Expansion Planning for Atlanta Virtual Academy

I’m blogging today to let our parent community know that APS is expanding the Atlanta Virtual Academy (AVA) in response to increased interest in this enrollment option. AVA is our fully accredited online learning program that is available to elementary, middle and high school students of Atlanta Public Schools.  We are opening a window beginning... Continue Reading →

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Atlanta Public Schools Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Commemorate Opening of the Center for Equity + Social Justice

Atlanta Public Schools recently hosted a special ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of the Center for Equity + Social Justice. The Atlanta Board of Education adopted the Atlanta Public Schools equity policy in 2019, making equity a key factor in the 2020-2025 APS Strategic Plan. Shortly thereafter, the district hired its first Chief Equity +... Continue Reading →

Living The Dream: Carver School of the Arts Alum Takes to the Stage in “Hamilton” National Tour

Quiantae Thomas is proof that dreams do come true. The Carver School of the Arts graduate is now a featured cast member in the award-winning hit musical "Hamilton," where she sings, dances, raps, and acts eight times a week as part of the featured ensemble at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Thomas is indeed living... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Public Schools Hosts Renaming Ceremony in Honor of Herman J. Russell and Atlanta’s Historic West End

The former Joseph E. Brown Middle School in Atlanta’s Historic West End was renamed for one of the city’s most famous business leaders and entrepreneurs. The Herman J. Russell West End Academy, formally named Joseph E. Brown Middle School, hosted a renaming ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 15, honoring one of Atlanta's most renowned business leaders... Continue Reading →

APS, Ed Farm Announce Fellowship Initiative to Bolster 21st Century Learning

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring recently joined Clark Atlanta University President Dr. George French and Ed Farm CEO Waymond Jackson to announce a first-of-its-kind, two-part fellowship initiative that will prepare 100 district educators to develop, support, and provide real-world personalized and future-ready learning experiences for students, and spark an interest in attending an Historically Black College... Continue Reading →

Black Girl Magic: North Atlanta HS Senior & Her Partner Become 1st Black Female Duo to Win Harvard International Debate Championship

North Atlanta High School senior Emani Stanton is the embodiment of "Black girl magic." This past summer, the 17-year-old Atlanta native and her partner, Jayla Jackson, who attends Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, became the first Black female duo to win the international debate competition at Harvard University, besting out over 100 debaters from around the... Continue Reading →

Equity Begins When We Embrace the Grace to Grow!

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Atlanta Public Schools. On August 30, 1961, nine Black students were the first to desegregate four Atlanta High Schools. Three of those students--Willie Jean Black, Madelyn Nix, and Thomas Welch--attended Booker T. Washington High School before desegregating J.E. Brown High School (renamed as Herman J. Russell West... Continue Reading →

GA Milestones and Getting Students Back on Track

APS students and families, I want to share with you the results of Georgia’s 2020-2021 standardized testing (which were released this morning) while stressing the importance of context.  I’m sending a separate message to our teachers, administrators, and staff outlining the same details, but I want to provide a message specifically to our families. Why?... Continue Reading →

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