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
Buford [1299] 222 17.1
Class 4A (AAAA)
School FTE Count (1)Outside (2)% Outside
Pickens 1341 11 0.8
Richmond Academy 1339 1 0.1
Riverdale pro- 1334 6 0.4
Morrow pro- 1332 0 0
Heritage, Catoosa 1328 24 1.8
Northwest Whitfield 1327 16 1.2
Troup 1323 3 0.2
Perry 1321 6 0.5
North Clayton pro- 1320 3 0.2
Upson-Lee 1314 17 1.3
LaGrange 1309 1 0.1
Americus-Sumter 1307 10 0.7
Howard 1300 11 0.8
Salem 1294 12 0.9
Chestatee 1289 5 0.4
Carver, Atlanta 1286 0 0
Druid Hills 1279 3 0.2
Hardaway 1276 3 0.2
Columbus 1269 19 1.5
Baldwin 1266 3 0.2
Westover 1262 0 0
Spalding 1262 19 1.5
Sandy Creek 1239 13 1
Southwest DeKalb 1230 0 0
LaFayette 1227 2 0.2
Shaw 1225 4 0.3
Thomson 1223 0 0
Columbia 1218 0 0
Gilmer 1217 5 0.4
Cross Creek 1216 3 0.2
Mary Persons 1214 14 1.2
West Laurens 1210 19 1.6
Cartersville 1196 11 0.9
Carver, Columbus 1191 0 0
Cairo 1187 9 0.8
North Oconee 1186 22 1.9
Burke County 1162 25 2.2
Central, Carroll 1162 6 0.5
Decatur 1158 28 2.4
Stephens County 1158 3 0.3
White County 1149 6 0.5
Cedartown 1147 6 0.5
Hampton 1142 0 0
West Hall 1141 7 0.6
Luella 1137 6 0.5
Oconee County 1134 2 0.2
East Hall 1130 12 1.1
Pike County pro- 1127 6 0.5
Woodward Academy [1096] 523 47.7
Jackson, Atlanta [1096] 62 5.7
St. Pius X [1076] 520 48.3
Jefferson [1003] 87 8.7
Blessed Trinity [978] 426 43.6
Riverside Military  [888] 429 96.6
Class 3A (AAA)
School FTE Count (1)Outside (2)% Outside
Franklin County 1115 24 2.2
Lumpkin County 1114 6 0.5
Monroe Area 1114 5 0.4
Liberty County 1108 4 0.4
Jackson County 1106 4 0.4
Crisp County 1101 74 6.7 [won appeal]
Central, Macon 1097 0 0
Sonoraville 1097 14 1.3
Westside, Macon 1094 2 0.2
Windsor Forest 1089 0 0
Haralson County 1089 17 1.6
Rutland 1087 1 0.1
Calhoun 1084 24 2.2
Cedar Grove 1083 0 0
Dawson County 1076 9 0.8
North Hall 1073 7 0.7
Monroe 1069 0 0
Pierce County 1068 11 1
Henry County 1060 0 0
Ringgold 1047 8 0.8
Redan 1025 0 0
Stone Mountain 1019 6 0.6
Coahulla Creek 1008 6 0.6
Jackson 1005 12 1.2
North Murray 997 2 0.2
Beach 992 0 0
Morgan County 985 29 2.9
Peach County 985 10 1
Appling County 983 6 0.6
Islands 983 0 0
Hephzibah 981 0 0
Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe 981 19 1.9
Murray County 980 4 0.4
Jenkins 979 1 0.1
Towers 975 2 0.2
Hart County 963 1 0.1
Tattnall County 951 27 2.8
Brantley County 950 17 1.8
East Jackson 949 14 1.5
Southeast Bulloch 949 3 0.3
Adairsville 948 1 0.1
Kendrick 945 0 0
Dougherty 930 1 0.1
Worth County 908 5 0.6
Banks County 908 15 1.7
Long County 903 7 0.8
Gordon Central 902 11 1.2
Cook 901 29 3.2 [won appeal]
Rockmart 898 10 1.1
Fannin County 894 0 0
Douglass, Atlanta 875 1 0.1
Westminster [810] 162 20
Marist [793] 476 60
Greater Atlanta Christian [736] 292 39.7
Lovett [662] 167 25.2
Bremen [623] 117 18.8
Class 2A (AA)
School FTE Count (1)Outside (2)% Outside
Pepperell 869 7 0.8
Jeff Davis 867 30 3.5 [won appeal]
Southwest 866 0 0
** Savannah Arts 857 2 0.2
Dodge County 857 9 1.1
South Atlanta 849 0 0
Washington 843 0 0
Therrell 842 0 0
Toombs County 839 11 1.3
Spencer 838 0 0
Washington County 837 1 0.1
Callaway 837 7 0.8
Albany 837 7 0.8
Fitzgerald 829 7 0.8
Chattooga 826 6 0.7
Union County 825 15 1.8
Elbert County 820 1 0.1
Johnson, Savannah 806 0 0
Jefferson County 804 7 0.9
McNair 795 0 0
Berrien 797 15 1.9
Jordan 787 0 0
Butler 781 2 0.3
Lamar County 775 9 1.2
Thomasville 761 30 3.9 [won appeal]
Westside, Augusta 752 3 0.4
Coosa 751 12 1.6
Northeast 746 1 0.1
Benedictine 738 18 4.9 [won appeal]
Putnam County 737 17 2.3
Harlem 725 6 0.8
Vidalia 721 63 8.7 [won appeal]
Glenn Hills 716 0 0
Bleckley County 708 68 9.6 [won appeal]
Swainsboro 692 27 3.9 [won appeal]
** St. Vincent's 682 20 5.9 [won appeal]
Hapeville Charter 678 16 2.4
Model 676 12 1.8
Groves 671 0 0
Monticello 670 4 0.6
Rabun County 663 10 1.5
Temple 659 10 1.5
Oglethorpe County 650 11 1.7
