Former Ivy Prep high school students begin at DeKalb schools

Forty-eight former Ivy Prep Academy high school students began classes in DeKalb County Schools this week, district spokesman Quinn Hudson said.

The academy announced plans to do away with its high school program at the beginning of October, citing a budget deficit and inadequate student performance. About 90 tsudents were taking high school classes at Ivy Prep, which has two campuses in DeKalb County and one in Gwinnett County.

Hudson said 52 of the Ivy Prep high school students were initially flagged to transfer into DeKalb schools, but four became ineligible due to residency changes. Ivy Prep high school classes ended Friday.

Some parents and community activists have criticized the decision and complained the academy has not been open about its decision-making process.

The State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia last week approved a proposal to restructure the academy’s classes.

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