Georgia Preparatory Academy Open House: Bob Richards RYDC
Story information from Mary Catherine Heard
DJJ’s Georgia Preparatory Academy (GPA) is holding a series of Open House events in August and September to kick-off the 2017-2018 school year. Open House allows the parents or guardians of youths housed at Regional Youth Detention Centers (RYDCs) and Youth Development Campuses (YDCs) or attending Education Transition Centers (ETCs) to meet and get to know teachers and educational staff, as well as learn about the curriculum and educational plans for the school year. GPA serves as Georgia’s 181st school district and is accredited by AdvancED. GPA has locations at all 26 DJJ secure facilities around the state and three ETCs. DJJ Commissioner Avery D. Niles (who also serves as Superintendent of Schools) and Associate Superintendent Jean Lee addressed students and parents via a welcome video.
“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all students and parents to a new school year at Georgia Preparatory Academy. Our schools offer a curriculum aligned with the Georgia Department of Education’s Georgia Standards of Excellence, with opportunities to take vocational and college courses as well,” said Superintendent Niles. “We work very hard every day to address the academic needs of our students. I want to encourage parents or guardians to be active participants in their child’s education while they are enrolled in our programs. My hopes are that all students take this opportunity to participate in the academic success that we offer at the Georgia Preparatory Academy.”
Associate Superintendent Lee stated, “It is essential that you remain a partner in your child’s education. Our goal is to provide quality educational programs to all of our students while they are here with us. We look forward to seeing you at future events during this school year.”
The Bob Richards RYDC in Rome held its Open House on August 16th. Lead teacher Nancy Stiefel spoke to parents and guardians about plans and goals for the upcoming school year. The youth then took turns reading a poem and stated the GPA mission and vision to their parents. Parents were able to tour the classrooms and enjoyed getting to know their children’s teachers. Students also gave presentations on their summer educational projects and activities. Additionally, Stiefel gave a presentation on Title I funding and how DJJ utilizes it. Director of Federal Programs Andrew McGee also attended the Open House.