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Utopian Ambition: A Clayton County charter school challenges the status quo

The students of Utopian Academy for the Arts are being called on the carpet. Yesterday, their middle school mischief found the classic victim: a substitute teacher. The seventh-grade science room grew so loud that the classes on either side could hear the commotion through the walls.

Big Projects on Atlanta School Campuses

For parents who want proof that chipping in for those capital campaigns can deliver: Several shiny new buildings and facilities opened on campuses across metro Atlanta this year, with upgrades ranging from high-tech to hands-on.
Antoinette Tuff

Atlantan of the Year: Antoinette Tuff

Thanks to Antoinette Tuff’s presence of mind when confronted with terror, the incident at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy is known for what did not happen—a school shooting.

And just what exactly is an International Baccalaureate Program?

International Baccalaureate programs aren’t just about learning languages. The internationally recognized system, offered in 146 countries, is an academically rigorous curriculum centered on critical thinking with a strong worldview.

Catholic schools: A growing flock

Across the country, Catholic schools are closing. While more than 5 million students were enrolled in Catholic schools in the 1960s, enrollment has steadily declined. But there are certain pockets of the country where Catholic school enrollment defies the national trend. One of those is metro Atlanta.

Strategies for financing private school tuition

Private school tuition can be a daunting financial proposition, with annual costs higher than college. Before you’re too intimidated to continue your school search, consider these tips.

Atlanta Schools: Finding the perfect fit

Based on advice from education consultants and admissions officers—and a decade of interviewing parents and students—here are key considerations as you select a school.

Olympic moves at school

Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, who holds the world record in the decathlon and heptathlon, is in Atlanta this week to compete in a track and field event and to meet with school kids to introduce a free classroom program that offers five-minute brain breaks throughout the day.

Fail

Given annually since 2000, the CRCT measures the “quality” of Georgia’s schools. It is a measure that has fundamentally altered what is taught in Georgia classrooms. To help their students pass the CRCT, teachers feel compelled to prep them with testing strategies and to focus—sometimes relentlessly—on the content most likely to be tested. That means an emphasis on concrete, multiple-choice tasks rather than creative teaching and critical thinking.

Surviving High School

This is the story of how two teen-agers with such similar beginnings can come to such different ends. It is the story of Eric Stone and Curt Hersey and the millions of other adolescents stewing in the unforgiving melting pot of American high schools.

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