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Race this weekend: Tortoise Run

Race this weekend: Tortoise Run

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Oak Grove Montessori School will hold its third annual Tortoise Run 5K this weekend.

The family-friendly race will be Saturday, Apr. 18 at 8 a.m. Runners have the option of tackling a 5K, a 1-mile fun run, or a tot trot. Participants of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to attend.

Courses for both the 5K and 1-mile run will begin and end on the Oak Grove Montessori School campus, and will wind along Oak Grove and Oak Grove Church roads.

Registration is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the miler, and includes a T-shirt. The tot trot is free; a tot trot T-shirt costs $10.

Visit oakgrovemontessori.com for more information and to sign up.

The school is located at 180 Oak Grove Road in Carrollton.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

Graduation rates: Carroll County

Graduation rates: Carroll County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

MORE | Ga. graduation rates up this year

Carroll County's 2014 graduation rate is 74.5 percent. At 83.3 percent, Mt. Zion High School in Carrollton has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Carroll County include:

* Bowdon HS: 79.7 percent
* Central HS: 74.3 percent
* Temple HS: 78.2 percent
* Villa Rica HS: 69.7 percent

AP exam participation: Carroll County

AP exam participation: Carroll County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Carroll County, 378 students took 525 AP exams in 2014, and 179 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Carroll County public high school:

Bowdon HS
68 students took 96 exams
17 passing scores

2014 Reward Schools: Carroll County

2014 Reward Schools: Carroll County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Carroll County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Ithica Elementary School
* Providence Elementary School
* Roopville Elementary School

Highest Progress -- Among the top 10 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; make the most progress in improving performance from all student groups for at least three years
* KidsPeace
* Temple Elementary School

PROBE College Fair coming to Carrollton

PROBE College Fair coming to Carrollton

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Carrollton next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the University of West Georgia's Coliseum.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

The Coliseum is located at 1601 Maple Street.