Stops Along the Way

Top performers!

We are always excited when good things happen to our Bus Trip schools.

What East Lake can teach the charter-school skeptics (Drew Charter)
Atlanta's first charter school (Drew) was a community experiment in the East Lake area of Atlanta.  It worked!  The Bus stopped there in 2010.

12 for Life graduates 100 more
This unique program sponsored by Southwire literally provides students not doing well in a traditional school environment a second chance - and many make the most of it.  The Bus stopped there in 2008.  Well done!!!

Centennial Arts Academy (Gainesville/Gainesville City Schools) Wins State Reading Competition
The "Bus Stopped Here" in 2009 and it was one exciting visit.  It was apparent the children here were being taught a true love of learning and excelling.  Here's more proof!  Way to go!!!

Robert Cross Middle School (Albany/Dougherty County) Wins Competition
This 2005 stop continues to excel. A team of outstanding students recently won the Region Academic Bowl and qualified for the state finals. Here's the story.

South Forsyth H.S. Tops in the County
This exciting high school was a stop on the 2012 tour.  From the minute we stepped off the buses, we knew this is a special place.  Here's more proof.

Georgia College Early College Continues to Open Doors
We visited this exciting program in 2009.  This update is proof they continue to make a difference in the lives of children who need a special helping hand.  Here's the story.

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics Scores Again!
This award winning school was recently named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.  They join seven other Georgia schools for the honor.  Here's more.

Three Former Schools on "2012 GA Schools of Excellence" List
Congratulations to these Bus Trip stops:
Marietta Center for Advanced Academics - Marietta City Schools (2012)
World Language Academy - Hall County Schools (2012)
A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School - Richmond County (2004)

Here's the GA DOE press release with more information.  Related story.

Dodge County H.S. (Eastman)
This 2006 stop continues to excel.  It was named to the bronze level list of the U.S. News & World report's annual "Best High Schools" report.  Congratulations to principal Dr. Susan Long and her team. Story.

Georgia College Early College (Milledgeville)
This 2009 stop continues to excel.  Since the 52 students making up Georgia College Early College’s (GCEC) legacy class transitioned to post-secondary institutions in 2010, GCEC has increased enrollment and graduated high school students who have pursued further education at a 100 percent rate. Story.

Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology
Two students, Crystal Brockington and Aaron Barron, from this 2012 stop recently claimed a national science award.  Story.  Here's another one.... Senior Jasmine Johnson was one of only 100 students nation-wide invited to present her scientific research project at the recent White House Science Fair.  Here's the press release.

Kelly Mill Elementary School
This Forsyth County stop in 2012 was a favorite.  The creativity and imagination continue.  Story.

Rockdale Career Academy a Shared Success
This 2007 stop continues to impress and make a difference in young lives.  Commentary.

Smokey Road Middle School has Top Principal
Dr. Laurie Barron, principal at this Coweta County School which was a 2010 Bus Trip stop, has been named the National Middle Level School Principal of the Year.  Congratulations to her!  Story.

Taylors Creek Principal Honored
Dr. Debbie Rodriguez, principal at Taylors Creek Elementary School (Liberty County), has been named Georgia's 2012 National Distinguished Principal (elementary).  Here's the story.  Congratulations.  From what we saw on our visit last year, this is well deserved!

Matt Wilson Elementary Starts Dad's Program
This 2005 stop is in the news for starting a mentoring program that "engages men, inspires children, reduces bullying and enhances the educational environment." WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is the father involvement program.

Oglethorpe Charter - Reason to Cheer!
Riders were very impressed with this visit in 2006.  Working out of a make-shift facility they were focused on success, six years later they continue to achieve.  From the Savannah Morning News:  It’s encouraging to know that Savannah-area public school students will soon have more of a good thing — a larger Oglethorpe Charter School.


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Bus Trip Across Georgia

Bus Trip 21 participant Chuck Barlow Jr. gives two thumbs up for the graduation goal of these young students from Murray County Pre-K Center.  The future grads welcomed the riders to their school October 30.

There will be no traditional Bus Trip Across Georgia in 2014.  The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education is moving from conducting an annual multi-stop Bus Tour of best practices in schools to highlighting "beacons of excellence" as part of our Regional Education Summits.  On an occasional basis in targeted locations, visits to schools will be offered in conjunction with the summits. 

