clayton county grant advisory council

Why Clayton County?

In 2016, redefinED atlanta made a commitment to children and families in the city of Atlanta. Our mission of ensuring every child in every community receives a great K-12 public education remains our focus. At the same time, factors such as affordable housing and displacement have impacted families in Atlanta and shifted where they live and send their children to school. 

We began exploring expansion beyond the Atlanta Public Schools district in 2022 to support families that have relocated to other metro Atlanta districts and to address conditions for students experiencing the deepest inequities in public education. In Clayton County, we identified an increasing percentage of families with children transitioning into the area. 

As an organization that funds critical work to drive equity in education, we are committed to listening and partnering with community members to inform our work.  Throughout 2023 and 2024, we’re engaging with families and community members in Clayton County to learn more about their desires for children’s K-12 public education.

10 facts about Clayton County Public Schools

Clayton County Public Schools has 68 schools, including 38 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 12 high schools, 2 district-approved charter schools, and 1 alternative education center.1
Clayton County Public Schools is comprised of 9 districts.
For the 2023-2024 school year, 66 schools are operating Title I schoolwide programs and 2 schools are operating Title I targeted assistance programs.2
The district serves 58,178 students, making it the 6th largest school system in the state of Georgia.3
The majority of the student population is made up of Black and Hispanic students, with Black students representing 69.3% and Hispanic students representing 22.9% of the total student population . 3
14.5%, or 8,436 students, are English language learners.3
A diversity of languages are spoken amongst the student population. 72 different languages are spoken, with Spanish and Vietnamese as the two major languages spoken other than English. 1
11.4%, or 6,632 students, are identified as students with a disability. 3
The 2023 four-year graduation rate is 81.1%, a 1.4% increase from the previous year 4
During the 2022-2023 school year, 23.6% of students transferred between schools at least one time. 4
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Our Work in Clayton County

In 2024, we launched a Clayton County grant advisory council. Council members will partner with redefinED atlanta to lead a community grantmaking opportunity by sharing valuable input regarding community assets and informing our grants selection process. 

Meet Our 2024 Grant Advisory Council Members

Crystal Perry-District 1

Nonprofit leader & Community Advocate

Rochelle Dennis - District 3

President-Elect, Women of Clayton County

Kenya Hartry - District 4

Parent & Community Advocate


Shavawn Simmons headshot

Nonprofit Leader and Founder

Kaysie Lazzaro - District 6

Executive Director of Make-It Village

Brenda Gutierrez headshot

Community Organizer

Sandy Allen-White - District 8

Education & Community Activist

Akilah Williams-District 9

K-5 S.T.E.A.M. Teacher Leader