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Atlanta Public Schools

2010-2011 Guidebook

Contents

Letter from Dr. Hall ................................................................................. 2

Atlanta Board of Education .................................. Inside back cover

Key Telephone Numbers ................................................... Back cover

Our School System

Fast Facts ................................................................................................... 5

Points of Pride ....................................................................................... 6-7

Spotlight on Our District ....................................................................... 8

Signature Programs ..................................................................... 10-14

Map of Schools ...................................................................................... 15

School Phone Listings ................................................................... 16-20

Parents & Students

Parents Make a Difference .............................................................. 22

Student Achievement .......................................................................... 23

Athletics .................................................................................................... 24

Student Programs ................................................................................ 25

Community

School Partnerships ............................................................................ 27

District Website.......................................................................................28

Keeping You Informed.......................................................................... 29

Forms You Need

(Tear out these pages for convenience)

Bus Safety Brochure

Year-Round Calendar

Traditional Calendar

Student Media Release Form

Homework Hotline

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Letter from Dr. Hall n

Dear Parents, Employees and

Friends of Atlanta Public Schools,

Walking through

the halls of

Atlanta Public

Schools (APS), you will

notice a renewed sense of

excitement among students,

teachers and administrators

at the beginning of each

school year. That’s because

APS focuses on cultivating

an atmosphere where all

students can meet and exceed expectations.

WE PROMOTE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: APS has

been on a productive, and sometimes difficult, journey

to transform schools into environments that promote

student achievement. With support from the community,

APS has worked to support a highly effective teacher in

every classroom. Our middle schools offer tools to help

students make a successful transition from elementary

school and on to high school. The district’s Math and

Science Initiative has placed careers in engineering well

within reach for our students. Additionally, every high

school in every neighborhood of Atlanta provides a more

personalized environment with a focus on graduation and

success in college.

WE CHALLENGE STUDENTS TO PERFORM AT HIGHER

LEVELS: Our students have drawn national attention

for their significant growth between 2002 and 2009 on

independent National Assessment of Educational Progress

(NAEP) tests in math and especially in reading. Students’

growth on national assessments mirrors their growth

on state assessments. More than ever, our students are

demonstrating real progress, and are not just meeting but

exceeding expectations on standardized tests.

APS class of 2010 earned an impressive $129 million

in academic and athletic scholarship offers. APS also

congratulated 29 students who earned prestigious Gates

Millennium Scholarships, more than any other district in

the country. An increasing number of APS students now

chart a path to college. The district graduation rate has

increased 30 percentage points, from 39 percent in 2002

to 69 percent in 2009. But we know there is more work to

be done so that all APS students graduate from our schools

ready for success in college and life.

WE WELCOME THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST: Education

is still the great equalizer, and research has shown that

all students can excel in the presence of a highly effective

teacher. The next phase of the APS journey to excellence

involves recruiting, training and supporting our teachers.

Community support, including another $10 million

grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, adds

momentum to the next important phase of our reform work.

OUR JOURNEY CONTINUES: We are proud of our APS

alumni as they take their places on the campuses of flagship

public institutions, historically black colleges and universities,

the Little Ivies, and prestigious Ivy League schools around

the country. We are just as proud to be given the privilege of

preparing the next generation of leaders.

I look forward to a very challenging and rewarding school

year. Thank you for being part of this exciting journey.

Sincerely,

Beverly L. Hall, Ed.D., Superintendent

WE CHART A PATH TO COLLEGE: In 2008, APS graduates

earned scholarship offerings totaling $64 million. One year

later, that number increased to $92 million. By 2010, the

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Our School System


2010-11

Atlanta Public Schools

Fast Facts

District Facts

Student Facts

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Points of Pride n

1. Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is becoming

ONE of the top urban districts in the nation.

APS had a record 29 Gates Millennium Scholars for

2010 – more than any other district in the country.

The Nation’s Report Card shows that APS scores in

reading, math and writing have improved at a

significantly fast rate. On NAEP reading tests, APS

students delivered the highest point gain of all states

and participating urban districts. From 2002 to 2009,

APS eighth-graders delivered a 14-point gain;

APS fourth-graders also delivered a 14-point gain.

2. APS students are closing the achievement

GAP. Seventy–nine percent of APS eighth-grade

students met or exceeded standards on the 2010

Georgia Grade 8 Writing Assessment, improving their

performance by 5 percentage points and closing the

achievement gap with the state.

3. APS is committed to placing an effective

TEACHER in every classroom. Bolstered by a

$10 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates

Foundation, APS has accelerated its efforts to recruit,

prepare and support teachers through its Effective

Teacher in Every Classroom Initiative. This initiative

reflects research that indicates all students can

achieve at high levels in the presence of a highly

effective teacher.

4. APS cultivates students who are prepared

TO compete on a global playing field.

International Baccalaureate (IB) instruction is available

to students in grades kindergarten through high school,

including students at the newly IB-certified Deerwood

Academy in southwest Atlanta. To compete on a global

playing field, APS also offers Chinese–language courses

for K-12 students. APS offers courses in Mandarin

Chinese, Spanish and French – from kindergarten

through high school. Arabic and Latin also are available

in several high schools.

5. APS offers a robust arts education

PROGRAM. As other districts reduce arts education

programs, APS has maintained its commitment to

quality instruction in this area. The Fine

Arts Department has earned more than $1.2 million in

professional development grants. Students also

participate in programs with the Woodruff Arts Center,

the High Museum of Art and the Juilliard School, which

offers a Summer Jazz Residency.

6. APS will redefine the middle school

Experience. To promote a smooth transition from

middle to high school, APS created the Middle School

Transformation Initiative. In addition to single-gender

schools, APS middle school students will benefit from

block scheduling that provides more

individualized instruction.

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7. Business and civic organizations support the

DISTRICT’s innovative reform initiatives. From a

$22.5 million math and science grant from the GE Foundation

to the Early Learning and Literacy Resource Center housed at

Dunbar Elementary with support from the Annie E. Casey

Foundation and other partners, a network of civic and Fortune

500 companies has invested in APS’ student achievement.

8. APS uses 21st century communication tools to

keep students, parents and partners informed.

Daily updates are available on the TalkUpAPS.com blog,

Twitter and the district Website, www.atlantapublicschools.

us. APS success stories also are celebrated each quarter in

The Atlanta Educator.

9. More APS graduates are charting a path to

COLLEGE. The APS graduation rate has steadily

INCREASED – from 39 percent in 2002 to 69

PERCENT in 2009. Our class of 2010 earned $129 million

in academic and athletic scholarship offers, compared with

$92 million the previous year. Additionally, each member of

the first group of 21st Century Atlanta Scholars graduated

from prestigious New England colleges within four years.


Every day, more school

districts are looking to

APS as a model. People

around the country

know that something

significant is happening

here in Atlanta.


Dr. Beverly L. Hall, APS Superintendent

10. The journey to excellence continues. All APS high

schools have been transformed into smaller, more

personalized learning environments that offer specialized

fields of study. Project GRAD, a signature reform initiative,

helps students in 35 APS schools to envision a path that

includes college and career.

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Spotlight on Our District n

Atlanta Public Schools continues to lead the way as a model for urban education.

Here are a few highlights from the 2009-2010 school year:

August: The district kicked off “Day One” with a new school.

Springdale Park Elementary is the first APS school to seek

LEED certification for its environmentally friendly construction.

It was one of several new or renovated facilities that

comprised a $220 million upgrade and 1.3 million square

feet of building space that will accommodate 8,500 students.

September: Thirty-four elementary and middle schools were

recognized for students’ improved

performance on state standardized

tests during the second-annual


State Superintendent Distinguished

Achievement Awards. This distinction

reflects academic gains in reading,

mathematics, science, language arts,

writing and social studies.

October: APS received national

attention for fiscal management.

The Association of School Business

Officials International honored APS

for its 2009-2010 budget. APS also

earned a certificate of achievement —

the highest recognition in government

accounting — from the Government

Finance Officers Association of the

United States and Canada for its

comprehensive annual financial report.

