Atlanta Public Schools begins classes Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Here’s a guide to help you navigate the school system and get your kids back to school.
Atlanta Public Schools enrolls about 50,000 students in Fulton and DeKalb counties. The district includes 97 schools and programs, including 16 charter schools.
In July 2016, the district became a charter system, a way of organizing school operations that gave the district freedom from some state regulations and is intended to delegate some decisions about schools to local, school-level governance teams. As part of the new system, each high school and the schools that feed into it developed themes for their cluster. The themes include International Baccalaureate; science, technology, engineering and math; and preparation for college and careers.
This school year, at least 18 schools will have new principals. Three new schools will open as the result of mergers or closure. They include Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy, which replaces Bethune Elementary; Tuskegee Airman Global Academy, the result of merging Venetian Hills Elementary and Connally Elementary; and Woodson Park Academy, the result of merging Woodson Elementary and Grove Park Intermediate Elementary. Thomasville Heights Elementary School is being operated by a charter school-affiliated group rather than school district staff.
Health clinics modeled after an existing clinic at Whitefoord Elementary School are opening at two more schools, Miles and Dobbs Elementary schools. And a new in-house police force, instead of Atlanta Police Department officers, will provide school security this year.
Superintendent: Meria Carstarphen
Carstarphen became Atlanta Public Schools superintendent in 2014. She previously served as superintendent of the Austin, Texas, and Saint Paul, Minnesota, school districts.
First day of school
Wednesday, Aug. 3.
September 5 Labor Day
October 7 Teacher Professional Learning Day
October 10-11 Fall Break/Columbus Day
November 8 Election Day/Teacher Professional Learning Day
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break
December 19-31 Semester Break
January 2 Semester Break
January 3 Teacher Professional Learning Day
January 16 M.L. King, Jr. Birthday
February 17 Teacher Professional Learning Day
February 20-21 Winter Break/Presidents’ Day
March 17 Teacher Professional Learning Day
April 3-7 Metro Area Spring Break
May 25 Last Day of School
May 29 Memorial Day
Number of schools (2016-17)
Elementary schools 50
Middle schools 11
High schools - 12
Single-gender schools 2
Alternative/non-traditional programs 4
Evening school/adult education programs 2
Charter schools 16
School lunch menus
Enrollment and information for newcomers
2016 school tax millage rate
Student Demographics (2015-16)
Asian/American Indian/Alaskan/Other 1%
(May not total 100% due to rounding.)
Graduation Rate (Class of 2015)
U.S. Census estimated percent of students living in poverty