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Atlanta Public Schools and UGA forge new partnership

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives Michelle Cook greets students from Atlanta Public schools on their visit to UGA. (Photo by Peter Frey/UGA)

A new partnership between the University of Georgia and the Atlanta Public Schools will create connections with APS high school students who may not be considering UGA for their college education. The partnership will also provide opportunities for professional development for APS counselors.

For the partnership’s inaugural student-focused event, two groups of approximately 100 high school students from 13 Atlanta Public Schools each spent a day at UGA on Oct. 1 and 2. Visiting students connected with administrators, staff, faculty members, campus partners and current UGA students, who graduated from an APS high school, to learn about the opportunities UGA has to offer and to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a student on campus.

APS worked directly with high school counselors and administration from each school to select the students who visited UGA. APS also supplied transportation. UGA provided the daylong campus experience, including lunch and a tour. Two more “APS Day @ UGA” will be held next spring.

“Our new partnership with the Atlanta Public Schools augments a robust set of programs already in place to identify and recruit strong students from diverse backgrounds,” said Patrick Winter, associate vice president of admissions and enrollment management. “This new partnership provides us with an opportunity to recruit highly qualified students who typically may not have considered attending the University of Georgia.”

The partnership will also provide an on-campus, daylong professional development seminar for APS counselors next spring that will foster meaningful, intentional networking and engagement and provide UGA Admissions counselors with more knowledge and a better understanding of the APS.

Students from Atlanta Public Schools attending Oct. 1

Carver STEAM
Carver Early College
South Atlanta
Maynard Jackson
Grady High School
Phoenix Academy

Students from Atlanta Public Schools attending Oct. 2

Washington High School
Douglass High School
BEST Academy
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Mays High School
Therrell High School
North Atlanta High School