November: Georgia’s state

superintendent named 58 APS

schools as 2009 Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools for

making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child

Left Behind law. AYP is an academic achievement measure

that includes students with disabilities and students from lowincome

households.

December: The National Center for Educational Statistics

announced that, from 2002 through 2009, APS students

demonstrated steady improvement on the National

Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). The percentage

of APS fourth and eighth graders performing at or above

basic levels also has increased.

We have higher

expectations for the

children of Atlanta.

We believe they are

college worthy, and

we take seriously

our responsibility of

making sure they

are college ready.

Dr. Beverly L. Hall, APS

Superintendent

January: APS debuted the Campus Portal for Parents

(CPP), which provides access to class schedules, attendance

records, grades and other key information online. This tool

also provides a paperless vehicle for parents to update

household information.

February: APS received a three-year grant from the Bill

and Melinda Gates Foundation. The $10 million investment

will fund the district’s Effective Teacher

in Every Classroom (ETEC) Initiative.

This innovative reform model involves

recruiting, preparing and supporting

effective teachers in every classroom

throughout the district.

March: In the first public-private

partnership of its kind in metro Atlanta,

APS opened the Early Learning and

Literacy Resource Center at Dunbar

Elementary. Funded by the Annie

E. Casey Foundation, the Joseph B.

Whitehead Foundation, the Atlanta

Housing Authority and other partners,

the facility provides an educational

foundation for children between the

ages of six weeks and 10 years.


April: Twenty-nine students earned

2010 Gates Millennium Scholarships

– more than any other school

district in the nation. A total of 1,000

students across the country won these prestigious college

scholarships, which can be used to pursue degrees in any

undergraduate major and certain graduate-level majors.

May: A total of 2,158 students crossed the stage on

graduation day, earning about $129 million in academic and

athletic scholarship offers to colleges and universities across

the country. They follow the class of 2009, which earned $92

million in scholarship offers, and a class of 2008 that earned

about $64 million.

The Journey to excellence continues as we prepare more students for success in college and in life.

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Signature Programs


Signature Program:

Effective Teacher in Every Classroom

Research has shown that an effective teacher is the single most important in-school

factor in closing the student achievement gap. As part of the district’s decade-long

reform model, Atlanta Public Schools has implemented the Effective Teacher in

Every Classroom (ETEC) Initiative to develop, encourage and reward highly effective

teachers. A three-year, $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

also will help the district provide professional development tools, track progress and

reward outstanding teachers with the goal of improving student achievement and the

APS graduation rate. Here are key components of this innovative initiative:

Develop A new evaluation system: APS will

implement a new teacher evaluation instrument —

the Georgia Classroom Analysis of State Standards

(“CLASS Keys”) — to help principals provide

ongoing feedback and identify areas for improving

instruction.

Implement Teacher Effectiveness

Dashboard: Developed in collaboration with

Education Resource Strategies, this management

tool gathers key information such as teacher

certification data and job assignments to help

principals offer better support.

Reward the most effective teachers:

APS is exploring ways to recognize and reward

outstanding teachers through performance-based

pay models. Using feedback from teachers, the

district will design a performance incentive program

that rewards teacher effectiveness and promotes

student achievement.

Recruit highly effective teachers: APS will

develop partnerships and innovative programs such

as urban teacher residencies to recruit talented

teachers in critical areas, such as mathematics,

science, special education and foreign languages.

Learn more:

Visit the Effective Teacher in Every

Classroom section of the district Website,

www.atlantapublicschools.us/ETEC or

contact your school principal.

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Signature Program:

Middle School Transformation

Atlanta Public Schools has redefined the middle school experience. Now in its third

year, the Middle School Transformation Initiative provides students with tools

to create a smooth transition from elementary to middle school. Here are a few

highlights of this initiative:

A new approach: APS launched this unique approach

in 2007 with two single-gender academies — the Coretta

Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy

(CSKYWLA) and the Business, Engineering, Science and

Technology (B.E.S.T.) Academy for boys — that are housed

in new, state-of-the art facilities. During the 2009-10 school

year, the initiative entered phase two of implementation with

four vanguard schools: Coretta Scott King academy and

Price, Kennedy and Inman middle schools. This year marks

the third phase and will include Brown, King, Long and

Sutton middle schools. The transformation is scheduled for

completion by 2014.

Single-gender academies: Single-gender instruction

is based on research that shows boys and girls can excel

in separate learning environments, where they are free

from distractions. Since APS opened the two academies,

students have performed at higher levels than their

predecessors at Benjamin Carson Preparatory School,

which was split to form the two learning environments.

Ultimately, both academies will serve grades 6 through 12.

Block Scheduling: Sixth graders attend 80- to

100-minute class periods – about twice the length of

traditional periods. This approach gives teachers more

time for instruction and the opportunity to delve deeper

into the content.

Advisory: Several research studies tout the overall

benefits of advisory programs, especially in middle schools.

Advisory programs provide students with an adult advocate,

encourage positive peer interaction and help students

develop skills to transition successfully into and out of

middle school. As part of the initiative, four middle schools

will pilot advisory periods in the 2010-2011 school year.

The advisory program will focus on several key areas,

such as building community, developing effective inter- and

intrapersonal skills, exposing students to career and college

options and developing skills necessary to be successful in

middle school, high school and beyond.

Learn more:

Visit the Middle School Transformation section of the district Website at

www.atlantapublicschools.us/MiddleSchool.

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Signature Program:

Math + Science Initiative

The APS Math & Science Initiative combines a rigorous curriculum with top-notch

professional learning. Fueled by a $22 million grant from the GE Foundation’s

Developing Futures in Education program, the initiative provides students a 21st

century learning experience, and helps students and parents to realize that careers

in math and science are extraordinarily interesting and impactful. Here are a few

highlights of the initiative:

A challenging curriculum: Each year, the district’s

Math & Science department develops an action plan to

support teachers and principals as they encourage students

to perform at high levels.

Hands-on instruction: Science labs, participation in

FIRST robotics competitions and GE field trips to see real

science and math occurring each day help spark deep

interest in both teachers and students.

Community support: A GE program manager serves

as district liaison, facilitating mentoring opportunities, job

shadowing and hands-on projects among students, teachers

and GE executives.

Professional development: In addition to providing

top-notch professional learning opportunities throughout

the year, about 2,000 APS math and science teachers

learn innovative teaching strategies during the Mathematics

and Science Professional Learning Event each summer.

APS also adapts successful business practices to enhance

district operations.

LEARN MORE

Visit the Math and Science section of the district Website, www.atlantapublicschools.us/

Math&Science or email Dr. Dottie Whitlow, Executive Director of the Math & Science department,

at dwhitlow@atlantapublicschools.us.

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Signature Program:

Project GRAD

Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), Atlanta Public School’s signature

reform initiative, is designed to prepare students who attend schools in economically

disadvantaged communities for post-secondary participation by providing a solid

foundation in literacy, math and college readiness. The comprehensive reform design’s

strategic approach is to build a wall of academic rigor and social service supports in schools

in order to increase academic success, high school graduation rates and post-secondary

collegiate participation.

Project GRAD serves the following schools: Benteen, Bethune, Cleveland, Connally,

Dobbs, Dunbar, Finch, Gideons, Heritage, Herndon, Humphries, Hutchinson, M.A. Jones,

Perkerson, Slater, D.H. Stanton, Thomasville Heights and Venetian Hills elementary

schools; Brown, Kennedy, Long, Parks, Price, and Sylvan Hills middle schools; and Booker

T. Washington High, The New Schools at Carver and South Atlanta Educational Complex.

PROJECT GRAD’S STRATEGIC APPROACH:

• Set a course for college: Staff in Project GRAD schools

employ a series of programs and activities that build

student awareness of and preparation for college

success. Students in Project GRAD middle and high

schools have access to specialized college readiness

staff whose sole responsibility is to develop the

college-going mindset of students and provide exposure

to collegiate responsibilities of life beyond high school.

• Promote mathematics support: With a focus on problem

solving, student discovery, reasoning and communication,

Project GRAD Math offers educational tools designed

to help elementary and middle school students master

mathematical concepts.

• Focus on literacy: To ensure that K-8 students read at or

above their grade level, Project GRAD utilizes Success

For All, a research-based comprehensive reading

approach that builds student literacy skills through

homogeneous grouping.

