Award Year: 2021

Elite Scholars Academy School

7923 Fielder Road
Jonesboro, GA, 30236-2611

(770) 472-2823

Dr. Shonda Shaw, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Clayton County Public School District

School Website


To provide a globally competitive education that empowers students to achieve academic and personal goals while becoming college and career ready, productive, responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 75%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Science lab day

Science lab day

Elite Scholars Academy is an Early College Magnet and newly minted Cambridge International School that thrives on home and school working together for student success. As academic and interpersonal excellence is the goal for all students, Elite Scholars Academy remains committed to helping students become globally relevant and productive citizens. The cornerstone of Elite Scholars Academy's challenge for students is to engage in rigorous, relevant, relationships, and meaningful results. Located a few miles south of Atlanta, Elite Scholars is a 6-12 academy that empowers and equips students to attend the college of their choice.

Graduates annually attend Ivy League, HBCUs, local and state universities and earn millions of dollars in scholarships. Students are proficient and prepared for future success by earning college credit or an Associate's Degree prior to their high school graduation. Students accomplish this through completion of rigorous Advanced Placement, Honors, Dual Enrollment, and Cambridge courses. Students recite a daily creed that confirms their commitment to academic excellence and service to their family, school, and community. The students live out this creed by engaging in community service and civic engagement activities such as Books for Africa, assisting local food banks, environmental cleaning and conservation efforts, and voter turnout initiatives. These community initiatives have helped cultivate a culture of collaboration and high levels of parental engagement.