APS pilots new online enrollment system for new students July 6

Beginning July 6, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will pilot an online enrollment system for parents and guardians to enroll new students in school within a matter of minutes.

Available in English and Spanish, the online enrollment system allows parents to pre-populate their child’s enrollment information and confidentially upload documents to create a preliminary enrollment record. The system also uses the information to determine the student’s neighborhood school and to forward the enrollment application information directly to the school or enrollment site.  Parents can self-select and choose to participate in the online enrollment pilot by visiting http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/Page/46037 and clicking the online enrollment link.

During the July 6-10 pilot, parents and guardians may begin the enrollment process for their student by visiting APS’ Center for Learning and Leadership, 130 Trinity Avenue, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303. Parents can also start the enrollment process online to help shorten their in-person visit to the central office or home school, which is still required for APS staff to verify the student’s birth certificate and social security card documents and finalize enrollment. Parents will need to present residency documents and other required forms during this visit.

Registration and enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year also will be available at the APS Back-to-School Bash from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., July 25 at the Atlanta Metropolitan State College Easley Conference Center. The first day of school for APS students is Wednesday, August 5.

Traditional enrollment forms are still available at the enrollment site for parents without computer or internet access. For more information about enrollment, please call the Office of Student Relations at 404-802-2233.

June 26, 2015 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

Atlanta Public Schools Hosts Public Hearings on Millage Rate Rollback

As required by Georgia law, the Atlanta Board of Education will host three public hearings to allow citizens an opportunity to express their opinions on an increase in property taxes caused by the newly assessed value of taxable property within the Atlanta Public Schools district.

During the recent budget process for fiscal year 2016, the Atlanta Board of Education did not increase its millage rate of 21.64. This has been the Atlanta Public Schools’ millage rate since fiscal year 2008.

In recent years, the District’s income from taxes was severely impacted by the low performing local and state economy. Based on the new assessments, APS’ tax levy is projected to return to the levels last reached in fiscal year 2008.  This growth is solely a result of increased revenues the District expects to receive from increased values for reassessed properties in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate be computed to produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.  Atlanta Public Schools will levy property taxes at 9.63 percent over the rollback millage rate.

Public Hearing dates:

  • June 26, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • July 6 at 9 a.m.

These hearings will be held at Atlanta Public Schools, Center for Learning and Leadership, 130 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

CLICK HERE to view current 2015 tax digest and five year history of levy.

June 18, 2015 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Three Atlanta Public Schools Students Named as Inaugural Class of Greenhouse Scholars in Georgia

ATLANTAGreenhouse Scholars, a non-profit education organization cultivating the next generation of community leaders, named three Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students as its inaugural class in the state of Georgia.

Founded in 2005, Greenhouse Scholars is a unique program that provides personal, professional and financial support to high-performing, under-resourced college students. The goal is not only to help deserving students excel during college, but to also ensure they are prepared to succeed in their professional endeavors upon graduation and make significant contributions to their communities. The program initially served students in Colorado and Illinois before expanding to Georgia this year.

The three APS Greenhouse Scholars are:

“We’re thrilled that Greenhouse Scholars has chosen to expand their groundbreaking program fostering change at the community and individual level to Georgia, and we couldn’t be more proud that they have selected three APS students for their first class,” said APS Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen. “We celebrate the academic accomplishments and devotion to community service of our high-performing students as well as the investment Greenhouse Scholars is making in our city’s future. Their program has the power to transform many lives in Atlanta and serve as a catalyst for improving our communities.”

The APS students were identified as having an extraordinary record of achievement, and uphold the Greenhouse Scholars core values of leadership, community, relentlessness and accountability. Prior to being invited to join the program, Scholars participate in a rigorous selection process focused on academic achievement, give service to community, demonstrate leadership skills, and show financial need.

Greenhouse Scholars employs a holistic “whole person” approach, which incorporates intellectual, academic, professional, and financial support. Proven through a decade of results, the program has seven key components: mentorship; professional networking; peer support; internships; Summer Symposium, an annual leadership conference held in Colorado each August; “flex funding” to defray college-related expenses and a tuition scholarship.

Because of the program’s comprehensive support, the Scholars graduate from college prepared to succeed in their professional fields and make an immediate impact on their communities and communities across the globe.

About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.

About Greenhouse Scholars

Greenhouse Scholars, a Colorado-based non-profit organization founded in 2005, works with low income and first generation college students who are exceptionally high performers. Through its “Whole Person” approach of intellectual, academic, financial and professional support, Greenhouse Scholars is changing the trajectories of the Scholars and their families, and low-income communities locally and across the globe. To date, Greenhouse Scholars has served more than 180 students in Illinois, Colorado, and Georgia. Greenhouse Scholars is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.greenhousescholars.org or www.facebook.com/greenhousescholars.

