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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.

Clayton State to host film crew training information sessions

Clayton State to host film crew training information sessions

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Clayton State University will soon hold two more free information sessions for its Digital Film Technician Training Program.

The program gives students an opportunity to learn valuable skills that will help them find jobs on film sets. Many graduates got to work on actual film productions during their time in the program, giving them a distinct advantage over other aspiring crew members.

Clayton State boasts one of the largest teaching studios in the country -- 10,000 square feet at Lucy Huie Hall. The program's classes are held in this recently renovated space.

The first information session will be held Thursday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the LaFayette Education Center, which is located at 205 LaFayette Avenue in Fayetteville. It will take place in Room Media D.

The second session will be at Lucy Huie Hall, 9013 Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro, on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

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: Clayton County

AP exam participation: Clayton 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 Clayton County, 1,597 students took 2,452 AP exams in 2014, and 276 of those exams earned passing scores.

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

Drew HS
91 students took 119 exams
4 passing scores

2014 Reward Schools: Clayton County

2014 Reward Schools: Clayton County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Clayton County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Clayton County had no Highest Performing schools in 2014

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.