Seven APS Schools Awarded GraduateFIRST Grants

Students at Miles Elementary School will benefit from the GraduateFIRST grant from the Georgia Department of Education
Students at Miles Elementary School will benefit from the GraduateFIRST grant from the Georgia Department of Education

Seven APS schools were recently awarded a federally funded grant through the Georgia Department of Education and GraduateFIRST that will be used to help increase the district’s graduation rate and close the achievement gap for students with disabilities.

Congratulations to:

Deerwood Academy Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Miles Elementary
Bunche Middle School
King Middle School
Price Middle School and
Grady High School

Georgia’s GraduateFIRST program has redefined the state’s approach to raising graduation rates for students with disabilities with dramatic results-an increase of 37 percent in four years.

The program has worked successfully throughout Georgia with middle and high schools for the last six years, as well as with elementary schools during the current school year.  Administration and faculty, with support from a Collaboration Coach through the local Georgia Learning Resource System, are provided with training and support in order to implement strategies to meet students’ needs in the areas of academic performance, behavior, and attendance effectively.

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