Three schools in DeKalb County have been granted permission to play up in classification beginning in the 2010-11 school year.
The GHSA is using new enrollment numbers to reclassify schools and place schools in regions for a four-year period beginning with the 2010-11 school year. The GHSA Executive Committee will meet Jan. 12, 2010, to finalize the reclassification. Any school wishing to play up had to petition the GHSA by Nov. 25.
Stephenson, with enrollment numbers in the Class AAAA range, will be allowed to stay in AAAAA. Marist, newly classified as AA, will remain in AAAA. Towers will stay in AAA after being reclassified as AA.
Stephenson would have had to move down to AAAA based on enrollment numbers of 1,820. The cutoff to participate in AAAAA is 1,915.
Redan, which has petitioned in the past to remain in AAAAA despite smaller enrollment numbers, will now move down to Class AAAA. Tucker will be the smallest school in the state in Class AAAA with an enrollment of 1,423.
Others schools that will change classifications are Stone Mountain (from AAAA to AAA) and Dunwoody (from AAA to AAAA).
The following is a breakdown of which classification all schools in DeKalb County will be placed.
AAAAA: ML King, Stephenson.
AAAA: Chamblee, Dunwoody, Lakeside, Lithonia, Marist, Miller Grove, Redan, Southwest DeKalb, Tucker.
AAA: Arabia Mountain, Cedar Grove, Columbia, Druid Hills, McNair, St. Pius, Stone Mountain, Towers.
AA: Avondale, Clarkston, Cross Keys, Druid Hills.