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Charter Cluster Option

The Dunwoody community has several options under consideration to improve the quality of education in our community.  One option is forming a charter cluster under the recently amended Georgia Charter Schools legislation.

The following links provide information about charter schools in Georgia, the petitioning process for forming a charter cluster school system, and a letter of intent under review by all governing School Councils for schools in the Dunwoody cluster.

Georgia Charter Schools Association >>

Georgia Charter Schools Legislation, Amendment 1 >>

Georgia Department of Education  – Frequently Asked Questions for Charter Schools >>

DeKalb County School District – Charter Schools Petition Process >>

Druid Hills Charter Cluster Initiative >>


Charter Cluster Letter of Intent

Dunwoody High School

5035 Vermack Road

Dunwoody, Georgia 30338

—and its feeder schools—

Peachtree Charter Middle School▪Austin Elementary▪ Chesnut Charter Elementary ▪

Dunwoody Elementary ▪ Hightower Elementary▪Kingsley Charter Elementary ▪VanderlynElementary

Georgia Department of Education                          DeKalb County Board of Education

Charter Schools Division                                          Office of Charter Schools

2053 Twin Towers East                                             Administrative and Instructional Complex

205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE                                        1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard

Atlanta, Georgia  30334                                            Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083


Re:       Letter of Intent to Submit Petition for High School Cluster Charter


Dear Colleagues:

In accordance with Georgia State Board of Education Rule 160-4-9-.04, please accept this letter of intent to submit a Petition for the Dunwoody High School Charter Cluster, within the DeKalb County School District.

It will be the mission of the proposed Dunwoody High School Charter Cluster to work with all stakeholders to provide a variety of educational opportunities and challenges in a safe learning environment that will allow all students to acquire the critical thinking skills, knowledge, and values found at their highest potential, and to become self-assured, responsible citizens of our ever-changing global society.

The schools within the DHSCC would serve students in pre-K through the twelfth (12th) grades.  Each of the constituent elementary schools — Austin Elementary,Chesnut Charter Elementary, Dunwoody Elementary,Hightower Elementary, Kingsley Charter Elementary and Vanderlyn Elementary — would serve pre-K through fifth (5th) grades; Peachtree Charter Middle School would serve the cluster’s sixth (6th) through eighth (8th) grades; and Dunwoody High School would serve the cluster’s ninth (9th) through twelfth (12th) grades.

The proposed opening date for the Dunwoody High School Charter Cluster would be on or about August 1, 2014.  The opening date would coincide with the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

We look forward to working with you as we explore the benefits that a conversion charter cluster would bring to the students and stakeholders in the Dunwoody High School Cluster.  We will be working diligently to develop and complete our Petition in the time prescribed by DCSD.  In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


(List of School Council and Charter Council chairs as signers)

Steering Committee

Claire Botsch
Deb Cameron
Gil Hearn
Allegra Johnson
Rick Otness
Heyward Wescott
Robert Wittenstein

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