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Overview
The DeKalb Alternative School serves 6th through 12th grade students who have been expelled from their home schools.

The Alternative School provides a supportive, content-rich environment, and offers assistance and support to those students who are transitioning back to their home schools, college, or career. The school offers a comprehensive curriculum that is aligned with that of the DeKalb County School System. Students are prepared to return to the home-school having received competitive academic standards as well as remedial assistance as needed.

In accordance with disciplinary terms, students in the Alternative School are restricted from teams and clubs. However, students have an opportunity to participate in the Ropes course and outdoor classroom, the peer mediation program, morning and afternoon tutorials, and a variety of additional support groups.
School Mission
The mission of DeKalb Alternative School is to unite home and school to meet the student’s academic, social, and emotional needs while preparing them to be responsible citizens.
School Goals
The goal of DeKalb Alternative School is to develop the academic, social, and cognitive abilities of each student. We believe the best way to increase the academic success of our students is to address the social and emotional needs of our students. We strive to develop in our students lasting qualities of responsible citizenship: self-esteem, trust, self-discipline, and respect of others.

We do this by: promoting conflict resolution skills, strengthening parent-child relationships, and requiring a high academic purpose for dedicated, achieving students.
Unique Assets
Unique AssetsDeKalb Alternative School has the privilege of maintaining a small class size. The student-teacher ratio is kept below one to fifteen in the majority of classes. This allows teachers to instruct and evaluate students on an individual basis. The emphasis at DeKalb Alternative School is upon academic success; instructional time is protected though many programs designed to help students resolve external and internal conflict disruptive to their learning.

DeKalb Alternative School is partnered with DeKalb Technical Institute and Georgia Perimeter College to enhance the instructional and vocational resources available to our student body.

Students have access to our state of the art Media Center since the 2008-2009 academic year.

The DeKalb Alternative School Ropes Course is one of the few fully accredited courses in the country. Our Ropes course is in its 13th year of service, and we have seven certified instructors and trainers. The Ropes Course educates and instills a sense of purpose and direction in our students. The focus of the program is academic, physical, and behavioral. The students work on self-awareness, communication, and problem solving skills. They build character and leadership in the Ropes course which impacts social skills in the classroom and continues with students when they leave. The course gives the students the opportunity to realize his or her potential and prepare themselves for mainstream society. In addition to our own students, the course is available to other schools in the DeKalb County School System.
Awards and Recognitions
  • DeKalb Alternative School was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation in the 2002-2003 school year. It is the first alternative school in the southeast to participate in such a rigorous process and achieve this honorable distinction.
  • In 2002, DeKalb Alternative School received the Award for Excellence in Adventure-Based Education by Project Adventure and OSHA.
  • In 2008, the counseling department of DeKalb Alternative School became a Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program. This program allows school counselors to serve as consultants to other schools who are enhancing their program strategies for delivering academic, career, and personal/social development.
  • The DAS Head Counselor received the 2008 Middle School Counselor of the Year Award.
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