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2010-2011 Atlanta Public Schools

Key Telephone Numbers APS Archives APS Operator Homework Hotline School Reform Team 1 School Reform Team 2 School Reform Team 3 School Reform Team 4 High School Office

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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 .............................................................. Student Achievement .......................................................................... Athletics .................................................................................................... Student Programs ...............................................................................

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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

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Dear Parents, Employees and Friends of Atlanta Public Schools,

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alking 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 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.

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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. Atlanta Public Schools 2010-2011 Guidebook | 7


Spotlight on Our District

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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. Atlanta Public Schools 2010-2011 Guidebook | 10


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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.

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.

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.

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. Atlanta Public Schools 2010-2011 Guidebook | 12


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. Atlanta Public Schools 2010-2011 Guidebook | 13


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. Atlanta Public Schools 2010-2011 Guidebook | 14


Map of Schools

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School Phone Listings

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

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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

Deerwood Academy 3070 Fairburn Rd., SW 30331 802-3300 Dr. Lisa Smith, Principal

Lucas O. Kimberly 3090 McMurray Dr., SW 30311 802-7600 Carolyn Hall, Principal

Beecher Hills 2257 Bollingbrook Dr., SW 30311 802-8300 Crystal Jones, Principal

Margaret Fain 101 Hemphill School Rd., NW 30331 802-8600 Betty Greene, Principal

Leonora Precious Miles 4215 Bakers Ferry Rd., SW 30331 802-8900 Christopher Estes, Principal

Mary McLeod Bethune 220 Northside Dr., NW 30314 802-8200 RoseMary Hamer, Principal

Richard Nathaniel Fickett 3935 Rux Rd., SW 30331 802-7850 Dr. Anthony Dorsey, Principal

Thomas Jefferson Perkerson 2040 Brewer Blvd., SW 30315 802-3950 Dr. Mable Johnson, Principal

Cascade 2326 Venetian Dr., SW 30311 802-8100 Dr. Alfonso L. Jessie, Jr., Principal

William M. Finch 1114 Avon Ave., SW 30310 802-4000 Dr. Linda Paden, Principal

Peyton Forest 301 Peyton Rd., SW 30311 802-7100 Karen Barlow-Brown, Principal

Elijah Lewis Connally 1654 S. Alvarado Ter., SW 30311 802-8450 Mimi Robinson, Principal

Alonzo Franklin Herndon 350 Temple St., NW 30314 802-8700 Dr. Toni Pickett, Principal

Venetian Hills 1910 Venetian Dr., SW 30311 802-4550 Clarietta Davis, Principal

Continental Colony @ Blalock ES 1445 Maynard Rd., NW 30331 802-8000 Sandra Sessoms, Principal

Mary Agnes Jones 1040 Fair St., NW 30314 802-3900 Retha Woolfolk, Principal

West Manor 570 Lynhurst Dr., SW 30311 802-3350 Cheryl Twyman, Principal

Joseph Emerson Brown 765 Peeples St., SW 30310 802-6800 Donell Underdue, Jr., Principal

John Fitzgerald Kennedy 225 James P. Brawley Dr., NW 30314 802-3600 Dr. Lucious Brown, Principal

Jean Childs Young 3116 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW 30311 802-5900 Thomas Kenner, Principal

Ralph Johnson Bunche 1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW 30331 802-6700 Keisla Tisdel, Principal

Sylvan Hills 1461 Sylvan Rd., SW 30310 802-6200 Staughton Jennings, Principal

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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

Charles L. Gideons 897 Welch St., SW 30310 802-7700 Armstead Salters, Principal

Daniel H. Stanton 970 Martin St., SE 30315 802-4200 TBD

Capitol View 1442 Metropolitan Pkwy., SW 30310 802-7200 Arlene Snowden, Principal

Heritage Academy 3500 Villa Cir., SE 30354 802-8650 Trennis Harvey, Principal

Thomasville Heights 1820 Henry Thomas Dr., SE 30315 802-5750 Charles Penn, Principal

Cleveland Avenue 2672 Old Hapeville Rd., SW 30315 802-8400 Rhonda Ware-Brazier, Principal

Joseph W. Humphries 3029 Humphries Dr., SE 30354 802-8750 Donald Clark, Principal

