Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia


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Dalia Santiago Awarded 2021 Tom Jones Educator of the Year

Amid an excited crowd at the Dalton High football game, Dalia Santiago was presented with the 2021 Tom Jones Educator of the Year Award. Santiago has taught at Dalton Public Schools for 24 years and is best known in the community as a leader in multicultural education. Trisha Bethel, daughter of the late Tom Jones, along with other family members presented the award.


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DHS Senior Named Winner of Karen Lightbody Kirkman Piano Scholarship

Jason Lin, senior at Dalton High School, has been recognized as this year's winner of the Karen Lightbody Scholarship for his outstanding piano skills. The Karen Lightbody Kirkman Piano Scholarship is administered by the Dalton Education Foundation. It is gifted to one applicant a year and pays for the recipient's continued musical lessons.

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What people are saying

Virginia Luna
Virginia LUna TOTY

Teacher

"Dalton High School gave me that opportunity to give back to my community all the things that I once received as a newcomer."

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Jackie Taylor
Jackie Taylor headshot

Social Worker & Parent

"My daughter has attended Brookwood since Pre-K and is about to start Dalton Middle School. Even though I'm 'not from around here,' I am proud to know that someday I will be the mother of a Dalton High School graduate. I love working for Dalton Public Schools and am proud to be part of the Dalton Difference."

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Miguel Gonzalez
Miguel Gonzalez in classroom

Teacher

"I had Carol Satterfield, she still teaches at Dalton Middle School. I saw her really take care of me and my older brother outside of the classroom, that's when I said, okay, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life."

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2nd Lt. Jesus Cortez
Jesus Cortez at West Point graduation

Alum

"There was always something to do around here. It's not like I'd end up going home and playing video games, I actually stopped playing video games in high school because there was so much to do. That shaped me into being versatile and always trying something new. I had a great experience with the school system."

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Monica Maldonado
Monica Maldonado and her fiance in Washington DC

Alum

"I'm really thankful I got to go through a robust IB and AP program because I exempted a lot of credit hours when I got to college, and I was well-prepared for the rigor of my college courses."

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Did You Know?

Increasing Graduation Rate

Dalton Public Schools has a graduation rate of 81.6%, a 3% increase from 2018.

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1:1

Every student in PreK through 12th grade receives their own device to integrate into their classroom experience.

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International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

The International Baccalaureate program is a rigorous pre-university program leading to assessments in six subject areas. It offers a challenging and demanding educational experience across the full curriculum.

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72%

72% of DPS staff members have advanced degrees.

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40

Our students speak 42 different languages and come from 22 different countries.

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Dual-Language Immersion

Elementary students at 5 schools can participate in German and Spanish dual-language classrooms.

 

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7900

There are 7,900 students in Dalton Public Schools and more than 1,000 dedicated teachers and staff members.

Vision

The vision of Dalton Public Schools is: World-class learning that prepares students for success in college, career and civic life.

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