Weekly Message

  • Superintendent W. Jeffrey Booker poses with children at Gardner Park Elementary  
    Superintendent's Weekly Message for April 3, 2017
    We are pleased to announce our plans to open the Gifted and Talented Academy at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, a new magnet program for students who will be in grades K-4 next year.

    The Academy is designed especially for students who demonstrate academic excellence and have the ability to excel in a dynamic school environment. It will provide accelerated learning and offer exciting academic and extracurricular activities with a focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, hands-on experiences, leadership, and using technology as a learning tool.

    Over the past few years, we have heard our parents say that they want more school choice options. After the interest and success we experienced with the opening of Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, we wanted to offer an additional program.

    If you have been by the Pleasant Ridge campus recently, you know there is a magnificent new school taking shape. Construction on the 800-student school will be completed this summer, which makes the timing right for us to establish a new magnet program there. The school will house approximately 600 students who are assigned to Pleasant Ridge by residence and 200 students who will be chosen in an application and lottery process for the Gifted and Talented Academy.

    We are extremely excited about the many opportunities that the new Gifted and Talented Academy will provide to our community, and we look forward to opening our second magnet program for elementary-age students in August.

    More Info Online
    Click here for more information about the new Gifted and Talented Academy at Pleasant Ridge Elementary. Applications are being accepted now through May 15, and parents may apply online
    W. Jeffrey Booker
    Superintendent of Schools
    Southwest Region Superintendent of the Year, 2016-2017