Honors & Achievements

International Baccalaureate

Do the math at Jackson, and it’s easy to see how highly successful students + enhanced learning facilities + integrity-based philosophies + rigorous academics = an environment of excellence.

  • National Blue Ribbon School
  • Georgia School of Excellence
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

Not surprisingly, this focus on academic achievement seems to have a multiplying effect on other areas – from teacher awards to student recognitions, including:

  • In 2017, Jackson earned a 100.7 College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) score, The first time in history that an Atlanta Public School received a score above 100%.
  • In 2015, third grade teacher, Mrs. Kesha Payne, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year by Atlanta Public Schools System.
  • In 2014, For 3 years in a row, Jackson was the only City of Atlanta school to receive the highest Platinum honors for attaining exceptional CRCT scores from the Governor’s Office of Accountability.
  • In 2011, Jackson was the only Atlanta-area elementary school to maintain its credential as a Georgia School of Excellence by the Georgia Department of Education, which keeps Jackson in the top 10% of schools statewide.
  • In 2010, fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Leslie Tumlin, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year by Atlanta Public Schools System.
  • In 2010, Dr. Jane Goodall, famed paleontologist and founder of worldwide student program, Roots & Shoots, visited Jackson to personally recognize our students’ many community-service endeavors. Jackson was the first school in Atlanta to affiliate with this global organization, and serves as the go-to source to help other Atlanta institutions create their own programs.
  • In 2010, Jackson’s Wellness Program (a PTA initiative) was recognized and spotlighted as a role model by the Atlanta Public School System, and earned Jackson a Bronze award as a healthy school.
  • Our principal, Dr. Lorraine Reich received the Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence in Education. This is given to those seen as having made a significant quantitative and qualitative contribution toward student success.
  • Kindergarten teacher, Mrs.Shanti Sparks, had a children’s book published, Honey and the Sunset. Her manuscript was selected among hundreds of others in the Library of Congress. Mrs. Sparks not only wrote the story, but hand-painted all of the book’s beautiful visuals using watercolors.
  • Dr. Reich has been chosen by the Governor’s Office as one of the Top 100 High-Performing Principals in Georgia. Dr. Reich was selected as a member of the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England to discuss important contemporary educational issues and policies.
  • The Atlanta Business Chronicle has named Jackson the Best Public Elementary School in Atlanta.
  • Several Jackson teachers have been nominated for Disney Teacher Awards.
Georgia Schools of Excellence Program
National Blue Ribbon Schools