Charter School Information

The following is a list and description of independent charter schools available in DeKalb county. These are newly formed schools created by private individuals, private organizations, or state and local public entities. These schools are often in non-traditional public school settings.

There are also ‘conversion’ charter schools in DeKalb:
Chesnut Elementary Charter School, Kingsley Elementary Charter School, Smoke Rise Elementary Charter School, Peachtree Charter Middle School, and Chamblee Charter High School. These are existing public schools that have converted from a traditional school to a charter school. These schools are housed in traditional public school facilities.


DeKalb Academy of Technology and the Environment
The DeKalb Academy of Technology and the Environment (DATE) curriculum is a hands-on, minds-on, problem-solving, inquiry-based, integrated curriculum which will provide students with a foundation for understanding the world and their place in it. The environment, both natural and built, is the context for this curriculum, and technology is the means by which students will come to know, understand, and care for the environment which sustains us all.

Three unifying principles ground this curriculum: place-based education, educating for sustainability, and making connections. Imagine each of these three principles as one leg of a tripod, a tripod which supports the DATE curriculum; each is essential to maintaining the curriculum’s integrity and balance. As much of the curriculum as possible is focused on the children’s own place, using the school and its environs, local neighborhoods and parks, and other features of Dekalb and DeKalb County as educational resources and learning environments.

SACS Powerpoint presentation on accreditation

1492 Kelton Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
phone: (678) 999.9290


Gateway to College Academy – Early College Charter HS –

A partnership with Georgia Perimeter College, Gateway to College’s mission is to recover disengaged youth and high school dropouts ages 16-20 and re-channel them into the educational pipeline. *The academy provides students with the opportunity to fulfill high school graduation requirements while attending college classes and earning college credits.


The GLOBE Academy is a “dual-language immersion” public charter school currently serving approximately 400 students in DeKalb County, Georgia.

The GLOBE Academy is a dual-language immersion charter school serving students in DeKalb County, Georgia. At The GLOBE Academy, we use the educational best practices of *constructivism* and the *workshop model* to provide hands-on, project-based learning in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, music and the arts. Our *dual-language immersion* model in Spanish, French, and Mandarin prepares our students to be globally-minded citizens in the 21st century who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes to affect positive change in our world. We currently serve students in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade and will continue to add a grade each year to become a K-8 school. Charter schools are public schools, so any family residing in the DeKalb County School District is eligible to enroll.

Located in a small, former elementary school near Lakeside HS, GLOBE uses the educational best practices of “constructivism” and the “workshop model” to provide hands-on, project-based learning in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, music and other arts.

Our dual-language immersion model in Spanish, French, and Mandarin prepares our students to be globally minded citizens in the 21st century, possessing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to effect positive change in our world. We currently serve students in kindergarten through grade 3 and will continue to add a grade each year to become a K-8 school.

To learn more, visit us at:


The Museum School in Avondale Estates >>

The Museum School
923 Forrest Blvd Decatur, GA 30030 404.289.0320

Fast Facts about The Museum School

the museum school …

Is public, chartered by the DeKalb County Board of Education and open to all students in the attendance zone, based on available space.

Is free.

Opened Aug. 9, 2010.

Includes grades K-6 in the 2013-2014 school year and will add one grade level each year through the eighth grade.

Limits classroom size to 20 students in grades K-3

Offers gifted and special education programs.

Includes exploratory classes, including art, music, language and physical education.

Begins classes at 8 a.m. and ends classes at 3 p.m. Students may begin arriving at 7:30 a.m.

Offers an after-school program from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Has a mandatory uniform policy.

Does not discriminate in its enrollment procedures or educational programs based on intellectual or athletic ability, aptitude, disability, race, class, gender, family structure, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, or any other basis prohibited by law.


The International Community School (ICS) is an International Baccalaureate World School that welcomes refugee, immigrant, and local children and provides a rigorous and holistic education in an intentionally diverse community of mutual learners.

The ICS focus is on educating the whole child, seeking to develop the innate curiosity of our students while celebrating cultural differences in a challenging, nurturing and intentionally multi-ethnic environment.

With the dedication of our faculty and staff, the steadfast support of parents and the larger community, ICS has created a learning environment second to none despite the challenge of inadequate facilities, substandard equipment and non-competitive salaries.

We fiercely protect our students’ right to music, art, language, physical education and recess while insisting that they meet progress requirements in language arts, social sciences, mathematics and earth science.

