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About This School

Cross Keys High School is a public high school in North Atlanta. The principal of Cross Keys High School is Tasharah M. Wilson, whose e-mail is Tasharah_M_Wilson@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us. 920 students attend Cross Keys High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 39% of the Cross Keys High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 83% of the 920 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 85% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Cross Keys High School is 12:1. Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael of Atlanta is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 69% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 73%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 4%
Asian 12% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.1%
Multiracial 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85% 66%
Limited English proficiency 39% 6%
Economically disadvantaged 83% 64%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The student to teachers ratio is great at the school. I seems like the teachers are very helpful to the students but the management don't have any clue. I read the previous comment parent involvement is low. You know why because the management is so lazy specially the registration office Ms. McCarly any parent who read this she is RUDE RUDE RUDE I travel three times out of state to get my son release paper from the school. She said he will not be getting credit if he leaves before the semester end. Why don't you worry about teaching kids instead of worrying about grades? We know Dekalb school is knows for writing false grade and i am not worry about grades anyway.

  • (2 years ago)

    i think cross keys can do better over all and get more parent involvment as well.

  • (3 years ago)

    Cross Keys has a diverse population of students who interact beautifully. considering their economic status and the fact that many of them speak English as a second language they test very well. It was a privilege to teach them for many years.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cross Keys is a school of chance. where all can enjoy a good high school education. The faculty is very different they give and keep on giving to improve the students.DeKalb school system really need to fund this school. I am not sure why the board and Dr. Lewis has turned thier back on this wondeful jewel.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at Cross Keys i think this is a very wonderful school. People generalize it as being a school full of gangs and bad influences but its anything but that. The teachers help you out a lot the administrators do the best they can with the low funding they receive to keep the school running. We excel in a lot of different things but the school is not given the proper funding and parental involvement it needs because most of the parents are hard working and work more than one job.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school lacks the funding that it deserves but it is definitely one of DeKalb County's best kept secrets. Cross Keys is a school for highly unique students who want the one-on-one attention while getting an education from educators who actually care. Cross Keys doesn't excel in football or basketball but rather softball baseball swimming and soccer. Cross Keys is the leader in AP exam scores and it is known as an artistically inclined school. The counselors are helpful and the administration backs the student body. This high school is also known as the most diverse school in Atlanta with students from over 40 different nations. There are no cliques or stereotypes at this school and I am glad that I transferred my child from Druid Hills. I don't think I would've had my child attend any other school in Atlanta.

  • (7 years ago)

    The most impressive thing about Cross Keys is that the faculty cares. Although there test scores are low (due to a high immigration population) I have never seen such dedicated teachers and administrators. It is a multi-cultural multi-ethnic environment which exposes the students to a variety of opportunities to learn about different cultures. You have immediate access to the faculty and they are always willing to listen and to work with you. We do need more parent involvement. I believe this may also be contributed to the high immigration population and difference in cultures. If you want your child to have the individual attention and not be lost in a crowd this is the perfect school. Its positives far outweigh its negatives.

  • (8 years ago)

    Cross Keys is a very diverse school. They won the state reading bowl in 2003-2004. Many students received math awards as well. Sports teams are more for fun and experience than for winning. Band changed to a concert format this year so we will not hear as much from them during games. The art department is an unknown in 2005-2006. The administration is open to parents but there is very little parental involvement in the school. This is a school where you can be successful if you try hard but a poor student might not get the extra help needed. Chorus is just for fun. The drama department has not put on a play in years. The sculpture around the building is wonderful. I have had children at Cross Keys for the last six years.

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