Fulton County School System is ready to open August 7

The Fulton County School System continues to be the fourth largest school district in Georgia with a projected 2017-2018 enrollment of approximately 96,676 students – an expected increase of about 628 students from the previous school year. The system includes 105 schools – 59 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 17 high schools and 10 start-up charter schools.

Here are a few updates from the system:

New Teachers and Principals. By the summer’s end, Fulton County Schools will have welcomed nearly 800 new teachers for 2017-2018. This will bring the district’s total teaching force to about 6,800.

In addition, the following schools have new principals this year:

Elementary Schools

Campbell Elementary School……………………. Leah Mackey

Conley Hills Elementary School……………….. Jami Pettway

Creek View Elementary School………………… Monica In

Hapeville Elementary School……………………. Thomas Garrett

Medlock Bridge Elementary School………….. Matthew Vance

New Prospect Elementary School…………….. Amy Booms-Lemons

Ocee Elementary School………………………….. Ryan Moore

S.L. Lewis Elementary School ………………… Ethel Lett

 

Middle Schools

Paul D. West Middle School……………………. Darrell Stephens

Webb Bridge Middle School……………………. Rebecca Perkins

 

High Schools

Riverwood International Charter School……. Charles Gardner

Roswell High School………………………………. Robert Shaw

 

Charter Schools

Hapeville Charter Career Academy…………… Candace Bethea

KIPP South Fulton Academy…………………… Siobhan Gardner

Latin College Prep………………………………….. Christian Harden

 

New Strategic Plan. Fulton County Schools is embarking on its next five-year Strategic Plan. Launched in 2012, the previous five-year strategic plan created clarity for the district’s work and provided a sound direction to drive its progress. With the former strategic plan coming to a close, the district is now stepping back, reflecting on what worked, and refreshing and renewing the plan. From the process, which involved strong input and engagement from the school board, district leaders, staff, students, parents and community members, the following goal was established: “We prepare all students to graduate ready to pursue and succeed on their chosen paths.” The district also has established four focus areas – Student Achievement, People and Culture, Community Collaboration and Fiscal Responsibility. Over the next few months, Fulton County Schools will continue to refine the metrics for which this plan will be measured and then will officially launch the Strategic Plan to the community.

 

New Science and Social Studies Standards. This fall, the state of Georgia will be implementing a set of revised standards – called the Georgia Standards of Excellence – in both science and social studies. For science, notable changes include student engagement in science and engineering practices such as designing and carrying out investigations, developing and using models, analyzing data, and constructing arguments.  Each standard also begins with the practice, “obtain, evaluate and communicate” which emphasizes the importance of students gathering, reasoning, and communicating about scientific concepts and data. Another notable change will be the use of scientific phenomena such as floating magnets, weather balloons, silt fences, and types of cookware to anchor units of study.

The new social studies standards were developed based on a formal review and evaluation process which included opportunities for teachers, parents and families, students, business and industry, and community members to participate. Social studies teachers across the state also were asked to provide feedback for every single standard and element in their grade level or high school course. The social studies survey drew more than 9,000 teachers, with a large number of the teacher participants from Fulton County Schools.

New Personalized Learning Devices. This fall, Fulton County Schools is proud to announce that all school device deployments associated with the district’s Personalized Learning program will be completed. For grades 6-12, this means that each student will receive a device that best supports their school’s plan for personalized learning. Elementary schools received classroom sets of devices. In total 67,000 devices will have been deployed to support learning. This initiative was made possible through the one-penny education sales tax, SPLOST.