13 Atlanta schools among state’s bottom 5%

Atlanta Public Schools headquarters at 130 Trinity Ave. SW in downtown Atlanta.  BOB ANDRES  /BANDRES@AJC.COM
Atlanta Public Schools headquarters at 130 Trinity Ave. SW in downtown Atlanta. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

The state identified 13 Atlanta schools as among Georgia’s lowest performing schools, three more than last year.

The Georgia Department of Education on Monday released its list of Title I schools in the bottom 5% of all schools statewide, according to their three-year average on the state report card, which is largely determined by student scores on standardized tests. Title I schools serve students with high percentages of low-income students.

The state’s list also includes high schools with four-year graduation rates that are 67% or less.

There are 13 Atlanta schools on this year's list, three more than last year.

The schools added to the list this year are Boyd Elementary School, Price Middle School and Woodson Park Academy.

The other Atlanta schools on this year’s list also appeared on last year’s list. They are: Forrest Hills Academy, Carver High School, Crim High School, Douglass High School, Fain Elementary School, Finch Elementary School, Harper-Archer Middle School, Scott Elementary School, Thomasville Heights Elementary School, and Young Middle School.

In 2016, Atlanta Public Schools launched a turnaround effort to improve its worst-performing schools. Since then, the district has ushered in big changes.

It hired charter school operators to run and staff Carver, Price, Thomasville Heights and Woodson Park. Fain Elementary merged with Towns Elementary this year to create the new Harper-Archer Elementary School.

Harper-Archer Middle School is closed.

The state works with schools on the list to help them improve.

Fulton County Schools has four on this year’s list:

College Park Elementary, Independence High School, McClarin High School and Skyview High School.