Forums set for late
January, early February
During the last week of January and in conjunction with National School Choice Week, Fulton County Schools is hosting five forums to gather input on what families value most in educational options.
Generally referred to as "school choice," the concept gives parents options to choose the best educational opportunities for their children based on their interests and unique needs. Fulton County Schools traditionally has offered flexibility through magnet programs, charter schools, open enrollment in schools with available space, and through family and employee hardship transfers.
Additionally, over the past several years, Fulton County has expanded options through targeted requests for charter proposals, increased online offerings through Fulton Virtual Campus, and is working toward an expansion of the International Baccalaureate program in several elementary and high schools.
"We believe that education is not one-size-fits-all and that parents should have more say in how their children's education is delivered," said Superintendent Robert Avossa. "This is the natural evolution of our charter system model because it focuses on providing an educational experience that is customized to what our families want."
The first phase of the Choice Options initiative is focused on identifying and understanding the communities' needs through five forums. The information gathered will be used to create the building blocks for expanded choice options which will be implemented over the coming years.
- January 26, 7:00 p.m. at Westlake High School (2400 Union Road SW, Atlanta)
- January 27, 7:00 p.m. at Lake Forest Elementary (5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs)
- January 28, 7:00 p.m. at Centennial High School (9310 Scott Road, Roswell)
- January 29, 7:00 p.m. at Tri-Cities High School (2575 Harris Street, East Point)
- February 2, 7:00 p.m. at Milton Center (86 School Drive, Alpharetta)
Each forum will be structured the same and parents can choose any meeting they wish. For those unable to attend, input also will be collected through the Fulton County Schools Choice Options website.
About the Fulton County School System. The Fulton County School System is the fourth largest school system in Georgia. Approximately 96,300 students attend 101 schools in the cities of Alpharetta, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Union City. The district also serves students in unincorporated Fulton County.
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