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Academy for Advanced Studies expansion begins

Academy for Advanced Studies expansion begins

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- The Henry County School System has begun expanding its Academy for Advanced Studies.

A groundbreaking ceremony on the expansion was held Monday, Sept. 30. When completed, it will include several classrooms and labs to accommodate about 1,000 students.

The Academy for Advanced Studies is located on the campus of Henry County High School in McDonough and works to ensure that high school students are completely prepared for college and the working world. Academy students have the opportunity to take courses at Clayton State University, Gordon College and Southern Crescent Technical College.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

ATLANTA -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has selected 50 students from across Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Student Advisory Council.

More than 700 teens applied to join this year's council, which was formed to give young people a voice in how their classrooms are organized.

"Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable," Barge said in a statement. "The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues."

The council will meet three times this school year to discuss how state policies have an impact in their classrooms. They will also serve as the superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools.

A number of the Student Advisory Council members are from metro Atlanta, including:

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia and its Education Collaborative has announced the finalists for this year's Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 170 applicants across eight categories.

"Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018," TAG president and CEO Tino Mantella said in a statement. "The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

The award winners will be announced Sept. 27 at the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event in Savannah.

This year's finalists include:

Elementary School
* Brookwood ES (Whitfield)
* Hightower ES (DeKalb)
* Honey Creek ES (Rockdale)
* May Howard ES (Savannah-Chatham)
* Sope Creek ES (Cobb)

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Henry County educator to teach in Abu Dhabi

Henry County educator to teach in Abu Dhabi

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Tracy Ware admits she wouldn't have done it when she was younger.

But she now feels that, as a veteran educator, moving to Abu Dhabi will give her the chance to teach from a true global perspective.

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Ware will soon move to the United Arab Emirates to run a school there -- but she doesn't know which one.

"I will be a principal. I don't know what area, what school. You don't find out until you get there," she said.

But the unknowns don't worry her. The adventure of teaching in a foreign country has intrigued her for a long time.

"I shared the idea with my husband," Ware said. "I was just joking. I said, I'm going to Abu Dhabi, it sounds exciting. He's retired Air Force. He said, let's go for it. Let's do it."

Welcome back to school!

Welcome back to school!

(WXIA) -- Monday, Aug. 5 is the first day of school in four metro Atlanta counties: Cherokee, Floyd, Henry and Rockdale.

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