Day One: Be There - Getting ready for a new school year

The first day of school in Atlanta is August 4. We want you to be prepared.

Day One: Be There

An introduction

The first day of school in Atlanta is August 4. We want you to be prepared.

Last year, more than 10 percent of Atlanta Public Schools students didn't attend school on the first day of classes.

Missing school can lower math and reading scores and leave your child less likely to graduate.

This year, with new Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen leading the way, APS and 11Alive want to make sure parents have the information they need to get their kids to school on the first day.

The first day of school in Atlanta is August 4.

Download, print, and post a "Day One: Be There" sign to show your support, just click on the date your school starts.

Monday, July 28
Rockdale County Schools

Friday, August 1 (Click HERE for a Day One sign for August 1st)
Barrow County Schools
Newton County Schools

Monday, August 4 (Click HERE for a Day One sign for August 4th)
Atlanta Public Schools
Bartow County Schools
Cherokee County Schools
Cobb County Schools
Decatur City Schools
Griffin-Spalding Schools
Henry County Schools
Paulding County Schools

Tuesday, August 5 (Click HERE for a Day One sign for August 5th)
Gwinnett County Schools

Wednesday, August 6 (Click HERE for a Day One sign for August 6th)
Coweta County Schools
Douglas County Schools
Marietta City Schools

Thursday, August 7 (Click HERE for a Day One sign for August 7th)
Buford City Schools
Clayton County Schools
Forsyth County Schools

Monday, August 11 (Click HERE for a Day One sign for August 11)
Clarke County Schools
DeKalb County Schools
Fulton County Schools

Attendance figures

First day attendance on the decline

ATTENDANCE FACTS

In the 2013-2014 school year, about 5,000 students of the approximately 47,000 students enrolled in Atlanta Public Schools didn't attend the first day of class.

According to APS, students begin coming to school at the end of August and numbers reach the expected enrollment around Labor Day.

Nationwide, up to 7.5 students miss a month of school each year.

In recent years, attendance has seen a drop, particularly among elementary and middle school students (see graph).

Why it matters

Low attendance affects us all

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Missing school can lower math and reading scores and leave your child less likely to graduate. For example: A student who is absent 30 days out of the school year has a 41 percent likelihood of graduating from high school; he is likely to score only in the 29 percentile in math and reading.

Missing five days of school is 82% likelihood of graduation and scoring in 45 percentile in math and 42 percentile in reading.

Attendance also strongly affects standardized test scores and graduation and dropout rates.

Registration

How to get signed up

REGISTRATION

Use the interactive school locator tool below to find out what APS school your child needs to be registered at.

For additional information on registration for new students click here.

For more information on registering new kindergarten students, click here.

If you have student currently enrolled in an APS school and need more registration info, click here.

The official zone boundary for each elementary, middle, and high school is established by the Atlanta Board of Education. For the purpose of determining the zoned school for a residence, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) uses the legal address indicated in tax records for the residence.

To view the official zone boundaries: School Zones and Boundary Maps

View updated King Middle School boundary maps here:

New King MS Boundary Maps

Fulton County Schools
Fulton County is hosting their "Back to School Immunization Rush" from Monday, July 28th through Friday, August 15th. The drive is hosted by the Fulton County Health Services. Vaccinations will be held from 8:30am until 3:30pm Monday through Friday at the Adamsville, College Park and North Fulton Regional Health Centers.

Every year, Southside Medical Center provides free health services, including shots, for children in the community.

Families may pay for the immunizations and required certificates using cash or credit/debit cards and insurance is accepted. Immunizations for school children are a requirement of Georgia law. See what's required HERE.

Open House

See your school!

OPEN HOUSE

APS is hosting district-wide open houses at all schools on Friday, August 1. It's a chance for you and your children to get acquainted with their school!

Times:
High School-1:00pm-3:00pm

Middle School- 3:00pm-5:00pm

Elementary School 5:00pm-7:00pm

Transportation

How to get there

TRANSPORTATION

Bus Routes for the 2014-2015 school year will be posted later this month. Check back for updates.

School supplies

What you'll need

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Each APS school creates its own school supply list in preparation for Day One. Visit your child's school website to view school supply lists.

Click here and look in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to find your school's website.

School calendars

Dates you'll need to know

SCHOOL CALENDARS

APS 2014-2015 Approved Calendars (Print them out and tape them to your refrigerators!)

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