Druid Hills High School

Solar Eclipse Update and Other Reminders

Solar Eclipse

The Atlanta area will observe a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. Between 1pm and 4pm, any direct viewing of the eclipse should be done with the aid of special viewing filters. Looking at the sun without the filters can cause permanent damage to the retina of the eye.

The DeKalb County School District is delaying the dismissal of schools by one hour in the afternoon of Monday, August 21, 2017. The delay in student dismissal allows our schools to use this unique event as an instructional opportunity. Druid Hills High School will be utilizing the event to teach the students about the sun, the moon, and how they travel through space. The District will provide all schools with CE certified and ISO 12312-2 compliant solar filters or safety glasses for student use.

An Opt-In form for outside viewing will be going home today and is required for students to participate in outside viewing activities. Recognizing this is an exciting event for all, student behavior will be closely monitored during the viewing.

Here is some additional logistical information:

  • School hours are from 8:10 - 4:10
  • Afternoon Cross Keys OEC students will remain at Druid Hills High.
  • 4th period Work-based Learning students must leave campus by 1:50.
  • Students will not be allowed to check themselves out after 1:50 (students must follow the usual check-out protocol).
  • After 2:00, only parents/guardians will be allowed to check-out students. Emergency contacts will not be able to check-out students.
  • If parents choose to keep students home to view the solar eclipse, the absence will be counted as unexcused. However, students will be allowed to make up any work that was missed that day.

Afternoon dismissal will adhere to the district’s delayed release schedule. The district will utilize the standard three tier bus schedule with elementary schools dismissing first. This will be followed by the high schools and then the middle schools.

We want to emphasize that solar eclipses, with this amount of coverage, are rare. The next one will not occur until 2024. We are hoping that with proper safety procedures this becomes a very memorable experience for our community. Thank you for the opportunity to utilize this special learning opportunity and to engage your student in the learning process. Additional background information on the eclipse can be found on the DCSD website.

Last Call - Mock SAT Saturday

Take a free mock exam at Druid Hills HS!

Learn what to expect on the SAT or ACT by taking an official full-length proctored exam under test-like conditions. Afterwards, receive a comprehensive score report that identifies strengths and targets areas for improvement.

To register, visit applerouth.com/signup and enter the event code (below)

SAT Mock exam from 9AM-1:30PM

August 19: M260077

ACT Mock exam from 9:15AM-1:30PM

August 26: M260078

Ready for a Prep class? Prepare for the SAT or ACT in an interactive class where students learn the major concepts and strategies needed to master the exam. Class price includes group instruction, all materials, and full-length practice tests under simulated testing conditions.

SAT Class: 8/19-10/3. Tuesday classes from 3:30-6PM and Saturday practice exams from 9-1:30PM

ACT Class: 8/26-10/17. Tuesday classes from 3:30-6PM and Saturday practice exams from 9:15-1:30PM

To view the course schedule and to register for the SAT class, please visit to applerouth.com/signup and enter the event code SAT3392

To view the course schedule and to register for the ACT class, please visit applerouth.com/signup and enter the event code ACT3393