• Emphasize student responsibility: Consistency

Management Cooperative Discipline (CMCD) is an

instructional management curriculum that emphasizes

creating and maintaining learning environments that are

conducive to learning and instruction while teaching and

supporting student responsibility.

• Supporting students and parents: Critical to the

academic success of students is ensuring that the

barriers that prevent student success are removed.

Through Communities in Schools Atlanta (CISA), Project

GRAD students and families receive social service support

to address individual and familial needs throughout the

academic year.

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

With more than a decade in Atlanta Public Schools, Project

GRAD is helping more students chart a path to college.

About 470 APS Brumley-GRAD Scholars are pursuing

higher education at 89 colleges across the country.

The APS class 2010 earned more Gates Millennium

Scholarships than students from any other district in

the country — more than half of those APS students

participated in Project GRAD.

Learn more:

Read about Project GRAD on the district Website, www.atlantapublicschools.us/ProjectGRAD or

call the Project GRAD office at 404-802-2315.

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Signature Program:

High School Transformation

Through the High School Transformation Initiative, every APS high school in the

district provides smaller, more personalized learning environments with specific

academic themes. This unique approach was created to improve graduation rates,

prepare students for success in college, and distinguish APS high schools as the

schools of choice in metro Atlanta. Here are a few highlights of the initiative:

A NEW APPROACH: Traditional high

schools were transformed into one of

two models — small schools or small

learning communities. Small schools

are separate learning institutions on

one campus under the direction of

principals. Small learning communities

(SLCs) function as academies with

academy leaders who work under the

direction of one principal.

THE PERSONAL TOUCH: With

campus sizes reduced from about

2,500 students to about 400

students in each school, teachers

and administrators have more time

to develop one-on-one relationships

with students. With less room to slip

through the cracks, more students

focus on charting a path to college

through campus visits and increased

emphasis on academic themes such

as the arts, engineering, and health

sciences & research.

GRADUAL CHANGE: The High School

Transformation Initiative took form in

2005 when Carver Comprehensive

High reopened as The New Schools

at Carver. A new milestone takes

place this year, as Henry W. Grady,

Benjamin E. Mays and North Atlanta

become small learning communities.

Grady will feature three academies:

Communications and Journalism;

Travel, Hospitality and Tourism; and

Law, Government and Public Policy.

Mays will feature five academies:

Technology, Engineering, Math &

Science; Mass Communications,

Business & Entrepreneurship; and two

single-gender Leadership Academies.

North Atlanta will feature the Center

for International Studies Academy, the

Center for the Arts Academy, and the

Center for Global Broadcasting and

Journalism Academy.

FOCUSED ON ACHIEVEMENT: Once

considered the district’s lowestperforming

high school, Carver’s

graduation rate skyrocketed from

14.4 percent in 2002 to a combined

94 percent for the small schools in

2009. The district’s graduation rate

also has increased dramatically, from

39 percent in 2002 to 69 percent

in 2009. APS high school graduates

from the class of 2010, which

comprises 2,158 students, earned a

record $129 million in academic and

athletic scholarship offers, compared

to $92 million in scholarships awarded

to the class of 2009 and $64 million

awarded in 2008. Also, a record 29

APS students earned 2010 Gates

Millennium Scholarships — more than

any other district in the nation.

LEARN MORE:

Visit the High School Transformation section of the district Website at

www.atlantapublicschools.us/HStransformation.

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Map of Schools n

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School Phone Listings n

All telephone numbers are in area code 404 (unless noted). Current as of July 2010.

n K–8 School Reform Team 1 | 802-3667

Dr. Sharon Davis Williams, Executive Director

About School Reform Team 1 – School Reform Team 1 comprises elementary and middle schools located in

southwest Atlanta, including Deerwood Academy. Reaffirming the district’s commitment to cultivating 21st century

learners, Deerwood will provide a rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum this year.

SRT-1 Elementary Schools

Adamsville

286 Wilson Mill Rd., SW 30331

802-4300

Isis Manboard, Principal

Beecher Hills

2257 Bollingbrook Dr., SW 30311

802-8300

Crystal Jones, Principal

Mary McLeod Bethune

220 Northside Dr., NW 30314

802-8200

RoseMary Hamer, Principal

Cascade

2326 Venetian Dr., SW 30311

802-8100

Dr. Alfonso L. Jessie, Jr., Principal

Elijah Lewis Connally

1654 S. Alvarado Ter., SW 30311

802-8450

Mimi Robinson, Principal

Continental Colony @ Blalock ES

1445 Maynard Rd., NW 30331

802-8000

Sandra Sessoms, Principal

Deerwood Academy

3070 Fairburn Rd., SW 30331

802-3300

Dr. Lisa Smith, Principal

Margaret Fain

101 Hemphill School Rd., NW 30331

802-8600

Betty Greene, Principal

Richard Nathaniel Fickett

3935 Rux Rd., SW 30331

802-7850

Dr. Anthony Dorsey, Principal

William M. Finch

1114 Avon Ave., SW 30310

802-4000

Dr. Linda Paden, Principal

Alonzo Franklin Herndon

350 Temple St., NW 30314

802-8700

Dr. Toni Pickett, Principal

Mary Agnes Jones

1040 Fair St., NW 30314

802-3900

Retha Woolfolk, Principal

Lucas O. Kimberly

3090 McMurray Dr., SW 30311

802-7600

Carolyn Hall, Principal

Leonora Precious Miles

4215 Bakers Ferry Rd., SW 30331

802-8900

Christopher Estes, Principal

Thomas Jefferson Perkerson

2040 Brewer Blvd., SW 30315

802-3950

Dr. Mable Johnson, Principal

Peyton Forest

301 Peyton Rd., SW 30311

802-7100

Karen Barlow-Brown, Principal

Venetian Hills

1910 Venetian Dr., SW 30311

802-4550

Clarietta Davis, Principal

West Manor

570 Lynhurst Dr., SW 30311

802-3350

Cheryl Twyman, Principal

SRT-1 Middle Schools

Joseph Emerson Brown

765 Peeples St., SW 30310

802-6800

Donell Underdue, Jr., Principal

Ralph Johnson Bunche

1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW 30331

802-6700

Keisla Tisdel, Principal

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

225 James P. Brawley Dr., NW 30314

802-3600

Dr. Lucious Brown, Principal

Sylvan Hills

1461 Sylvan Rd., SW 30310

802-6200

Staughton Jennings, Principal

Jean Childs Young

3116 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW 30311

802-5900

Thomas Kenner, Principal

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School Phone Listings n

All telephone numbers are in area code 404 (unless noted). Current as of July 2010.

n K–8 School Reform Team 2 | 802-7550

Michael Pitts, Executive Director

About School Reform Team 2 – School Reform Team 2 comprises elementary and schools located in southeast

Atlanta, including Dunbar Elementary. In the first public-private partnership of its kind, Dunbar's Early Learning Literacy

& Resource Center will offer an educational foundation for children between the ages of six weeks and 10 years of age.

