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​​FCS AchievementZone_logo small.png Launched in 2015, the Achievement Zone is a geographic area that makes up the Banneker High School attendance boundary in the southern end of the Fulton County School district. The Achievement Zone is designed to accelerate the school district's efforts to improve academic outcomes for the students who attend schools within the zone.

The Achievement Zone designs, coordinates, and implements strategies to close the achievement gap in the Banneker cluster by focusing on three strategic themes: Talent, Culture and Climate, and Learning and Teaching.

  • Talent: We ensure all students have access to high quality learning and teaching by accelerating and concentrating initiatives to recruit, hire, develop, and retain the most talented and effective employees. View our recruitment video.
  • Culture and Climate: We create student-centered learning environments where all staff and stakeholders believe unequivocally that all students are capable of achieving at high levels and assume responsibility for student success.
  • Learning and Teaching: We utilize high-leverage, research-based practices and strategies to accelerate students’ learning, particularly in the area of literacy.

Schools within the Achievement Zone are committed to implementing research-based strategies which have proven successful in turnaround environments across the nation. Additional strategies will be phased in over the course of the next few years.


Student Release Days​​

5124 image.jpg Our focus is that all Achievement Zone students receive a quality education, thus we have extended the school day by 30 minutes. The new bell times are as follows:

  • Elementary: 7:40 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • Middle: 8:55 a.m. – 4:35 p.m.
  • High: 8:20 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In addition, the calen​​​​​dar for schools in the Achievement Zone includes eight student release days when students do not report to school. The student release days are listed below:

  • Friday, August 24, 2018
  • Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Friday, February 14, 2019
  • Friday, March 15, 2019​

The modified bell times and release days allow additional professional development and collaboration for staff without reducing instructional time for students.

NOTE: Banneker High School will not hold student release days during the 2018-19 school year due to its School Improvement Grant.

School Locations

​ ​High Schools
Location​​​ Address Principal Phone
Banneker6015 Feldwood Road
College Park, GA 30349
Duke Bradley470-254-3410


​ Middle Schools
Location​​​ Address Principal Phone
McNair2800 Burdett Road
College Park, GA 30349
John Madden470-254-4160
Woodland2745 Stone Road
East Point, GA 30344
Jason Stamper470-254-2182


​ ​Elementary Schools
Location​​​ Address Principal Phone
​Bethune5925 Old Carriage Drive
College Park, GA 30349
Taylor Pratt470-254-7940
Brookview3250 Hammarskjold Drive
East Point, GA 30344
Jovita Wallace470-254-8020
College Park2075 Princeton Avenue
College Park, GA 30337
Dr. Maisha Otway470-254-8040
Feldwood5790 Feldwood Road
College Park, GA 30349
Racquel Harris470-254-2001
Heritage2600 Jolly Road
College Park, GA 30349
Cheree Turner470-254-8144
Asa G. ​Hilliard3353 Mount Olive Road
East Point, GA 30344
Maureen Lilly470-254-8050
Love T. ​Nolan2725 Creel Road
College Park, GA 30349
Evon Hewitt470-254-7950

Contact Us


4025 Flat Shoals Road
​Union City, GA 30291
Phone: 470-254-0931
Fax:     470-254-4946
Email the Achievement Zone



Dr. Gyimah Whitaker

Area Superintendent


Brannon Gaskins

Area Executive Director



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