As we kick off the school year, the Class of 2009 has become the class to beat.
- Over 98 percent of the class headed to college this fall.
- Graduating seniors earned about $18 million in scholarships.
- Graduates headed to America’s top schools, including Harvard, Emory, Vassar, Georgetown, Dartmouth, Brown, Vanderbilt, Davidson, Tufts, Tulane, University of Michigan and many more.
Class valedictorian Maria Dieci started at Harvard University this fall. In May, she offered this perspective:
“Being at North Atlanta, I have learned so much about the world, the people around me, and myself. My small learning community has taught me to think with an open mind and in a global perspective. I know that, because of it, I have become a more well rounded and independent thinker.”
Credit part of the class of 2009′s success to North Atlanta’s College Zone. Envisioned and launched in August 2007 by then PTSA co-presidents Tangelea Gillon and Peggy Wright, the College Zone gives students a place to research colleges and get help with the college application process.
The College Zone team, led by counselor Alphonso “Skip” Gillon, counseled more than 90 percent of the 2009 graduating class. Since inception, the College Zone has increased the number of students applying and being accepted to college by 80 percent, and has helped North Atlanta students earn almost $30 million in scholarships.
Read more about the achievements of the Class of 2009 and the College Zone in the May 2009 Highlights newsletter here >