Reconfiguration

In August 2021, Dalton Public Schools will be opening its first new school building in more than 15 years. This is just one part of the grade level reconfiguration that will be occurring next school year.

The reconfiguration will not affect elementary schools, which will continue to serve students in pre-k through fifth grade.

Hammond Creek Middle School will open its doors for the first time in August 2021 for students in sixth and seventh grade. Thanks to the city’s taxpayers who approved a general obligation bond in 2017, the district was able to construct Hammond Creek, a 198,000 square foot, state of the art building currently under construction on Brooker Drive off the North Bypass. Hammond Creek will house approximately 1200 students.

The principal of Hammond Creek will be Lauri Johnson. Heather Lawson and Brandon Headrick will be the vice principals, and Jennifer Simmons and Julie Gallman will be the counselors.

The current Dalton Middle School building will be repurposed and renamed to Dalton Junior High School, and will be for students in eighth and ninth grade.

The principal of Dalton Junior High School will be Missie McKinney. Matt Phillips and Orgena Alexander will be the vice principals and Sheila McKeehan and Demaris Natola will be the counselors.

In what is currently the sixth grade wing of Dalton Middle School, a new high school will open. The Dalton Academy, a magnet high school for students in 10th through 12th grade will also open in August 2021. This wing is currently being renovated to offer state of the art classrooms and labs for the specific pathways that will be offered at The Dalton Academy.

Morris Innovative High School will close its doors at the end of May 2021. Over its ten years of operation, the school graduated a total of 610 students to date. Before the school closes, it will have graduated closer to 800 students. It is clear that the school was needed and successful in its mission.

At the same time, Dalton High School will transition to serving students in 10th-12th grade. This will be the biggest change coming next year, as every high school student will now get to make their own choice between these two high schools.

It’s important to know the difference between the two high schools so you can be a part of helping students make the decision that is right for them.

The pathways offered at Dalton High School will be Culinary Arts, Engineering and Technology, Engineering Drafting and Design, Graphic Design, Game Design, Computer Science, Fine Arts and JROTC. The pathways offered at The Dalton Academy will be Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Sports Medicine, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Audio Video Technology and Film and Teaching as a Profession.

Both schools will continue to offer Advance Placement and dual enrollment classes. However, the International Baccalaureate program will still only be offered at Dalton High School.

The Dalton Academy will offer an option for students craving a smaller school environment. There will be fewer students at The Dalton Academy than at Dalton High School, creating a smaller environment where all students can learn, grow and form unique connections with teachers and fellow students.

No matter which school students attend next year, they will continue to receive a world-class education that will prepare them for college, career and civic life. This grade reconfiguration will only provide more opportunities for each student to succeed in Dalton Public Schools.