Fulton County Schools prepares to open 3 new schools in August

A rendering of the Global Impact Academy in Fairburn shows the outside of the school that will open for its first year in August. (Courtesy image)

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A rendering of the Global Impact Academy in Fairburn shows the outside of the school that will open for its first year in August. (Courtesy image)

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Fulton County Schools is preparing to open three new specialty schools serving nearly 2,000 students.

Global Impact Academy in Fairburn and Innovation Academy in Alpharetta will be “flagship STEM high schools” for the district, said Chief Academic Officer Cliff Jones at a recent board meeting.

The third new school, Fulton Academy of Virtual Excellence, will serve students in third through 11th grades next year who want to learn online.

Jones said the August launch of the three schools represents “an historic time for Fulton County Schools.”

Diversifying the district’s “portfolio” of schools shows “our parents and our community that we’re committed to providing a world-class education organization right here in Fulton County Schools,” he said.

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Global Impact has 340 students who plan to attend. Principal Anthony Newbold told the board he needs to hire people for 11 more positions. Building construction is expected to be complete in just over a month.

The school will offer science, technology, engineering and math courses and programs ranging from computer science and cyber security to health care.

Innovation Academy expects to enroll about 900 students, and the school needs to fill about 11 positions. The campus is located at the site of the old Milton High School. The academy will open after a year delay to allow for more planning time.

Just over 700 students have signed up to attend Fulton’s new virtual school. Principal Marcus Vu is looking to hire about a dozen teachers.

The board approved the school’s creation a few months ago as a way to continue full-time virtual learning that began during the pandemic.

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