Welcome 8th Grade Parents! Use this page as a guide for course selection and registration information for Druid Hills High School. DHHS is the only high school with which TMS has reciprocal registrar relationship.

DHHS Counseling Department
DHHS Counselors:

Sheena Wilson, Middle School Counselor

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Important Dates

If you plan to apply to DeKalb’s School Choice program, TMS recommends you begin that process now.

TMS will be hosting a virtual Q&A session for rising 9th grade families on Wednesday, February 2nd at 7PM. Please take some time to review the presentation provided by Druid Hills High School and register your student for foreign language and elective courses prior to this session. You will need your child’s student number to complete this. The student number is the same number in your child’s school email address. If you have any questions regarding the high school transition process, please document them using this Google Form. These questions will be addressed during the live Q&A session.

Course Selection Sample Checklist

For 9th Grade, students will select one credit each of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Additional selections can include a language, PE, or Pathway Electives to total 8 credits for the year. DHHS is on a block schedule: 4 courses 1st semester, 4 courses 2nd semester. Students need 24 credits by the end of Senior year to graduate.

Freshman Year Core Classes

Choose one each of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

  • English: Literature/Composition 9th or Accelerated Literature/Composition 9th
  • Math: Algebra I, Coordinate Algebra, or Accelerated Coordinate Algebra/Analytic Geometry
  • Science: Biology, AP Biology, or Environmental Science
  • Social Studies: American Government/ Civics, or AP Human Geography
    Note, AP Human Geography is taught with American Government/ Civics and runs the full year (2 credits)

2 credits (semesters) of Physical Education are required for graduation, but one may be exempt through validated full-year participation in DeKalb County School District sponsored athletics, marching band, dance, and/or JROTC.

World Language requirements for graduation depends on the type of diploma.

  • College Preparatory Seal: 2 units of the same language
  • Career Technology Seal: 1 units
  • Honors/Distinction Seal: 3 units of the same language


Students are required to select elective courses based on an area of concentration with a minimum of three credits for either career technology humanities pathway. Career Technology units must be in one of the following pathways: Business, Digital/Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Food, JROTC, or Engineering.  A Humanities Pathway include the following areas: World Language, Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, ELA, or Social Studies

Curriculum Offerings

International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), GiDed, Advanced (Accel) and General classes are available in each academic area—language arts, math, science, social studies and world language. The school also offers a full complement of classes in health and PE, the fine arts, and career technology. IB and AP classes are college-level classes. Gifted and Accelerated classes are rigorous, exceeding grade-level norms. General classes reflect the grade-level norm. 

IB Program

  • International Baccalaureate, offering a chance to earn a rigorous, internationally recognized diploma.  College credit available. Learn more
  • College level classes offer a “world view” and all courses interconnect (think: unit study at TMS).  Schedule is predetermined, with minimal opportunity for electives or changes. Starts in 11th grade;  students can opt out at any time, but cannot opt in after 10th grade.  Heavy on writing and homework.  Highly desirable for college admissions.
  • Pre-IB Requirements:
    • IB entrance by application only
    • 3 semesters language
    • Economics (required for high school diploma, but not offered within IB program)


  • Advanced Placement (coursework only, not a designated diploma)
  • Rigorous coursework with opportunities for college credit, based on AP exam scores. No set schedule, more flexibility for electives.  Highly desirable for college admissions. 
  • AP classes can be chosen individually, based on ability or interest. Two semesters of language required for graduation, or three for honors diploma seal. 

Dual Enrollment

  • College courses for college credit, usually off campus, with the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree in conjunction with the High School diploma
  • 9th grade NOT eligible
  • Learn more


  • Above grade standard level
  • No college credit, and not heavily weighted in college admissions process

General Diploma

  • Standard, grade-level coursework.  All core classes, plus electives.

School Choice

  • Only necessary if you live outside DHHS zones, or are interested in attending a different public high school, i.e. Lakeside
  • Requirements:
    • To attend DHHS as a School Choice, you must be enrolled in IB, which requires a recommendation from 8th grade teachers.  Enrollment is not guaranteed, application based, and limited.
    • Learn more or Register for School Choice