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Apply now for next year’s STT 9th-grade science course at Fernbank

February 3, 2014 2 comments

fernbankCurrent DeKalb County eighth graders who are interested in hands-on science should check in with their school’s guidance office about enrolling in next year’s Scientific Tools and Techniques (STT), offered at the Fernbank Science Center.

STT is a half-day program taught in the first semester of ninth grade, focusing on scientific inquiry. The county provides bus transportation from the student’s home school to and from Fernbank. The program is free to DeKalb County students.

Students who successfully complete the course will earn one credit for biology and one for earth systems.

Each school sets its own application deadline. Fernbank will hold an open house on Thursday, Feb. 13. For more information, contact Denise Savage at the science center, at (678) 874-7102.

 

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DeKalb school choice application period is near

January 3, 2014 Leave a comment

DeKalbOpen enrollment for school choice in DeKalb County will take place from Jan. 8 to Jan. 28, 2014. This includes enrollment for the county’s high achiever magnet schools.

If you’re thinking of applying for a school outside your attendance zone, this week is a good time to get ready. Two big things to do now to prepare are:

1) Check out the school choice catalog to learn about the options and the enrollment process. (Note: This is the 2013-14 catalog, but the information about the available schools should still be valid.)

2) Create your “e-portal” account so you will have access to the system to apply for enrollment at the school of your choice.

Visit the district’s school choice page to learn more.

Categories: DeKalb, In the schools

November is open house season at magnet schools

October 25, 2013 2 comments

If you’re thinking about sending your child to a magnet school in 2014-15, it’s time to start planning your open house visits.

Magnet schools typically hold parent tours in November. Some schools have application deadlines in December, so it’s important to start early and look into the admissions schedule of any school you’re considering. Early action is especially crucial for fine arts magnet schools that require an audition.

All the magnet schools I’ve found in my research are listed within the school system pages under the “Gifted Ed in Local Schools” heading. Some schools have posted their open house dates on their web sites, but many haven’t, so I suggest calling the school to ask.

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A preschool that celebrates curiosity

September 13, 2013 1 comment

Just added to this site’s Private Schools page: The Schoolhouse Preschool Academy in Duluth. This preschool, serving ages 1 to 5, seeks to provide something far more ambitious than daycare, with a hands-on, Montessori approach to learning. The school offers half-day and full-day programs that encourage children to experiment and explore.

The Schoolhouse acknowledges that children are different and learn differently. In a world where too often, parents who suggest that their 3-year-old child might be gifted are met with raised eyebrows and skeptical dismissals, that’s a breath of fresh air.

schoolhouse preschool

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Registration open for Atlanta Public Schools’ 2013 summer programs

April 30, 2013 Leave a comment

APSAtlanta Public Schools is now accepting applications to its two summer programs: Xanadu, for rising 1st to 5th graders; and the Xanadu Arts and Sciences Academy, for rising 6th through 12th graders.

These programs, which are operated by APS’ Office of Gifted and Talented Education, are open to all, not only to APS students; however, the fees are significantly higher for non-APS students. Scholarships may be available based on financial need.

To apply for either program, you first register online to select your classes. Then, you must present required documents, to show your child’s gifted status, and pay your fees. That must be done in person at the APS Office of Gifted and Talented. Check the FAQ for more information about the process.

Bear in mind that only when you have made your payment is your child’s spot in a class confirmed. In other words, registering online does not hold you a space in the classes you want. Only completing the payment process guarantees your spot.

Good luck!

New private school to open in Midtown for gifted students

April 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Midtown IntlThis fall, the doors will open at Midtown International School, a private school geared toward gifted, high-achieving, and twice-exceptional children.

The school’s curriculum will emphasize integrated learning, STEM and global perspective — including foreign language. Class sizes will be small, with only 12 students per grade level.

The school is now completing construction on its building on Amsterdam Avenue, in the Piedmont Park area of Midtown.

In 2013-14, the school will serve kindergarten through fifth grades, expanding later to include middle-school grades.

Separate from enrollment in the school, MIS will host four weeks of summer camps in July for rising 1st-5th graders, in topics from horticulture to art.