John Wesley Dobbs 2025 Jonesboro Rd., SE 30315 802-8050 Dana Evans, Principal

Emma Hutchinson (Y) 650 Cleveland Ave., SW 30315 802-7650 Dr. Rebecca Dashiell-Mitchell, Principal

Paul Lawrence Dunbar 500 Whitehall Ter., SW 30312 802-7950 TBD

Thomas Heathe Slater 1320 Pryor Rd., SW 30315 802-4050 Dr. Selina Dukes-Walton, 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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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

Springdale Park 1246 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE 802-6050 Yolonda Chaplin Brown, Principal

Mary Jane Lin 586 Candler Park Dr., NE 30307 802-8850 Dr. Brian Mitchell, Principal

Fred Armon Toomer 65 Rogers St., NE 30317 802-3450 Dr. Nicole Evans Jones, Principal

Morningside 1053 E. Rock Springs Rd., NE 30306 802-8950 Rebecca Pruitt, Principal

Whitefoord 35 Whitefoord Ave., NE 30317 802-6900 Patricia Lavant, Principal

Parkside 685 Mercer St., SE 30312 802-4100 Dr. Phillip Luck, 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

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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

Warren Turner Jackson 1325 Mt. Paran Rd., NW 30327 802-8800 Dr. Lorraine Reich, Principal

Frank Libby Stanton 1625 M. L. King Jr. Dr., SW 30314 802-7500 Dr. Marlo Barber, Principal

William M. Boyd (Y) 1891 Johnson Rd., NW 30318 802-8150 Emalyn C. Foreman, Principal

Jackson Primary 4191 Northside Dr., NW 30342 802-8810 Susan King, Principal

George Alexander Towns 760 Bolton Rd., NW 30331 802-7400 Carla Pettis, Principal

Morris Brandon 2741 Howell Mill Rd., NW 30327 802-7250 Karen Evans, Principal

Eretus Rivers 8 Peachtree Battle Ave., NW 30305 802-7050 David White, Principal

Bazoline Estelle Usher–Collier Heights 631 Harwell Rd., NW 30318 802-5700 Dr. Gwendolyn Rogers, Principal

Brandon Primary 2845 Margaret Mitchell Dr., NW 30327 802-7280 Peter Settlemayer, Principal

William J. Scott 1752 Hollywood Rd., NW 30318 802-7000 Roxianne Smith, Principal

Walter Francis White 1890 Detroit Ave., NW 30314 802-2950 Tamarah Larkin-Currie, Principal

Garden Hills 285 Sheridan Dr., NE 30305 802-7800 Amy Alderman, Principal

Sarah Rawson Smith 370 Old Ivy Rd., NE 30342 802-3850 Dr. Sidney Baker, Principal

Carter Goodwin Woodson 1605 Donald L. Hollowell Pkwy., NW 30318 802-7350 Dr. Viola Blackshear, Principal

Grove Park 20 Evelyn Way, NW 30318 802-7750 Caitlin Sims, Principal

Smith Intermediate 4141 Wieuca Rd., NE 30342 802-3880 Tommy Usher, 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

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

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OFFICE OF HIGH SCHOOLS | 802-5875

APS CHARTER SCHOOLS

RANDOLPH BYNUM, ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGH SCHOOLS

Atlanta Charter Middle School 820 Essie Ave., SE 30316 678-904-0051 Matt Underwood, Principal

About the Office of High Schools – APS 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

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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 Crim Evening School 256 Clifton Rd., SE 30317 (P) Principal (A) Academy Leader

802-3560 Jacquelyn Davenport (P) 802-5800 TBD

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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


Parents and Students


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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 PerryPonder, 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

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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:

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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.

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.

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84 percent of all students met or exceeded state standards in reading

Grade 4 reading scores have improved by 14 scale score points since 2002

85 percent of all students met/exceeded state standards in English/language arts

Grade 4 math scores have improved by 10 scale score points since 2003

70 percent of all students met/exceeded state standards in mathematics

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

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

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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

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 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

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS OFFERINGS

Football Cross Country Volleyball Softball Cheerleading Basketball Baseball Track and Field Tennis, Golf and Riflery Soccer Swimming Wrestling

Football Basketball Cheerleading Track and Field Softball Soccer

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.

LEARN MORE:

Visit the Athletics page of the district Website at www.atlantapublicschools.us/Athletics or call 404-802-5580.

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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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.

HEALTH SERVICES 404-802-2683 Provides coordinated school-based nursing services to ensure the delivery of quality health services for students.

