How might it look for your school? GHSA realignment (based on old numbers)

Proposed regional alignments for the GHSA’s new six classifications that would go into effect for the 2012-13 school year. The proposal is based on present enrollment and will change once new enrollment figures are available in October. (Proposed alignment provided by GHSA Reclassification Committee):

CLASS AAAAAA

Region 1 (Number of schools-5)

Warner Robins

Northside WR

Lowndes County

Tift County

Colquitt County


Region 2 (10)

East Coweta

Newnan

Langston Hughes

Westlake

Luella

Lovejoy

Newton

Morrow

Alcovy

Rockdale


Region 3 (5)

Camden

Bradwell Institute

Brunswick

Coffee

Effingham County


Region 4 (9)

Campbell

Harrison

Hillgrove

Kennesaw Mountain

Mceachern

Douglas County

Pebblebrook

South Cobb

South Paulding


Region 5 (8)

Cherokee

Etowah

Lassiter

Marietta

Walton

Wheeler

Woodstock

North Cobb


Region 6 (8)

Milton

North Forsyth

Alpharetta

Roswell

Lambert

West Forsyth

Centennial

Johns Creek


Region 7 (9)

Collins Hill

Duluth

Mill Creek

Norcross

Mountain View

North Gwinnett

Peachtree Ridge

Meadowcreek

Habersham Central


Region 8 (10)

Archer

Berkmar

Winder Barrow

Brookwood

Central Gwinnett

Parkview

Grayson

South Gwinnett

Shiloh

Dacula


CLASS AAAAA

Region 1 (6)

Valdosta

Northside Columbus

Lee County

Houston County

Bainbridge

Hardaway


Region 2 (8)

Greenbriar

Lakeside Evans

Evans

Glynn Academy

Groves

Ware County

Richmond Hill

South Effingham


Region 3 (9)

Jones County

Forest Park

Union Grove

Mundy Mill

Mt. Zion-Clayton

Woodland-Henry

Riverdale

Drew

Northgate


Region 4 (10)

Lakeside Atlanta

Tri-Cities

Grady

Druid Hills

Tucker

Stephenson

Southwest DeKalb

Miller Grove

MLK

Arabia Mountain


Region 5 (9)

Alexander

Chapel Hill

North Paulding

Hiram

East Paulding

Villa Rica

Whitewater

McIntosh

Lithia Springs


Region 6 (9)

Osborne

Sprayberry

Sequoyah

Woodland-Cartersville

Allatoona

Pope

Dalton

Kell

Rome


Region 7 (8)

South Forsyth

Creekview

Northview

Chattahoochee

North Springs

Riverwood

Chamblee

Dunwoody


Region 8 (7)

Heritage (Conyers)

Appalachee

Flowery Brnach

Cedar Shoals

Gainesville

Clarke Central

Salem


CLASS AAAA

Region 1 (6)

TCC

Monroe-Albany

Westover

Crisp County

Cairo

Americus


Region 2 (11)

Beach

Windsor Forest

Wayne County

Savannah

Jenkins-Savannah

Statesboro

Hephzibah

Burke County

Richmond Academy

Grovetown

Cross Creek


Region 3 (8)

Peach County

Perry

Veterans

Mary  Persons

Howard

Rutland

West Laurens

Baldwin


Region 4 (9)

Troup

LaGrange

Griffin

Spalding

Upson-Lee

Columbus

Shaw

Carrollton

Harris County


Region 5 (8)

Carver-Atlanta

Washington-Atlanta

North Atlanta

Douglass Atlanta

Columbia

Lithonia

Redan

Mays


Region 6 (10)

Jonesboro

Starr’s Mill

Stockbridge

Eagles Landing

Dutchtown

Sandy Creek

Fayette County

Banneker

Creekside

Ola


Region 7 (10)

Cass

Ridgeland

SE Whitfield

NW Whitfield

Pickens

Gilmer

LaFayette

Paulding County

River’s Edge

Heritage-Catoosa


Region 8 (8)

Eastside

Loganville

Madison County

Monroe Area

Chestatee

Johnson-Gainesville

Lumpkin County

Forsyth Central


CLASS AAA

Region 1 (6)

Albany

Dougherty

Worth County

Spencer

Carver Columbus

Jordan


Region 2 (9)

Dodge County

Liberty County

Tatnall County

Pierce County

Brantley County

SE Bulloch

Appling County

Cook County

Johnson Savannah


Region 3 (6)

Glenn Hills

Josey

Jefferson County

Washington County

Butler

Thomson


Region 4 (8)

