over all and get more parent involvment as well.


Posted October 9, 2010

Cross Keys has a diverse population of students who interact beautifully. considering their economic status and the fact that many of them speak English as a second language, they test very well. It was a privilege to teach them for many years.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 27, 2010

Cross Keys is a school of chance. where all can enjoy a good high school education. The faculty is very different they give and keep on giving to improve the students.DeKalb school system really need to fund this school. I am not sure why the board and Dr. Lewis has turned thier back on this wondeful jewel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

I am a student at Cross Keys, i think this is a very wonderful school. People generalize it as being a school full of gangs and bad influences, but its anything but that. The teachers help you out a lot, the administrators do the best they can with the low funding they receive to keep the school running. We excel in a lot of different things, but the school is not given the proper funding and parental involvement it needs because most of the parents are hard working and work more than one job.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2008

This school lacks the funding that it deserves, but it is definitely one of DeKalb County's best kept secrets. Cross Keys is a school for highly unique students who want the one-on-one attention while getting an education from educators who actually care. Cross Keys doesn't excel in football or basketball, but rather softball, baseball, swimming and soccer. Cross Keys is the leader in AP exam scores and it is known as an artistically inclined school. The counselors are helpful and the administration backs the student body. This high school is also known as the most diverse school in Atlanta with students from over 40 different nations. There are no cliques or stereotypes at this school and I am glad that I transferred my child from Druid Hills. I don't think I would've had my child attend any other school in Atlanta.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

The most impressive thing about Cross Keys is that the faculty cares. Although there test scores are low (due to a high immigration population), I have never seen such dedicated teachers and administrators. It is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment which exposes the students to a variety of opportunities to learn about different cultures. You have immediate access to the faculty and they are always willing to listen and to work with you. We do need more parent involvement. I believe this may also be contributed to the high immigration population and difference in cultures. If you want your child to have the individual attention and not be lost in a crowd, this is the perfect school. Its positives far outweigh its negatives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

Cross Keys is a very diverse school. They won the state reading bowl in 2003-2004. Many students received math awards as well. Sports teams are more for fun and experience than for winning. Band changed to a concert format this year, so we will not hear as much from them during games. The art department is an unknown in 2005-2006. The administration is open to parents, but there is very little parental involvement in the school. This is a school where you can be successful if you try hard, but a poor student might not get the extra help needed. Chorus is just for fun. The drama department has not put on a play in years. The sculpture around the building is wonderful. I have had children at Cross Keys for the last six years.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

186 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

168 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

186 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

185 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
86%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
53%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
69%
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
65%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
63%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
52%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
43%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
57%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 74% 12%
Black 12% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 3%
White 3% 44%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Tasharah M. Wilson
Fax number
  • (678) 874-6110

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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1626 N Druid Hills Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
Phone: (678) 874-6102

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