SRT-2 Elementary Schools

Frederick Wilson Benteen

200 Cassanova St., SE 30315

802-7300

Dr. Diana Quisenberry, Principal

Capitol View

1442 Metropolitan Pkwy., SW 30310

802-7200

Arlene Snowden, Principal

Cleveland Avenue

2672 Old Hapeville Rd., SW 30315

802-8400

Rhonda Ware-Brazier, Principal

John Wesley Dobbs

2025 Jonesboro Rd., SE 30315

802-8050

Dana Evans, Principal

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

500 Whitehall Ter., SW 30312

802-7950

TBD

Charles L. Gideons

897 Welch St., SW 30310

802-7700

Armstead Salters, Principal

Heritage Academy

3500 Villa Cir., SE 30354

802-8650

Trennis Harvey, Principal

Joseph W. Humphries

3029 Humphries Dr., SE 30354

802-8750

Donald Clark, Principal

Emma Hutchinson (Y)

650 Cleveland Ave., SW 30315

802-7650

Dr. Rebecca Dashiell-Mitchell, Principal

Thomas Heathe Slater

1320 Pryor Rd., SW 30315

802-4050

Dr. Selina Dukes-Walton, Principal

Daniel H. Stanton

970 Martin St., SE 30315

802-4200

TBD

Thomasville Heights

1820 Henry Thomas Dr., SE 30315

802-5750

Charles Penn, Principal

SRT-2 Middle Schools

Crawford Williamson Long

3200 Latona Dr., SE 30354

802-4800

Dr. Elizabeth Harris, Principal

Walter Leonard Parks

1090 Windsor St., SW 30310

802-6400

Christopher Waller, Principal

Luther Judson Price

1670 Benjamin W. Bickers Dr., SW 30315

802-6300

Sterling Christy, Jr., Principal

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(Y) Year-round school


School Phone Listings n

All telephone numbers are in area code 404 (unless noted). Current as of July 2010.

n K–8 School Reform Team 3 | 802-3751

Dr. Robin Hall, Executive Director

About School Reform Team 3 – School Reform Team 3 comprises elementary and middle schools located in

northeast Atlanta. SRT-3 schools such as Burgess-Peterson, Morningside and Springdale Park have led the district in

recycling and student wellness initiatives.

SRT-3 Elementary Schools

Hugh Otis Burgess–

Gartha Belle Peterson

480 Clifton St., SE 30316

802-3400

Robin Robbins, Principal

Centennial Place (Y)

531 Luckie St., NW 30313

802-8550

Alison Shelton, Principal

Ed S. Cook

211 Memorial Dr., SE 30312

802-8500

Sharyn Briscoe, Principal

East Lake

145 Fourth Ave., SE 30317

802-7900

Gwendolyn Benton, Principal

Charles Walter Hill–John Hope

112 Blvd., NE 30312

802-7450

Dr. Cassandra Miller-Ashley, Principal

Mary Jane Lin

586 Candler Park Dr., NE 30307

802-8850

Dr. Brian Mitchell, Principal

Morningside

1053 E. Rock Springs Rd., NE 30306

802-8950

Rebecca Pruitt, Principal

Parkside

685 Mercer St., SE 30312

802-4100

Dr. Phillip Luck, Principal

Springdale Park

1246 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE

802-6050

Yolonda Chaplin Brown, Principal

Fred Armon Toomer

65 Rogers St., NE 30317

802-3450

Dr. Nicole Evans Jones, Principal

Whitefoord

35 Whitefoord Ave., NE 30317

802-6900

Patricia Lavant, Principal

SRT-3 Middle Schools

Sammye E. Coan

1550 Hosea Williams Dr., NE 30317

802-6600

Dr. Tonya Saunders, Principal

Samuel Martin Inman

774 Virginia Ave., NE 30306

802-3200

Dr. Betsy Bockman, Principal

Martin Luther King, Jr.

545 Hill St., SE 30312

802-5400

Dr. Danielle Battle, Principal

(Y) Year-round school

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School Phone Listings n

All telephone numbers are in area code 404 (unless noted). Current as of July 2010.

n K–8 School Reform Team 4 | 802-6537

Tamara Cotman, Executive Director

About School Reform Team 4 – School Reform Team 4 comprises schools in north Atlanta, including the district’s

single-gender academies. SRT-4 offers an International Baccalaureate pipeline that begins in kindergarten and ends

with a challenging high school curriculum.

SRT-4 Elementary Schools

Bolton Academy

2268 Adams Dr., NW 30318

802-8350

Laura Strickling, Principal

William M. Boyd (Y)

1891 Johnson Rd., NW 30318

802-8150

Emalyn C. Foreman, Principal

Morris Brandon

2741 Howell Mill Rd., NW 30327

802-7250

Karen Evans, Principal

Brandon Primary

2845 Margaret Mitchell Dr., NW 30327

802-7280

Peter Settlemayer, Principal

Garden Hills

285 Sheridan Dr., NE 30305

802-7800

Amy Alderman, Principal

Grove Park

20 Evelyn Way, NW 30318

802-7750

Caitlin Sims, Principal

SRT-4 Middle Schools

Coretta Scott King Young

Women’s Leadership Academy (G)

1190 Northwest Drive, 30318

802-4962

Karen Riggins-Taylor, Principal

Melody Morgan, Principal, Grade 9

Charles Lincoln Harper–

Samuel Howard Archer

3399 Collier Dr., NW 30331

802-6500

Dr. Frances Thompson, Principal

Warren Turner Jackson

1325 Mt. Paran Rd., NW 30327

802-8800

Dr. Lorraine Reich, Principal

Jackson Primary

4191 Northside Dr., NW 30342

802-8810

Susan King, Principal

Eretus Rivers

8 Peachtree Battle Ave., NW 30305

802-7050

David White, Principal

William J. Scott

1752 Hollywood Rd., NW 30318

802-7000

Roxianne Smith, Principal

Sarah Rawson Smith

370 Old Ivy Rd., NE 30342

802-3850

Dr. Sidney Baker, Principal

Smith Intermediate

4141 Wieuca Rd., NE 30342

802-3880

Tommy Usher, Principal

Willis A. Sutton

4360 Powers Ferry Rd., NW 30327

802-5600

Audrey Sofianos, Principal

The B.E.S.T. Academy (B)

1890 Donald L. Hollowell Pkwy., NW 30318

802-4944

LaPaul Shelton, Principal

Boris Hurst, Principal, Grade 9

Frank Libby Stanton

1625 M. L. King Jr. Dr., SW 30314

802-7500

Dr. Marlo Barber, Principal

George Alexander Towns

760 Bolton Rd., NW 30331

802-7400

Carla Pettis, Principal

Bazoline Estelle Usher–Collier Heights

631 Harwell Rd., NW 30318

802-5700

Dr. Gwendolyn Rogers, Principal

Walter Francis White

1890 Detroit Ave., NW 30314

802-2950

Tamarah Larkin-Currie, Principal

Carter Goodwin Woodson

1605 Donald L. Hollowell Pkwy., NW 30318

802-7350

Dr. Viola Blackshear, Principal

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(G) Single Gender Girls

(B) Single Gender Boys


School Phone Listings n

All telephone numbers are in area code 404 (unless noted). Current as of July 2010.

n Office of High Schools | 802-5875

Randolph Bynum, Associate Superintendent of High schools

About the Office of High SchoolsAPS high schools provide specialized areas of study.

Small learning communities comprise schools led by academy leaders under the direction

of one principal. Small schools operate as individual leaning sites located on one campus.

School Address Phone Principal/Academy Leader

The New Schools at Carver 55 McDonough Blvd., SE 30315

Carver Early College

802-4405 Marcene Thornton (P)

School of the Arts

802-4415 Dr. Marvin Pryor (P)

School of Health Sciences & Research

802-4420 Dr. Darian Jones (P)

School of Technology

802-4410 Rodney Ray (P)

Crim Open Campus 256 Clifton St., SE 30317 802-5800 TBD

Frederick Douglass 225 H E. Holmes Dr., NW 30318 802-3100 Dr. Thomas Glanton (P)

Business & Entrepreneurship

Dr. Mary J. Harris (A)

Center for Engineering & Applied Technology

Dr. Reginald Lawrence (A)

Communication & Journalism

Sharonda Murrell (A)

Hospitality, Tourism, & Marketing

Stephanie Bailey (A)

Henry W. Grady

929 Charles Allen Dr., NE 30309 802-3001 Dr. Vincent Murray (P)

Business and Entrepreneurship Communication and Journalism

Public Policy and Justice

Technology

Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. 801 Glenwood Ave., SE 30316 802-5200 Dr. Shirlene Carter (P)

Engineering Early College

Dr. Richard Williams (A)

Fine Arts & Media Communications

Leah Ervin (A)

Information Technology

Dr. Phyllis Earls (A)

Benjamin E. Mays 2250 Perry Blvd., 30318 802-5100 Dr. Tyronne Smith (P)

Mass Communications

Business and Entrepreneurship

Science, Engineering and Mathematics Leadership (2 Pathways–Male and Female; Single Gender)