Central-Macon

Locust Grove

Westside-Macon

Southwest-Macon

Pike County

Henry County

Jackson

North Clayton


Region 5 (11)

Woodward Academy

Stone Mountain

St. Pius

Therrell

Cross Keys

Blessed Trinity

McNair

Towers

Cedar Grove

Clarkston

South Atlanta


Region 6 (10)

Cedartown

Central Carroll

Haralson County

Cartersville

Adairsville

Pepperell

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

Murray County

Sonoraville

Ringgold

North Murray


Region 7 (8)

Dawson County

West Hall

White County

North Hall

Buford

East Hall

Fannin County

Lanier-Gwinnett


Region 8 (10)

Morgan County

Stephens County

Franklin County

Elbert County

Hart County

East Jackson

Jackson County

Oconee County

North Oconee

Walnut Grove


CLASS AA

Region 1 (9)

Fitzgerald

Thomsville

Early County

Brooks

Randolph Clay

Bacon County

Long County

Irwin County

Atkinson County


Region 2 (10)

Islands

Coastal

Screven

St.  Vincents

Benedictine

McIntosh Co. Acad.

Metter

Savannah Arts

Savannah Christian

Bryan County


Region 3 (7)

Harlem

Westside-Augusta

Dublin

East Laurens

Laney

Swainsboro

Davidson Fine Arts


Region 4 (6)

Bleckley County

Vidalia

Toombs County

Jeff Davis

Telfair County

Northeast Macon


Region 5 (9)

Marist

Decatur

GAC

Lovett

Westminster

Maynard Jackson

Temple

Bowdon

Bremen


Region 6 (9)

Calloway

Manchester

Lamar County

Crawford County

Taylor County

Chattahoochee County

Heard County

Kendrick

Macon County


Region 7 (10)

Calhoun

Armuchee

Chattooga

Cohulla Creek

Coosa

Dade County

Model

Gordon Central

Rockmart

Gordon Lee


Region 8 (11)

George Walton

Rabun County

Jefferson

Banks County

Putnam County

Oglethorpe County

Union County

Jasper County

Greene County

Social Circle

Washington Wilkes


CLASS A

Region 1 (13)

Baker County

Seminole County

Turner County

Terrell County

Clinch County

Miller County

Echols Counts

Calhoun County

Baconton Charter

Stewart Quitman

Charlton County

Webster County

Pelham


Region 2 (11)

Jenkins County

Truetlen County

ECI

Portal

Calvary Day

Savannah Country Day

Johnson County

Montgomery County

Wheeler County

Lanier County

Claxton


Region 3 (10)

Marion County

Wilcox  County

Hawkinsville

Greenville

Dooly County

Schley

Brookstone

Pacelli

Talbot County

Wilkinson County


Region 4 (14)

Eagles Landing Christian

Our Lady of Mercy

Strong Rock Christian

Paidea

Yeshiva

WD Mohammed

SW Atlanta Christian

Tech Charter

Greenforest

Ben Franklin

Whitefield

Hapeville Charter

Landmark Christian


Region 5 (12)

Pace Academy

Holy Innocents’

Kings Ridge

Mount Pisgah

Pinecrest Academy

St. Francis

Atlanta International

Galloway

Providence

DeKalb Arts

Wesleyan

Morris Innovative


Region 6 (9)

Trion

Mt. Zion

Mt. Paran

Walker

North Cobb Christian

Excel Christian

Ga. School for Deaf

Fellowship Christian

Darlington


Region 7 (10)

Lincoln County

Hancock County

Johnson Augusta

Twiggs County

Aquinas

Taliaferro County

Warren County

Glascock County

Ga. Military

Ga. School for Blind


Region 8 (11)

Commerce

Hebron Christian

Athens Academy

Athens Christian

Towns County

Prince Avenue

Tallulah Falls

Woody Gap

Lakeview Academy

Rabun-Gap-Nac.

Riverside Military

70 comments Add your comment

KD

May 10th, 2011
3:38 pm

I know you are just going by numbers, but I don’t understand how Loganville, supposely the largest school in AAAA, for 2 years or more could stay in AAAA, and some schools that are in AAA, barely by just a few students will move up to AAAA. i DON’T SEE IT !!!!

KD

May 10th, 2011
3:39 pm

Tana

May 10th, 2011
4:04 pm

New schools could be opening in places, or new district rezoning that might change the totals of some teams that affect where they fall. remember teams can elect to play up or down also, so take that for consideration as well.

