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When does the school year begin?

When does the school year begin?

ATLANTA -- Summer break is coming to a close for many Atlanta-area students.

In fact, three Atlanta elementary schools -- Boyd, Centennial and Hutchinson -- are already back in session; the year-round schools began the 2012-13 calendar on July 10.

The remainder of metro Atlanta's school districts will open their doors a little later.

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The first day of school for Gwinnett County is Monday, Aug. 6. Students in Buford City Schools will return to the classroom on Friday, Aug. 3.

Other start dates include:

Tools 4 School

Tools 4 School

ATLANTA -- Can you believe it’s just a few short weeks before the school bus will be rounding the block again?

Act Together Ministries needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, we will set up our 4th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in our program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.

End-of-Course Test results released

End-of-Course Test results released

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education released system-level results for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) Tuesday morning.

Parents and students can now visit the Georgia Department of Education's website to see how students in their school system performed. Results for individual schools will be released by July 31.

EOCT tests are more important than ever because they have replaced the graduation tests that kept many students from getting a diploma.

The tests now count for 20% of a student's final grade, up from 15%.

By 2015, students will have to pass all eight tests, spread over their course of their high school careers, to graduate.

5 Gwinnett students earn perfect scores on National Latin Exam

5 Gwinnett students earn perfect scores on National Latin Exam

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Five students at three Gwinnett County high schools earned perfect scores on the 2012 National Latin Exam.

More than 130,000 students nationwide took the test, which assesses students' understanding of Latin.

The five "perfect" Gwinnett students achieved the distinction of Perfect Paper at the levels on which they were tested.

Three of those students attend North Gwinnett High School:

* Ho Lim Lee, 12th grade
Perfect Paper, Level 4 Poetry

* Josh O'Shields, 11th grade
Perfect Paper, Level 3 Poetry

* Angela Park, 10th grade
Perfect Paper, Level 2

The other two students are Sergio Parra, a 10th grader at Mill Creek High School (Perfect Paper, Level 2), and Kevin Kuonqui, an 11th grader at Mountain View High School (Perfect Paper, Level 1).

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."

Gwinnett schools among best for music education

Gwinnett schools among best for music education

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools is among 176 school districts nationwide to be named a 2012 Best Community for Music Education in America.

The honor, which is given annually by the National Association of Music Merchants, chooses school districts based on their music curriculum, programs and public support.

About 99,000 Gwinnett students were enrolled in music education courses during the past school year. All of the county's traditional schools -- 77 elementary, 26 middle and 18 high -- offer some type of music education course and/or program.

Additionally, more than 250 Gwinnett County educators are certified to teach music.

Learn more about the Best Communities for Music Education in America program and survey.

School districts cut jobs, boost class sizes

School districts cut jobs, boost class sizes

ATLANTA -- School districts are cutting teachers, enacting furloughs and increasing class sizes to fill budget holes.

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The Atlanta school board has approved cutting 375 positions and giving employees four furlough days next school year. The district is trying to make up for an expected $47 million shortfall.

In Gwinnett, the budget includes two furlough days and 600 jobs cut from the payroll. It also means two more students per classroom.