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Information for DeKalb’s 2013 Serendipity summer program

April 21, 2013 8 comments

You can’t register yet, but here is the basic information about this summer’s session of Serendipity summer camp, a program of the DeKalb County School District.

Dates: June 10-13, 2013 (That’s not a typo. The camp is four days long.)
Location: Midvale Elementary School
Open to: Students currently in grades 1-5

Serendipity camp is open to children who participated in the gifted program at a DeKalb County public school during the 2012-13 school year. If you have a student in DeKalb’s gifted programs, you should receive a flyer from the school with more details. The county’s gifted coordinator, Donyell Atkinson, told me the full information should go home by the end of April. Registration will take place from the end of April until mid-May.

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DeKalb School of the Arts accepting applications for 2013-14

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

DeKalb School of the Arts has released its application for admission for the 2013-14 school year, and is hosting information sessions for prospective students.

DeKalb School of the Arts is a public school within the DeKalb County school system which offers intensive education in the visual and performing arts. Students must apply and audition for admission.

Information sessions will be held at the school on Monday, Feb. 11, and Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m.; and on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

Applications for School of the Arts are due by March 29, 2013.

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DeKalb school choice season is upon us

January 31, 2013 Leave a comment

DeKalbOpen enrollment for school choice in DeKalb will take place from Feb. 11 to March 1, 2013. This includes enrollment for the county’s high achiever magnet schools.

If you’re thinking of applying for a school outside your attendance zone, this week is a good time to get ready. Two big things to do now to prepare are:

1) Check out the school choice catalog to learn about the options and the enrollment process. (Note: This is the 2012-13 catalog. The 2013-14 catalog isn’t yet available, but I’ve been assured by the county office that the information hasn’t changed, other than the enrollment dates.)

2) Create your “e-portal” account so you will have access to the system to apply for enrollment at the school of your choice.

If you want to learn more about your options, the DeKalb County School District will host its annual School Choice Expo Fair this Saturday, Feb. 2, at Stonecrest Mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Magnet and charter schools hosting open houses for 2013-14

October 17, 2012 Leave a comment

The metro area’s magnet and charter schools are beginning to host open houses for prospective students for 2013-14. Below is a round-up of the information I could find. If you know of other open houses taking place, please post them in comments.

You can find links to any of the schools listed here by visiting the appropriate county page under “Gifted Ed in Local Schools” on this site.

CLAYTON

Lovejoy High School – International Baccalaureate. Open houses will take place Nov. 13 and 14 at 6:30 p.m. for eligible 8th-grade students.

Fine Arts Magnet High School. Auditions in January. You must submit paperwork to the school by Dec. 16.

COBB

Campbell High School – International Baccalaureate. Open house Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Applications are due Dec. 7.

Kennesaw Mountain High School – Academy of Math, Science and Technology. Open house Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Application deadline Dec. 7.

South Cobb High School – Academy of Research and Medical Sciences. Open house Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Application deadline Dec. 7.

Wheeler High School – Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Math and Technology. Open house Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

Pebblebrook High School – Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Auditions will be held in spring semester; arrange at your convenience.

DEKALB

DeKalb School of the Arts. Audition / admissions information will be posted online in January.

FULTON

Riverwood International Charter School. Prospective parent tours Nov. 9, Dec. 7 and Jan. 18, all at 9 a.m. Applications will be available in November and due Jan. 31.

North Springs Charter High School. Open houses Nov. 4, 2-5 p.m., Nov. 8 at 1:15, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m., Dec. 13 at 1:15, Jan. 11 at 9 a.m., Jan 17 at 1:15 p.m.

Westlake High School – Math and Science Magnet. Open house Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Tri-Cities High School – Visual and Performing Arts magnet. Auditions in February. Applications available now. Tours by appointment.

GWINNETT

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology. Open houses Nov. 13, Dec. 13 and Jan. 15, all at 7 p.m. Open houses are organized by your home high-school cluster, and ideally you go to the one for your cluster, but you can attend any session. Registration packet will be available Nov. 1.