It’s confirmed. Atlanta Public Schools has announced its intent to purchase land in Buckhead and build a new, state-of-the-art high school for North Atlanta High School students. APS has located a piece of property large enough to accommodate plans for the new school, which include a wide array of classroom and athletic spaces and the necessary parking. APS is not disclosing the property’s location until negotiations are complete.
According to a backgrounder posted by APS, “it generally takes approximately 18 months to build a high school.” The system is shooting to have the property acquired by the end of this year, so North Atlanta students could be in the new school as soon as the 2012-2013 school year.
Overcrowding at Sutton Middle School is the driving force behind APS’s move. Families in Sutton’s attendance zone increasingly have chosen to send their children to their neighborhood school, and APS expects this trend to continue far beyond Sutton’s current capacity. With that in mind, the existing North Atlanta campus will become a new middle school for the district to help offset this overcrowding.