Schools can submit their intent to appeal for a transfer to another region by Friday, with the GHSA reclassification committee scheduled to meet to hear those appeals next Tuesday.
The full GHSA Executive Committee will meet in Macon Jan. 14 to hear final appeals for transfers to other regions and to ratify the reclassification plan.
North Atlanta will move from Region 6AAAAA to 7AAAAA, where it will join area rivals Riverwood and North Springs as well as Cherokee County schools Creekview, River Ridge and Sequoyah, Cobb County schools Kell and Sprayberry and Forsyth Central.
“It makes more sense geographically,” North Atlanta athletic director and football coach Doug Britten said. “We are certainly much closer to most of the teams in this region than in our previous region. I think that each sport is going to be affected differently.”
St. Pius X moves up from 6AAA to join longtime DeKalb private school rival Marist in 6AAAA.
It will be an all-DeKalb region, with Arabia Mountain, Chamblee, Columbia, Cross Keys, Lithonia, Redan and Stone Mountain the other schools.
Woodward will be in 5AAAA after spending the last few years in 6AAA and will be joined by Grady, Carrollton, Fayette County, Pike County, Sandy Creek, Troup and Whitewater.
Westminster goes up from 6AA to a 13-team 4AAA that will be divided into two subregions.
Roswell private school rival Blessed Trinity joins Westminster in subregion B, along with Coretta Scott King, Douglass, Therrell, Washington and Decatur.
Lovett will be joined in 6AA by area rivals Holy Innocents’ and Pace, who each move up from 5A, with GAC and Wesleyan among the other schools in the newly constructed region.
“Overall, I think our new region is going to be pretty tough,” Holy Innocents’ football coach Ryan Livezey said. “Looking at the 2013 season, we will have five playoff teams and several schools that were very close to making it. We’re excited about the challenge, but we also know that we have a lot of work to do to be competitive in AA.”
Atlanta International, Galloway and Mount Vernon Presbyterian will remain in a 17-team 5A and will be joined by longtime rival Whitefield, which rejoins the region after two years in 6A.