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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.


 Campus-wide Local School Council Meeting

February 2014

HornetCon, South Atlanta's first comic book convention is coming May 5-9. Workshops, panels, gaming tournaments and more are on the way.
Sponsorships still available. Click Here for Details. 

LSJ named National
Title I "Distinguished School"

Tuesday, January 10, 2013: The National Title I Association is pleased to announce that South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice from Atlanta, Georgia has been named a National Title I Distinguished School by the Georgia state department of education. South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice is one of 67 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2012.  


 More information about all National Title I Distinguished Schools is available on the National Title I Association website:  



  • 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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  • Atlanta Families' 2014 Nominations
    The Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) is a program that understands how critical teacher and leader quality are in ensuring that every child receives an excellent education. To promote this belief, the AFAEE recognizes outstanding teachers and school leaders in Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools. 

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  • APS Superintendent Finalist Dr. Meria Carstarphen

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  • March 21, 2014
    Atlanta Public Schools is aware of recently reported abduction attempts near multiple school properties.  

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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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  • APS Statement Regarding Personnel Changes

    Atlanta Public Schools is appreciative of the leadership demonstrated by all of our principals, particularly those who have served the district for many years.  Like all school districts, APS conducts an annual assessment of where we are as a system, as well as a review of any revisions to state law. Necessary changes are made to ensure the district remains in compliance and that all of our students are prepared for the next level and long-term success. This process includes an intense and methodical performance review of all of our schools and their leadership teams. For the full statement, please click here. 

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  • Atlanta Public Schools parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey administered by the Georgia Department of Education. Data from the Georgia Parent Survey will be used along with the Georgia Student Health Survey and the Georgia School Personnel Survey to calculate the School Climate Star Rating within the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

    The Georgia Parent Survey has 20 questions and should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete it. Data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.


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  • Congratulations to Rita Simmons for being named the 2013-2014 APS Teacher of the Year! 

    Rita Simmons is a gifted and talented teacher of students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Cleveland Avenue Elementary School. 

    Finalists for this year's award included Nathaniel Snyder, Middle School Teacher of the Year from KIPP Ways Academy and Danielle Gilley Costarides, High School Teacher of the Year from North Atlanta High School. 

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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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