Archive for January, 2011

Register now for Duke TIP at UGA for 5th & 6th graders

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

UGA will present a Duke TIP Academic Adventures day for 5th and 6th graders on Saturday, March 26. Available courses include topics in neuroscience, 3-D computer animation and marine biology.

Registration is open until March 11, but as always with the Duke TIP programs, popular courses will fill up well before then.

Eligibility for the Academic Adventures program is one of the perks of participating in the Duke TIP 4th/5th Grade Talent Search. To learn more about the search and how your child can take part, see this previous post.

Categories: Enrichment

Open house for gifted summer camp at Emory

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) is hosting an open house on Saturday, Feb. 5 for families that want to learn more about this summer’s programs at Emory University.

SIG has two camp programs at Emory this summer:

  • A day camp for ages 6 to 9
  • A residential camp for ages 11 to 17 (a commuter option is available for those who either want to cut costs or aren’t quite ready to live on campus)

In addition, the National Society for the Gifted and Talented will run a program for ages 15 to 18 called University Prep. This three-week course helps prepare students for the college application process and includes an SAT prep course from Princeton Review.

You  must pre-register for the open house by calling Michelle at (866) 303-4744, ext. 5159, or by e-mailing

Categories: Enrichment

All DeKalb redistricting meetings rescheduled

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

I just received an e-mail from Board of Education member Nancy Jester with a new schedule for the meetings for public input on redistricting. Everything has been pushed back due to the weather.

All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • Miller Grove High School, Jan. 18
  • Druid Hills Middle School, Jan. 19
  • Chamblee High School, Jan. 20
  • McNair High School, Jan. 25
  • Bethune Middle School, Jan. 26
  • Stone Mountain Middle School, Jan. 27

The time line for the county’s decision making process has also been pushed back. Nancy Jester says that Superintendent Ramona Tyson will present a recommendation to the board at its Feb. 7 meeting. Public hearings will be on March 1 and March 3, and the board will make a final decision on March 7.

Categories: Advocacy and policy

DeKalb magnet schools could be affected by redistricting

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

NOTE: The schedule for public input meetings was affected by winter weather. See my Jan. 12 post for the new schedule.

The DeKalb County Board of Education is reviewing several possible redistricting and consolidation plans, some of which could change the landscape of magnet schools for high achievers.

The consultants hired by the board have presented two plans for the board’s consideration. Under the “decentralized plan,” all six of the county’s magnet schools for high achievers would remain open in their current locations. But under the “centralized plan,” all of the magnet schools for high achievers would be relocated to Avondale middle and high schools.

It’s not clear to me how many seats would be available in the centralized magnet location as compared with the number available in the current facilities. Certainly, we need every magnet seat we can get with demand for spaces already far exceeding supply. If anyone has this information, please let me know. I will continue to try to find out as well.

The school board has planned several public meetings to discuss the proposals. The meeting schedule is:

  • Miller Grove High School on Jan. 11 (rescheduled to Jan. 24 due to snow)
  • Druid Hills Middle School on Jan. 12
  • Chamblee High School on Jan. 13
  • McNair High School on Jan. 18
  • Bethune Middle School on Jan. 19
  • Stone Mountain Middle School on Jan. 20

All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

The board will hold a meeting on Jan. 31 to discuss the options. Formal public hearings will be held on Feb. 22 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the administrative building in Stone Mountain. The board is scheduled to make its decision on redistricting and consolidation at a meeting on Feb. 28.

Categories: Advocacy and policy

Gwinnett math/science charter applications due this month

January 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Eighth graders in Gwinnett County who wish every class were math or science have just two weeks left to apply to the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology.

The charter school has three main areas of study: bioscience, engineering and emerging technologies. Even arts and humanities classes are tied in with science and technology wherever possible.

Applications for the class of 2015 are due by Jan. 21, 2011. If you’re interested, plan on attending an informational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m., at the school’s campus in Lawrenceville.

Categories: Gwinnett, In the schools

Summer research program at Winship Cancer Institute

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Current high-school juniors with a passion for science can apply now for the Winship Summer Scholars Research Program at Emory University.

Students selected for the program will work in a biomedical research lab, paired with a mentor who is actively engaged in cancer research at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 11.


Categories: Enrichment

Open house Sunday at North Springs High School

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

This Sunday, you can get a closer look at North Springs High School — part of the Fulton County School system, but certainly not your average high school, and not just for Fulton County residents.

North Springs is a charter school that is a magnet school in both the arts (visual and performing) and sciences. Located in Sandy Springs, it is open to students from anywhere in Fulton County, with some restrictions (see their admissions page to get the whole picture). Students who live outside Fulton County may also attend North Springs if space is available, although these families must pay to attend. (For 2009-10, the fee was $6,300.)

The school will host an open house on Jan. 9 from 2-5 p.m. The school principal, teachers and students will be on campus to meet prospective families. Call 770-551-2490 for more details.

Categories: Fulton, In the schools