Preparing Our Students for Smooth Transitions
Guidance, Counseling and Mentoring provides professional development, resources, advocacy and technical support to professional school counselors, graduation coaches, administrators, parents, students, and community members throughout DeKalb County. School counselors are housed in all schools and centers.
DeKalb County School District was one of the first systems in Georgia to increase credits for graduation and to offer a variety of diplomas.
The Program of Study Form provides specific information on course requirements and the number of units needed for graduation.
Graduates of DeKalb County School District have the option to order replacement diplomas through the current vendor (Jostens) by following the procedures below:
Call Jostens at 1-706-691-9359 or email Mark Peay.
**All orders must be placed Monday-Friday, during normal business hours (8:30-5:00 PM EST). Orders will only be accepted via telephone.
Please be prepared to pay for your order when you call Jostens. The cost of the replacement diploma is $50.00. Production time is 3-4 weeks. Diplomas will be sent directly to the requesting person at the shipping address upon completion.
Note: DeKalb County School District is not responsible for the placement or orders, payment of invoices or tracking of replacement diplomas. Any questions should be directed to Jostens.
**In many instances, an official high school transcript will serve as proof of graduation. If you are in need of a transcript to verify graduation, please contact your graduating high school or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a Transcript Request Form.
DeKalb County School District is committed to improving student achievement through personal outreach. We believe that one person really can make a difference. Caring adults from the community are encouraged to become involved as volunteers in our mentoring program.
Community and Corporate Mentoring
Employees from business agencies and local community organizations mentor students on a one-to-one basis. Volunteers from the community or business groups can serve as mentors to students.
Prospective mentors are required to complete an application, a background check through the DeKalb County School District Public Safety department, and attend a mandatory four-hour training session. After training, each mentor agrees to spend at least thirty minutes a week with his/her student. For the purposes of this program, all mentoring sessions are held at the school during the school day on a regular, predictable basis. Feedback group sessions are provided throughout the school year and offer information as well as professional support to mentoring volunteers.
Training sessions for all potential community and corporate mentors will be held quarterly.
DeKalb County Schools offers its students school-based mentoring support. In this program, staff members are paired with students in the local schools. Participants can be self-nominated or identified by parents or the members of the school faculty as students who would benefit from one-to-one support and monitoring of personal, academic, and behavioral goals.
Mentoring activities in this program occur during the school day.
Move On When Ready
Move on When Ready (MOWR) provides opportunities for high school freshman and sophomores to enroll full time in post-secondary institutions to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. Students are eligible to participate in Move on When Ready if they are entering the 9th through 12th grade, as determined by the District. Institutions eligible to participate in Move on When Ready include a unit of the University System of Georgia, a branch of the Technical College System of Georgia, a private, independent, nonprofit post-secondary institution eligible for tuition equalization grants, or a private proprietary post-secondary institution eligible for tuition equalization grants.
Promotion & Retention
Students who enter the ninth grade in 2005–2006 and beyond are required to complete 360 hours (24 units) in order to meet the requirements for graduation. The requirements for promotion are as follows:
† core courses include English, mathematics, science, social studies, and world language