The Georgia Partnership will continue its commitment to providing outstanding examples of best and promising practices for supporting our students in college and career readiness.  Check back for further information as details are confirmed.

Bus Trip 2013 (October 29-30)

Thanks for all who participated in Bus Trip 21.  We had two full tour buses filled with engaged educators, future Georgia educators, community and business leaders who wanted to learn all they could from exciting schools and programs.  Although the 2013 event is over, it will long live in the lessons learned and the best practices that will be shared far and wide.  We will post a complete report as well as photos as quickly as possible.  Again, thanks to everyone who made this the "Best Bus Trip Ever!"  If you have questions or comments, drop us a note.

Every year we ask our participants to jot down their thoughts after each visit.  We compile them in an effort to increase the value and impact of the experience.  Their comments make for interesting reading!

Have you seen the photo record of the trip?  Check out the Photo Gallery!

Media Coverage of Bus Trip 21

We are always happy when the trip generates good news stories for schools along the way.  We were fortunate enough to have coverage at each stop.  Here are some of the stories:

Here is a very special media product produced by the team at Murray County Pre-K Center, one our stops:  Welcome To Our School, Bus Trip 21!

21st Annual Bus Trip Across Georgia Stops in Murray
Chatsworth Times

Local leaders get an inside look at Cherokee schools
Cherokee Tribune

21st Excellence in Education Bus Tour Visits Top Georgia High Schools
WDEF-TV, Chattanooga

Dalton, state facing 'trifecta' hit to education? - Advocate hopes local unity will stave off 'deep-six'
The Dalton Citizen

Georgia Descends onto Cherokee County For Bus Tour
Woodstock-TowneLake Patch

Thanks to our friends at the Whitfield County Schools for this nice recognition of our stop in their community.

Bus Trip 21 Lineup

Here is the 2013 Bus Trip Across Georgia lineup of schools and programs that were visited October 29-30.  Each stop exceeded expectations! The theme this year was "Birth to Work Pipeline - Ideas that Work." Participants will got an inside look at:

Clark Creek Elementary School and STEM Academy - Acworth/Cherokee County Schools
Calhoun High School - Calhoun City Schools
Murray County Pre-K, North Murray High School/Bagley Middle School - Chatsworth.  This part of the two-day program will provide participants a unique look at how the pipeline is managed and functions in one school system.

The tour also showcased the Community Partnership for Dalton City and Whitfield County Schools.

Here is the original press release with more details.

Bus Trip 20: Many Memories, Lessons Learned!

Check out the Bus Trip 20 Video!

Take a look at the special section now! 

The two 2-day trips comprising Bus Trip 20 came to an end October 30.  More than 150 people from across Georgia participated in this year's annual event. Thanks to everyone who participated and a special thank you to the 10 schools who opened their schools and hearts to us.   Not only do we take away many memories but the participants left eager to use what they saw in their own schools and systems.  Bus Trip 20 was the "Best Bus Trip Ever!"

Headlines Along the Way:

Georgia Public Broadcasting - Southern Education Desk - GPEE Annual Bus Trip Across Georgia
Gainesville Times - Education Tour Visits World Language Academy
Athens Banner-Herald - Barrow Elementary in Spotlight as Education Tour Rolls Through Athens
Rockdale Citizen - Bus Trip Makes Stop at Magnet School
Gainesville Times - Lanier Tech Tour Touts Technology
Forsyth News - Schools Honored for Technology
Walton Tribune - Bus Tour Brings State Leaders to Loganville

The 2012 Honor Roll:

Trip One:

World Language Academy - Flowery Branch - Hall County Schools
Westside Middle School - Winder - Barrow County Schools
David C. Barrow Elementary School - Athens - Clarke County Schools
Gwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville, Technical College System of Georgia
Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology - Conyers - Rockdale County Schools
Trip Two:

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics - Marietta City Schools
Loganville High School - Walton County Schools
Kelly Mill Elementary School - Cumming - Forsyth County Schools
South Forsyth High School - Cumming - Forsyth County Schools
Lanier Technical College, Oakwood Campus, Technical College System of Georgia

As indicated above, the 2012 tour included two of Georgia's technical colleges.  Participants got an inside look at programs that are preparing Georgia's future workforce for a wide array of jobs an careers.

Please direct questions about the 2012 trip to Bill Maddox, 404-223-2464.