July 15, 2015
Greetings Parents and Students,
As I begin this school year as the Proud Principal of South Atlanta High School, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure they are met. By addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, increased academic expectations for all students and engaging the community, it is our goal at South Atlanta High School that all graduates are college or career ready.
This year, the South Atlanta Educational Complex will transition from three small-independent schools to one traditional high school. This is an exciting time for our faculty and staff. However, your active participation in your student’s education is imperative! Helping your student maintain GREAT punctuality and attendance is instrumental in developing positive work habits and ensuring success in school.
South Atlanta High School is a great place to be. I believe that strong community- school relationships are essential to high academic achievement. Find any successful school and you will also find parents and community members that are involved and supportive of the school. This community recognizes the value of educational and extra-curricular activities. Therefore, our school expects our students to excel both inside and outside of the classroom. I hope you are proud of our students as they reflect these expectations through their character and commitment.
We embrace the challenges of the future while we continue to cherish and celebrate the traditions of the past. Our remarkable staff, involved parents and committed students come together to make South Atlanta High School a wonderful and unique place.
Open House for all APS high schools is Monday, August 3, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. However, we invite you to come early to partake of lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm. You will have an opportunity to meet the faculty & staff, tour the building, purchase uniforms and learn about the great things happening at South Atlanta. All students are more successful when we work together as a team to achieve educational goals.
I am looking forward to working with you and your student as we strive for an academically successful school year.
Patricia Ford, Ed. D.
(4) 3-Ring Binders
Loose leaf paper (college rule)
1 Ream Copy Paper
1 Scientific Calculator
No. 2 Pencils
500 Notecards (lined)
(1) Flash Drive (USB)
12 Poster boards
3 Tri-fold boards
Book Bag (preferably mesh or clear)
On Friday, March 21st the Hot 107.9 Bullying is Not Hot Tour visited the campus of South Atlanta Educational Complex. A joint collaboration with the larger Atlanta community and the radio station, the tour visits local schools to spread the anti-bullying message and provide students with strategies to avoid negative peer pressure, gang violence and negative group behavior in an open forum.
“Bullying is a problem at South Atlanta. Certain students feel pressured to like everybody else,” says Junior, Timara Carter.
Local celebrities such as hip-hop artist, Tropakana and community activists such as Monique Rivarde, mother of bullying victim Bobby Tillman, spoke to students about the terrible consequences of group violence. Bobby Tillman was murdered in Douglassville in 2010 when a group of teenagers beat him to death at a party. Students also heard speeches from a motivational speaker and a local criminal defense attorney before being offered the opportunity to ask questions.
South Atlanta Educational Complex includes the schools of Law and Social Justice, Computer Animation and Design and Health and Medical Sciences. The schools serves approximately 900 students in grades 9-12.