June 17, 2015 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

BOARD COMMITTEE DAY- THE ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION

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June 9, 2015 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

APS Announces Ongoing Remediation Plan for Students

School-Based Teams to Create Individual Plans for Student Remediation

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will provide ongoing remediation for students impacted by cheating on the 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).

In a presentation to the Atlanta Board of Education on June 1, 2015, the District’s Chief Accountability and Information Officer, Bill Caritj, shared that an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) will be created for each of the 3,728 current APS students who were potentially impacted by teacher cheating.

A school-based ILP team will review each identified child’s academic progress and work with the student’s family to develop a plan that meets the student’s needs for progress toward graduation.  The ILP team will include the student, parents and appropriate staff at the school.

The goal is to ensure that every student receives proper support for academic success through graduation.

“We want to make sure that all of the identified students receive services that are above and beyond those available to all students,” said Caritj. “We will begin by reviewing each student’s record and then develop a plan that is individualized to meet the student’s needs.”

All ILP meetings and development of individual plans are anticipated to be complete by the end of first semester of the 2015-2016 school year.

Also at the board meeting, Distinguished University Professor Dr. Tim R. Sass, from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, presented an overview of the findings of the independent study on the effects of cheating on the CRCT. APS commissioned the study before the start of the 2014-2015 school year to determine the impact of the cheating on individual students. According to the study, on average, these students experienced long-term negative effects on achievement.

Over the past school year, APS launched districtwide intervention programs in reading and mathematics, unit recovery programs for all students in grades 6 through 12, and flexible scheduling options. While these programs are designed for all students who are not succeeding academically, or who are already out of school or are at risk of dropping out, they are also assisting many of those students who have been impacted by teacher cheating in 2009.

With the release of the Georgia State University report, Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen said, “It has been a long time in coming, but we finally have the analysis around which students were possibly impacted by the cheating so we can ensure each student has a plan to support their needs.

“This administration, from Day One, has supported a student-centered agenda and is focused on our mission to create a caring culture of trust and collaboration, where every student will graduate ready for college and career.”

The complete study, The Long-Run Effects of Teacher Cheating on Student Outcomes, is available online, as well as the District’s CRCT Erasure Analysis and Ongoing Remediation Update.

June 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Maynard H. Jackson High School earns “Award of Excellence” from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission

ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools’ Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School, a campus that recently underwent extensive renovations, expansion and modernizations, earned an “Award of Excellence” recognition from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

Campus rendering of Atlanta Public Schools’ Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School

Campus rendering of Atlanta Public Schools’ Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School

The Jackson High School project was recognized May 19 during the Commission’s 38th annual ceremony held at Morehouse College’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.  The school facility and campus recently underwent an extensive multi-million dollar redesign, renovation, expansion and modernization. The $48.2M project that opened in January 2014 was designed by Perkins + Will, Architects and built by Winter Construction Company.

The Commission membership includes two architects, as well as a landscape architect, lawyer, land developer, real estate professional, historic preservationist, artist, historian, neighborhood representative, and urban planner. The annual awards are in recognition of excellence in innovative design and quality construction of building and land development projects across the City of Atlanta.

The award was among several recognitions presented to projects citywide in 2015 by the Commission and represents the seventh award that APS’ capital improvement projects have received since 2004.

About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.

June 3, 2015 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Atlanta Board of Education Hires New CFO

ATLANTA – Robert Morales is the new chief financial officer (CFO) for Atlanta Public Schools (APS). The Atlanta Board of Education voted to accept APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen’s recommendation to hire Morales at its legislative meeting June 1.

Robert Morales

Robert Morales

Morales has been the CFO at Fulton County Schools for the last six years. Prior to Fulton County, he held the same position at Cobb County Schools, the District of Columbia Schools and Greenville County Schools in South Carolina.

“A certified administrator of school finance and operations, Robert’s leadership and expertise in charter system operations for a large urban school district will be a tremendous asset to APS as the district prepares to submit its application to operate as a charter system to the Georgia Department of Education this summer,” said Dr. Carstarphen.

Morales will oversee total budgets of $996 million for the district.

“Atlanta Public Schools is heading in a new direction that is laser-focused on its mission to prepare students for college and career. I am excited about the opportunity to work with Dr. Carstarphen and her team to achieve the district’s mission and goals and to continue to strengthen the financial foundation of APS,” said Morales.

Morales will join APS on July 1, 2015. Nader Sohrab, who served as interim CFO since March 13, will return to his role of deputy CFO next month.

About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit http://www.atlantapublicschools.us.

June 2, 2015 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

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