JD

May 10th, 2011
4:07 pm

I thought they were changing this to help schools with travel etc…. All I know is Jasper and Greene are a long way from Union and Rabun……

LP

May 10th, 2011
4:17 pm

Right, if it’s travel you’re looking at, take Glynn Academy and Ware County OUT of the AAAAA region with all those AUGUSTA-AREA schools and put Glynn and Ware back in with Valdosta, Bainbridge and Lee County.

6 Way Wrong

May 10th, 2011
4:21 pm

No way does this help travel, will have to travel more miles, this is bullshot!

WarEagle

May 10th, 2011
4:24 pm

@KD: The current classifications are not split evenly among the total number of schools. The 6 class plan intends to evenly divide the total number of schools among the 6 classifications. That explains why there might be some current AAA schools moving up to AAAA under the new plan.

KD

May 10th, 2011
4:40 pm

@WarEagle, you’re right, but like I said, how can a current AAAA,(Loganville) that is one of the largest stay in AAAA, and current AAA schools jump to AAAAA, or a small number school in AAA has to move to AAAA

glw

May 10th, 2011
5:01 pm

Well KD, I think a new school (Walnut Grove, I believe) opened in Walton County, so loganville fte number should be going down, so its conceivable they might stay where they are at.

Doc

May 10th, 2011
5:02 pm

George Walton would not move to AA at 350 students they would still be Class A

Ben

May 10th, 2011
5:18 pm

SAV schools will never split up. These region classifications are dumb.

dahlonega

May 10th, 2011
6:36 pm

lumpkin county having to go to madison county, loganville, and eastside. what the hell is up with that?

Say What

May 10th, 2011
7:06 pm

Some of the regions are not going to be good. A couple of teams in Region 1-AA (Bacon and Long) need to in Region 2-AA (the coastal region).

This is going to interesting on how the regions will officially set up. I hope that they will do it FAIRLY. I just wonder how many schools will claim their real numbers so they may or may not be moved in classifications they want or don’t want to play in.

vince

May 10th, 2011
7:34 pm

I don’t see much difference. You’ve still got little schools of 1800 (Mountain View) grouped with huge schools of 3800 (Mill Creek).

Surely 2000 students is too big of a difference.

CHARLES

May 10th, 2011
7:44 pm

Walnut Grove opened up thus Loganville and Monroe Area have lost students the past two years.

guwinster

May 10th, 2011
9:07 pm

This alignment does not make a lot of sense. Brunswick and Effingham are in the 2nd largest classification, but now they’re going to be forced to be in the biggest classification? If this is truly how the regions will look (not including schools playing up), then the population spread between the biggest and smallest schools in the largest classification just got even bigger.

ACC12-SEC12 Booster

May 10th, 2011
9:26 pm

Question? How did schools like Brunswick and Habersham Central jump up in enrollment so fast from AAA to AAAAAA? Are those typos? Habersham Central in the rugged very much urban Gwinnett-dominated Region 7-AAAAAA with the likes of such mega-suburban schools as Mill Creek (the largest high school in Georgia), Collins Hill (one of the five largest high schools in GA), North Gwinnett, Norcross and Peachtree Ridge? Yeah, I can see it, sounds like a totally perfect fit….Looks like yet another case of the GHSA partaking in uncontrolled substances once again!

ACC12-SEC12 Booster

May 10th, 2011
9:37 pm

dahlonega
May 10th, 2011
6:36 pm
“lumpkin county having to go to madison county, loganville, and eastside. what the hell is up with that?”

What’s wrong dahlonega? It’s ONLY about 105 miles and at-least a TWO-HOUR BUS RIDE EACH WAY (depending on Metro Atlanta rush-hour traffic) between Dahlonega and Covington, for a REGION GAME! I don’t know what the GHSA has been smoking, but whatever it is, it sure seems like it can make ANY idea seem like a really good one!

Bright Idea

May 10th, 2011
9:41 pm

Public schools have no choice but to claim real numbers. This is their FTE count from GaDOE. It is impossible to lie plus it would cost huge funding dollars to lie for the sake of athletics. I don’t know how privates are verified.

Try again

May 10th, 2011
9:52 pm

I understand the need for change, but this seems like change for the sake of change instead of improving things (reminds me of a certain presidential campaign, but I digress).

Several years back there was talk of a super 32. I don’t know exactly how that would work, but it does make sense since there are currently some HUGE schools in AAAAA and there are some normal sized AAAAA schools(1500-2000 student difference). I say keep the current 5 classification system and maybe even add some schools to AAAAA in order to make this work, but when it comes to playoff time, the largest 32 schools (which are already in AAAAA) automatically get into a separate playoff, which I guess we could call the AAAAAA state playoffs. Then the remaining teams in AAAAA have a playoff. One problem would be how to seed both brackets since it would obliterate the regions since most of the Gwinnett schools would be in the AAAAAA bracket. Perhaps a GHSA seeding committee based on games vs AAAAA opponents.

