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16 DeKalb schools make AP honor roll

16 DeKalb schools make AP honor roll

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Sixteen of DeKalb County's 22 public high schools have been named to a statewide Advanced Placement honor roll.

The College Board's AP program gives high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses. At the end of the school year, the students are tested on their knowledge. AP exams earn scores of 1 through 5; receiving a 3, 4 or 5 could result in college credit.

"DeKalb students are succeeding in college-level learning," DeKalb County School District Superintendent Michael Thurmond said. "With more than 70 percent of our high schools on the AP honor roll, we are proud of the district's overall success. Our goal is to be 100 percent."

AP schools are honored in six categories:

AP Challenge Schools are schools with fewer than 900 students where AP exams are offered in four key areas -- English, math, science and social studies.
* DeKalb School of the Arts
* Elizabeth Andrews High School

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

(WXIA) -- More than 100 public schools in three metro Atlanta counties will benefit from Chevron's Fuel Your School program.

Through the campaign, Chevron contributes $1 from every gasoline purchase of eight gallons or more to participating schools. Fuel Your School generated $391,146 for 131 schools in Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Many of the projects that are granted funds from the program are part of STEM curriculums. For example, students at Grady High School in Atlanta received a data-gathering device to use in their physics courses.

Chevron said nearly 40,000 students are impacted by the money generated through Fuel Your School.

Fairington Elementary School reopens

Fairington Elementary School reopens

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A DeKalb County elementary school damaged by fire will reopen Monday morning.

Fairington Elementary School has been closed since Jan. 17, when a fire broke out in a kindergarten classroom. Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.

Students at the school had last week's classes at nearby Miller Grove High School. DeKalb County Schools spokesman Quinn Hudson said the students will begin returning to their usual classrooms at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

(WXIA) -- Ten high school students from the Atlanta area are among only 100 teens nationwide to be selected for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The winners were selected from among nearly 10,000 applicants nationwide. They will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March to participate in a prestigious educational and mentoring program.

Dreamers, as program participants are called, will learn life skills such as communication techniques and networking, and will explore possible career paths.

Visit disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

Metro Atlanta's Dreamers include:

DeKalb superintendent among 100 Most Influential Georgians

DeKalb superintendent among 100 Most Influential Georgians

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County School District Superintendent Michael Thurmond has been named to Georgia Trend magazine's latest list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.

Thurmond has served as superintendent since February 2013. He is the only public schools superintendent to receive the honor.

His recognition in the magazine says:

The former commissioner of labor inherited a mess when he took over leadership of the third-largest school system in Georgia (100,000 students, 14,000 employees and a $1.2 billion budget). He stabilized the troubled district, built a $30 million surplus, improved student achievement and increased graduation rates. Along the way, he has enhanced the reputation as a leader and public education advocate.

DeKalb schools show growth on CCRPI

DeKalb schools show growth on CCRPI

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County's public school students are prepared for life after graduation.

According to the recently released College & Career Ready Performance Index, many of the county's elementary, middle and high schools demonstrated growth over last year.

The county's most improved schools include:

* Indian Creek (+22.7 percentage points)
* Briar Vista (+22)
* Pleasantdale (+21.7)
* Chapel Hill (+19)
* Wynbrook (+14)

* Stephenson (+15.7)
* Columbia (+14.5)
* Salem (+7.8)
* Cedar Grove (+6.7)
* Druid Hills (+6.6)

* Towers (+8.1)
* Lakeside (+6.5)
* Lithonia (+6)
* Redan (+3.5)
* Chamblee (+1)

By comparison, Georgia's elementary schools saw a decrease of 5.2 percentage points, the state's middle schools saw a decrease of 1.4, and high school decreased by 3.4 points.