Atlanta’s school system is preparing to ditch the idea of independent theme-based schools on a single campus at Washington High, one of four public schools in the city that tried the concept over the past seven years.
The Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to end the small schools at Washington High and consolidate them under one principal instead of three.
Two of the three small schools lag in academic achievement, and a more unified school would allow students to have more access to educational opportunities offered elsewhere on campus, said Board of Education member Byron Amos, whose central Atlanta district includes Washington High.
The school system has explored combining all of its small-school campuses, but a merger is being pursued first at Washington High after the school board heard from parents and students, Amos said. The other small schools are at Therrell High, South Atlanta High and the New Schools at Carver, Amos said.
The proposed transition at Washington High drew some opposition from students and parents when they spoke at the school board meeting Monday.
“It almost seems to me we are playing trial and error with children’s education,” said Bashel Lewis, an 11th-grader in Washington High’s Early College.