Promote Student Achievement
Fulton County Technology Competition: An arena of emphasis for the school system is the annual Fulton County Technology Competition. Grades 3-12 students develop projects in various technology categories from multimedia production to project programming with computer-based solutions. Students compete at the school level and winners compete at the system-wide level each January. The champions go on to represent Fulton County Schools at the state competition. At the system-wide level, business partners impact the competition by awarding prizes for students who excel.
International Science & Engineering Fair: The International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s largest international pre-college science research competition. Each year more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories compete to showcase their research in the areas of science, mathematics and engineering. Millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs. Winners from those fairs work their way to competition in ISEF-affiliated regional and state fairs and the best are invited to one of the highly coveted competition slots at the international competition. Dozens of corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors provide support and awards to the best of the international competitors.
Strategic Staffing: The Strategic Staffing Program is a selective program designed to provide significant financial incentives to highly effective teachers interested in transferring to pre-identified high-needs schools. Teachers who are selected for a strategic staffing opening will teach at one of the identified schools for two years earning an additional $20,000 over that period, while highly effective teachers already serving in the identified schools will be eligible for a $10,000 retention incentive over the same period.
REACH Program: REACH Georgia partners with local school systems to identify low-income, academically promising middle school students. Once a school system is a partner, eligible middle school students enrolled in the system have the opportunity to apply to participate. Scholars are selected at the local level by community members and school personnel. When a student is chosen as a REACH Scholar, the student is provided with comprehensive support, additional college-related activities, and the promise of a financial scholarship upon successful program completion.
“Yes I Can!” Award
Each year, exceptional students are recognized for their achievements and their “yes I can!” spirit. The award was established in 1981 by the Foundation to acknowledge exceptional children and encourage them to succeed at their full potential. The program recognizes student achievement in academics, arts, community service, employment, extra-curricular activities and independent living.