Target 2021 News

April 2019

The purpose of the CRCT Remediation and Enrichment Academic Program (Target 2021) is to provide the students who were potentially impacted by the CRCT score anomalies targeted supports delivered via the development and implementation of individual learning plans designed to position them towards proficiency for graduation and equip them with post-secondary options.

This monthly newsletter will keep stakeholders up to date on program initiatives and highlight the support that Target 2021 students are receiving.

Target 2021 Awards Night - Thursday, May 9; 6pm / Hosted @Douglass HS

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Summer Power Up - Credit Recovery Options

This summer the following APS High Schools will be offering Credit Recovery courses during "Power Up" Summer School: Crim, Grady, Therrell, South Atlanta, West End, Douglass, Jackson, CSK, BEST and Forrest Hill Academy. If your child attends one of these schools, your child's Student Support Coach has contacted you to inform you about the registration process. This is an opportunity for your child to make up any credit needed so that he/she can graduate on time!

As an additional layer of support for our Target 2021 students, we will be providing tutors during the "Power Up" program to provide direct support and individualized assistance so that your child can be successful. Our tutors are provided through our partnership with University Instructors, Public Consulting Group. During the face-to-face tutoring sessions, the students will receive guidance, encouragement, and personal attention from a professional tutor in order to be successful in the course.

For more information about tutorial services for your student, please contact Deanna Rogers at (404) 802.2702 or

Prom Closet at Carver HS

On April 13, Nicole Bush, Target 2021 CIS Student Support Coach, hosted the first annual Prom Closet at Carver HS! She saw a need and made it happen for her students! Through many generous donations she was able to provide dresses, shoes, jewelry and tux fittings for the students.

Nicole said, "the Prom Closet was everything but to be able to see these young ladies faces when they found " the dress" was definitely the highlight of her day." The Prom Closet would not have been successful without the many donations. Africa Brown, Renika Robinson, and Amanda Harrison not only supported the Prom Closet with donations but helped the young ladies pick out and try on their dresses with their amazing energy.

Nicole hopes the Prom Closet will turn into an annual tradition here at CIS, and that it continues to grow each year. If anyone has any juniors or seniors in need of a dress for Prom please feel free to let them know they can come and shop the closet, I will have the dresses at my school all week.

Summer High School Cafe - AP/IB & SAT/ACT Prep Courses

Attention Target 2021 Students! This summer you have the opportunity to take SAT and/or ACT classes for just 4 days! In conjunction with the High School Cafe AP/IB offerings, the Target 2021 Program is offering SAT or ACT prep courses for 1 week sessions (Mondays - Thursdays) through out the month of June! You may select up to 2 courses a week and transportation and meals will be provided!

This engaging program will guide students through innovative lessons and learning activities that support AP courses and IB Approaches to Learning, as well as SAT/ACT prep from a Princeton Review Instructor sponsored by Target 2021. Please visit to learn more and to register or contact your child's Student Support Coach!

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Target 2021 Student Highlight

Christopher Whitaker

School: Frederick Douglass high school

Grade: 11th

College choice: Tuskegee university

Christopher Whitaker will graduate in May 2020! He plans to attend Tuskegee University! One of his favorite hobbies is drawing. Ever since Christopher was young, he has dreamed of becoming a Veterinarian! One of his future goals is to own his very own Veterinary clinic.

During Christopher's freshman year, he went through multiple obstacles. One big obstacle was a major surgery. During this period of time, he had to miss multiple days of school and his grades started slipping. Throughout all of this, Christopher improved his grades eventually and became an A/B student. The other obstacle his family faced was a financial issue. They were in a really bad situation until help came! Even with all of this happening, Christopher stayed strong with the help of his teachers and Target 2021 staff. Christopher said, "if it wasn’t for them I probably wouldn’t be where I am today."

A Day in the Life of a Student Support Coach

Nicole Bush (pictured on left)

    School Supported: Carver STEAM & Carver EC

    What was your motivation for becoming a Student Support Coach?

    My motivation for becoming a student support coach comes from my passion for educational equality. Communities In Schools of Atlanta was an organization I was introduced to while I was serving as a mentor for B'Fly Girls. This was the first time I'd seen an organization that was not just focused on students succeeding academically but students succeeding in life! I knew I wanted to be a part of that.

    What has been the most rewarding part of being a Student Support Coach?

    The most rewarding part of my job is when you get a student to see what you saw in them all along. I love seeing the light bulb go off and students seeing they have so much potential.

    What is one of the best lessons you have learned from the students you support?

    The best lesson I've learned from the students I support is consistency. It takes consistency to build trust and trust to build a strong relationship. These strong relationships are the difference between our students succeeding and our students soaring.

    What is one “life lesson” that you hope your students have learned from you, in addition to the academic guidance you have given them?

    A couple of life lessons I hope my students have learned from me is to show up for yourself 100% of the time, never be afraid to ask questions, embrace being uncomfortable because growth never happens in your comfort zone, and if there is no seat at the table create your own.

    Describe your typical “Target 2021” day?

    There is no typical Target2021 day and that's one of the best things about this job. One day I might be helping students complete FASFA, or college applications, and the next day I might be helping students understand why exactly not going to class simply because they don't like the teacher is only hurting themselves.

    Some days my job is just being that person who listens, or days spent in all day meetings, or days filled with hallway walking and classroom check-ins and lunchroom chats. Whether the day is non stop or pretty relaxed, one thing that is consistent from day to day is the work that everyone at Communities In Schools of Atlanta does! It is " heart work" that isn't just focused on students getting promoted or graduating or improving standardized test scores. It is work focused on changing trajectories of students, families, and communities.

    I believe the work that we do every day is building the next generation of leaders, movers and change makers.

    Come Join us on a College Tour this Summer!! ~ Friday, June 14

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    Attention Graduating Seniors!!

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    Target 2021 Student Resources (Ongoing) (Online 1:1 Tutorial Support 24/7)

    The Target 2021 program is pleased to be able to offer a 24/7 online tutoring service, Homework Help powered by to all Target 2021 High School students!

    Homework Help connects you with expert online tutors who can help you with: [Customize subjects with what is available on your program.]

    · Math – Algebra, Algebra II, Basic Math, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry

    · Science – Basic, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science

    · Business – Accounting, Finance, Economics

    · English, Writing and History – Including real-time writing help

    You also have access to study tools like:

    • Study tools and lessons
    • Test prep materials
    • Instructional videos

    You can use Homework Help from any device that connects to the internet—even from your smartphone or tablet. As long as you have access to the Internet, you will have access to a tutor when and where you need one.

    To get connected to a tutor, type in your browser! Your login is your student id and your password is apstutor.

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    We Would Like to Hear From You

    Please let us know how we are doing and how we can be of better service to our Target 2021 families:

    Parent Survey link:

    Student Survey link:

    Follow Atlanta Target 2021 from Your Phone or Mobile Device

    Deanna Rogers

    Remediation & Support Coordinator (Target 2021)

    My goal is to have every Target 2021 student graduate and be fully prepared to pursue post-secondary options.

    CRCT Remediation and Enrichment Academic Program (Target 2021)

    Target 2021 Coordinator:

    Deanna Rogers, Ed.S., NBCT

    Remediation & Support Coordinator

    404-802-2702 (Office)

    404-802-1601 (Fax)

    Target 2021 Administrative Personnel:

    Melinda Williams

    404-802-2782 (Office)

    404-802-1601 (Fax)