Archive for January, 2011

Magnet school application calendar for Fulton County

January 24, 2011 1 comment

It’s open season to apply for magnet schools in Fulton County, although deadlines are fast approaching. Here’s a quick roundup of the application calendar:

Tri-Cities High School – visual and performing arts magnet. Auditions will be held Feb. 12 and 26. The school will host a parent information night this Thursday, Jan. 27. Applications are due by March 3. Open to Fulton County residents only.

Westlake High School – science magnet. Application deadline is Feb. 10. Open to Fulton County residents only.

Riverwood Charter High School – magnet in international studies; also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Accepting applications through Jan. 31. Open to Fulton County residents. Although Riverwood has accepted students from outside the county in the past, the school has announced it will not have enough space to take non-residents for the 2011-12 academic year.

North Springs Charter High School – magnet in math/science and visual/performing arts. Applications due Feb. 1. Open to Fulton County residents and residents of other counties. Non-residents must reimburse the school for the cost of attendance. The cost is likely to be between $6,000 and $7,000 per year.

Applications are available at the web site for each school. You can find links to all of these schools on the Fulton County Schools page of this site.

Categories: Fulton, In the schools

Science enrichment at UWG for elementary and middle-school kids

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

The University of West Georgia still has some space available for the spring sessions of its IMPACT science program. The classes that still have openings are:

  • Water Wonders, for grades 4-5, Feb. 19
  • Discovering Gravity, for grades 4-5, March 19
  • CSI Club: Computers and Forensics, for grades 6-8, March 19
  • Geometric Art, for grades 4-5, April 16
  • CSI Club: Biology and Forensics, for grades 6-8, April 16

IMPACT is held on the campus of UWG, which is in Carrollton, about a 45-minute drive from where I-285 meets I-20 on the west side of the Perimeter. In exchange for making this considerable trek, you’ll get a 3-hour program for just $5 per child, which is a bargain in the world of enrichment.

To learn more or register, visit the IMPACT Science page at UWG.

Categories: Enrichment

Apply now for Emory’s Pre-College summer program

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Current high-school sophomores and juniors can apply now to the Pre-College Program at Emory University.

This summer program gives motivated students the chance to take college classes with college students. Some courses are two-week, non-credit classes; others are six weeks long and earn college credit.

Pre-College students can choose to live on campus in a dorm or commute from home. As with all residential summer programs, living on campus adds to the cost but also enhances the total experience.

The application deadline is May 1. Spaces are filled on a rolling basis, so applying earlier is encouraged. Some need-based financial aid is available. Those seeking financial aid should apply by March 1.

Categories: Enrichment

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