It’s Back To School Time

Fulton County School System is ready to open August 10

The 2015-2016 school year starts on Monday, August 10, for thousands of children in Fulton County.

Here are a few highlights of what is happening in the system:

New Schools
New Elementary Schools. Four new elementary schools open this fall – Asa G. Hilliard Elementary School (3353 Mount Olive Road, East Point), Heards Ferry Elementary School (6151 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta), College Park Elementary School (2075 Princeton Avenue, College Park), and a temporary site for Esther Jackson Elementary School (1201 Alpharetta Street, Roswell).

Esther Jackson Elementary School is being temporarily relocated while a replacement facility is built on its current site in Roswell. Next August, when construction is complete, Esther Jackson will move back to its former location and the school at 1201 Alpharetta Street will reopen with a new name and student body. This strategy was successfully used for Mount Olive Elementary School (now renamed Asa G. Hilliard Elementary School) while its new building was built. The new College Park Elementary School now is reopening on its original Princeton Avenue site.
Charter Schools.
Two new charter schools open this fall in the former Oak Knoll Elementary campus in East Point – the Latin Grammar School, a kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary school, and the Latin College Preparatory School, a sixth- through eighth-grade middle school. They will serve approximately 120 students each this first year and are expected to grow as new grades are added. In addition, Main Street Academy, which previously leased classroom and office space in College Park, has purchased the former Harriet Tubman Elementary School property and will start the school year at that location.

New Programs and Curriculum Offerings:
·         Cambridge High School – Veterinary Science
·         Banneker High School – Junior Achievement-Magnet Business Academy (JA-MBA)
·         Bear Creek Middle School – Graphic Design and Audio-Technology, Video and Film
·         Chattahoochee High School – “Design It” Computer Programming, Gaming, and Apps
·         Centennial High School – Healthcare Science/Emergency Medical Responder
·         Crabapple Middle School – Business and Computer Science
·         River Trail Middle School – Engineering
·         Milton High School – Healthcare Science/Surgical Tech and Sports Medicine
·         North Springs Charter High School – Healthcare Science/Health Information Management/Medical Office
·         Haynes Bridge Middle School – Engineering
·         McNair Middle School – Engineering
·         Westlake High School – Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security/Fire and Emergency Services
·         Tri-Cities High School – Law, Public and Safety, Corrections and Security and Healthcare Science

CBI Expansion at Four Schools.

Fulton County Schools will begin the year with three new community-based instruction (CBI) programs at Chattahoochee High School, Cambridge High School, and Tri-Cities High School along with an expansion of the program currently at Langston Hughes High School.
The new CBI programs provide students with disabilities the opportunity to learn academic, community, daily-living, and career skills within the communities where they currently live, work, and shop. Over the summer, Fulton modified all three buildings to ensure campus accessibility and provide renovated and appropriate classrooms, home-living centers, sensory/therapy rooms and restroom facilities. CBI programs already are in place at Centennial High School, Banneker High School, Roswell High School, and Alpharetta High School, and expansion will occur during the 2016-2017 school year to North Springs Charter High School, Johns Creek High School, Milton High School, and Westlake High School.

The district also has formed a new partnership with Georgia State University to develop a transition program for students ages 18-22 who have completed four years of high school and could benefit from career exploration and intensive vocational training. The program has three primary components: (1) Customized Career Exploration – work experiences will be designed for each student based on their strengths, abilities, and interests; (2) Skill Development – students will build skills in communication, employability, and problem solving, along with job specific skills. The students will utilize these skills to become independent in a supported employment environment; and (3) Outcome of Employment – work experiences will provide situational assessment information to the student, families, and team members in order to make realistic career choices that lead to meaningful employment.

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