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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.  

 

 
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  • Autism Awareness Night

    Posted by Shanna Miles at 8/27/2014
     
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    Autism Awareness Night 
    Friday, August 29, 2014
    South Atlanta vs. Douglass High School at Lakewood Stadium
     
    The South Atlanta Hornets will be hosting an Autism Awareness Night on Friday, August 29th during their home game against Douglass High School. 
     
     Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. (source)
     
     Attendees are asked to wear a blue wristband along with the football team to show support. Kevin Hill, Head Football Coach is personally invested as he joins other parents and teachers of children affected by austism in welcoming families to the event. Speakers will be in attendance to share resources and information during the game. 
     
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  • Senior Class Information

    Posted by Shanna Miles at 8/26/2014

    Class of 2015 Information Sheet

     

    Senior Dues $200.00

    Payment Deadlines

    1st Payment           September 19, 2014           $70.00

    2nd Payment          October 10, 2014                                $65.00

    3rd Payment           November 7, 2014              $65.00

    If payment in full is not received by January 1, 2015 a late fee of $30.00 will be attached to your payment. 

    Payments must be made in the form of cash or money order ONLY.

    Make all payments to your senior sponsors: Mrs. Thomas (CAD), Ms. Ferrier (HMS), Ms. Middlebrooks (LSJ)

    In order to be eligible for graduation and senior activities you must meet the following requirements:

    Junior Dues Paid – Ms. Robinson (CAD), Ms. Wynn (HMS), Ms. Boyd (LSJ)

    Senior Dues Paid – Mrs. Thomas (CAD), Ms. Ferrier (HMS), Ms. Middlebrooks (LSJ)

    Community Service Completed – Mrs. Whitley (CAD), Ms. Aldridge (HMS), Ms. Blake (LSJ)

    No outstanding fees (textbooks books, library books, JROTC, athletics, etc.) – Ms. Berry (CAD), Ms. Howard (HMS), Ms. Hood (LSJ), Ms. Miles, Chief Hill, Coach Reddick

    Senior Clearance Form Completed – Mrs. Whitley (CAD), Ms. Aldridge (HMS), Ms. Middlebrooks (LSJ)

    No discipline referrals during graduation/senior activities – Mrs. Astin (CAD), Dr. Ford (HMS), Ms. Davis (LSJ)

    Other Fines (Teacher issued books, homecoming fees, etc.) - TBD   

    If you fail to complete any of the above listed items you will NOT be able to participate in Senior/Graduation activities.

     


    Upcoming Events

    Investiture Practice

    When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    When: 12:30pm-3:30pm

    Where: SAEC Auditorium

    When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    When: 8:30am-2:00pm

    (Lunch: 12:00pm-1:00pm provided by your senior sponsors)

    Where: SAEC Auditorium

    Investiture

    When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    When: 6:00pm-7:00pm

    Where: SAEC Auditorium

    Dress Code FEMALES

    Dress Code MALES

    Solid White Dress

    White Closed Toe Shoes

    White Hosiery

    No Spaghetti Straps

    No Slacks

    No Skorts

    No Excessive Cleavage

    NO JEWELRY

    Black Jacket

    White Collar Shirt

    Black Slacks

    Solid Black Tie

    NO JEWELRY

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     

    Senior Night

    When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    When: 7:00pm-8:30pm

    Where: SAEC Auditorium/Small Gym

    This is a MANDATORY event for the Class of 2015

     

    Senior Night Includes

    Senior Transcript Audits to be released to a parent/guardian ONLY

    Cap and Gown Orders (NOTE: Caps and Gowns are not included in your senior dues.  You must make payment directly to the Representative.  Caps and Gowns are $60.00.)

    Purchase of Senior Rings and other senior paraphernalia

    Senior T-shirt sizes will be taken and signatures for the back of your shirt.

    Project Grad

    Senior Pictures with Z-3


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  • 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

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    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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  • 2015 Georgia Climate Survey

     

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  • APS Communicable Disease Update

     

    October 17, 2014

    Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

    As you have seen on local, national and international news this week, health authorities around the world are working to control an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in several countries in West Africa. 

    While there is no outbreak reported in Georgia, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) understands that many parents may have questions about the precautions being taken by the district as it relates to this virus. The APS Health Services Office is collaborating with the local counties boards of Health, Georgia Department of Public Health, the Georgia Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that we are taking the appropriate actions regarding this issue.  They all work in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    APS has an established protocol for identifying and reporting communicable diseases in our schools.  We will continue to follow this protocol, as well as the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Ebola Guidance for Schools.

    The Department of Public Health has advised all school districts in Georgia to be aware of students and their families who have traveled to Ebola-affected areas within the previous 21 days.

    We encourage all of our parents, staff, teachers and families to continue good general health prevention and hygiene practices and to monitor the well-being of themselves and their children.  If you, your child or any member of your family experiences any of the known signs and symptoms of Ebola or any communicable disease, immediately contact your personal physician or closest health facility.  Parents with a concern about exposure or any questions should also contact our nursing services managers for Atlanta Public Schools.

    Jamil Woolridge, RN, (jwoolridge@atlanta.k12.ga.us), (404) 802-2678
    Harriet Chaney, RN, (hjchaney@atlanta.k12.ga.us), (404) 802-2674

    We continue to monitor this issue daily and are prepared to adjust our procedures should public health officials provide new information. 

    Sincerely,

    Tammie Workman
    Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
    Atlanta Public Schools

     

     

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    Building Stronger Clusters: One Idea at a Time
     
    Atlanta Public Schools is beginning the planning process to define the future direction for each school cluster within the district.  Our goal is to build stronger schools and clusters to ensure high quality academics and focused programming across the district.

    The planning process will include targeted and prioritized action steps needed to implement each cluster plan.  The cluster plan will guide the academic direction for students within each cluster.  The cluster plans will inform the FY16 Budget and, to the extent possible, the School System Operating Models and Flexibility Options.

    We are asking community members, parents and APS employees to take the survey below and share your opinion about the approaches that should be included in the cluster plan for our school communities.  The survey closes Friday, October 17. 2014.

    Survey Link
     
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  • Infinite Campus Parent and Student Portal

    CPP Login Page:  https://ic.apsk12.org/portal

    Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades by Campus Portal for Parents (CPP) which is an easy-to-use, secure communications tool. Additionally, CPP enables parents to verify household information, including their email address, home address and telephone numbers.
    Contact your child’s school to get your CPP activation key. Parents are required to  request the CPP activation key in person. To ensure that all student information remains secure, parents must provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID card, or passport) before receiving the CPP activation key.  Once parents receive the activation key, they can visit https://ic.apsk12.org/portal to create a unique username and password.

    Click the links below for more information on:


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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 outofzone@atlanta.k12.ga.us   

    Report ethics violations: 1-877-801-7754


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Headlines

  • 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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