For the 2012-2013 academic school year, Garden Hills will be implementing the new Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. These new standards are more rigorous than the former state standards and make APS part of the nationwide effort to standardize instruction to improve national competitiveness on the global educational field. The teachers at each grade level will continue to work hard to incorporate the new standards into their IB Units of Inquiry to ensure a seamless curriculum that meets the needs of the variety of learners in the classroom.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP)
Garden Hills Elementary School is an authorized IB World School since February 2006. This distinguishes Garden Hills as one of 2,815 schools in 138 countries to offer one of the three IB programmes recognized globally by universities, corporations, governments, and researchers for its rigorous academics, international perspective and preparation of their students to be lifelong learners. Students who graduate from high school with an IB Diploma find it gains them access to many universities and institutions around the world.
Foreign Language Program
- Atlanta Public Schools Model foreign Language Program
- Daily Spanish Instruction (1st grade – 5th grade)
Students who qualify for the gifted and talented curriculum, the Challenge Program, will receive services from a gifted certified teacher using the “pull-out” model. The schedule will be developed by the Challenge teacher with input from the classroom teachers.
5th Grade students who qualify for Accelerated Math will receive instruction from a gifted certified teacher using the “pull-out” model. The criterion is developed by the Challenge teacher and administration.