North Atlanta

2875 Northside Dr., NW 30305 802-4700 Mark MyGrant (P)

Center for International Studies International Business & Marketing

Center of the Arts

Center for Global Broadcasting and Journalism

South Atlanta 800 Hutchens Rd., SE 30354 802-5000

School of Computer Animation & Design

802-5060 Scott Painter (P)

School of Health & Medical Science

802-5050 Termerion McCrary (P)

School of Law & Government

802-5045 Peter McKnight (P)

Daniel McClaughin Therrell 3099 Panther Tr., SW 30311

School of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science 802-5360 Esmie Gaynor (P)

School of Health Science & Research

802-5355 Dr. Frank Walker (P)

School of Law

802-5345 Byron Barnes (P)

Booker Taliaferro Washington 45 Whitehouse Dr., NW 30314

Banking, Finance, & Investment

802-4663 Dr. Charcia Nichols (P)

Early College

802-4641 Dr. Vanessa Nason (P)

Health Science & Nutrition

802-4667 Dr. Samuel Scavella (P)

Senior Academy

802-4603 Tiauana Crooms (P)

NON-TRADITIONAL PROGRAMS

Forrest Hill Academy 2930 Forrest Hills Dr., SW 30315 802-6950 Tricia Rock (P)

West End Academy

1325 Ralph D. Abernathy Dr., SW 30311 755-7755 Dr. Vivian Jackson (P)

EVENING SCHOOL PROGRAM

Adult Literacy Program 1754 Mary Dell Dr., SE 30316 802-3560 Jacquelyn Davenport (P)

Crim Evening School 256 Clifton Rd., SE 30317 802-5800 TBD

APS CHARTER SCHOOLS

Atlanta Charter Middle School

820 Essie Ave., SE 30316

678-904-0051

Matt Underwood, Principal

Atlanta Preparatory Academy

569 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., NW 30314

404-681-9633

Lynette Williams, Principal

Charles R. Drew Charter School

301 East Lake Blvd. 30317

404-687-0001

Don Doran, Principal

Imagine Wesley International Academy

1049 Custer Ave., SE 30316

678-904-9137

Dr. Mridula Hormes, Principal

Intown Academy Charter School

386 Pine St. 30308

404-270-9788

Tangela Johnson, Principal

The Kindezi School

98 Anderson Ave., NW 30314

404-668-8534

Dean Leeper, Principal

KIPP STRIVE Academy

1444 Lucille Ave., SW 30310

404-753-1530

Ed Chang, Principal

KIPP Vision Charter School

660 McWilliams Rd., SE 30315

404-537-5252

Steven Jones, Principal

KIPP West Atlanta Young Scholars Academy

80 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW 30314

404-475-1941

Kim Karacalidis, Principal

Neighborhood Charter School

688 Grant St., SE 30315

404-624-6226

Jill Kaechele, Principal

Tech High School

1043 Memorial Dr., SE 30316

678-904-5091

Dr. Graysen Walles, Principal

University Community Academy

2050 Tiger Flowers Dr., NW 30314

404-753-4050

Amber Jones, Principal

(P) Principal

(A) Academy Leader

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Parents and Students


Parents Make a Difference n

Parental involvement is one of the most important factors in a student’s success. Active,

parental engagement helps students stay focused on their coursework, and APS offers a

range of support for parents.

Parent Teacher Association

(PTA): Through PTA initiatives and

activities, parents work with faculty

to enhance the school environment

and improve student achievement.

At most schools, the PTA meets at

least once a month, with membership

drives beginning a few weeks after the

new school year begins. Contact your

child’s school to secure information

on membership, meetings, dues and

upcoming activities.

Local School Councils: Georgia

law requires every school system

to provide a school council in all

elementary, middle and high schools.

Each council works to improve student

achievement by creating stronger

bonds between the school and the

surrounding community. School

councils also provide support for

teachers and administrators, and

encourage parents to be part of a

school’s decision-making process.

Local school councils meet at least

four times per year, and all meetings

are open to the public. For information

on local school councils, contact your

child's school or call Terrolynn Perry-

Ponder, the APS School Councils

Coordinator, at 404-802-2696.

Parents As Partners Academic

Center: The APS Parent Teacher

Association and the APS Family

Involvement Center partnered to open

a parents’ center located at Kennedy

Middle School. The resource center

also houses the Atlanta Council of PTAs.

Visit the center for information on APS

programs and services. The Parents as

Partners Academic Center is located

in the lower level of Kennedy Middle

School, 225 James P. Brawley Dr., NW,

Atlanta, GA 30314, 404-802-3654.

APS Parent Community

Involvement Liaisons: APS

liaisons serve as a link between

schools and parents. They work closely

with schools to develop community

partnerships that enhance student

achievement and ensure federal

compliance with the school’s parent

involvement policy. Call your child’s

school to contact your school liaison.

Be There: The “Be There” campaign

offers simple yet effective tools to help

parents connect with their children

on a daily basis. For more information,

including a Parent Forum, visit www.

bethere.org or call 404-802-3673.

Campus Portal for Parents

(CPP): Class schedules, attendance

records, grades and other key

information are just a click away. For

more information, visit the Parents &

Resources section of the APS Website,

www.atlantapublicschools.us. The CPP

Website is www.atlantapublicschools.

us/parentportal.

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Student Achievement n

Atlanta Public Schools serves as a model for urban school reform. Our success can

be measured by student achievement on the Georgia Department of Education’s

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), Georgia High School Graduation

Tests (GHSGT/GHSWT), End of Course Tests (EOCT) and the National Assessment of

Educational Progress (NAEP). Here are a few highlights:

CRCT

A DECADE OF PROGRESS: Overall, the district’s

performance in Literacy (Reading and English/language

arts) remains strong, with average scores in these two

content areas ranging from 80 percent to 90 percent

in grades 1 through 8. The district will identify and make

any specific changes to ensure that our trend of upward

achievement continues.

• 84 percent of all students met or exceeded state

standards in reading

• 85 percent of all students met/exceeded state

standards in English/language arts

• 70 percent of all students met/exceeded state

standards in mathematics

GHSGT/GHSWT

CHARTING A PATH TO COLLEGE: Students made

significant performance increases in writing, English/

language arts and science.

• 86 percent of students passed the English/language

arts portion

• 85 percent of students passed the math portion

• 83 percent of students passed the science portion

• 71 percent of students passed social studies portion

• 93 percent of students passed the writing portion

NAEP

STUDENT GAINS OUTPACE OTHER DISTRICTS: Also

referred to as the Nation’s Report Card, NAEP is an

independent assessment of student performance

conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics

(NCES). Student performance on these tests reaffirms the

district’s overall progress on state assessments.

• Grade 4 reading scores have improved by 14 scale score

points since 2002

• Grade 4 math scores have improved by 10 scale score

points since 2003

• Grade 8 reading scores have improved by 14 scale score

points since 2002

• Grade 8 math scores have improved by 15 scale score

points since 2003


I am proud of our students, and

the hard work and dedication

our teachers, principals and

administrators apply every day

to help our young people grow

and achieve.


Dr. Beverly L. Hall, APS Superintendent

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Athletics n

Athletics operates under the Division of

Curriculum and Instruction. Its mission

is to give students quality opportunities

to participate in activities that enhance

their physical, academic and social

growth. As a member of the Georgia High

School Association (GHSA), APS students

must meet the following requirements to

participate in athletic programs:

Academic Requirement: Students must be on track

for graduation.

Age: Middle school students cannot have reached their

14th birthday before May 1st. High school students cannot

have reached 19th birthday prior to May 1 preceding year

of participation.

APS offers the following sports for

students enrolled in middle and high

schools. Offerings may vary depending on

student interest.

High school sports

offerings

Football

Cross Country

Volleyball

Softball

Cheerleading

Basketball

Baseball

Track and Field

Tennis, Golf and Riflery

Soccer

Swimming

Wrestling

MIDDLE SCHOOL sports

OFFERINGS

Football

Basketball

Cheerleading

Track and Field

Softball

Soccer

Learn more:

Visit the Athletics page of the district Website at

www.atlantapublicschools.us/Athletics or call

404-802-5580.

Residence in school service area: Students

establishing eligibility as ninth-graders can participate in

sports during the first semester. Transferring high school

students are subject to GHSA rules.

