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South Atlanta High School

Magnet School of Computer Animation and Design

A Vision in Motion: Building Our Bridge Through Excellence

The Magnet School of Computer Animation & Design  

"Formed in the spirit of dynamic growth, social justice and intellectual pursuits."

National studies show that students perform better in smaller, more personalized settings. Each school on the South Atlanta campus is designed to function autonomously. The schools offer students the opportunity to attend a high school that is aligned with their interests and allows for real-world and career connections. Each small school has a principal, a dedicated staff, a unique instructional program, and a maximum capacity of 400 students.

At South Atlanta High School of Computer Animation & Design (CAD), students explore some of the most exciting careers of the 21st century.  The school exposes students to a college-preparatory curriculum, complete with Honors and Advanced Placement courses.  All courses use rigorous, problem-based, interdisciplinary teaching and learning strategies to develop students' ability to communicate, collaborate and solve 21st century challenges.  Recognized for three consecutive years as the high school Arts School of the Year, CAD offers two pathways of study: computer animation and industrial design.  The school is equipped with the latest technological resources, allowing students to have hands-on training in claymation and stop motion film production, computer-aided product design, sound mixing and more.  Partnerships with the Cartoon Network, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Communities in Schools Atlanta, and design and production firms help bring learning to life. 


Forged out of a perseverance towards excellence South Atlanta Educational Complex was Originally the merger of Walter F. George High School and Fulton High School. In 2006, the building was renovated,  and the campus became home to four small schools. The schools are:

School of Computer Animation & Design 

School of Law & Social Justice

School of Health & Medical Sciences

Historical Perspective:
 South Atlanta was established in 1994 after the merger of Walter F. George High School and Fulton High School. George High School hosted a vocational program which offered classes such as woodworking, brickwork, auto mechanics, home economics, and welding. It was also the only high school in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to have an airplane hangar. Fulton High School was also unique in its own right. It was the only high school in the school system to have four different campuses during its tenure. First, it was located at the corner of Whitehall and Garnett St., second, it moved down Whitehall to the corner of Trinity Street, third, it was located on Washington ST. But in 1952 when the City of Atlanta implemented its Plan of Improvement and annexed the area south of McDonough Boulevard, including Lakewood Heights, a new building was built, and Fulton moved to its last site on Jonesboro Road.(It's possible that Fulton County actually built the building in 1950 or 51). That building was torn down & Dobbs elementary school replaced it in 2004. Although Fulton High dates back to 1917, it was not an Atlanta public school until 1952. Prior to that, Fulton, along with North Fulton and West Fulton were in the Fulton County school system until Atlanta annexed the respective areas into the City under its Plan of Improvement.
 The Future: 
South Atlanta Educational Complex strives towards a comprehensive learning environment that embraces diversity and exploration. The Magnet School of Computer Animation and Design focus is to develop and articulate the creative, scholarly and entrepreneurial principles and practices of excellence, and educational pursuits, and in doing so inspire and prepare the women and men who will become leaders in society.