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Dekalb Early College Academy

Public | 9-12 | 282 students

 

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Posted April 29, 2014

My school is awesome solely because of the scholars, professors, administration and especially the parents. Our school is small in size but, HUGE in accomplishments. Just recently our school was named the number 1 school in Dekalb county. I love my school and I'm glad I choose to attend Dekalb Early College Academy. Lauryn S.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2014

Hello, i am a proud parent of a Sophomore Scholar who attends DECA. I love the professors, the small classes that challenges my daughter skills and give her guidance for her future. The administrators and the program all together is simply fabulous. I feel it is a great opportunity for my daughter to get an education and prepare for college, while earning college credits. I would recommend DECA to any child who wants to strive ahead!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

DECA is an excellent option for accelerated students in Dekalb County. Our daughter is a freshman, and we pulled her out of private school to attend this awesome program. They emphasize excellence from day 1 (actually, prior to day 1, they hold a summer bridge program for incoming freshman to ensure their success). Their is a palpable culture of achievement. We're very happy with the way the Professors stress accountability in the scholars, the remediation offered for students who need a little help (tutoring, web resources, etc.), and the high level of parental involvement. In fact, parents are more involved at DECA more so than the private school we left. To top it off, scholars are guaranteed an Associates degree (along w/their HS diploma) if they simply stay on course. I'd highly recommend DECA to any parent with a child who wants to achieve - and be supported in an environment of achievement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

I have been very pleased with the short class sizes and personal attention my daughter is receiving at DECA. The school is very focus and committed to the students succeeding and I appreciate the comment the entire school staff put toward making sure every child not just mine is growing and learning. I also appreciate how we as parents are kelp in loop on what's happening with school through emails or parents committee. Even though it's a small school I'm so glad it very big on what the students have the opportunity to earn. I feel more students and parents need to be made aware of the goodness DECA can give to any deserving student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

Dekalb Early College Academy is the best investment I ever made. For my child. The atmosphere is challenging and my child has matured dramatically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2014

My school is an amazing school where it's all about academics. We strive for the best and help each other just like any family would. DECA is a small school where we learn to respect ourself and learn on a college level. Being apart of this program has been one of the best things that has occurred in my life at the moment. Not only am I aiming for my associates degree, but I plan on completing college to years before I would normally if I went to a normal high school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2014

I am a DECA patent of a GPC junior. DECA is a very challenging high school. It has prepared my child well for the rigors of college. If you want your child to receive the best education available in DeKalb County, with the opportunity to earn an associate's degree and a high school diploma, simultaneously, your daughter or son needs to be enrolled at the DeKalb Early College Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

I am a parent of a 10th grader at DECA. I love the school and the teachers. The program is a challenging one, so your child should want to be there. Would love if the school was located in a nicer building with windows. I think the school does deserves to get more attention from the county. Overall it's a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I am a new parent to the DECA family, and I am encouraged about the potential for growth that it offers my son. Not many children are exposed to college at the age of 16 and I blessed that we will have that experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

M name is Amira Daugherty and I am currently a sophomore here at DeKalb Early College Academy. This school is amazing. It is a challenge in the beginning to adjust to the workload, but once you do you learn valuable skills like how to manage your time, stress, and that hard work really DOES pay off. The result of all this work is the opportunity of any scholastic career: the opportunity to go to college two years early for FREE and earn your Associates Degree with your high school diploma. But in my opinion, the real beauty of this school (besides the early college) is the chance to be in an environment where everyone has the same goal and genuinely cares about the success of others, and the opportunity to work one on one with teachers in small classes. When you eliminate the air of hostility that the traditional high school "chaste" system so to speak (i.e cheerleaders and jocks over the quote on quote "nerds") then you foster an environment in which learning and working together are the common goals. In short, I love this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2013

DECA is a great school. My daughter loves it and is learning so much...she is totally ready for college and on her way to being an OB/GYN!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

To the person that posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012 said was all true and great advice. Because I went to DECA last year for my ninth grade year. And the ninth grade is not the grade that you want to play around in. Especially at DECA, because the way they set up their credit system is different then other schools and if you leave that school with horrible grades your GPA will really be messed up. Trust me cause it happened to me. Now I attend Arabia Mountain and trying to get that GPA back up is kicking my butt. So my advice to new comers is to work hard so you do not have to be kicked out at the end of the school year like I did. :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2012

I go to this school and i loved my first year, the teachers were great i learned a lot but, if you want to go to this school you have to want it. You have to as my principal says you have to hit the ground running. what a lot of students do is they come from bad schools where doing hardly anything worked well for them but at DECA the smartest people even find it hard. I didn't hit the ground running but i still made and i'm still at DECA doing much better now. Something else you have to think about is the rules, there are a lot of rules and some that seem very stupid. in my first year there the only thing the really bothered me was over powering rules we had to follow but for me fun teachers and great learnings made up for it. you also have to be ready to lose a lot of sleep and free time because DECA WILL keep you busy and there are some teachers who do it to the extreme. DECA is not for everyone so think hard about it before you go here or send your child here and make your ready for it and if you are it will be hard at first but in the end you'll love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2010

DECA is above and beyond. It really helps its students and offers them more. It works on helping them make the decision to go the extra mile. It doesn't just look at the teenie bobbers they are now but the young men and ladies they will become. DECA works toward helping each student look forward. Please help keep DECA open and helping our youth become the most they can be and Great Leaders for our country in the days when we are no longer here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

DECA is hott! I am getting my A.A. degree, Highschool diploma, and honors diploma simultaneously this year. I am extremely excited. To the student above, if you took the school and lessons taught seriously, you would still be here, so don't hate. Congradulate!!!!!!!!!! You can still be social, but what you chose to do is your problem. You can be social and you can progress academically simultaneously. Sounds like a time-management issue to me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 27, 2009

This school is the worst program in dekalb county, as an ex-student i feel DECA does not prepare kids socially on success at georgia perimeter college. Academically wise the teachers excel in teaching. When I was in the program i felt the administrative staff thought we were better than other dekalb county students. But, if your child is a non-sociable teen send them here but i do not recommend DECA to out spoken teenagers, it will not be good for them!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2009

Dekalb Early College Academy (DECA). First of all, I'm excited to know that this type of school even exist in Dekalb County. Secondly, the administrators, Dean Brenda Emerson and Assistant Dean Anthony Rutledge are the dynamic duos that truly lead this fantastic establishment. A educational haven that nourishes a thirsty, willing to learn and motivated soul. This is a new and growing facility that's working out the kinks on a daily basis. Any child that is focused and motivated, with a desire to learn, can definitely achieve in this environment. It is my sincere hope that Deca will continue for many years to come.......Keep on striving Deca.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

My daughter is a sophmore at DECA and I LOVE this school, the professors, the administrators and the program as a whole. It is a great opportunity for children to get a great education and prepare for college, while earning college credits. I am so glad that I found out about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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English Language Arts

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

42 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

42 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

42 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Social Studies

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

42 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Algebra I

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

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American Literature

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

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Coordinate Algebra

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

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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

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Integrated Math II

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

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Physical Science

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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U.S. History

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

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 88% 37%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
White 2% 44%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Sharon Ordu

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Equestrian
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