Physical examination: Students must have an annual

physical examination by a board-certified medical doctor. It

must be recorded on the APS Permission to Participate and

Physical Examination form.

Parent permission: Each student must have permission

from a parent or guardian.

Insurance verification: Students who participate in

an APS athletic program must have insurance and show

proof of a current insurance policy. Insurance is required

for conditioning, try-outs, volunteer workouts, and in season

participation. If a student does not have insurance, the district

offers activity insurance that may be purchased at the school.

Media release: This gives the district the right to

photograph athletic activities for promotional purposes.

APS offers a variety of sports for students enrolled in

middle and high schools. Offerings may vary depending on

student interest. The middle school athletic program is for

students in the seventh and eighth grade.

Code of Ethics: The GHSA recognizes its responsibility

with respect to the promotion of honesty, truthfulness,

and accuracy in record-keeping and reporting. Therefore,

the professional personnel of the member schools are

charged with upholding the Code of Ethics adopted by the

Professional Standards Commission as accepted and

approved by the State Board of Education.

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Student Programs and Services n

From counseling to social work services, APS offers a wealth of initiatives and programs

that support our students and families. Here are the divisions within the Office of

Student Programs and Services:

Counseling Services

404-802-2685

Provides quality programs for students

in grades K-8 in the three domains of

self-knowledge, education and career

planning.

Program for Exceptional

Children

404-802-2602

Offers a broad continuum of services

designed to meet the individual needs

of students with disabilities from 3

through 21 years of age.

Social Work Services

404-802-2247

Provides appropriate interventions to

assist children at risk for academic

failure with an emphasis on child welfare,

attendance and truancy. Facilitates

student and family assessments to

address and eliminate environmental

barriers to student success.

Student Tribunal

404-802-2233

Manages student disciplinary

cases involving violations with

recommendations for suspensions of

more than three days, expulsions or

alternative education placement.

Health Services

404-802-2683

Provides coordinated school-based

nursing services to ensure the delivery

of quality health services for students.

Psychological Services

404-802-2675

Provides evaluation of the intellectual,

academic and social-emotional

status of students while promoting

psychologically healthy learning

environments.

Student Placement

404-802-2233

Provides guidance to parents on

the general administrative transfer

process for grades K-12 and No

Child Left Behind. Provides placement

for students with discipline and

attendance issues.

Truancy Intervention Center

404-802-3648

Works with local law enforcement to

provide an effective deterrent to truancy

in an effort to improve daily school

attendance and identification of schoolaged

children not enrolled in school.

Homeless Education Services

404-802-2245

Provides services to eliminate barriers

to school enrollment, attendance

and academic success for homeless

students and unaccompanied youth.

Records Center

404-802-2150

Maintains and transmits transcripts

of inactive permanent record files for

former students.

Response to Intervention/

Student Support Teams

404-802-2604

Facilitates the state-mandated

systematic intervention process

through school-based interdisciplinary

teams dedicated to assisting students

experiencing challenges that impact

academic progress.

Attendance

Students between the ages of 6 and 16 are expected to be present and to arrive to

school on time every day in accordance with the provisions of the Georgia Compulsory

School Attendance Law (O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.1, et seq.), and the Atlanta Board of

Education Policies JB and JBD. Students who are absent or tardy miss valuable

instructional time and other important school activities, and are less likely to master

those skills, concepts and principles needed for academic success. Students who

violate the attendance policy will be disciplined. Unexcused absences and/or truancy

may lead to a truancy petition against the student and/or parents/guardians filed in

juvenile court. Detailed information can be found in the student handbook.

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Community


School Partnerships n

Strong partnerships help build strong schools. Support from corporations, civic

organizations and non-profit foundations has resulted in playgrounds for schools,

grants for teachers, internships for students, and many other valuable contributions

throughout the district. In addition to corporate partners at the school level, here are

highlights of the district’s partnerships:

The Atlanta Education Fund (AEF): This education

foundation supports APS reform initiatives, keeps the public

informed about the district and explores issues that shape

reform efforts. AEF also helps strengthen APS partnerships

in the private sector to promote student achievement.

Atlanta Partners for Education (APFE): APS and

the Metro Atlanta Chamber work together through the

APFE to maintain a strong connection between schools and

the business community. The organization underscores the

role that strong corporate partners play in the success of a

district and a community.

Partners as Principals: Each year, APS offers

business and community leaders a chance to shadow

principals for a day. In addition to getting a first-hand view of

how principals work hard to make a difference in students’

lives, this popular event builds a strong bond between

schools and Atlanta’s diverse community of leaders. Over

the years, APS has welcomed such notable leaders as

Ambassador Andrew Young, former Mayor Shirley Franklin

and baseball legend Hank Aaron.

Learn more:

Find out how you or your organization can get

involved in APS. To connect with the Atlanta

Education Fund, call 404-653-5558 or visit

www.atlef.org. For more information about

Atlanta Partners for Education, call 404-586-

8531, visit www.apfeonline.org or email Mariama

Tyler, APS Director of External Affairs,

at mtyler@atlantapublicschools.us.

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District Website n

Consider this your up-to-date resource for school events, news and video.

Here are the highlights:

u Departments: Learn about the

departments within APS

v Schools: Access school

phone numbers, addresses and

other school-related information

w Quick Links: Find the most

requested information located on

the Website

x Home Page Rotator: Features

school events and other daily news

about the district

y latest News: Read the latest

news releases and other stories

about APS

z Website highlights: Sections

include – How Do I Find…, APS

Cool Kids, Keeping You Informed

and Strategic Initiatives

{ Featured Video: Watch APS

students, teachers and

administrators in action

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Keeping You Informed n

Atlanta Public Schools wants you to have easy access to key information about the

district. Here are a resources to help you stay connected:

THE ATLANTA EDUCATOR – This publication

highlights students, teachers, administrators

and parents who are part of the APS journey to

excellence. Elementary students receive copies

at their schools; middle and high school students

receive copies of the publication in the mail. PDF

versions of the paper also are available in English

and Spanish on the district Website.

SCHOOL WEBSITES – Each school has its own

Website. Note upcoming events and easily access

faculty and staff. All school Web addresses

are listed under the “Schools” section on

the district homepage. You also can type in

atlantapublicschools.us/schoolname.

TALKUPAPS.com – The district’s blog is updated

throughout the day with the latest news, photos and

videos. Bookmark TalkUpAPS.com today.

Community Fireside Chats

Get district updates and submit questions about your child’s school during Fireside

Chats hosted by APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall. The community forums

occur throughout the year; contact your school principal for more info.

Social Networking

Facebook – Follow Atlanta Public Schools. Visit www.facebook.com to

create your own account and stay connected with the APS community.

Twitter – Get the latest APS news and tips by following us on Twitter.

Visit www.twitter.com, create your own account, search for “APSupdate”

and click “follow.”

Television and Radio

APS

Today

Success stories happen every day

in Atlanta Public Schools. “APS

Today” introduces you to the

students, educators, parents and

community partners dedicated

to improving achievement. This

monthly television show airs at

9:30 p.m. on PBA TV Channel 30.

This television station provides

the metro Atlanta area more

than 70 hours of awardwinning,

high-quality educational

programming each week.

DT21

Cable subscribers in the city of

Atlanta can access this station

for round-the-clock education

programming.

Atlanta’s National Public Radio

(NPR) affiliate offers 24-hours

of news, music and community

affairs. Weekday programming

includes NPR’s “Morning Edition”

(5-9 a.m.), “All Things Considered”

(4-6:30 p.m.), “Youth Radio,”

“Boombox Classroom” and “Focus

on Education.”

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Forms You Need


Atlanta Public Schools

Transportation Department

bus safety and

conduct standards for students

The Atlanta Public Schools primary goal for operating

school bus services is to transport students safely

to and from school each day. At Atlanta Public Schools, we are

committed to maintaining a safe environment for all students whether they

are inside or outside the school building. Key to that commitment is ensuring

that our transportation services adhere to the highest standards of quality and

excellence. With parental support, each student is expected to demonstrate

acceptable conduct and to be aware of correct safety procedures while traveling

on our school buses. This brochure provides general guidelines of acceptable

conduct for school bus riders. The student disciplinary policies of Atlanta Public

Schools govern students and their behavior.

