APS schools to host open house events Friday, August 1; excellent opportunity for parents to learn ‘what’s new’ in the district

Canvas-003Atlanta Public Schools parents and students are invited to visit their school, meet teachers and principals and receive class schedules during the district’s open house events this Friday afternoon, August 1.

 

District-wide Open Houses – Friday, August 1, 2014

(All APS traditional schools)

High Schools                  1-3 p.m.

Middle Schools               3-5 p.m.

Elementary Schools     5-7 p.m.

APS projects an enrollment of 50,000 students this school year at its 107 learning sites.  22 schools will have new principals during the upcoming academic year.  All high school students will receive their schedules in hand during the open house events and middle school schedules will also be available.

WHAT’S NEW

Several schools are experiencing changes beyond new leadership.  Booker T. Washington High School will transition from three small schools to one comprehensive high school with one principal. The school is also celebrating its 90th anniversary educating high school students in the city of Atlanta.  D. M. Therrell High School will operate with one principal to supervise all three schools.

Coan Middle School closed at the end of the recent school year and has merged with M.L. King, Jr. Middle School. The merged King Middle School will be temporarily housed at the original Coan facility until modifications to the existing M.L. King, Jr. campus are completed in the summer of 2016. On August 4, 2014, students and staff of the merged M.L. King, Jr. Middle School will report to 1550 Hosea Williams Dr. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30317.

North Atlanta High students will experience a new bell start time at 8:45 a.m. – all other high schools start at 8:30 a.m.

Forrest Hill Academy students will continue to receive MARTA cards to ride to the East Point MARTA rail station.  APS will now provide roundtrip shuttle service from the station to the school.

Bus schedules were posted online Thursday morning and can be found at http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/transportation.  APS has added 13 new buses that operate on green diesel technology to its fleet. The 72-passenger, Bluebird buses are also air conditioned and will be added in all quadrants of the school zone.  Students receiving special transportation have been contacted by the Office of Student Services.  If you are new to the district and have not secured transportation for your special needs student, please call 404 802-1699.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Continuing last year’s trend of embracing online learning, the Atlanta Virtual Academy (AVA) is increasing the number of courses available online from 12 to 44 courses this fall. For the first time, APS middle and high school students can take Advanced Placement (AP) classes, gifted honors and world languages courses through AVA.  Registration is currently taking place at http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/AVA.

Students in grades 3-12 will now have access to a secure Microsoft Outlook email account through the APS student portal –My Back Pack. Students will use their APS email to share digital notebooks and collaborate with teachers and other APS students.  The Division of Information Technology is excited to bring 21st century tools to students in Atlanta Public Schools.  Parents will be given the opportunity to opt-out of student email if needed – open house provides an excellent opportunity for parents to speak with classroom teachers about student email.

Did you know that lunch prices have increased for the upcoming school year?  Meal Prices for the new school year have increased by the following:  Elementary, middle and high school students – $.25  Adults – $1.00.  New this year, APS cafeteria health scores are now posted on the district’s main website in the quick links section.

For the 2014-15 school year, the state of Georgia will no longer use the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) to test students’ knowledge in reading, English/language arts, math, science, and social studies. The Georgia Milestones Assessment System, known as Georgia Milestones, will replace the CRCT, as well as the CRCT-M, the End of Course Test (EOCT) and the writing assessment administered to third, fifth, and eighth graders at APS.

The Gifted and Talented program will now assess students only during the month of October.  Parent, teacher, and student data referrals are due October 3, 2014.  Students determined eligible will participate during the 2014-2015 school year. APS will launch the Gifted High School Redesign Program. The newly designed gifted delivery models for high school students will include mentorship, internship, resource seminars, and directed studies.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Centennial Elementary School has become the first K-8 conversion charter school in the district. Centennial Academy will serve students in grades K-6 during the 2014-15 school year, and add a grade each year until grade 8. The academy’s revamped curriculum will include more project-based learning and extensive professional development, with an instructional focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Drew Charter High School students will move from their temporary location at Kennedy Middle School to their permanent, newly constructed facility at 301 East Lake Blvd., SE 30317.

KIPP WAYS will open a primary school, serving kindergarteners in 2014, and add a grade each year thereafter.

The Atlanta Classical Academy will open as a new APS charter school, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grades.

LEADERSHIP

The district will be led by new superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen.  Carstarphen brings with her nearly 20 years of education and experience in diverse, urban public school districts including Austin, Texas, Saint Paul, Minn. and the District of Columbia.  Dr. Carstarphen is excited to be in Atlanta. She is eager to join the Board of Education and the Atlanta community in working collaboratively to make Atlanta Public Schools the best in the nation.

Learn more about back-to-school activities and changes at http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/dayone.

Day One Graphic with Open House Only

 

 

 

 

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