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Get Counted! Census 2020 provides critical data for school funding

March 2, 2020

“Shape your future. START HERE.” The 2020 Census, the official count of every person living in the United States and its territories, launches this month. In the coming weeks, we will see thousands of announcements, flyers, news reports and social media postings in the coming weeks with the new tagline and the importance of getting…

Revisiting APS School Calendars: Survey Results Are In!

February 28, 2020

Few things affect our lives in the same ways as a school calendar. What else influences us more about when we schedule vacations, family events or even doctor appointments?  Because the school calendar literally outlines the lives of our students, their families and all of our employees, we in Atlanta Public Schools take great measures…

Coronavirus Disease: What APS Families Need to Know

February 27, 2020

UPDATE: March 31, 2020: As part of APS’ commitment to the safety of students and employees, we sent letters to families and staff providing updates on the district’s response to COVID-19. The letter to families is available on our Coronavirus Update page here. The Spanish version is here. UPDATE: March 20, 2020 – Deadline for APS Device Distribution…

Take the ‘Be Like the Congressman Challenge.’ Love (and Hug) like John Lewis!

February 17, 2020

For the last five years, Atlanta Public Schools has really focused on educating the whole child to ensure they have the kind of skills they need to have full and enriching lives. If students can persevere – set goals, overcome obstacles and develop healthy relationships – we know they will be more successful in work…

For Deeper Dive into Black History Month, Just Look at Our Schools

February 10, 2020

In February, we celebrate the immeasurable impact African-Americans have had on our society and even our individual lives. With such a rich deposit of American and Atlanta history, we really should recognize every month as Black History Month! It’s inspirational every year during Black History Month to see the legacies of Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman,…

Match & Fit: Achieve Atlanta’s Next Transformational Step

February 3, 2020

To this day, I remember the pent-up excitement I felt the morning of June 5, 2015, moments before a truly transformational announcement from Atlanta Public Schools. I counted the hours, minutes, seconds to when we could tell all of APS, Atlanta and the nation the news. Finally, we spelled it out in huge headlines. My…

Fuel Your Day! All APS students, families take full advantage of free meal program

January 30, 2020

As a school district educating students from mostly lower-income families, Atlanta Public Schools faces numerous challenges in ensuring children are ready for school each day, especially those who come to school hungry. We’ve seen the research: Children whose nutritional needs are met throughout the day have fewer attendance and disciplinary problems and are more attentive…

APS Rocks + Runs 5K returns to Historic West End

January 23, 2020

District announces second annual edition of district fundraiser for Saturday, May 2, at Brown Middle School to kick off National Teacher Appreciation Week Atlanta Public Schools will be off to the races again in May as it will sponsor its own 5K and fun run event for a second year! With the success of APS…

MLK Day 2020: Finding Greatness in Service

January 20, 2020

Just a few days ago I recognized what would have been the 91st birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. if he had not been assassinated on April 4, 1968. While sadly he is gone, he will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who believe in social justice because of…

He Marched for Us, so We Run for Him!

January 17, 2020

In support for Congressman John Lewis’ battle against pancreatic cancer, “Five 5Ks in Five Months in Congressional District 5” starts Monday with MLK Drum Run in Piedmont Park. As we neared the end of 2019, we learned sad news: Congressman John Lewis had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He would spend the new…