Early County 642 48 7.5 [won appeal]
KIPP Atlanta 638 0 0
Heard County 635 26 4.1 [won appeal]
Screven County 635 7 1.1
Savannah 632 0 0
Josey 632 0 0
Dublin 629 5 0.8
Bryan County 598 4 0.7
East Laurens 592 24 4.1 [won appeal]
Dade County 589 0 0
Bacon County 570 8 1.4
Metter 561 13 2.3
Armuchee 559 39 7 [won appeal]
Laney 549 0 0
** Stilwell Arts 542 0 0
Social Circle 525 58 11 [won appeal]
Brooks County 521 1 0.2
Class A
School FTE Count (1)Outside (2)% Outside
Holy Innocents' 520 146 28.1
** Woodville-Tompkins 506 0 0
** Coretta Scott King 500 0 0
Telfair County 493 1 0.2
B.E.S.T Academy 486 0 0
Wesleyan 483 304 62.9
Greene County 482 11 2.3
Crawford County 481 8 1.7
Macon County 478 1 0.2
Manchester 475 20 4.2
Gordon Lee 463 49 10.6
Charlton County 461 1 0.2
Atkinson County 458 16 3.5
Chattahoochee County 458 17 3.7
Irwin County 456 40 8.8
Darlington 454 259 57
Washington-Wilkes 453 0 0
Seminole County 452 36 8
Pace Academy 451 107 23.7
** Drew Charter pro- 450 20 4.4
Mt. Paran Christian 450 72 16
** Technical Career Magnet 444 0 0
McIntosh County Academy 442 0 0
Commerce 437 46 10.5
Pelham 436 22 5
** Paideia 435 97 22.3
Marion County 432 16 3.7
Mt. de Sales 428 121 28.3
Trion 422 34 8.1
Wilkinson County 421 3 0.7
** Morris Innovative 421 1 0.2
** Davidson Fine Arts 420 3 0.7
Mt. Zion, Carroll 420 7 1.7
Bowdon 414 5 1.2
Claxton 407 4 1
Lanier County 400 7 1.8
Savannah Christian 399 65 16.3
Taylor County 396 33 8.3
Terrell County 396 0 0
Schley County 393 92 23.4
Dooly County 389 5 1.3
Hawkinsville 389 39 10
First Presbyterian 388 75 19.3
Mitchell County 384 3 0.8
Turner County 383 18 4.7
Lincoln County 376 2 0.5
Eagles Landing Christian 373 95 25.5
Our Lady of Mercy 366 172 47
Clinch County 358 12 3.4
Hebron Christian 357 39 10.9
Fellowship Christian 356 123 34.6
Walker 355 53 14.9
** Atlanta International 347 147 42.4
** Johnson, Augusta 340 0 0
Jenkins County 340 0 0
Towns County 337 1 0.3
Emanuel County Institute 336 2 0.6
North Cobb Christian 335 102 30.4
Johnson County 335 18 5.4
Treutlen 327 23 7
Athens Academy 327 203 62.1
Brookstone 327 75 22.9
** DeKalb Arts 322 0 0
St. Francis 321 136 42.4
Stratford Academy 319 49 15.4
Calvary Day School 316 24 7.6
Greenville 314 0 0
Randolph-Clay 312 50 16
Wilcox County 310 5 1.6
Mt. Vernon 308 146 47.4
** Elite Scholars 306 1 0.3
George Walton 305 111 36.4
Providence Christian 303 96 31.7
Hancock Central 299 6 2
** Galloway 296 64 21.6
Montgomery County 294 9 3.1
Pinecrest Academy 285 75 26.3
Mt. Pisgah 281 44 15.7
Georgia Military College 280 91 32.5
Prince Avenue 278 181 65.1
Miller County 275 28 10.2
Landmark Christian 272 218 80.1
** Tallulah Falls 272 166 61
Strong Rock Christian 265 63 23.8
Savannah Country Day 264 19 7.2
King's Ridge 260 89 34.2
Wheeler County 252 38 15.1
Whitefield Academy 251 71 28.3
Twiggs County 245 10 4.1
Aquinas 244 87 35.7
Lakeview Academy 234 50 21.4
** Savannah Early College 231 0 0
Portal 230 0 0
** Echols County 229 6 2.6
Athens Christian 229 155 67.7
** Weber 224 98 43.8
Baconton Charter 213 7 3.3
Calhoun County 200 1 0.5
St. Anne-Pacelli 186 48 25.8
Glascock County 182 1 0.5
Tattnall Square 174 47 27
Central, Talbotton 159 0 0
Christian Heritage 152 30 19.7
Warren County 138 0 0
** Fulton Leadership 126 0 0
Stewart County 124 2 1.6
** Pataula Charter 124 0 0
** Webster County 105 14 13.3
** Ben Franklin Academy 102 54 52.9
** Atlanta Jewish Academy 96 33 34.4
** Excel Christian 91 6 6.6
** Quitman County 84 0 0
** Baker County 84 1 1.2
** Lake Oconee Academy 75 4 5.3
** ACE Charter 75 0 0
** Greenforest Christian 67 14 20.9
** Georgia School for Deaf 57 52 91.2
** Georgia Academy for Blind 56 42 75
** Atlanta Classical 50 1 2
** W.D. Mohammed 48 4 8.3
** Taliaferro County 40 4 10
** SW Atlanta Christian 26 4 15.4
** Woody Gap 23 0 0

(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.

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