HOMELESS EDUCATION SERVICES 404-802-2245 Provides services to eliminate barriers to school enrollment, attendance and academic success for homeless students and unaccompanied youth.

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.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES 404-802-2675 Provides evaluation of the intellectual, academic and social-emotional status of students while promoting psychologically healthy learning environments.

RECORDS CENTER 404-802-2150 Maintains and transmits transcripts of inactive permanent record files for former students.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Atlanta Public Schools 2010-2011 Guidebook | 25


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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 404-5868531, visit www.apfeonline.org or email Mariama Tyler, APS Director of External Affairs, at mtyler@atlantapublicschools.us.

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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.

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. TALKUPAPS.COM – The district’s blog is updated throughout the day with the latest news, photos and videos. Bookmark TalkUpAPS.com today.

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Community Fireside Chats

Cable subscribers in the city of Atlanta can access this station for round-the-clock education programming.

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.”

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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.”


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.

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.

2. Follow bus safety rules. 3. Refrain from bringing sharp objects, alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco onto the school bus.

12. Avoid boarding or exiting the bus from the rear emergency door, unless instructed to do so by the driver.

4. Board and exit the bus at their assigned stop.

13. Go directly to a seat and remain seated while the bus is moving.

5. Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled time of the bus arrival.

14. Talk quietly, without making loud noises.

6. Wait for the bus in a safe place away from the roadway.

15. Keep feet and legs out of the aisle and refrain from placing arms or heads out of the window.

7. Respect the property and privacy of others while at the bus stop.

16. Avoid playing with school bus equipment.

8. Avoid traffic dangers and remain a safe distance from the approaching bus until it comes to a complete stop.

17. Refrain from throwing objects at, on or from the school bus.

19. Refrain from fighting anywhere, including on the school bus.

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:

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9. Promptly board the bus in an orderly manner.

18. Never do anything that could distract the driver or other students.

The home and school must work as a team to make school bus trips a safe experience.

PLEASE DETACH AND RETURN THIS SIGNED COPY TO THE SCHOOL. (04-10-317)


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.

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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.

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25. Never behave in an unsafe manner on or around the bus.

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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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 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

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


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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

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

GEORGIA GRADE 8 WRITING ASSESSMENT January 19–20 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) April 25–May 6


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I hereby AGREE

2010–2011 Student

Media Release Form / 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.

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Date

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Date

(04-10-317)

Parent/Guardian Email Address

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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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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


Atlanta Board of Education

Brenda J. Muhammad

Khaatim Sherrer El

Cecily Harsch-Kinnane

District 1

District 2

Vice Chair, District 3

Nancy M. Meister

LaChandra Butler Burks

Yolanda K. Johnson

District 4

Chair, District 5

District 6

Courtney D. English

Reuben R. McDaniel, III

Emmett D. Johnson

At-Large Seat 7

At-Large Seat 8

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, KIPP WAYS Charter, University Community Academy Charter Middle Schools: Brown, Kennedy, Parks, Kindezi Charter 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.


2010-2011 Atlanta Public Schools

Key Telephone Numbers APS Archives APS Operator Homework Hotline School Reform Team 1 School Reform Team 2 School Reform Team 3 School Reform Team 4 High School Office

www.atlantapublicschools.us

404.802.4497 404.802.3500 678.553.3029 404.802.3667 404.802.7550 404.802.3751 404.802.6537 404.802.5875

10 11 GUIDEBOOK

Student Services: WE ARE

Committed Students Success TO ENSURING THAT OUR

ARE READY FOR IN COLLEGE AND LIFE.

Parents As Partners Academic Center Nutrition Prekindergarten Program for Exceptional Children Student Placement Student Programs and Services

404.802.2231 404.802.2540 404.802.3640 404.802.2602 404.802.2204 404.802.1699

(Counseling, Health, Psychological and Social Services)

Student Transportation Student Tribunal Testing Truancy Center

404.802.5500 404.802.2233 404.802.2780 404.802.3648

JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE

Central Administration: Department of Athletics Curriculum & Instruction Facilities Services Human Resources Information Technology Office of Communications Office of the Superintendent Operations Meal Pay Student Records

404.802.5575 404.802.2700 404.802.3700 404.802.2300 404.802.2509 404.802.2800 404.802.2820 404.802.2503 1.877.237.0946 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 (04-10-317)

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