Oakhurst, located in the southern tip of The City of Decatur, is a distinct village with a family friendly feel, great walkability, and features pleasing to people and families of all types. From parks and gardens to coffee and dessert, Oakhurst is a welcoming, diverse community with a colorful and exciting history.
In 1910, Oakhurst was incorporated as a town of it’s own, but was annexed into The City of Decatur six years later. After a period of decline, the city was revived by both business and the spirit of its inhabitants. The village center has always been the Scottish Rite Hospital; once a home for children recovering form polio, it now serves as an event center, meeting space, restaurant and cultural center for the village. Beyond the business and restaurants in Oakhurst, the village is home to distinct architecture and building styles which give the neighborhood an historic and homey feel. Drive through the neighborhood and check out the decades and centuries old Craftman style homes for yourself.
The City of Decatur works on a unique Charter School System with all nine of it’s schools functioning under the same charter, but separately from other Dekalb county schools. The elementary schools are award winning Expeditionary Learning schools; the 4th/5th Grade Academy, the middle school and the high school are certified International Baccalaureate schools.
College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center
1215 S. McDonough St. Decatur, 30030
Grades infant – pre K
Oakhurst Elementary, 175 Mead Ave (K-3)
The 4/5 Academy at 5th Ave., 101 Fifth Ave Decatur, 30030
This academy serves all 4th and 5th graders in the City of Decatur
Carl G. Renfroe Middle School, 220 West College Ave, Decatur, 30030 (6-8)
Decatur High School, 310 N. McDonough St. Decatur, 30030 (9-12)
Decatur High School also features a state of art Career Academy
- With a walkability to score of 85, The City of Decatur is considered VERY WALKABLE, and most errands can be accomplished on foot.
- With an equally high bikabilityscore , Decatur is considered VERY BIKABLE
Farmer’s Markets and Community Gardens
Wylde Center (formerly Oakhurst Community Gardens): the jewel of Decatur hosts such community projects as the Decatur Farms to School initiative, the Riverview CSA, and Urban Coop (classes for raising chickens in the city). Members and non-members alike can take part in year long classes about gardening and sustainable living. The Garden invites all school children to visit annually and offers their space for birthday parties and other events. http://wyldecenter.org
Decatur High School Community Garden launched in 2011 and is growing every year. Contributing to the Decatur Farms to School project more and more students are taking part in raising healthy food for their classmates.
Our Community Farm Project: A Multicultural, Sustainable Urban Farm learn more about this amazing undertaking by Refugee Family Services at http://ourcommunityfarmproject.blogspot.com/p/about-us_09.html
Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market, A World Market, Open everyday 9am – 9 pm:
Decatur Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays and Saturdays), year round