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Welcome to the South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice where we are empowering the next generation of leaders for positive change. The School of Law and Social Justice is one of four small schools at the South Atlanta High Educational Complex. In serving approximately 260 students in grades 9 through 12, we provide a complete college preparatory curriculum and personalized experience to our students.

The themes of Law and Social Justice provide a unique vehicle for developing important critical thinking skills and social awareness necessary for students to be successful in the 21st Century. As part of the curriculum, students take unique courses such as Forensic Science, Current Issues, Street Law, Sociology and Criminology. These courses are taught in our recently renovated building which includes a 115-person courtroom, law library, science and computer labs. In addition to work done inside the classroom we seek to provide student with authentic career and college experiences through partnerships with local corporations, bar associations, colleges, universities and law firms such as Oglethorpe University, Georgia State University, Turner Broadcasting, Macy's and the Georgia Bar Association.

By leveraging these resources and work of a dynamic faculty we work to ensure that all of our students are prepared for college, the workplace and success after high school. 


  • LSJ Named One of the Nations' Most Challenging High Schools

    Posted by Shanna Miles at 8/11/2014 9:00:00 AM
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  • The Hornet Band is Rocking the Land in Janelle's new video!

    Posted by Shanna Miles at 8/5/2014 9:00:00 AM
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  • Band Camp

    Posted by Shanna Miles at 5/28/2014

    The SAEC “Marching Hornets” Summer Band Camp will begin on July 21, 2014  thru July 31,2014 @ 4:00pm Mon-Fri. This will include anyone that has an interest to participate or even learn how to play a wind or percussion musical instrument for this upcoming school  year in the marching band.

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  • Youth Empowerment Day

    Posted by Shanna Miles at 4/14/2014


    On April 4th, 2014 the South Atlanta School of Law (LSJ) hosted its 4th Annual Student Empowerment Day. The full-day student conference is organized each year to reinforce the ideals of social justice, community activism and self-improvement in each student. There are no regularly scheduled classes during the day, instead students are ushered into targeted break-out sessions and workshops. Dressed in their “Sunday Best” students were treated to sessions such as:

    ·         Financial Literacy

    ·         Conflict Resolution

    ·         The Value of Personal Vision Planning

    ·         Teen Dating, Violence and Healthy Relationships

    While these are only a few of the eighteen different sessions offered, some of the truly powerful information that was shared came through question and answer sessions outside of the formal presentations. A community effort, the event featured speakers from the Emory Law Students Group, the American Civil Liberties Union, Leslie Grant and Eshe Collins from the APS Board of Education and Planned Parenthood. Student Ambassadors were able to stretch their leadership muscles during the day by greeting and ushering the honored guests to their workshops and later, a catered lunch.

    “This day is really a one day conference we have for our students to empower them to become better students and citizens in their community,” says conference organizer and Science Instructor Andrea Pendergrass.

    The day began with an opening ceremony featuring Chara Fisher Jackson, the Deputy Director of the ACLU Foundation of Georgia. She stressed the importance of life planning, knowing your rights and working with your passion to positively impact your community. Students bounced questions off the young activist and expressed a desire to learn more about how laws are written and how they can change them. Later, in the Teen Dating session, one of the many gender specific workshops, Jasmine Holloway from the Grady Rape Crisis Center talked with students as they spoke frankly about the dating trends they have seen play out on television and in their real lives in a close-knit small group.

    Scheduled on the last day before Spring Break, the event left students with a number of messages to relax and reflect on before a much needed vacation.

    The vision of the South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice is that it will be a safe and supportive community of self-motivated learners that promotes social justice values and critical thinking through real-world experiences. LSJ is a public school within the Atlanta Public School district and serves students in grades 9-12.

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  • Operating Models and School System Flexibility Options Flexgraphic

    Atlanta Public Schools will host Community Visioning Sessions across the district to inform and gather feedback from district stakeholders about the school system operating models and flexibility options outlined by the Georgia Department of Education. All session meetings will be open to the public, including parents, students, employees and community partners.
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  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records.  These rights include the right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Also, upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. 

    For more information about Student Records and disclosures, including directory information, please refer to the Student Handbook, and Board Policy JR and Administrative Regulation JR-1(R). 

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  • Report Address Fraud and Ethics Violations

    Report address fraud: 404-802-3540 or by email   

    Report ethics violations: 1-877-801-7754

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  • Move On When Ready

    Dual enrollment opportunity for students to attend a postsecondary institution full-time during their junior and/or senior year of high school.

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