ELPC History


Emory LaVista Parent Council began in 1997 in response to the establishment of middle schools
in DeKalb County. Specifically, changing Shamrock High School to a middle school feeding
both Druid Hills and Lakeside High Schools. The original ELPC charter included the feeder
schools to Shamrock Middle who then matriculated to Lakeside or Druid Hills High Schools. A
few years ago the organization realigned to include Henderson Middle School and its feeder
elementary schools. Through issue-oriented meetings and an involved constituency, ELPC has
established itself as an excellent source of information and a venue for communication
concerning educational issues facing our children and our community.

The 16 member schools serve a diverse population of more than 10,000 DeKalb children.
Presently, as noted on the Georgia Department of Education website, ELPC school
demographics show a student make up of 44% Black, 35% White, 10% Hispanic, 7% Asian-
Pacific and 4% Multi Racial. Our high schools offer their students excellence in education but
in different packages. Lakeside is known for its Advanced Placement courses and has a seven
period day. Druid Hills was the first to adopt block scheduling in DeKalb County and now is
offering the International Baccalaureate certification.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, starting at 9:15am, with refreshments
served at 8:45am. Meeting locations rotate to each of our school facilities giving members a
chance to visit all of our schools. ELPC offers an issues sheet prior to each meeting to stimulate
thought on the topics being presented. We maintain a g-mail account that allows all interested
parents and community members to receive meeting announcements and meeting summaries and
as always, we welcome your opinions, concerns and suggestions.

Emory LaVista Parent Council remains committed to its original purpose which is to strengthen
the public school community by providing a forum for communication, and promoting
educational opportunities for children and our community. We are here to give you the
information you need to make your schools and your school experience the very best.