Students enrolled at Atlanta Public Schools head back to the classroom on Aug. 1.
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Your guide to the 2018-2019 Atlanta Public Schools school year

Just a few more days of summer fun remain for students planning to attend Atlanta Public Schools. The district starts back on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Atlanta Public Schools Calendar:

  • First day of school: Aug. 1
  • Fall Break: Oct. 8-12
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 19-23
  • Winter Break: Spring Break: Dec. 24 - Jan. 4
  • Last day of school: May 24

Enrollment Information: Atlanta Public Schools enrollment information

Bus Routes: Atlanta Public Schools bus stop information

MORE: Georgia Milestones results for Atlanta Public Schools

Number of schools:

Atlanta Public Schools has 51,368 students and close to 4,000 teachers.

  • 61 neighborhood schools
  • 5 partner schools
  • 18 charter schools
  • 2 single-gender academies
  • 3 alternative schools
  • 72 Title I schools


  • White: 15.5 percent
  • Black: 73.8 percent
  • Hispanic: 7.2 percent
  • Multiracial: 2.2 percent 
  • Other: 1.3 percent

School Menus:

Information about Atlanta Public Schools breakfast and lunch menus can be found on the district’s nutrition page.

Atlanta Public School leadership:

Atlanta Public Schools has a nine-member board of education, with Meria Joel Carstarphen serving as superintendent. If interested in attending a board meeting, information can be found on the board’s meeting schedule.

Other info:

  • Graduation rate (2017): 77 percent
  • School tax millage rate (2018): 21.74
  • Budget (2019): $1.1 billion

You can find information about your school, such as test scores, graduation rates and school climate rating at the Ultimate Atlanta School Guide

In other back-to-school news:

Clark Howard answers questions about everything from school uniform bargains to college loan payments before the new school year begins.

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