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Stockbridge HS STEAM Academy to open this fall

Stockbridge HS STEAM Academy to open this fall

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- The Stockbridge STEAM Academy will open its doors for the very first time in August.

About 40 Stockbridge High School freshmen and sophomores will be the first-ever students to experience the program, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs.

"The school leadership team added the Arts A in STEAM to reflect its commitment to and recognition of the arts as a critical component of education," Stockbridge High principal Eric Watson explained.

STEAM Academy students will learn many skills and gain new appreciations, Waton said, including research, publication opportunities, international awareness and a commitment to lifelong learning.

"Upon graduation, STEAM high school students will be highly sought-after by select universities and industries, regionally, nationally and internationally," Watson said.

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

(WXIA) -- The number of students receiving diplomas is on a steady rise, as it jumped for a second time using a new formula.

For 2013, Matt Cardoza of the Georgia Department of Education reported, the graduation rate marked 67.4 percent in 2011, followed by 69.7 percent in 2012.  The new way to figure the graduation rate is based on the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student becomes a freshman, Cardoza said. The calculation takes the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. 

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."

Locust Grove HS senior honored for video work

Locust Grove HS senior honored for video work

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. -- Henry County Schools has named its April Work-Based Learning Student of the Month.

Deven Mullins is a senior at Locust Grove High School. He also works for the Henry County Schools' Communications Office, helping to produce videos for a variety of projects.

School is (almost!) out in Henry County

School is (almost!) out in Henry County

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Henry County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 31.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

Flippen ES hosts Adopt-a-Pilot program

Flippen ES hosts Adopt-a-Pilot program

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- The 5th grade class at Flippen Elementary School recently joined Southwest Airlines' Adopt-a-Pilot program.

The initiative sends Southwest and AirTran pilots to classrooms across the country, where they teach students about the math and science involved in aviation.

Pilots volunteer to be part of the program. Teachers take advantage of the pilots' visits by adding aviation-related twists to lessons in math, communications and career planning.

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

In support and partnership with The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Life & Relationship Strategist, Author and Speaker,Kenny Pugh (http://www.kennypugh.com) will launch Abstinence Matters

Austin Road ES to perform at Hawks game

Austin Road ES to perform at Hawks game

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- The dance team from Stockbridge's Austin Road Elementary School has been chosen to perform at a Hawks playoff game.

RELATED | Stockbridge shines on 11Alive

The Austin Road Rockets will perform before Friday's game at Philips Arena.

They gave 11Alive viewers a sneak peek of their performance on Thursday's morning show.