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2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Monday is the first day of school

Monday is the first day of school

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially over in almost all of metro Atlanta.

A number of districts begin their school years Monday, including Clayton, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, Hall and Griffin-Spalding counties, as well as the city of Gainesville.

Be part of 11Alive's school celebration! Submit your pictures of the first day of the 2013-14 school year to our back to school photo gallery.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

School system needs bus drivers

School system needs bus drivers

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Board of Education is looking for substitute school bus drivers for the 2013-14 school year.

All county school bus drivers start as substitutes before becoming full-time drivers. They are paid $25 per route, or $50 a day, for morning (6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.) and afternoon (2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) drives.

No previous experience is required. All potential drivers must undergo driving history and criminal background checks.

Learn more and read testimonials from current Fayette County school bus drivers at fcboe.org.

7 Fayette schools earn grants from Kroger

7 Fayette schools earn grants from Kroger

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Seven Fayette County elementary and middle schools have earned grants for their educational programs from Kroger's Atlanta Division.

The grants were given through the grocery chain's Earning Plus Learning program.

Crabapple Lane Elementary is the latest school to receive funds. Kroger gave the Peachtree City school $1,800 for its scrapbook detailing the ways students tried to "Go for the Gold" during the last school year.

"Thank you to the Kroger Corporation for sponsoring the 'Earning Plus Learning' program and providing support to our education system," Crabapple Lane Elementary principal Doe Evans said in a statement.

Other Fayette County schools to benefit from Earning Plus Learning include J.C. Booth Middle, Braelinn Elementary, Sara Harp Minter Elementary, North Fayette Elementary, Peachtree City Elementary and Peeples Elementary.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

RELATED | Year-round school begins Monday

In Fayette County, the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 12.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Fayette County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 98.16
Math: 89.86
Science: 89.7
Social Studies: 93.4

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.