Mark F. Milhollin, P.C.

 

 

 

GHSA announces new classifications; 48 schools placed in new 7A

 

 
   

The GHSA announced Wednesday the new seven classifications for 2016-17. Results are below.

First, a few observations.

-The GHSA had wanted to address the perceived competitive advantages held by city schools that have open enrollment. To accomplish that, the GHSA voted earlier this year to bump to higher classifications all schools that get more than 3.0 percent of students outside their county. Did it work? Among city schools, only Buford, Jefferson and Bremen were bumped. That’s unless you count Jackson of Atlanta, an unintended catch in the fish net. Those that escaped were Calhoun, Carrollton, Cartersville, Decatur, Dublin, Rome, Social Circle, Thomasville and Vidalia.

-The 3.0 plan worked for the targeted larger private schools. Those placed in higher classifications are Woodward Academy, St. Pius, Blessed Trinity, Westminster, Marist, Greater Atlanta Christian, Lovett and Riverside Military. Meanwhile, Holy Innocents’, Wesleyan, Pace Academy and Darlington – all competing currently in AA – will get to move back to Class A because their enrollments fell at or below the new Class A threshold of 520 students. Benedictine currently is the only private school that tentatively is slated for AA.

– The other big change in the new classification is the move to seven classes from six. The new highest class (AAAAAA, or 7A) will comprise only 48 schools, down from 64. The aim was to reduce the gap between the state’s largest school, Mill Creek at 3,998 students, and the lowest in the class, which will be Westlake at 2,092. Metro Atlanta schools that were relieved of playing in the highest class next year are Alpharetta, Centennial, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Northview from north Fulton County; Harrison, Pope and South Cobb from Cobb; Dacula from Gwinnett; Hughes from south Fulton; and Tucker from DeKalb. Several current AAAAA schools might’ve been bumped to the higher class if not for the new, smaller high class. Those include Cambridge, Richmond Hill and Gainesville.

-Where do we go from here? On Dec. 1, the reclassification committee will place schools in regions. That is after taking requests from schools choosing to play in higher classifications. On Dec. 7-8, the GHSA will hear appeals regarding region placement. On Jan. 13, the GHSA’s executive committee will ratify the reclassification.

