On November 2, 2011, Fulton Science Academy Middle School marked its selection as a 2011 Georgia Blue Ribbon School with a school-wide celebration. FSA Middle is the first charter school in Georgia to receive this award, and one of only 7 schools in the state win the prestigious award.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The award is given annually to schools where students achieve at very high levels, or for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap. FSA was honored under the academic achievement criteria.
FSA Middle was founded 10 years ago on the premise of a curriculum steeped in math and science. Since first opening its doors, the county’s first charter middle school attracted students and parents drawn to the rigorous curriculum and small class sizes. Proving that high achievement attracts enrollment, FSA currently has a waiting list of more than 450 students.
Dignitaries at the event included State Supt. Dr. John Barge, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, Fulton County Schools Supt. Dr. Robert Avossa, members of the Fulton County School Board, Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, and Dr. Tony Roberts, CEO of the Georgia Charter Schools Association.
Tony Roberts, President and CEO of the Georgia Charter Schools Association, said the most important people at the celebration were the students of the school.
“You are setting a bar very high about what students can do,” Roberts said.