I’m sure this will sound foolish to some but it would at least give teams on the bottom end of AAAAA a fighting chance for a state championship against similar size schools, much like A, AA, AAA, and AAAA schools

johnny too good

May 10th, 2011
9:55 pm

the savannah region looks a little better

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

ACC12-SEC12 Booster

May 10th, 2011
10:04 pm

Oooh, look! Buford and Calhoun got their very own entire regular season slate of exhibition games while Habersham Central just became everybody’s favorite homecoming opponent in Region 7-AAAAAA, next to Meadowcreek, of course.

Titus Andronicus

May 10th, 2011
10:18 pm

I know Berrien’s a very anonymous school, but at last check, we still existed. Perhaps. Maybe. I assume, given our numbers and geography, you’d stick us in 2-AAA, but if I could try to influence a decision, 2-AA would be perfectly fine. Actually, 2-A would be better, but that might be pushing it a bit.

Secondly, Stewart-Quitman does not exist. There’s Stewart and there’s Quitman.

robert

May 10th, 2011
10:18 pm

How can there be schools in Camden’s region with a diff of 800-600 students unless the figures change next year. i thought the point was to bring schools with closer #’s in students together. It is better than playing the Savannah schools but where will Camden get their additional games. They have hard time arranging games with teams nearby who want to play them.There should be a better way. Plus the Savannah schools can compete in Basketball at the highest class even with their lower enrollment. They may still decide to play up in class also to stay together as city in one region. ???.

Brett Favre was once a Falcon

May 10th, 2011
10:34 pm

Lighten up, people. This is just a proposal by an anonymous AJC writer.

It contains a lot of mistakes.

The real thing comes out next October.

binar caffet

May 10th, 2011
10:39 pm

Thanks for sharing this informative post. im sure many readers will love this one. Keep on posting like this and more power!

Cherokee

May 10th, 2011
10:41 pm

Creekview and Sequoyah are east Cherokee rivals and should be in the same region. Also, the relatively new high school in Woodstock is River Ridge, not “River’s Edge” as listed here.

Thoroughbred

May 11th, 2011
12:51 am

Like it says this a projection. Can schools still petition the GHSA to play up in a higher class even if their enrollment is smaller?

Charlton Indian

May 11th, 2011
7:44 am

Whoever came up with this proposal needs to get a map and actually see where schools are located

READ THE ARTICLE!!!

May 11th, 2011
9:06 am

The proposal is based on present enrollment and will change once new enrollment figures are available in October. (Proposed alignment provided by GHSA Reclassification Committee
……
The writer didnt make this stuff up

John

May 11th, 2011
9:10 am

I’m sure Valdosta will continue to be stubborn and play up in 6A.

KD

May 11th, 2011
9:26 am

Yes, Walnut Grove is a new school in Walton County, but it sure is funny that the majority of people moving into that county will be living in the western part of Walton County, not bypassing those two high schools to go to Monroe.I still don’t understand because of this reason that Monroe will have to move up in class and Loganville which already has more students than Monroe and will definitely have more in the next year or two, will get to stay in AAAA. What the GHSA is saying that they believe more prople will move in the Monroe area, living in the county i really don’y see that happening.

Zippy

May 11th, 2011
1:29 pm

The morons that voted on this plan should have their heads checked. First and foremost, they only addressed one concern, which was region size. Adding a 6th classifications will mean that there will be fewer teams in each region. What about travel, disparity of school size in the largest classification, and public vs. private in the smaller classifications???? The new plan will actually increase problems of travel and disparity of school size.
How does a voting member that represent mainly 5A schools vote to add a 6th classification? Right now the number of schools in 5A had a cutoff of 1950 students. The classes are not distributed evenly to try to help with enrollment disparities. By adding a 6th classification removing that cutoff the will actually be MORE schools in 6A than the current 5A and there will be a wider enrollment disparity (1800-3600 approx.)
Why do all the old cronies that are no longer employed by a school system get a vote anyway????
The main argument against the 4 classification upper/lower proposal was that it would water down the state champion. Really?? I guess Chattahoochee’s 4A championship is more prestigious that Brookwood’s 5A championship, since there were 93 schools in 4A and only 61 in 5A!!!!! I guess Florida state championships are less prestigious because they have 8 classifications.
Look at the minutes from the meeting and who voted for which plan.

iTiSi

May 11th, 2011
1:49 pm

Valdosta has now been relegated to “has-been” status. Only thing I see wrong with this proposal is not putting Camden County in Region 1-6A. That is a must! See how long they last then!

