School Overview


  • College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center (CHECLC) offers comprehensive services as a public school for children birth to age five residing within the boundaries of the City Schools of Decatur.  The school was founded for the purpose of closing the achievement gap by providing a high quality early childhood program..  The importance of early intervention and a supportive learning environment in the early years along with the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive setting to provide this intervention are priceless benefits for the children that attend College Heights, as well as their families and the community as a whole.


    College Heights has three (3) infant, four (4) toddler, four (4) preschool, and nine (9) Pre-K classrooms. College Heights has an enrollment of 342 students enrolled using multiple funding streams (general funds from taxpayers, tuition from parents, Head Start, Early Head Start, federal special education, Decatur Education Foundation scholarship funds, and Georgia lottery for pre-K).  CSD partners with Head Start to provide forty-five (45) slots to children who are economically disadvantaged and/or children with special needs in learning environments that ready children for their transition to kindergarten.  


    College Heights offers services to children, 3 to 4 years old, who have a variety of special needs.  The preschool special education program is inclusive with the general education preschool/Pre-K program as specified by the individual education plan (IEP).  We believe that including children with special needs in general education preschool classrooms offer them the opportunity to model the social, language, and play skills needed to succeed in school.  The preschool and Pre-K inclusion classrooms enrich the lives of all children by bringing them together in an environment that teaches acceptance, respect, and the appreciation of individual differences.


    Each year administration, teaching staff, and advisory council members work together to develop a School Improvement Plan (SIP), which serves as a guide and focus for the school. We encourage you to explore this website where you will find additional information about our school's learning community. We look forward to another successful year with our students and families and invite you to engage in your child’s school and classroom and experience quality early childhood learning at its best.