Atlanta Public Schools ( and City Schools of Decatur ( will resume classes for the 2014-15 academic year on Aug. 4, while Fulton County Schools ( and DeKalb County Schools ( begin on Aug. 11. Be sure to check the school’s website for start times, calendars and other information.

Comcast, First Lady Sandra Deal and new Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen will unveil plans for bringing home Internet access to more students and families in Atlanta and across the state. The announcement will be made on Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Peyton Forest Elementary School. Comcast and its partners will also announce a significant technology commitment to Peyton Forest Elementary.

Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy held a grand opening preview last month at the Charlie Yates Campus in East Lake. The new 200,000 square-foot campus completes the East Lake Foundation’s vision of a cradle-to-college education. The LEED-certified building includes: flexible learning suites to nurture collaboration, seven project learning labs and seven state-of-the-art science labs, integrated arts studios, 500-seat performing arts center serving the school and community, two gymnasiums and a full-size track and field.

Noletha High will serve as the new principal of Atlanta Heights Charter School for the 2014-2015 school year. She previously served as a principal of an elementary school in Atlanta, model teacher leader, instructional support specialist, and mathematics consultant. High also has experience teaching at the elementary, high school and college levels. She holds a master’s degree in mathematics education and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Albany State University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Georgia State University.

Renfroe Middle School in Decatur has been selected as Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center’s Partner of the Year for the Metro Atlanta Area. Winners of this award are chosen based on the progress of their SRTS programs during the past year in getting more students to walk and bike to school and increasing the awareness of SRTS within its community. The Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center has recognized outstanding partners with the Partner of the Year Award since 2011.

Oglethorpe University has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. As part of this pledge, Oglethorpe University has committed to increase its number of students who study abroad by 40 percent over the next five years. This summer, Oglethorpe launched GO: Rome, a new study abroad center in Rome, Italy. Part of the new Global Oglethorpe (“GO”) program, GO: Rome’s inaugural semester will welcome approximately 42 students from 10 schools, including Oglethorpe, University of Alabama, Clemson University, Louisiana State University, and University of Texas. Students will be taught by Oglethorpe faculty and earn credit from the university.

Sixteen rising seniors from The Lovett School took part in a summer medical program/externship over the summer. The students learned about coordinated care and corporate medicine at Kaiser Permanente, shadowed three specialties, observed surgery, and visited Emory Medical School. The students also observed brain surgery performed on a 12 year-old boy to remove a tumor.

Front row (L to R): Olivia Rezek, Caty Lindauer, Emily Medendorp, Isabelle Leonaitis, Chapman Monroe, and Markell Adams. Back row (L to R): McKenzie Richards, Kate Marino, Mary Bryan Pope, Justin Song, Lindsey Watson, and Melissa Houghton.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.