Schools (APS) will hold public hearings on the future of the
small-schools model at its high schools and the creation of 6-12
academies at each of its single-gender schools to improve quality and
The community will have two opportunities to offer
comments during community meetings March 10-12 and March 16-19 for each
of the impacted schools.
APS invites stakeholder input on the
closure and consolidation of B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson and
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, where the
respective middle and high schools would be consolidated into 6-12th
grade academies at each of the single-gender schools. The public
hearings will also solicit public comment on the closure and
consolidation of the small schools in three other APS high schools.
Students in those schools would remain on their respective campuses and
assigned to Carver or Carver Early College, South Atlanta or D.M.
Therrell comprehensive high schools.
These sessions are a forum
for parents, students, employees and the broader community to discuss
the future direction of these high schools.
In 2014, APS began
the work of consolidating Booker T. Washington and D.M. Therrell high
schools. Carver and South Atlanta high schools are the only remaining
campuses with small schools. These changes will help APS to build
stronger schools to ensure there are consistent, high-quality academics
and focused programming across the district. Students will benefit from a
rigorous curriculum with expanded course options, aligned course
offerings and enrichment programs.
The transition will
strengthen the sense of community through establishing an aligned parent
teacher association and local school council structure to support the
schools. Restructuring the small school model will provide for aligned
staffing, academic resources, and teacher professional development to
ensure that all student needs are met.
The Atlanta Board of Education expects to vote on the proposed consolidation plan April 13, 2015.