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Top High Schools in the Atlanta, GA Metro (page 4)

Top High Schools in the Atlanta, GA Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

Sequoyah High School

Cherokee County School District

 

The community support at Sequoyah High School helps create an atmosphere where kids want to go to school. With only two principals in the 21 years since the school opened, Sequoyah High School has strong school spirit and low staff turnover. The school has very high graduation rate, few discipline issues, and low student absences. While many schools have booster clubs for athletic teams, Sequoyah has booster clubs for most every activity, including drama, band, and debate. This helps students connect and partner with community members while pursuing interests.

 

The high school offers 18 AP courses, which is double the amount offered by other high schools in the district. The school places a high priority on academic achievement and offers the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program. Resources for special needs students are a top priority at the school and several programs are available on campus to support their development.

 

The performing arts program receives high marks with its award winning drama department and many musical offerings, including bands, orchestra, and several vocal groups. Students can also select from a variety of clubs including Ping pong, Spanish dance and Movie Review club.

 

“We have created a culture that is not only committed to academic excellence but takes into account individual need of students,” Elliot Berman, Principal.

 

 

Starrs Mill High School

Fayette County School District

 

Starrs Mill High School provides an academically challenging curriculum to its students. Over 94% of graduating students head to a four-year, two-year or technical college. Seniors can graduate with one of four types of diplomas; College Preparatory, College Preparatory with Distinction, Technology/Career, and Technology/Career with Distinction. A Fine Arts Endorsement is also given to those who earn four fine arts credits during their four years at Starrs Mill.

 

The school offers 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and students can take up to three AP classes each year. During English, science, and foreign language class, ¼ of the instruction time is spent in computer labs. Technology/Career programs are available for students who wish to explore future careers in business, family and consumer science, technology, and health care. Students can also gain real work experience through the Youth Apprenticeship and Work program.

 

Athletics are strong at Stars Mill and the school recently moved into a new division. Recent championship titles include football, cheerleading, and swimming. The arts programs at the school have great reputations, especially band, chorus, drama, and visual arts.

 

 

The School of the Arts at Carver

Atlanta Public School District

 

 

At the School of the Arts at Carver, art education is woven throughout all areas of the school through specialty arts courses and integrating the arts into the core subjects. Different art forms are used to demonstrate mastery of core subjects, such as a geometric art projects in math or a dramatization of Macbeth in English Class.

 

In addition to only having 100 students per grade, each student has an adult adviser as the first point of contact for any issue. The administration has an open door policy with the students and each month there is a full school advisory, which is often led by the students. Each year over half of the students bring their parents to school for the Take Your Parent to School Day. Students can participate in a wide selection of athletic teams and extracurricular activities in combination with the other three schools on the Carver Campus.

 

Students can select from several different arts disciplines, including a harp program that is one of the few in the nation. The music industry program helps at-risk student learn the ins and outs of the music industry by producing and promoting a music CD for an artist.

 

“Our school is a caring community and we know all of our students by name,” said Dr. Pryor, Principal of The School of the Arts at Carver. “We use the child’s interest level in the arts to propel the student forward.”  

 

 

Walton High School

Cobb County School District

 

Walton High School offers challenging curriculum for students while also providing students with a variety of extracurricular activities.

 

The school has an extensive Advanced Placement program and offers 32 AP classes. Over 50% of the seniors at Walton pass at least one AP exam and the number of students taking AP courses has doubled in the past 10 years.

 

Music programs are popular with the students and the band, choir, and orchestra has performed at prestigious events, including the Tournament of Roses Parade. Students can also choose from 23 varsity sports and the school holds over 40 state championship titles in numerous sports.

 

The foreign language programs are strong, and the French and Latin programs have earned recognition. The academic teams at the school are also very strong. The Mock Trial, Model UN, Literary, Debate, and Science Bowl teams have taken top honors in recent competitions.

 

Walton High School's mission statement is to, “educate students who are well prepared to meet the challenges of their post-secondary goals. Walton High School pledges its resources to the development of the whole student, addressing academic, social, emotional, and career needs while fostering attitudes of good citizenship, cultural awareness, lifelong learning, and compassion.”

 

 

Woodstock High School

Cherokee County School District

 

 

Woodstock High School works to provide opportunities to all students through college-prep, vocational and technical courses. The school opened in 1996 with 750 students and now serves around 2500 students.

 

Students looking for an academic challenge can select from a variety of AP and honors-level courses. The Career Tech Department provides students with many options to learn career skills in areas such as Broadcast Video Production, Business, Family and Consumer Science, Marketing, Navy Jr. ROTC, Interior Design, Law and Justice, and Early Childhood Education.

 

Ninth graders at the school attend the Woodstock High School Wolverine Academy, where students get support during the transition to high school. Students struggling in core subjects will attend mandatory lunch tutoring to help raise their grades.

 

The performing arts department gets rave reviews from parents and students. Additionally, the band is very popular and has taken top honors at competitions. The drama department is also very active and puts on several productions each year.

 

 

Please note that only schools in the following Georgia counties were considered for this article: Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton.

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