APS Redistricting: Where Our Kids Go To Middle School

A breakdown of who goes where.

Last week, we mapped out where the neighborboods of East Atlanta Patch send their children to grammar school.

Today we look at the middle schools. 

At the middle school level, most of the neighborhoods of the East Atlanta Patch are zoned to attend in Edgewood and King Middle in Grant Park.

But a few neighborhoods are zoned to attend in Virginia-Highland.

During the ongoing Atlanta Public Schools redistricting debate, part of the discussion has focused on the schools that are underutilized, such as Coan and why that is, while others, like Inman, have more students than they have room to hold.

Both King and Coan are underutilized at 62.2 percent and 34.3 percent, respectively.

King loses 117 students to in Ormewood Park. Coan Middle loses 124 students to in East Lake.

Inman Middle is at overcapacity at 130 percent. But only 25 students at Inman Middle are from the King and Coan attendance zones.

We looked at the middle schools in East Atlanta Patch and how the student populations shake out, based on APS and Bleakly Advisory Group figures:

Middle School
Total Attendance

Students From King Zone

Students From Coan Zone
Students From Inman Zone

Coan Middle Edgewood 307 18 271 1 King Middle Grant Park 551 473 4 2 Inman Middle (Va-Hi Patch) Virginia-Highland 867 18 7 799

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter (Middle School portion) Ormewood Park 224 117 35 11 Drew Charter (Middle School Portion) East Lake 285 23 124 4 Imagine Wesley (Middle School Portion) Custer/McDonough/Guice 125 35 11 0
Intown Academy (Middle School Portion) Old Fourth Ward 60 32 1 3

Both Coan and King, are split feeders that send kids to Jackson and Grady high schools.

King and Coan have left parents concerned about their academic performance; Coan is ranked 422nd out of the Georgia's 479 middle schools, according to schooldigger.com. King is ranked 391st; Inman is 46th.

Even with those numbers, Coan parents and supporters note their school has several things in its favor:

  • Rick Rieder, managing director and chief investment officer of fundamental fixed income portfolios at BlackRock and Emory University alumnus, to fund Graduation Generation-Atlanta, partnership of APS, Emory University's Office of University-Community Partnerships and Communities in Schools of Atlanta, a nonprofit organization.
  • Students from Emory, which donated another $500,000 to the project, will serve as tutors and the university's learning camps for middle and high schoolers will support summer programs in math, science, reading and writing and college prep.
  • Coan is the only .

Here's how the middle schools in East Atlanta Patch rank academically according to schooldigger.com:

School School Rank of 479 Statewide Rank Change From 2010 CRCT Average Math Score 2011 CRCT Average English Language Arts Score 2011 CRCT Combined Inman Middle (Va-Hi Patch) 46 Up 10 spots 93.2 98.6 191.8 Drew Charter 98 Down 33 spots 89.1 96.7 185.8 Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School 218 Down 29 spots 76.4 98.3 174.7 Imagine Wesley 267 Down 36 spots 76.1 96.2 170.3 King 391 Up 44 spots 70.9 85.1 156 Coan 422 Up 1 spot 61.9 88.3 150.2 Intown Academy N/A

From the many parents we've spoken with as well as those who've sent us e-mails, there are several key ingredients that make for a successful school:

  • Strong parental involvement
  • Responsive administration (principal and teachers) at the local school level
  • Strong Local School Council and PTA
  • Financial support from APS

APS superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. has said he wants more communication between elementary and middle schools teachers so as kids advance their instructors have a better sense of overall student strengths and weaknesses when they get to the middle school level.

But what else is needed? What's lacking in terms of support, services and resources at the lower-performing schools that could help them rise academcally?

dina b March 08, 2012 at 10:48 PM
The more educated the parents are, the more likely a child is to do well in school. Studies have also shown that at least 50% of the student population need to be motivated students for there to be a culture of success that helps all students want to achieve. Unfortunately, the plan to close Coan and consolidate everyone in King does not make either of these criteria work for King.
Debbie Gathmann March 24, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I'm so surprised to see some school go down in slots and go down so much! Is this because other districts are working harder?


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