Students are expected to:

1. Acknowledge that the driver

governs the bus and follow

instructions the first time that

they are given.

2. Follow bus safety rules.

3. Refrain from bringing sharp

objects, alcohol, illegal drugs or

tobacco onto the school bus.

4. Board and exit the bus at their

assigned stop.

5. Arrive at the bus stop at least five

minutes before the scheduled

time of the bus arrival.

6. Wait for the bus in a safe place

away from the roadway.

7. Respect the property and privacy

of others while at the bus stop.

8. Avoid traffic dangers and remain

a safe distance from the

approaching bus until it comes

to a complete stop.

9. Promptly board the bus in an

orderly manner.

10. Avoid crowding or pushing while

boarding or exiting the bus.

11. Use the handrail while going up or

down the steps of the bus.

12. Avoid boarding or exiting the bus

from the rear emergency door,

unless instructed to do so by the

driver.

13. Go directly to a seat and remain

seated while the bus is moving.

14. Talk quietly, without making loud

noises.

15. Keep feet and legs out of the

aisle and refrain from placing

arms or heads out of the window.

16. Avoid playing with school bus

equipment.

17. Refrain from throwing objects at,

on or from the school bus.

18. Never do anything that could

distract the driver or other students.

19. Refrain from fighting anywhere,

including on the school bus.

!

The home and school must

work as a team to make school

bus trips a safe experience.

Parent/Guardian

Acknowledgment

I have read and understand the Bus

Safety and Conduct Standards for

Students Brochure and agree to assume

responsibility for my child’s conduct on

Atlanta Public Schools school buses.

Print Child’s Name:

Grade:

School:

Route Number:

Parent Signature:

Date:

PLEASE DETACH AND RETURN THIS

SIGNED COPY TO THE SCHOOL.

(04-10-317)


Atlanta Public Schools

Transportation Department

bus safety and

conduct standards for students

!

20. Avoid playing and chasing other

students or hanging onto school

buses. Students should remain

cautious at all times when

traveling on or standing near

school buses to avoid the

possibility of being dragged under

the wheels of the bus and

seriously injured.

21. Never crawl or reach under the

wheels of the bus.

22. Provide the driver a written note

signed by a parent/guardian and

school principal before he/she is

allowed to ride a different bus or

to go home with another student.

23. Enter or exit the bus stop area

only when it is safe, cross

roadways at intersections or

crosswalks only when it is safe,

and look both ways while crossing.

Always assume that cars will not

stop for you.

24. Go directly home or to the place

parents have designated, when

exiting the school bus.

25. Never behave in an unsafe

manner on or around the bus.

School bus drivers are

expected to:

1. Operate buses safely and in

accordance with all laws, rules,

regulations and guidelines.

2. Travel only assigned and

scheduled routes.

3. Inform supervisors and school

principals of unsafe bus stop

locations or conditions.

4. Maintain order on the bus and

report safety and conduct

violations to the school principal

for corrective action.

5. Assist and support the principal

and other administrators in all

disciplinary decisions.

6. Remind students about safety on

a regular basis.

Principals are expected to:

1. Promote safety and proper

conduct on buses, and reserve

the right to suspend bus

privileges for students who are

guilty of misbehavior or

committing unsafe acts.

2. Maintain current disciplinary and

route files for each bus.

3. Greet school buses each morning

and afternoon to supervise school

loading zones.

4. Ensure that students board and

ride the correct bus.

5. Work with the Atlanta Public

Schools Transportation Division

to ensure that a safe and timely

mode of transportation is provided

for students.

6. Educate students about school

bus safety.

Parents are responsible for:

1. The safety and conduct of their

children when they are en route to

the bus stop, while waiting for the

bus to arrive and when departing

the bus stop after school.

2. Assisting the school in teaching

their children to observe safety

rules while riding the bus.

3. Making sure that their children

board the bus only at the

appropriate stop.

4. Cooperating with the bus driver

and school to maintain discipline

and safety on the bus.

5. Having appropriate adult

supervision at home to receive

students in the Program for

Exceptional Children upon their

arrival from school.

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Year-Round Student

Calendar

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Legend:

Begin / End Quarter

Early Release Day

District Furlough Day; Schools Closed

Red: Student Holiday; Schools Closed

Blue: Teacher Professional Learning Day

Green: First / Last Day of School

Purple: Intersession (provides students

with additional opportunities for enrichment

and remedial help.)

Orange: Fall / Winter Break

Deficiency Notice and Report

Card Schedule:

Deficiency Notice

August 13, 2010

November 5, 2010

February 4, 2011

April 29, 2011

Report Card

September 17, 2010

January 7, 2011

March 18, 2011

June 10, 2011

Learn More About Our School

District:

Three Atlanta Public Schools (APS) operate on a

year-round calendar: Boyd, Centennial and

Hutchinson elementary. Year-round school students

experience the same number of days as their

counterparts in traditional schools. Their days are

simply redistributed into blocks throughout the

year, which many parents find is best suited to their

child’s learning style.

For additional information:

Visit www.atlantapublicschools.us

Read The Atlanta Educator

Follow APS on Twitter ("APSupdate") and Facebook

Watch WPBA Channel 30 and Cable Channel 22

Listen to WABE 90.1 FM

Follow your child's academic progress:

www.atlantapublicschools.us/parentportal


Testing Dates

Standardized tests help measure student

performance. They also highlight the hard work of

students, teachers, parents, administrators and

community partners throughout the school year. Here

2010-11 testing dates:

AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING (ACT)

September 11

October 23

December 11

February 12

April 9

June 11

PRELIMINARY SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (PSAT)

October 13

October 16

SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (PSAT)

October 9

November 6

December 4

January 22

March 12 (No Subject Tests)

May 7

June 4

END OF COURSE TESTS (EOCT)

November 29–December 10

GEORGIA GRADE 8 WRITING ASSESSMENT

January 19–20

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL

PROGRESS (NAEP)

January 24–March 4


Without the tremendous

generosity of the local and

national business, civic and

philanthropic communities,

our school district would have

never had the kind of resources

to bring the innovation of more

personalized high schools to

scale across the city of Atlanta.


Dr. Beverly L. Hall, APS Superintendent

GEORGIA GRADE 5 WRITING TEST

March 2–3

GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TEST

March 21–25

GEORGIA BASIC SKILLS TEST

March 21–25

GEORGIA GRADE 3 WRITING ASSESSMENT TEST

March 21–April 1

GEORGIA CRITERION-REFENCED COMPETENCY

TESTS (CRCT)

April 19–29

GEORGIA END OF COURSE TESTS (EOCT)

April 25–May 6


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Legend:

Begin / Mid / End Quarter

Early Release Day

District Furlough Day; Schools Closed

Red: Student Holiday; Schools Closed

Blue: Teacher Professional Learning Day

Green: First / Last Day of School

Deficiency Notice and Report

Card Schedule:

Deficiency Notice

September 8, 2010

November 12, 2010

February 4, 2011

April 15, 2011

Report card

October 15, 2010

January 11, 2011

March 18, 2011

June 3, 2011

Learn More About Our School

District:

When students pass through our doors and

embark upon a journey toward academic excellence,

APS gives them the confidence, social skills and

intellectual capacity required to successfully compete

in college and career.

For additional information:

Visit www.atlantapublicschools.us

Read The Atlanta Educator

Follow APS on Twitter ("APSupdate") and Facebook

Watch WPBA Channel 30 and Cable Channel 22

Listen to WABE 90.1 FM

Follow your child's academic progress:

www.atlantapublicschools.us/parentportal


Testing Dates

Standardized tests help measure student

performance. They also highlight the hard work of

students, teachers, parents, administrators and

community partners throughout the school year. Here

2010-11 testing dates:

AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING (ACT)

September 11

October 23

December 11

February 12

April 9

June 11

PRELIMINARY SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (PSAT)

October 13

October 16

SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (PSAT)

October 9

November 6

December 4

January 22

March 12 (No Subject Tests)

May 7

June 4

END OF COURSE TESTS (EOCT)

November 29–December 10

GEORGIA GRADE 8 WRITING ASSESSMENT

January 19–20


The fact that so many of our

schools are consistently achieving

Adequate Yearly Progress over

a number of years is a clear

indication of the success of our

urban school reform efforts.


