Dual Accreditation

DeKalb Schools Accredited With Quality

All 23 high schools receive “Accredited with Quality” from the Georgia Accrediting Commission

The Dunwoody Crier is reporting All DeKalb high schools now accredited twice saying

When the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancedEd put the DeKalb system on probation ...  Terry Nall began to search for a backup plan. It led to a state agency not widely familiar to the public.  Continue Reading Story Here >>

DeKalb Schools Press Release

The 23 high schools in the DeKalb County School District have met 100 percent of the Georgia Accrediting Commission’s (GAC) standards and received the designation, “Accredited with Quality,” their highest rating. Each school will receive a certificate of designation, which is to be updated annually.



02/02/2015 - Georgia Accrediting Agency Exit Report

Georgia Accrediting Agency (GAC) visited all 23 DeKalb high schools last week and gave an exit report at the 02/02/2015 board meeting.

Robert Boyd and his team were very complimentary of the DeKalb County School District saying, “We found them to be very well organized when we got down to checking the standards and documentation.  The documentation was outstanding.”  Boyd went on to say, “We even checked restrooms last week.  We did not find a single dirty, filthy, restroom.”

The consultants will send their reports to the GAC board meeting scheduled for the first weekend in March.  Boyd anticipates each and every high school in DCSD to be approved for full accreditation.

10/06/2014 - Dual Accreditation Schedule
Last week school superintendent Michael Thurmond gave the State Of The System speech where he read through this document and provided commentary. He discussed the following timeline for GAC accreditation.  DeKalb’s high schools could have dual accreditation as early as March 2015.

07/01/2013 DeKalb Schools Board Meeting
The board debated allowing schools to pursue GAC accreditation. Mr. Coleman called the question on a proposed amendment to the action item. The question was voted on and passed, so the proposed amendment was voted on and passed. The action item itself, however, was never actually voted on.

Dr. Morley and the Interim Superintendent were joined by Thad Mayfield in their opposition to GAC and the dual accreditation concept. Board reps Orson and Coleman have been feeling the heat from Terry Nall, parents and taxpayers to make this happen. The Interim Superintendent wants Dr. Elgart to be the only accreditor.

Last week I had the opportunity to speak with a long-time resident of South DeKalb. I learned it is a commonly held belief in her area that GAC/dual accreditation is somehow seen as a first step in a process to break off into smaller school districts. Clearly some citizens and parents would like to see smaller districts – count me as one. But, I do not see how GAC accreditation would assist, strengthen or hasten the movement to break DeKalb into smaller districts.

06/03/2013 DeKalb Schools Board Meeting
Dual Accreditation discussion


Orson“As long as we are in agreement that it will be an agenda item next month.”
Melvin Johnson“Can we absorb this information and accept this information today, so next month we will make a formal recommendation and vote on it at that time. If you can agree on that, raise your hand.”

Dr. Morley- “Let’s revisit in December”

Dr. Carter“I support Dual Accreditation. It should be part of the strategic planning process, but not necessarily pushed to December. I’ll be prepared to vote it up or down in July.”

Coleman – Mute, no comment

McMahan – Mute, no comment

Northlake Community Alliance05/23/2013
Ms. Karen Carter appears to be in agreement with Mr. Thurmond over dual accreditation, saying, “One of the things that’s important to us first and foremost is restoring full accreditation with SACS.” Dual accreditation is on the 06/03/2013 Work Session agenda for discussion, but it is not scheduled to be voted on during the Business Meeting. Orson and Coleman are listed as the presenters. If the discussion goes well, the board may decide to place action on GAC accreditation on the Business Meeting agenda. Terry Nall, Dunwoody City Councilman, has invited representatives from GAC to be available for any last minute questions.

Dr. Karen Carter
One of the things that’s important to us first and foremost is restoring full accreditation with SACS. As the Superintendent told you, don’t take his word for it, don’t take our word for it. Look out for that report. We, as board members, had to participate in that conversation and I believe that we’re on the right path.

We also want to make the opportunity available for the schools to determine how best, with feedback from all of our stake holders, how best to ensure that they are confident that their students will have what they need for accreditation. There is an ad hoc committee of board members who are looking at dual accreditation. We want to make a sound decision that is good for the entire system, not one school vs another school. We never want to pit our schools against one another or our students. We are one DeKalb County.

I happen to be district 8 at large. I live in district 4. Jim and I serve all of our districts and so our responsibility is to serve all of our schools. So, our sub ground is looking at how best to consider dual accreditation so that each and every school, if that’s appropriate, has the opportunity without it being a burden on any one individual school. It’s not on the table, it is being studied and we will get to a decision with that before there is a window of opportunity that closes for our students. Our priority is SACS accreditation, but we will not close the window on dual accreditation.

Dunwoody Chamblee Parent Council05/01/2013
Terry Nall and Fran Millar peppered Mr. Thurmond with facts as he refused to support dual accreditation for high schools across DeKalb.

Michael Thurmond
My focus is on gaining full accreditation for the entire district. It just is. That’s what I was hired to do. And that is my focus. And what I’ve said to Terry and I’ve said to others here, that I will not support anything that undermines the value of that effort.