By: Erica Fatima Benjamin Song! “Ben,” as his friends call him, appeared unflappable as he spelled “V-I-G-I-L-A-N-T-E” and secured the victory after nine harrowing rounds of spelling. Ben, a fifth grader at Brandon ES, will represent Atlanta Public Schools in the District 4 Bee, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at North Atlanta High School. Upon being declared the winner, Ben... Continue Reading →

APS Students ‘Take Care of Business’ at Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center

Coan Middle School students were the first from APS to experience the Junior Achievement (JA) and Chick-fil-A Foundation's, Discovery Center BizTown.  JA BizTown is designed as an interactive marketplace representing the local business community, including financial services, media, telecommunications, utilities, manufacturing and more.  In this interactive financial literacy program, students received unique job assignments as an employee,... Continue Reading →

Coan Middle: Greatest Student Achievement Growth from APS Middle Schools

Sammye E. Coan Middle School earned the greatest gains in student achievement out of all 6th to 8th-grade Atlanta Public Schools traditional schools according to results of the Spring 2013 Criterion-Reference Competency Tests (CRCT). Dr. Betsy Bockman, who is beginning her second year as principal at Coan, along with her team, have been lauded for identifying... Continue Reading →

SCAD-Atlanta explores the world of art at B.E.S.T. Academy

SCAD-Atlanta's Buzz Bus, filled with students, faculty and staff from “The University for Creative Careers,” made a surprise visit to B.E.S.T. Academy Middle School in December to lead students in a hands-on workshop in art and design. The event was coordinated by B.E.S.T. Academy's guidance counselor, Joni N. Lawson. The SCAD representatives demonstrated the use... Continue Reading →

Coretta Scott King YWLA earns honorable mention in the 2011 High Flying Schools Award competition

We recently learned that Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA) will receive an honorable mention at the 2011 High Flying Schools Award ceremony at the National Youth-At-Risk Conference, March 6-9, 2011, in Savannah. CSKYWLA was one of only 10 schools out of the 40 placed in nomination to receive this distinction.  Each school that... Continue Reading →

Coretta Scott King YWLA students get ‘pearls of wisdom’

Students at Coretta School King Young Women’s Leadership Academy wore evening dresses this morning as the staff presented them with “pearls of wisdom” necklaces in recognition of their transition to high school.  While not a traditional graduation ceremony per se, it was a colorful event on this last day of the school year for most Atlanta... Continue Reading →

College freshman and first-time author Noni Carter inspires Coretta Scott King YWLA students

Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy welcomed Noni Carter (pictured, above center), a metro Atlanta native, Harvard freshman and first-time published author of the novel Good Fortune. CSKYWLA’s Pen-Pal Club Project hosted the visit. In two morning sessions, Carter met with students who have scored in the 70% in ELA/Reading Comprehension. It is the... Continue Reading →

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