Dr. Beverly L. Hall, APS Superintendent

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL

PROGRESS (NAEP)

January 24–March 4

GEORGIA GRADE 5 WRITING TEST

March 2–3

GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TEST

March 21–25

GEORGIA BASIC SKILLS TEST

March 21–25

GEORGIA GRADE 3 WRITING ASSESSMENT TEST

March 21–April 1

GEORGIA CRITERION-REFENCED COMPETENCY

TESTS (CRCT)

April 19–29

GEORGIA END OF COURSE TESTS (EOCT)

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2010–2011 Student

atlantapublicschools.us

Media Release Form

I hereby Agree / Do Not Agree to allow my child, ,

to be photographed, videotaped and/or voice recorded and for his/her name, image, likeness and voice to be used in APSapproved

photographs, videos, publications, internet, news and social media and web pages for special projects or publicity.

I am aware that my child may be asked a variety of questions concerning school and school related activities and programs, and

that the contents of the interview may be published or aired publicly. I understand that my child will be under the supervision

of a school staff member during the interview or photo session. There may not be school staff supervision, however, if the

photographs or video or voice recordings are part of a general background scene in which my child is not identified.

My child reserves the right to refuse to answer any questions or participate in any discussions that make him/her feel

uncomfortable or embarrassed. Additionally, my child and/or the supervising school agent reserves the right to terminate the

interview, photo or video session at any time for any reason.

I understand that neither APS, nor the news media, has any obligation to air or publish the image, photos, videotape and/or

voice of my child. I also understand that neither I nor my child will receive any monetary compensation for the rights granted

herein. And I understand that my child’s appearance or the use of his/her voice in any publication, photo, internet or televised

form does not confer any ownership rights on me or my child.

If by reason of my child’s statements and actions in the interview, photos, images, videotape and/or voice recording, or the

materials furnished to my child by anyone other than the APS for the same, there is any claim or litigation involving any charge

by third parties of violation or infringement of their right, I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Atlanta Public Schools, its

staff, Board of Education and its licensees, and assignees from liability, loss or expenses arising from such claim or litigation.

Signature of Teacher

Date

Signature of Parent/Guardian

Date

Parent/Guardian Email Address

(04-10-317)

130 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303 • (404) 802-3500

WABE 90.1 FM • WPBA-TV 30 • APS Cable Channel 22



I am proud of our students, and

the hard work and dedication

our teachers, principals and

administrators apply every day

to help our young people grow

and achieve.


Dr. Beverly L. Hall, APS Superintendent

www.atlantapublicschools.us



Sustained academic performance

by our students is proof positive

that Atlanta Public Schools

students are competitive with

their counterparts from around

the state and the nation in the

area of academic achievement.


Dr. Beverly L. Hall, APS Superintendent

www.atlantapublicschools.us


Brenda J. Muhammad

District 1

Nancy M. Meister

District 4

Courtney D. English

At-Large Seat 7

Atlanta Board of Education

Khaatim Sherrer El

Chair, District 2

LaChandra Butler Burks

District 5

Reuben R. McDaniel, III

At-Large Seat 8

Cecily Harsch-Kinnane

District 3

Yolanda K. Johnson

Vice Chair, District 6

Emmett D. Johnson

At-Large Seat 9

District 1 / Seat 7

Elementary Schools: Benteen,

Centennial Place, Cook, Dobbs,

Dunbar, Hill–Hope, Parkside, Slater,

D.H. Stanton, Thomasville Heights,

Waters, Imagine Wesley International

Academy Charter, Intown Charter,

KIPP Vision Charter, Neighborhood

Charter

Middle Schools: King, Price, Atlanta

Charter

High Schools: The New Schools at

Carver, Maynard Holbrook Jackson,

Tech High Charter

District 2 / Seat 7

Elementary Schools: Bethune,

Connally, Finch, Gideons, Herndon,

M.A. Jones, F.L. Stanton, White,

Kindezi Charter, Kipp Ways Charter,

University Community Academy

Charter

Middle Schools: Brown, Kennedy,

Parks

High Schools: Douglass, Washington

District 3 / Seat 8

Elementary Schools: Burgess–

Peterson, East Lake, Lin, Morningside,

Toomer, Whitefoord, Drew Charter,

Springdale Park

Middle Schools: Coan, Inman

High Schools: Grady, Crim

District 4 / Seat 8

Elementary Schools: Brandon,

Garden Hills, Jackson, Rivers, Smith

Middle School: Sutton

High School: North Atlanta

District 5 / Seat 9

Elementary Schools: Adamsville,

Bolton Academy, Boyd, Fain, Grove

Park, Miles, Peyton Forest, Scott,

Towns, Usher–Collier Heights,

West Manor, Woodson

Middle Schools: The B.E.S.T.

Academy, Coretta Scott King

Academy, Harper–Archer, Young

High School: Mays

District 6 / Seat 9

Elementary Schools: Beecher Hills,

Capitol View, Cascade, Cleveland

Ave., Continental Colony, Deerwood

Academy, Fickett, Heritage Academy,

Humphries, Hutchinson, Kimberly,

Perkerson, Venetian Hills

Middle Schools: Bunche, Long,

Sylvan Hills

High Schools: South Atlanta High

Educational Complex, D.M. Therrell

High Educational Complex

The Atlanta Public Schools’ policy-making body is the nine-member Atlanta Board of Education, comprised of six district representatives

and three at-large representatives, all of whom are elected. The day-to-day administration of the school district is the responsibility of

the superintendent, who is appointed by the Board of Education.

The Atlanta Board of Education holds public comment sessions prior to each legislative session. Please check the meeting schedule

at www.atlantapublicschools.us. Meetings are held in the auditorium of the Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL), 130 Trinity

Avenue, S.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303. For more information, call 404-802-2200.


WE ARE

Committed

TO ENSURING THAT

OUR

Students

ARE READY FOR

Success

IN COLLEGE

AND LIFE.

2010-2011

Atlanta Public Schools

Key Telephone Numbers

APS Archives 404.802.4497

APS Operator 404.802.3500

Homework Hotline 678.553.3029

School Reform Team 1 404.802.3667

School Reform Team 2 404.802.7550

School Reform Team 3 404.802.3751

School Reform Team 4 404.802.6537

High School Office 404.802.5875

Student Services:

Parents As Partners Academic Center 404.802.2231

Nutrition 404.802.2540

Prekindergarten 404.802.3640

Program for Exceptional Children 404.802.2602

Student Placement 404.802.2204

Student Programs and Services 404.802.1699

(Counseling, Health, Psychological and Social Services)

Student Transportation 404.802.5500

Student Tribunal 404.802.2233

Testing 404.802.2780

Truancy Center 404.802.3648

Central Administration:

Department of Athletics 404.802.5575

Curriculum & Instruction 404.802.2700

Facilities Services 404.802.3700

Human Resources 404.802.2300

Information Technology 404.802.2509

Office of Communications 404.802.2800

Office of the Superintendent 404.802.2820

Operations 404.802.2503

Meal Pay 1.877.237.0946

Student Records 404.802.2150

The Atlanta Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race,

color, religion, gender, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital

status or sexual orientation in any of its employment practices, educational

programs, services or activities. For additional information about nondiscrimination

provisions, contact the Office of Internal Resolution, 130 Trinity Avenue,

S.W., Atlanta, Georgia, 30303.

Published by the Office of Communications

For more information regarding Atlanta Public Schools:

• Visit www.atlantapublicschools.us, www.wabe.org,

www.wpba.org, www.apscable.org and www.talkupaps.com

• Listen to WABE 90.1 FM

• Watch WPBA Channel 30 and APS Cable Channel 22

• Read “The Atlanta Educator”

• Follow @apsupdate on Twitter

130 TRINITY AVENUE, S.W.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303

404.802.3500

www.atlantapublicschools.us

(04-10-317)

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