would be eligble for separate 16-team sports championship brackets under action taken by the Georgia High School Association Tuesday.
As reported in The Atlanta Journal-Consititution, rural public schools unhappy about competing against urban private schools in Class A prevailed upon the GHSA to set up the separate champsionships, beginning next year.
Paideia and other local private schools will be subject to the new rules in basketball, soccer, cross country and other sports.
Meanwhile, the GHSA also approved new region lineups for next school year.
will compete in region 6-B in Class AAAA against Banneker, Carver, South Atlanta, Therrell and Washington.
will compete in region 2-A in Class AAAAAA against Alcovy, Newton and Rockdale County.
Paideia will compete in the Class A 5-B subregion of nine teams including Eagles Landing Christian.
will move up to Class AAAAA, competing in the region 6-AAAAA-A subregion against traditional state powers such as Tucker, Dunwoody and Stephenenson. The region's other subregion includes Mays, Southwest DeKalb and M.L. King.
A big change will take place in Region 6-AA with the departure of longtime dominant power Buford to Class AAA. Now, and will be in a five-school region 6-AA, competing against Wesleyan, GAC and Hapeville Charter. After years of including Atlanta public schools, the region will not be subdivided as in the past and will consist solely of private schools.