It is time to get back to books for Atlanta Public School students. According to the APS’s Traditional Student Calendar, students’ first day of school is August 6, 2012. It will be a year of changes for thousands of students who have been rezoned for new schools. In April 2012 the APS School Board voted on the controversial redistricting plan that closed seven Atlanta Public Schools. The school closures created new boundary maps that grandfathered and rezoned students into new “school clusters”. While the zoning maps do not impact all APS students, the large cross section of students who will feel the changes must follow the specific guidelines to determine if they will remain at their current schools or have to enroll in new zoned schools.
There could be some confusion for parents trying to figure out where they child should attend school this year. But the District has tried to make the process clearer with the Grandfathering and Rezoning web link found under the System’s Back-To-School Parent Resources site. This link spells out the factors determining the school an APS student will attend. Parents can also click directly on the APS School Zone Locator, and by entering a complete street address, can use the mapping system is to identify specific school zones and bus routes. Parent of zone-impacted students should have received letters before the end of last school term giving details about the changes. For more information about zoning changes, contact APS’s Facility Services at 404-802-3731. For information regarding student transfers, contact APS’s Student Relations at 404-802-2233.
The Back-To-School site includes several other helpful links for information like registration and transportation. This year will be a first in transportation for a number of APS students. According to the District’s Transportation link, out-of-zone students enrolled in five APS magnet schools will receive City of Atlanta MARTA passes, and will not travel on school buses this year. The schools are: Frederick Douglass High School Magnet Program, North Atlanta High School Magnet Program, Henry W. Grady High School Magnet Program, Washington High School Magnet Program, and Benjamin E. Mays High School Magnet Program. Students enrolled at Alonzo A. Crim High School and West End Academy will receive City of Atlanta MARTA passes. However, parents will be responsible for providing transportation for out-of-zone students who are not enrolled in their school’s magnet programs.
One thing that has not changed for Atlanta students is the start of the year round school year. Student’s attending the District’s three year round schools have been in the classroom since the second week of July. Students at Boyd Elementary, Centennial Place Elementary and Hutchinson Elementary schools work with a year round calendar that gives them a five week summer vacation. The advantage for year round students is the opportunity to keep academics fresh in their minds and not lose learning ground over longer summers.
The rest of Atlanta Public School students will hit the classrooms in one week. District-wide enrollment for all APS school is underway and ends August 2, 2012. School enrollment times are 9am-11am and 1pm to 3pm.