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Welcome to South Atlanta 
School of Computer Animation & Design
We are collaboratively and purposefully preparing all students for Post–Secondary Options
Message from Principal Tracie Astin 

Dear Students of Hornet Nation,

It is my hope your summer vacation has been enjoyable as we journey into our new school year. This year will be a great time to engage our school community, improve where necessary, and excel far beyond expectations.


It is an honor to be selected to serve as your new principal for South Atlanta School of Computer, Animation, & Design.


Excellence is upon us for our students, our parents, our faculty, and our community.  It is with this spirit of excellence, I ask each of you to genuinely think about your role in this journey and the level of excellence in performance that will be expected and indeed demanded of you.


What do you envision it takes for excellence? Think about the purpose for high school and then think about your actions.

-          Are your purpose and actions aligned?  Are you working hard and putting forth your best effort?  

Research confirms what we have known for years, “effort often surpasses ability.”  In other words, you are more than you ever imagined and the depth of your effort will yield the results!


How do you achieve excellence? The effort you put into your work will be the largest reward towards excellence -- your effort in attending each class daily;  your effort in working hard and remaining engaged in each class each period; your effort at arriving to all classes on time;  your effort at respecting your teachers and getting along with your peers; your effort at completing  homework and studying consistently to earn excellent grades;  your effort at staying in school, passing all course and standardized assessments; your effort at graduating on time and progressing to a viable post-secondary option are all essential to your success. You must organize, plan, and prepare since most of your academic experiences will not be easy; however, if you put forth the amount of effort necessary, you will be a successful high school student and graduate – leading towards your goals of excellence.


What will you have to support excellence? To help you along towards this journey, we will be providing you with your personal student academic guidebook/college-career planner, coordinated academic advisement sessions, quality instruction, focused structure, and empowerment/field experiences. The student guidebook will not contain all of the information, rules, or regulations you will be required to know and follow.  You will receive additional information throughout the school year. Lack of knowing a rule, law, regulation, or practice will not serve as an acceptable excuse. You are expected to operate within the rules. We, too, must operate within the rules to ensure a positive school culture.


How will you begin in the spirit of excellence? School-wide this year, we will enforce a Mandatory Uniform policy to support our school climate and culture. All students are required to wear the school uniform each day (Monday-Thursday). Fridays will be acknowledged as casual day with respect to the school’s dress code.


Students, as your principal, I am to act as your parent away from home and I take this role very seriously.  You are my students! Your safety, emotional, academic, social, and physical health will form the foundation of all decisions that I make regarding you. I expect the faculty to do the same. You are the focus of this school. We are here for you!  However, we will demand that you do your part towards excellence.  


We are on this journey as one for we are ‘A Vision in Motion: Building Our Bridge of Excellence’ together. WELCOME STUDENTS OF HORNET NATION!!!

A Truly Vested Hornet

Principal Astin


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  • Professional Learning Partnership Collaborative with GLRS

    Posted by Shanna Miles at 8/20/2014

    South Atlanta High School – School of Computer Animation & Design & Health Medical Science has secured a Professional Learning Partnership Collaborative with GLRS to provide “Inclusive Practices: Essential Best Practices” to Content Teachers


    Schools participating in this project have committed to working in partnership with GLRS to build expertise with the school staff in the area of Universal Design for Learning Practices, Specially Designed Instruction and creating and sustaining effective Co-teaching teams. South Atlanta High School – CAD & HMS have been selected as the only pilot high schools for this partnership in Atlanta Public Schools.


    GLRS will work with teachers during their weekly Content Collaboration PLCs to provide job-embedded professional learning. This type of professional learning builds confidence because the education consultant, instructional coaches, PEC Lead teacher, and principals serve as both mentors and team members. In order to provide job-embedded professional learning -- fidelity implementation indicators will be developed with school teams to ensure a high level of professional learning for teachers and school teams through the following:

    1.     Providing protocols, electronic materials, and resources related to UDL, SDI, and Co-Teaching.

    2.     Providing onsite/job-embedded follow-up coaching, modeling, and support for school teams and teachers.

    3.     Providing support forms and help in establishing professional learning communities on Universal Design for Learning and Specially Design Instruction.

    4.     Planning Support for Co-Teaching Teams with UDL and SDI.


    Principals Mrs. Tracie Y. Astin & Dr. Patricia Ford are excited for this venture to support their cycle of professional learning and content collaborations with GLRS Team Members that consist of Consultant Mary Morrow, Consultant Cynde Snyder, and GLRS Director Kim Simmons.


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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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  • FLP Survey

    Posted by Shanna Miles at 5/27/2014
    If you participated in the FLP program this year, please take a moment to complete the end of year survey. Your input is appreciated.
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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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