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Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Apply to be Teacher 4 a Day

Apply to be Teacher 4 a Day

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- The Douglas County School System will once again offer its Teacher 4 a Day program this spring.

T4AD gives Douglas County residents the opportunity to view local classrooms from a teacher's perspective. Participants will shadow an elementary, middle or high school teacher for half a day.

Visit douglas.k12.ga.us to apply for T4AD. Applicants will learn if they've been accepted on or after Tuesday, Mar. 10, and will visit their classrooms on Tuesday, Mar. 31.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

Walker School student wins 2014 Water Essay Contest

Walker School student wins 2014 Water Essay Contest

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Emma Camp, a 7th grader at The Walker School in Cobb County has been named the District-wide winner in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District 2014 Water Essay Contest. She received a $500 prize for her essay.

This is the 13th year MNGWPD has sponsored the annual Water Essay Contest. Over the years, the Water Essay Contest has engaged thousands of middle school students and challenged them to think critically about water and our region’s water resources. This year’s contest focused on the importance of water quality and water quantity. Students were asked to address the following statement, “Explain why water quantity (how much water we have) and water quality (how clean the water is) are equally important. Over 1,900 students from across the metropolitan area submitted essays.

AP exam participation: Douglas County

AP exam participation: Douglas County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Douglas County, 991 students took 1,383 AP exams in 2014, and 240 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Douglas County public high school:

Alexander HS
145 students took 196 exams
72 passing scores

PROBE College Fair coming to Douglasville

PROBE College Fair coming to Douglasville

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Douglasville this week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Arbor Place Mall.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.