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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.

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

(WXIA) -- More than 100 public schools in three metro Atlanta counties will benefit from Chevron's Fuel Your School program.

Through the campaign, Chevron contributes $1 from every gasoline purchase of eight gallons or more to participating schools. Fuel Your School generated $391,146 for 131 schools in Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Many of the projects that are granted funds from the program are part of STEM curriculums. For example, students at Grady High School in Atlanta received a data-gathering device to use in their physics courses.

Chevron said nearly 40,000 students are impacted by the money generated through Fuel Your School.

Fulton County Schools announces pre-K registration dates

Fulton County Schools announces pre-K registration dates

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools is preparing to register pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students for the 2015-16 school year.

Parents of incoming kindergarten students can sign them up at their local elementary schools on one of two days:

* Wednesday, May 6 -- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Thursday, May 7 -- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The same dates apply to students who are new to Fulton County Schools. Visit fultonschools.org for a list of documents needed to enroll in school.

Forty-two Fulton County elementary schools offer pre-K programs. Pre-K registration is determined by a lottery system, and sign-up dates vary by school:

Alpharetta Elementary
Wednesday, Mar. 11 -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barnwell Elementary
Monday, Mar. 30 -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar. 31 -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Graduation rates: Fulton County

Graduation rates: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

MORE | Ga. graduation rates up this year

Fulton County's 2014 graduation rate is 78.7 percent. At 96.6 percent, Cambridge High School in Milton has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Fulton County include:

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

AP exam participation: Fulton County

AP exam participation: Fulton 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 Fulton County, 9,043 students took 17,523 AP exams in 2014, and 11,664 of those exams earned passing scores.

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

Alpharetta HS
965 students took 2,150 exams
1,740 passing scores

2014 SAT scores: Fulton County

2014 SAT scores: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Fulton County, 4,996 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Fulton County
Critical Reading: 520
Math: 530
Writing: 517

Here are the SAT breakdowns for each Fulton County public high school:

Alpharetta HS
447 test-takers
Critical Reading: 562
Math: 580
Writing: 562

Banneker HS
83 test-takers
Critical Reading: 398
Math: 396
Writing: 384

Cambridge HS
197 test-takers
Critical Reading: 530
Math: 539
Writing: 518