George P Burdell

May 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

This is just fodder for talk. The real big news would be that Marist is moving down to AA. They will fight that tooth and nail.

The Lorax

May 11th, 2011
4:06 pm

As found on the GHSA website:

http://www.ghsa.net/clarification-media-releases

Clarification on Media Releases
When several plans were being developed to formulate a new reclassification procedure for the GHSA, members of the Reclassification Committee used old data that had been used to place schools in classes and regions more than two years ago to illustrate how the plans might work. Several media entities have released the information found of the “reclassification worksheets” as the new classes and regions for the GHSA. THAT IS NOT TRUE. Schools will be placed in classes and regions for the 2012-2014 cycle after enrollment numbers have been released by the Georgia Department of Education in October of 2011.

glw

May 11th, 2011
4:09 pm

Marist will definitely play up, the projection are strictly based on enrollment. Will they play in 5A to play the schools they have played the last few years like Tucker, Lakeside, SW Dekalb…..I figure they will probably go AAAA instead.

glw

May 11th, 2011
4:09 pm

My kids go to Northgate, trust me they are more apt to be in a region with the Fayette county schools rather than Clayton/Henry co schools.

Korey

May 11th, 2011
5:10 pm

Im glad this is inaccurate they have North Clayton in region AAA with 4 teams in macon which is 100 miles apart. locust Grove which is just about Half way to macon. Granted Our Overall Attendance has went down But have schools this far apart is outrageous

Ron Hyatt

May 11th, 2011
5:16 pm

The idiots at GHSA think they can make Chicken Soup from Chicken Shat.

BcS2010

May 11th, 2011
6:36 pm

WOWWW tucker,MLK,stephenson,and southwest dekalb all in the same region!! that would be great the best 4 teams in dekalb county going head to head. Im exicited if this actually is true!

Trojan94

May 11th, 2011
7:10 pm

love it, love it, LOVE IT!! Carrollton griffin lagrange troup shaw spalding and upson lee in the same region! wow! great!

ACC12-SEC12 Booster

May 11th, 2011
8:12 pm

I just saw the old numbers that these projected regions are based off of, and trust me, they those numbers are really, REALLY OLD. The numbers that these current preliminary projections are based off of are close to, if not more than, a decade old (from the mid-to-late 1990s!), which is why alot of the above list looks to be so terribly disjointed. There is absolutely NO WAY on God’s green earth that a Habersham Central should be placed in a grouping with mega-monster schools like those in Region 7-AAAAAA or a Lumpkin County should be in the same region as a Covington school that is over 100 miles away and so on…

Ken Knuckles

May 11th, 2011
8:24 pm

Grady High School’s district will be interesting. But I’m thinking a lot of the schools that we are projected to play against have much larger student enrollments than Grady. If Atlanta Public Schools lose their accreditation, how will this affect the projected schedules?

Mr. Coolaid

May 11th, 2011
9:53 pm

Will this effect those schools like Buford & Calhoun that has open enrollment and can pretty much recruit and bring in who they want as for as the Football is concerned? Check the last two AA Championship games.

Mr. Coolaid

May 11th, 2011
9:56 pm

If this is pretty close to accurate, Calhoun and Buford are in different regions now..

WarEagle

May 12th, 2011
8:18 am

@glw: Re: Marist, the current rules only allow a team to petition to play up 2 classes. If that rule stands, then the highest Marist could play in 2012 would be 4A. I would not be surprised to see Marist play in 3A so that it can play vs. St. Pius and Blessed Trinity. But who knows if the rules will change and whether the enrollment numbers in the fall will change where schools are actually placed.

Dekalb Football

May 12th, 2011
8:42 am

@BcS2010 that would be a highly competetive region, but I think Stephenson and maybe MLK would petition to play in the higher classification.

westlakefootball

May 12th, 2011
10:36 am

@Dekalb Football I went to some booster club meeting ang the parents thinks its unfair to there other sports so they might go down

cheatersnevawin

May 12th, 2011
12:26 pm

I will tell you how loganville gets away with it. The AD will put some bogus FTE numbers out there (which he has done in the past) and since he has rank in the GHSA he will get whats best for his school, which is not where they should be. They haven’t lost that many students to Walnut grove, not as many as Monroe Area. Also how will Gainesville move up 2 classes, with less students than Loganville. Then Winder Barrow really gets it having to move up to 6A and play in region 8. Habersham also get hammered by having to go to 6A along with Rockdale, Brunswick,and Alcovy.