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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Happy 2015-2016 School Year, CSKYWLA Family!
Principal Barksdale

                 I am super excited to be back in Atlanta and serving as the new 6-12 principal at Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA). Leading an all-girl school has been my dream since 2007 and I incredibly blessed to be a part of the CSKWLA family!

A Little About Me!

I am originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from Spelman College in 2007. After joining Teach For America and teaching high school English for three years in Atlanta and Chicago, I relocated back home to Charlotte and served as a Resident Principal and a middle school Assistant Principal for three years with the New Leaders program. I completed my graduate studies at Columbia University in the summer of 2013.

In August of  2013, I received the opportunity to serve as the High School Principal at Hampton Preparatory High School in Dallas, Texas. During my two years as Hampton Preparatory principal 100% of both graduating classes were accepted into college, we exceeded our growth and EOC gains each year, and became a top 100 high school in the country.

 I am the youngest daughter of my wonderfully supportive parents and my sister has an INCREDIBLE daughter whom I love greatly. I love to laugh, my favorite places to eat are Chick-Fil-A, Outback Steakhouse, and American Deli!  I LOVE sweet tea and cherry coke and I go to Starbucks almost every day! I LOVE Beyoncé (she is EVERYTHING!), the color pink, and anything that sparkles!  My life verse is “to whom much is given, much is required” and my favorite books are Dr. Seuss’ Oh The Places You Will Go and Toni Morrison’s Sula. Being a principal is my life dream and I am SO blessed to serve as the CSKYWLA principal!

Our Theme & Strategic Priorities

This year, our theme is #HARDWork #HEARTWork. This theme is important to our CSKYWLA family because this year will require a lot of HARD work as we consolidate to be one 6-12 school. There will be increased collaboration among teams 6-12 and a stronger focus on how we coach and develop teachers and provide interventions for all of our students. We are all deeply invested in ensuring that ALL of our young ladies and this HEART work is reflected in the care, intentionality, and support that is provided to students academically and behaviorally.

To focus our work this year, CSKYWLA has 3 strategic priorities that will ground our work:

Targeted Interventions for ALL Students

Building & Sustaining a Student-Focused Culture

Increased Teacher Effectiveness Through High Quality Coaching, PLCs, and Professional Development

 I am excited that our team will connect everything we do to our priorities and student outcome goals.

This is going to be a GREAT year! We have dynamic teachers, awesome staff members, and incredible young ladies!  #HARDWork #HEARTWork….WE got this! 

~Ms. Erin Nicole Barksdale

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Congratulations to all of our graduates!  
C.S.K. / B.E.S.T.  Graduation:  Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:00pm
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy High School is a single-gender comprehensive four-year public high school, enrolling approximately 300 students in grades 9–12. The school opened in the fall of 2007 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 2014. Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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District Announcements

  • August 1, 2015

    Parents’ Right To Know

    Dear APS Parents and Guardians:

    Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year.  All schools are required by federal law under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965(ESEA), to let you know about your child’s teachers’ qualifications.  We want you to know that it is your right to request the following information about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials:

    • Whether the teacher met the state requirements from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for certification for the grade level and subject area which they teach;
    • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other temporary status through which Georgia qualification or certification criteria have been waived;
    • What undergraduate or graduate degree(s) the teacher holds; including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration; and whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

    Please know that the staff at your child’s school is committed to helping your child reach his or her highest academic potential throughout their school career.  That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly skilled and are providing quality instruction to your child.

    If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teachers’ qualifications, please contact your child’s principal, by phone or email, using the information provided on your school’s website.


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  • APS Pilots Online Enrollment System Beginning July 6

    Atlanta Public Schools is piloting during July 6-10, 2015 an online enrollment system that parents can use to enroll new students online, when and where it is most convenient for them, and in just a few minutes.  Parents will have the ability to enter the student’s enrollment information and securely upload documents before visiting the school to finalize enrollment. 

    The online enrollment system allows parents to pre-populate their child's enrollment information and confidentially upload scans or PDFs of forms like birth certificates or immunization records to create their preliminary enrollment record. The system also uses the information to determine the student's neighborhood school and can forward it directly to the school or enrollment site.  Parents will then visit the school or enrollment site to complete the process and present residency documents and student documents, such as certified birth certificates, social security cards and immunization records, to staff to review and confirm their authenticity.

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  • Infinite Campus Parent and Student Portal

    CPP Login Page:

    Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades by Campus Portal for Parents (CPP) which is an easy-to-use, secure communications tool. Additionally, CPP enables parents to verify household information, including their email address, home address and telephone numbers.
    Contact your child’s school to get your CPP activation key. Parents are required to  request the CPP activation key in person. To ensure that all student information remains secure, parents must provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID card, or passport) before receiving the CPP activation key.  Once parents receive the activation key, they can visit to create a unique username and password.

    Click the links below for more information on:

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  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records.  These rights include the right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Also, upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. 

    For more information about Student Records and disclosures, including directory information, please refer to the Student Handbook, and Board Policy JR and Administrative Regulation JR-1(R). 

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  • Report Address Fraud and Ethics Violations

    Report address fraud: 404-802-3540 or by email   

    Report ethics violations: 1-877-801-7754

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Principal: Erin Barksdale
Address: 1190 Northwest Drive., NW 30318 
Phone: 404.802.4900


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