Class 7A (AAAAAAA)
School FTE Count (1)Outside (2)% Outside
Mill Creek 3998 45 1.1
Norcross 3753 11 0.3
Brookwood 3476 4 0.1
Peachtree Ridge 3201 71 2.2
Meadowcreek 3193 5 0.2
Collins Hill 3175 0 0
Lambert 2973 12 0.4
South Forsyth 2948 9 0.3
Lowndes 2942 36 1.2
Parkview 2936 23 0.8
Berkmar 2892 0 0
East Coweta 2882 6 0.2
North Cobb 2854 14 0.5
Grayson 2850 19 0.6
North Gwinnett 2846 11 0.4
Duluth 2710 0 0
Walton 2710 8 0.3
Campbell 2669 11 0.4
South Gwinnett 2599 0 0
Archer 2580 35 1.4
Cherokee 2543 43 1.7
Pebblebrook 2524 9 0.4
Camden County 2489 3 0.1
Colquitt County 2441 76 3.1
West Forsyth 2422 4 0.2
North Forsyth 2415 32 1.3
Etowah 2407 0 0
Hillgrove 2404 43 1.8
Newton 2359 2 0.1
McEachern 2342 12 0.5
Shiloh 2332 0 0
Newnan 2299 7 0.3
Woodstock 2295 5 0.2
Central Gwinnett 2254 51 2.3
Milton 2180 7 0.3
Lassiter 2176 20 0.9
Tift County 2173 93 4.3
Marietta 2172 14 0.6
Kennesaw Mountain 2170 13 0.6
Forsyth Central 2166 9 0.4
Wheeler 2161 6 0.3
Lakeside, DeKalb 2133 2 0.1
Discovery 2127 0 0
Rockdale County 2121 0 0
Roswell 2117 18 0.9
North Paulding 2109 5 0.2
Mountain View 2098 14 0.7
Westlake 2092 2 0.1
Class 6A (AAAAAA)
School FTE Count (1)Outside (2)% Outside
Johns Creek 2076 9 0.4
Dacula 2075 10 0.5
South Cobb 2050 7 0.3
Alpharetta 2033 74 3.6
Valdosta 2006 16 0.8
Harrison 1990 9 0.5
Richmond Hill 1990 10 0.5
Cambridge 1984 17 0.9
Pope 1982 7 0.4
Osborne 1967 7 0.4
Alcovy 1964 8 0.4
Gainesville 1962 15 0.8
Chattahoochee 1953 8 0.4
Centennial 1938 9 0.5
Langston Hughes 1927 2 0.1
Habersham Central 1909 0 0
Northview 1908 19 1
Creekview 1904 2 0.1
Winder-Barrow 1897 12 0.6
Douglas County 1895 11 0.6
Effingham County 1890 8 0.4
Lee County 1874 15 0.8
Glynn Academy 1868 13 0.7
Heritage, Conyers 1860 24 1.3
Coffee 1854 20 1.1
Evans 1854 7 0.4
Grovetown 1835 7 0.4
Dalton 1829 19 1
Sequoyah 1828 2 0.1
Tucker 1824 7 0.4
Drew pro- 1822 8 0.4
South Paulding 1821 8 0.4
Mundy’s Mill   pro- 1808 4 0.2
Northside, W. Robins 1807 6 0.3
Tri-Cities 1802 10 0.6
Lanier 1800 4 0.2
Northgate 1793 6 0.3
Houston County 1791 5 0.3
Lovejoy pro- 1782 9 0.5
Allatoona 1770 38 2.1
Brunswick 1760 5 0.3
Sprayberry 1759 9 0.5
Mays 1742 0 0
Greenbrier 1738 5 0.3
Alexander 1737 33 1.9
Creekside 1737 5 0.3
New Manchester 1735 6 0.3
North Atlanta 1734 10 0.6
Apalachee 1732 27 1.6
Jonesboro pro- 1731 1 0.1
Paulding County 1724 7 0.4
Rome 1714 34 2
Dunwoody 1697 0 0
Bradwell Institute 1683 15 0.9
East Paulding 1681 6 0.4
Lakeside, Evans 1681 6 0.4
River Ridge 1679 2 0.1
Class 5A (AAAAA)
School FTE Count (1)Outside (2)% Outside
Harris County 1673 30 1.8
McIntosh 1670 15 0.9
Flowery Branch 1669 12 0.7
M. L. King 1655 0 0
Woodland, Cartersville 1643 7 0.4
Clarkston 1642 2 0.1
Hiram 1634 8 0.5
North Springs 1630 42 2.6
Forest Park pro- 1616 3 0.2
Stephenson 1616 4 0.2
South Effingham 1595 5 0.3
Jones County 1594 19 1.2
Villa Rica 1590 17 1.1
Statesboro 1579 5 0.3
Lithia Springs 1567 8 0.5
Mt. Zion, Jonesboro pro- 1566 0 0
Cedar Shoals 1564 0 0
Ware County 1561 3 0.2
Cass 1560 1 0.1
Ola 1560 7 0.4
Warner Robins 1548 2 0.1
Banneker 1547 4 0.3
Riverwood 1542 16 1
Cross Keys 1523 0 0
Loganville 1509 9 0.6
Veterans 1506 5 0.3
Miller Grove 1501 1 0.1
Dutchtown 1496 11 0.7
Union Grove 1495 14 0.9
Stockbridge 1494 5 0.3
Bainbridge 1487 6 0.4
Kell 1483 11 0.7
Carrollton 1481 25 1.7
Wayne County 1474 4 0.3
Thomas County Central 1474 81 5.5 [won appeal]
Woodland, Stock. 1473 19 1.3
Johnson, Gainesville 1471 1 0.1
Whitewater 1427 23 1.6
Clarke Central 1419 6 0.4
Lithonia 1418 1 0.1
Walnut Grove 1408 13 0.9
Locust Grove 1400 11 0.8
Griffin 1395 2 0.1
Starr’s Mill 1393 14 1
New Hampstead 1386 1 0.1
Ridgeland 1385 12 0.9
Eastside 1384 22 1.6
Eagle’s Landing 1382 3 0.2
Chamblee 1377 3 0.2
Chapel Hill 1374 9 0.7
Grady 1364 4 0.3
Fayette County 1359 3 0.2
Northside, Columbus 1357 17 1.3
Southeast Whitfield 1357 3 0.2
Arabia Mountain 1345 3 0.2
Madison County 1345 15 1.1

(1) Number of students who reside outside the county where the school is located.

(2) Percentage of students who reside outside the county where the school is located.

(3) Schools listed as “single sex” had their FTE numbers doubled for this purpose.

** Schools not playing varsity football.

[ ] School moved up in class because of more than 3 percent out-of-county students.