International Community School
2418 Wood Trail Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033
Tel 404-499-8969
Fax 404-499-8968


DeKalb PATH Academy
The mission of DeKalb PATH Academy is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment in which refugee, immigrant and local children from the Chamblee, Doraville and Clarkston areas in DeKalb County, Georgia can develop the knowledge, skills, and character needed to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond regardless of their socio-economic and linguistic barriers.
Dekalb PATH Academy is one of the two, 2014 Reward Schools for Highest Performance in DeKalb County.

3007 Hermance Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319


Tapestry Public Charter School has a mission offer an inclusive, individualized learning environment that is academically engaging, both for neurotypical students and those on the autism spectrum, and to create a positive school culture that empowers all students to take possession of their innate talents and become creative builders of their own future.

Grades: Middle School. Tapestry will open in 2014 with grade 6, 7, 8 and will add a grade each year through the end of the five-year charter (Grade 9 in 2015, 10 in 2016, 11 in 2017, and 12 in 2018)
– See more at:

Charter school for “neurotypical” and autistic students hosts information event

Tapestry Public Charter School was authorized by the DeKalb County school board on Sept. 25 and will open this fall [2014] for up to 96 students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, with plans to expand to 12th grade over four years. The school will offer a “student-driven, experiential, sensory-based learning environment,” in classrooms with a mix of student ages, flexible groupings and hands-on learning. One selling point in a district with ever-growing class sizes: core content classrooms will have 16 students and two co-teachers, for an 8-1 ratio.

The school hopes to open, at least temporarily, at the Northeast Baptist Church, 4046 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta. Information: and DeKalb school board eboard page for Sept. 25.


DeKalb Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school of choice for K-5 (adding one grade level per year up to 8th grade) for students residing within Dekalb County School District. DPA is open to all students residing in Dekalb County who will be entering grades K-5 in the 2013-2014 school year. At the forefront of education reform internationally, Mosaica Education opens portal of opportunity for children and adults through excellence in education around the globe. Our purpose is to accelerate education reform, one of the most dramatic cultural transformations in our world today. Learn about Mosaica School Design.

Call 404-937-2000 for more information and to schedule a tour. Apply today!
1402 Austin Drive, Decatur, Ga 30032


A charter school available to DeKalb students is Ivy Prep Academy. This model is a Title 1 state-sponsored charter school with the following mission:
The Ivy Prep Mission
Within a structured and supportive environment, Ivy Prep develops elementary, middle, and high school students into thoroughly equipped scholars who are prepared to enter and succeed in the colleges and universities of their choice.
Ivy Prep serves and girls in two single-gender academies
For residents of DeKalb County
1807 Memorial Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30317
(404) 622-2727


There is a school called Leadership Prep Academy that is housed in the west wing of New Birth church and operated by former DCSS administrators including the current board chair, Melvin Johnson who signed off on a $10,000 a month lease agreement with the church. Their website has been scrubbed and there is very little info at the DCSS main website.
Here is their listing at GA Charter Schools Association: Leadership Preparatory Academy (DeKalb County)
This is their Facebook page: – And here is their listing at Great Schools:


Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence [high school for at-risk students]
When students enter DAAOE they are enrolled in our unique 9th Grade Academy – the perfect introduction to the way our charter school operates. During this first year teachers get to know students on a one-to-one basis and helps them develop an individualized, customized plan that will set them on the path to graduation.

DAAOE is housed in a former elementary school now owned by New Birth Church and is led by a former DCSS administrator, the spouse of the former DCSS administrator who runs Leadership Prep.


Below is information on the new charter being developed in the city of Brookhaven called “Brookhaven Innovation Academy”.

BIA, while opening in August 2015 with 420 students in grades k-6, will ultimately educate up to 1300 students as a k-12 public charter school with multiple campuses, plus a virtual component. BIA will offer Brookhaven families a student-centered learning environment, implementing a combination of STEM focused, project-based and blended learning curricula. Inspired in part by the highly successful programs operated by the High Tech High Charter School Network in San Diego, California (, students attending BIA will develop projects, learn to problem solve and document their findings before presenting their learning to peers and community as well as learning to Code from Kindergarten onwards. Digital portfolios evidencing both achievements and competency will supplement traditional examinations and tests.

Brookhaven Innovation Academy, Inc. – Executive Summary
Brookhaven Innovation Academy FAQ

More information can be found at


For information on creating a charter, start here >>

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