Academy Enrollment Information

  • Athens Academies

    Undertstanding the Athens Academies Enrollment Process To honor our mission to be a progressive school district, and given the changing climate in public education, Athens City Schools is meeting the challenge of providing school choice within the existing public education framework. We believe in the merits of choice and the subsequent strengthening of our schools through the embrace of progressive options offered to our students and community. To this end, parents of students in grades K-3  have the option to apply to attend any of the Athens Academies, regarless of your school zone. There are two different ways to make a request to attend an out-of-zone academy: (1) kindergarten registration and academy application and (2) grades 1-3 student re-enrollment and academy application. 


    Can my kindergarten student apply to any academy? Yes!

    Kindergarten Registration & Academy Application

    Kindergarten Registration is February 25 - March 29, 2019.

    Elementary Academy Showcase is February 25 from 5:30-6:30 "Come & Go" at the Board of Education Central Office.

    All kindergarten students who are new to Athens City Schools will register through SchoolMint.  First, enroll in your zoned school.  If you want to apply to attend a different academy (out-of-zone), choose "lottery school."

    • The Elementary Academy Showcase for kindergarten families is February 25, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 pm "Come & Go" at the Board of Education Central Office.
    • All kindergarten students who are new to Athens City Schools will register for the school/academy for which they are zoned.
    • Within the SchoolMint online registration process, you will have the option to apply for your academy of choice. If you do not wish to enroll in a different academy, simply skip this step.
    • If you are applying outside your school zone, academy applications are automatically dropped into a lottery system via SchoolMint. 
    • To be considered for the kindergarten lottery, registration must be complete on or before March 29, 2019.
    • The academy lottery will be held May 15, 2019.
    • Selected students will be notified.
    • If the student is not selected, he/she will attend the academy to which he/she is currently enrolled.
    • If the student did no apply to an out-of-zone academy, you will receive an enrollment confirmation message from your zoned school confirming kindergarten registration.
    • SchoolMint Registration for kindergarten opens February 25, 2019.


    Can my elementary student apply to any academy? Yes!

    Grades 1-3 Student Re-enrollment & Academy Application

    April 22 - May 10 for Fall 2019

    All students who plan to return to Athens City Schools must re-enroll online for the 2019-2020 school year through SchoolMint. Students who will be in grades 1-3 in the 2019-2020 school year may apply to attend any elementary academy, regardless of zoning. First, you will enroll in your zoned school. To apply to a different academy, you will choose "lottery school."

    • Students in grades 1, 2 and 3 in 2019-2020 will re-enroll in the school they currently attend. 
    • During the SchoolMint online re-enrollment process, you will have the option to apply for their academy of choice. If you do not wish to apply to a different academy, simply skip this step.
    • If you are applying outside your school zone, academy applications are automatically dropped into a lottery system via SchoolMint. 
    • To be included in the lottery for academy placement outside your school zone, re-enrollment must be complete by May 10, 2019.
    • The lottery will be conducted on May 15, 2019.
    • If the student is selected for the chosen academy, notification will be sent.
    • If the student is not selected, he/she will attend the academy to which he/she is currently enrolled.
    • SchoolMint Re-Enrollment opens April 22, 2019. 


    Questions About Academy Enrollment?

    For further questions regarding Athens Academies re-enrollment or registration, please contact the Athens City Schools Student Services office at 256.233.6600 or email Beth Patton, Director of School Operations at beth.patton@acs-k12.org.


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