The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) reclassification committee has made vital decisions for the upcoming cycle. They announced that the GHSA classifications will go from seven to six classes. The GHSA has also decided to keep the 3.0 out-of-zone enrollment multiplier and will consider expanding the highest classification (6A) by 18 schools.
The GHSA is also introducing a new rule that will affect out-of-zone enrollment. Starting next year, students who have attended a feeder school to a member high school since fifth grade will no longer be considered out-of-zone. This change is expected to reduce the impact of the 3.0 multiplier.
The GHSA is still debating how much they will expand the highest classification. The current proposal is to increase the number of schools from 46 to 64. This would create a more balanced class structure across all classifications.
Based on current enrollment numbers, the following schools would have been placed in the newly expanded highest classification: Blessed Trinity, Houston County, Rome, Gainesville, Alexander, Douglas County, East Paulding, Etowah, Lakeside-DeKalb, Newnan, North Atlanta, North Forsyth, Paulding County, Rockdale County, Shiloh, South Cobb, South Paulding, and Tift County. One Savannah area local school, Richmond Hill High School, is on the bubble. The Wildcats are now in the GHSA 7A classification.
The final decision on which schools will be moved up will be made in late October or early November. The GHSA stated it is committed to ensuring the reclassification process is fair and transparent. They encourage schools to appeal their classifications if they believe they need to be placed correctly. Furthermore, schools can request moving up a classification if they wish.
The reclassification process is expected to be completed by mid-December. The GHSA will hold a meeting on September 26th to discuss the next steps.
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