Centennial Place Elementary School, an APS year round school, is among fourteen district schools to earn the state Title 1 Distinguished School recognition this year.
Centennial Place has earned this recognition for nine consecutive years and has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for eleven consecutive years. AYP is a federal measure of academic achievement covering various categories of students, including those with disabilities and language challenges. Title 1 schools have significant populations of students who are economically disadvantaged and receive federal funding to assist with the education of their students.
Centennial Place is one of the district’s three year round schools that operate on a different calendar than most APS schools. The year round calendar provides more enrichment and academic enhancement opportunities throughout the year, as well as more remediation opportunities for students requiring additional time to achieve academic success. The school has over 30 partner organizations that provide economic and ‘sweat equity’ support, including The Coca-Cola Company and Georgia Tech.
“Centennial Place Elementary embraces social-economic diversity in a truly modern urban education environment in the heart of Mid-Town Atlanta,” said Principal Alison Shelton. “Our academic achievements and recognitions affirm the fact that this melting pot environment really works.”
More than 60 students classified as homeless are currently enrolled at Centennial Place, and the school draws students from diverse neighborhoods throughout the Mid-Town area.