Cheers to the Resilient Class of 2021! APS Reaches All-Time Graduation Rate High of 83.1 Percent

APS achieved an 83.1 percent graduation rate for cohort 2021, according to graduation data released today by the Georgia Department of Education. By achieving its all-time high graduation rate, APS has also narrowed its gap with the state rate of – 83.7% – by 2.9 percentage points to a difference of 0.6 percentage points. This... 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 →

Day One Ready! (and… some important quarantine information for students and families.)

Thank you for attending the Back to School Bash! Our volunteers and sponsor partners had a blast distributing 6,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies, 5-day meal kits, and many other important resources. It’s energizing to see our students and families getting ready for Day One. I am excited for you to start back to school... Continue Reading →

APS Pivots to In-Person Celebration to Honor Our Valedictorians, Salutatorians, STAR Students

Arriving at Zoo Atlanta on Wednesday for the Class of 2021 Valedictorian/Salutatorian/STAR Student Awards Ceremony, I could feel a deep sense of anticipation coming over me. This opportunity presented an important shift. Today, we would celebrate in person! As I moved about the 37 young men and women, I  shared how our recent transition from... Continue Reading →

The Week with Dr. Lisa Herring – Week of April 19

Following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, we in Atlanta Public Schools must continue to create spaces for conversation and peaceful protest about this issue and other social justice matters facing our nation. As I shared on my blog, students, teachers, staff, and community members regularly express fears, worries, and questions about events they... Continue Reading →

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