Award Year: 2014

Elite Scholars Academy Charter School

5968 Maddox Road
Morrow, GA, 30260-1327

(770) 472-2823

Dr. Shonda M Shaw, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School, Title I School

Clayton County Public Schools

School Website


Preparing and empowering learners to become highly competent, conscientious, compassionate global leaders and citizens by means of rigorous instruction, relevant curriculum, and meaningful relationships.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 90%
  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students utilizing technology during the artistic process

Students utilizing technology during the artistic process

Located in the suburbs of Atlanta, Elite Scholars Academy is an awesome place to learn and achieve. The standard of excellence guides students, teachers, and parents in all that is done. Despite change and challenges, Elite Scholars remains committed to all students becoming globally competent and competitive and making positive contributions to society. The school is characterized by four words: rigor, relevance, relationships, and results. Students are introduced to a culture of "I can" and "I will". Some students have experienced academic success for the first time within the hallowed halls of Elite Scholars. In spite of over 50% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, there is a culture of home and school working together for student success. Students are extended the opportunity to see the world in which they are preparing to compete, from field trips to Italy and Spain as they make connections to their AP World History course to a Civil Rights tour of the Selma Bridge in an effort to understand how cultures and races were bridged through the efforts of many. Skyping with other countries, participating in competitions, and visiting college campuses have all contributed to Elite Scholars' noted success. Elite Scholars Academy was named a 2012 School of Excellence for Academic Achievement by the State of Georgia and received an initial score of 100 on the State's College and Career Readiness Performance Index.